Who’s excited about The Hunger Games coming out in a couple weeks? Since I haven’t read the book (books), I have only the trailer to judge from. Within the realm of young-adult fantasy movies, I imagine it will be bigger than Eragon and The Golden Compass, but not as big as the Twilight or Harry Potter series’. I don’t know if I will end up reading any of these books — there are so many books to choose from! I must admit I was proud of myself for finishing the Lord of the Rings books before watching the movies. I will probably end up reading the Hunger Games, but not before watching the movie. And, I’m not at all interested in the Twilight story.
I have been playing the Hollywood Stock Exchange (hsx.com) for over 15 years and I can guarantee there has never been a hotter time for young-adult stories being brought to the big screen. In addition to all mentioned above, there are several more coming out in the next couple years.
Speaking of Harry Potter, I have watched all eight of the movies, for the first time, in the last week! For those of you who care about my opinion, my favorite film was “…Prisoner of Azkaban” and my least favorite was “…Goblet of Fire.” I thoroughly enjoyed the entire story.
Now on to the topic of reading. There is a collection of classic literature which is widely found in the Hungarian bookstores I have visited. It is know as Collins Classics, and they have published dozens of the (mostly American and European) classic novels. The best part is that they are very cheap…only 852 forints each ($4), which is cheaper than their list price in the USA and online. I am happy to report that I have done my fair share of reading during the last few months. So far, I have read Pirate Latitudes – Crichton (not a classic), Cannery Row (Hemingway), The Picture of Dorian Grey (Wilde), Treasure Island (Stevenson), SIlas Marner (Eliot), The Turn of the Screw (James), Crime and Punishment (Dostoyevsky), and I am just finishing Journey to the Center of the Earth (Verne). Waiting on the bookshelf is Moll Flanders (Defoe).
I have noticed several high school students reading the Hunger Games books, and I was able to take photos of a couple of the books. I think the covers look the same as the US versions, except for the language.