I’m hosting a guest post today written by Braxton A. Cosby, author of YA/NA paranormal fantasy novel “The School of Ministry: the Windgate”. In the guest post, Braxton talks about The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Hope you enjoy it! I’ll leave the stage now.
Ok, so I saw Catching Fire for the second time last night. I needed to take my daughter to see it and I figured it’d be a good time for me to really “digest” the movie with an unbiased ‘I read the book’ perspective. When I first saw the movie opening day, I had some pretty hefty expectations. I mean, new director, bigger budget, added cast and the most amazing arena upgrades should have been an easy slam dunk for Hollywood to nail. But alas, to my dismay, the screenplay took quite a few turns that I just couldn’t ignore. Some omissions were cool – like some of the plot-line stuff with characters from the Hobb – and even switching around how Gale got whipped in the Square. I also didn’t like the interaction between Katnis, Joanna, and Fennick. They were way to chummy for me and it took away from the suspense of the scenes.
Omissions aside, my real complaints came in the form of director to actor execution of lines that remained intact. Fennick didn’t nail the ‘Secrets’ line when he met Katnis by the horses, Beatty and Wiress didn’t finish each other’s sentences with the same synchronicity as the book and one on one time between Katnis and Petta was not as intimate and engaging as the book; although they did kind of pull things together at the end and made you think Katnis was ‘catching fire’ for Petta vs Gale. Catching Fire was such an amazing book from a writing standpoint. Collins came up with a killer story with action, romance, and the thick aura of desperateness and despair engulfing each page. Her genius really shined when you appreciate how she crafted the way in which the characters were pulled back into the ‘Games’ after surviving the first one. I just wanted her story to shine in the same way. Some plot-line changes irked me as well, but I still thought that Catching Fire as a whole was a pretty good film that matched the hype train.
With having a first screening under my belt, I was able to look at the film with fresh eyes, already knowing what to expect. Thankfully, the second experience was even better. I was able to get past the un-executed lines and appreciate the creative prowess of Lawrence as a director and even the brilliance of Jennifer Lawrence and the rest of the cast. The action sequences in the arena are the main highlight of the film for me, and even though I wish there was more time to be spent trudging through the wedges of the “clock arena’, for the most part, the important parts were kept in tact. And even though I have not read the last one yet, I’m excited for the third installment; even though I know that Hollywood is splitting it up into two films for more money. Tisk, tisk. But really, pay Collins. I ain’t mad on bit, because she threw down an ingenious story that deserves every penny.
You need to shovel out a few yourself if you have not seen the movie or read the book. You will not be disappointed. I give the book a 5/5 and the movie a fiery 4/5.
About The Book
Author: Braxton Cosby
Genre: YA/NA Paranormal Fantasy
TO CHOOSE, IS FATE!
A young man named Ziv struggles to find his place in life after both of his parents are murdered. Orphaned and alone by the age of six, he bounces in and out of foster homes hopeless and afraid, wondering if he will ever find a path to happiness. He resolves to accept a life of depravity, until one day he discovers he possesses the gift of sight: to see creatures from the afterlife, but not angels…demons! Ziv is recruited by The School of Ministry, a secret society that promises to help him find his best friend Stephanie, who has gone missing. But there is one catch: he must agree to join them in their quest to eradicate evil and protect the weak. Ziv learns that he is a “Conduit,” which allows him to cross over into the spirit world and transcend time itself. When he is partnered with two other young men who have similar gifts, the unlikely trio is trained in the mastery of weapons and the art of Shouting, during treacherous challenges of the tortuous Quad in preparation for their mission: to secure the Windgate. An untimely love triangle clouds Ziv’s judgment, forcing him to choose between the love of his life and the new female interest Evan. Ziv becomes entrenched in a quest of identity, love, and will, until he comes face to face with pure evil itself–Akabod, the spiritual prodigal son to the School of Ministry and a master of talents.
Multi-Award-Wining Author Braxton A. Cosby is a dreamer who evolved from concepts on pen and paper to pixels and keyboards. He tells stories that evoke emotions and stimulate thought. His focus centers on the power of messaging and themes of love, trust and relationship overshadow the predictability of most stories. Braxton is known for his attention to detail and he has been lauded for his ability to transport readers into the worlds he creates. Protostar: Book 1 The Star-Crossed Saga and The School of Ministry: The Windgate are currently two Young Adult series he created. Braxton lives in Georgia with his wife, three children and a troop of crazy African Cichlids.
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