Sometimes I hate how novels can take over my life.
It happens frequently. :/
This has definitely been no exception, I'm afraid.
So, I must start off by saying that if you have not read the books then you probably don't want to go past this point. -- Of course, unless you have now seen the movie.
But, if you HAVEN'T read them, then you need to be slapped.
I'm sorry. I'm only being honest. ;)
Now I must say that I am happy that I didn't read Book 1, again, before seeing the movie last night!
I already had a preconceived notion about how my expectations would NOT be met.
However, once I was able to let go of the reality that every aspect of the novel could not be fit into the movie, I was able to except it a little more.
Into the first 15-20 minutes, they have the reaping in District 12.
Now let me tell you all that I obviously knew what was going to happen.
I knew the crazy, Effie Trinket would pull out a single piece of paper from the "girls" bowl, which contained Primrose Everdeen's name on it.
I KNEW that Katniss would volunteer as tribute.
I did NOT know how strongly I would be effected by her response.
Which seems silly since I was in utter shock and sadness when I first read it so long ago.
But after Effie calls Prim's name, and she walks off tucking in her "tail", everything is silent.
I sat in the theater chair just bracing myself.
And then ... the blood wrenching scream "I volunteer. I volunteer as tribute."
I was a goner.
So, I was in trouble from the very beginning.
I should have known better. ;)
ALSO! Can we please take a moment to talk about Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark.
Now I really like Josh Hutcherson.
I think he is a cute guy and has played some really decent roles, especially for his age.
BUT!!! I must say that I was EXTREMELY worried about his role as Peeta.
I honestly wasn't sure if he could pull it off.
With that being said, I went into the movie thinking I would very much dislike him as Peeta.
However, I'm not sure at what point -- maybe the way he looked at her the whole freakin' movie, maybe when it flashed back to him throwing the burnt bread to her when she was about to starve in the freezing cold, maybe when he screamed at her to run when she was hallucinating from the tracker jacker stings, maybe when he told her that he had always noticed her, maybe when he held her in the cave, maybe when they kissed and you knew that he gave his all because it wasn't just an act for him, maybe ... just maybe when he was willing to DIE for her because the rules changed and said there truly could be only ONE victor!
I just stopped worrying
about who was playing him and started focusing on the Peeta I knew from the books. & then at some point Josh just shined through as Peeta, for me.
I'm pretty sure I became even more
in love with a fictional character than ever before.
This is sad. I know.
But please ... just let me have my moment. ;)
I can say without a doubt that I loved everyone else who played each character.
Rue. Sweet, sweet Rue.
Another tearjerker moment people!
Ugh. But I was so mad when she died.
I just wanted to punch President Snow out.
Which is quite a shame considering I like Donald Sutherland as an actor! ;)
Aw ... and Katniss.
I'm telling you all ... Jennifer Lawrence is phenomenal!!!
I truly couldn't picture another actor to play the part.
For me, she was so invested in the character.
I didn't doubt her for a moment!
That is all for now.
I just want to take this time to apologize for my full length novel. ;)
Please do yourself a favor and read the books or at the very least, go watch the movie!
That means it is time for another 'TED talk'!
This week, I wanted to share Brene Brown's talk from the TEDxHouston back in 2010.
I have watched this video twice now.
I have taken notes.
I may have shed a few tears at just how accurate she is on her research done over the past six years (and longer now!).
I suppose that is the power of truth and honesty that we are unwilling to share with the world.
Please take 20 minutes to hear what she has to say about how vulnerability is connected to shame, and where we can find worth in ourselves.
Have the courage to be imperfect. Have the courage to be YOU!
Unitl next week's talk...
PS. I will be back this week for a post on my thoughts of 'The Hunger Games'! ;)
I'm pretty sure that I will be doing this every Tuesday. I love listening to speakers from TED conferences. There are some speakers who aren't as interesting, but I promise there are so many amazing things to learn and be inspired from by others. :)
If you have never had a moment to visit TED, I welcome you to do so here. In this talk, Shawn Achor discusses how happiness improves productivity. I hope you have about 12.5 minutes to watch it. It's interesting and informative. Plus, Mr. Achor is actually quite funny! ;)
So now a challenge, my friends. I plan to do the five points he mentioned to create lasting positive change. I am encouraging you all to do the same.
1. Write down 3 things you are grateful for for 21 days. 2. Journaling about one positive thing that happened in 24 hours. 3. Excercise. 4. Meditation. 5. Random acts of kindness.
My promise is to share with you all, in a months time, how these five key points has helped improve happiness in my life. :) Happy Tuesday! much love. xoxo
- I am trying to work towards my goal of losing 35 pounds.
-In that process, I'm letting go of sweets ... slowly. :/
-Wishing there was more time in each day to do more of the things I love.
-So happy to have my brother, sister-in-law, and nephews back home. It has been wonderful having them here. :)
-Stressing over finances (same ole, same ole)
-Happy that I get to dress up for work this Saturday, but sad to have to miss church on Sunday!
-I watched 'Moneyball' & 'Reel Steel' this week. Very different movies. I enjoyed them both.
**PS. No matter how you feel about Brad Pitt, I still believe he is a phenomenal actor. & Jonah Hill's performance was awesome.
-Working on my posture because I'm pretty sure I stay slumped over far too much.
-Dyed my hair all black. (It pretty much looks the same, though)
-After today, I wish I had bought rain boots.
**I ALWAYS say that when it rains. Do I ever go buy any? Obviously not! :/
-Reminding myself to find the good in others, even when it isn't always evident.
-Trying to read about 6 different books at the moment.
-Finding new & interesting sites + blogs this week. :)
-I miss watching Top Gear, the UK version, so bad!!
-Thinking we need a Chick-fil-a, then deciding on breakfast wouldn't be so hard!
-AND ... waiting patiently, but on the edge of my seat, for the release of 'The Hunger Games'! Aw. I'm beyond excited & praying that all the actors hold true to each character. So, of course, I had to leave you with the official music video for Safe & Sound by Taylor Swift ft. The Civil Wars!!!
Lovely, right?! :)
Its strange because I used to not be a huge Taylor Swift fan. I just didn't think she was that great of a singer. However, there is such a genuine quality about her that I can't help but like.
She has definitely grown on me.
I'm so happy she did this song and included some of my favorite people!