Movies + Books: The Ultimate Dilemma

We all love movies. Who doesn’t like curling up in a movie theatre seat with a bucket of popcorn in one hand and a cup of soda in the other? We also love books; there’s nothing like snuggling up on the sofa and feeling the texture of paper under your hands— which leads to ultimate dilemma: Are books or films better? Hmm… let’s think about it…

Films do so much. They can bring entire worlds to life, turn our favourite characters into actual people. The feeling of being captivated by the story playing on the screen is like no other. They have the power to make us cheer, or cry, or nervously sit on the edge of our seats, waiting to see how things will unfold. Movies can make us see a lot of things, and for that I am thankful.

Books, on the other hand, are equally influential. They let you be a part of the story, not merely observe it. When you read, you can be a whole new person in another world, forget your own troubles, and read like nothing else exists. Books have the same power as movies to make you experience heart break, or laugh, or think. And another great part about books? Books can be a physical object that offers a real emotional connection— I mean, it’s rather difficult to be attached to a DVD, isn’t it? 😉

It’s a very hard decision… I think I’d like to stay happily undecided. (Well, I might be leaning just a smidge more toward books!) 😛

-Yasimone

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Book Review || The Hunger Games

Author:  Suzanne Collins

In what was once North America, there is a prosperous country called Panem. It is ruled over by the Capitol, a rich city of luxury, which is supplied by 12 districts, each with their own natural resources. Every year, the Capitol hosts a televised death match: The Hunger Games. Two “Tributes,” one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen, from each district are chosen randomly in what is called the Reaping to fight to the death until only one remains. Katniss Everdeen is a sixteen year old girl who lives in District Twelve, a small mining colony. She is extremely talented with a bow and arrow, but not with friends.  She must (illegally) hunt in the woods with her only friend, Gale, to sustain her sister and mother. The day of the Reaping, her sister is chosen as a Tribute. Katniss, panic-stricken, volunteers; Peeta Mellark is chosen as the other Tribute. Katniss and Peeta must travel to the Capitol to try to stay alive and win the Games. Katniss decides she must win, for the sake of her sister. But there can only be one Victor…

I know that this is already a very popular book, complete with its own movie, but the dystopian world in the first book of the Hunger Games trilogy, created by Suzanne Collins, is full of sophisticated details and eccentric characters, as well as heroes who have their own flaws. I can admit that this is one of my favourite books, if not my most favourite of all. I just wanted to pay homage by starting my book reviews with this incredible novel. The movies are wonderful, but don’t stop there; read the books, because the intricate flavor you get from them is incomparable.

-Yasimone