Tag: The Hunger Games

The Mentor Figure is Disappearing

The Mentor Figure is Disappearing

One of the most under-appreciated character tropes in fiction these days is the mentor figure.  I mean, sure, we’ve got Dumbledore who was well loved, but outside that?  Mostly these days our heroes and heroines take to the streets themselves and learn as they go.  Merlin’s legacy is fading. I think this largely stems from a shifting in our culture to complete independence.  It’s no longer fashionable to receive guidance and advice from those more experienced than us – in fact, it’s humiliating.  We are thrown into the world with the complete expectation of innate knowledge and the ability to […]

Posted January 5, 2018 in Reading // 10 Comments //
The Hunger Games // MYOBB #9

The Hunger Games // MYOBB #9

Happy Saturday everybody! It’s been a full month of The Hunger Games coming in second place and finally you guys voted it to a first!  I had a feeling this one would come eventually, and honestly, I was a little nervous about making this box.  Lionsgate has been sort of notorious for shutting down any fan art and products inspired by The Hunger Games.  I used to sell bookmarks on Etsy, eons ago, and my Hunger Games products were pulled almost immediately.  When I did a quick search at the time, I found it devoid of everything. Maybe it’s just because they’re not making […]

Posted October 28, 2017 in Memes // 10 Comments //
Fight Like a YA Girl Tag

Fight Like a YA Girl Tag

Well this is probably the neatest tag title I’ve seen.  Who doesn’t love a kickass YA girl?  In the last decade, the genre is flooded with really awesome female characters.  I’m okay with this… even if sometimes they’re a little repetitive.  This topic ties in really well with my Top Ten Kickass Female Characters post from a couple weeks ago, so lets continue the discussion! This tag was stolen from Kyera @ Kyera’s Library back in July.  Thanks for sharing it, Kyera – I love it! THE RULES Thank the person who tagged you. Mention the creator Krysti at YA and […]

Posted October 10, 2017 in Tags // 8 Comments //
Burgers & Shakes for Everyone! – OR – Why Food is Such an AWESOME Element of Setting

Burgers & Shakes for Everyone! – OR – Why Food is Such an AWESOME Element of Setting

I read novels to get immersed into awesome worlds. Okay, so if I really broke it down I would tell you that characters are awesome, plot is essential, love stories are annoying (I’M SORRY GUYS, I WANT MONSTERS NOT KISSING), and can magic please exist?  But the escapism element?  Yeah, that’s why I read in a single element.  Books are way cooler than real life. For people like me who would rather fly on hippogriffs than sweep the kitchen, having a strong setting that leaves room for the imagination is essential.  In my reading experience, this is best with food. DISCLAIMER It […]

Posted August 5, 2017 in Reading, Writing // 10 Comments //
Literary Love Potion – #TTT

Literary Love Potion – #TTT

Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by the ladies over on The Broke and the Bookish.  This week’s theme is all about romance tropes and types!  Check up the other linkups for more great books! I’m going to be a rebel this week and I don’t want to talk specifically about romance in the books I read, because if I do, it’s going to end on a lengthly rant on love triangles and I’m already done that at least once. On a related vein, I got thinking about Amortentia, which is a love potion from the Harry Potter series.  The description, from Harry […]

Posted February 14, 2017 in Memes // 6 Comments //
The Triangular Tragedy of YA Fiction

The Triangular Tragedy of YA Fiction

Any reader will be hardpressed to find a novel with a female protagonist whose romantic relationship doesn’t overflow the entire plot.  Authors embrace this formula for heartbreak and success in a variety of ways:  Anita Blake author Laurell K. Hamilton overthrew her supernatural plot of necromancy and sleuthing to highlight Anita’s relations as the only plot; The Selection‘s Kiera Cass made the plot a season of popular television show, The Bachelor.  In the case of Katniss Everdeen, author Suzanne Collins writes her protagonist as a person who both calculates the potential relationships as well as pushing them aside as momentarily distracting and […]

Posted October 7, 2016 in Reading // 0 Comments //