Showing posts from March, 2012

Hunger Games Catches Fire On Screen

Image Most movie adaptations of books disappoint me, but The Hunger Games movie does NOT disappoint. I walked away amazed at how well they stayed in line with the story. Sure, some details changed or didn't make the movie, but a book allows for more characters and scene development than a movie does. The protagonist's thoughts don't translate well on screen, so action must replace those parts of a book. From casting to plot, I delighted in the choices made by director, Gary Ross. I form mental images of scenes and characters when I read a book. Jennifer Lawrence embodies Katniss Everdeen perfectly. I heard that many questioned this choice, but she played the part with brilliance. Her scenes draw you in and make you feel her fury and determination. The only casting not aligned with my original image was Woody Harrelson as Haymitch, but he handled the part so well, that I've almost forgotten what I thought Haymitch looked like. Suz

Turning Over a New Page

Copyright, Barbara V. Evers This week, I want to introduce you to a new blog and invite you to visit and check it out.  Some of you may know that I used to be a public speaker, presenting to businesses, organizations, and church groups on a variety of topics, but primarily on faith, motivation, or inspiration.  My career path hit a fork in the road several years ago, and I found myself focused more toward the training and writing world, but I never lost my love for speaking to groups.  My new blog, The Workbench of Faith , picks up that passion and will focus primarily on faith.  This week's post, The Weight of a Mountain , focuses on moving mountains. For those of you who follow An Eclectic Muse , I will continue to write about the creative sides of my life here.  Starting next week, I will post every other week on An Eclectic Muse . On the alternate weeks, I will post to The Workbench of Faith . Please check out the new blog, and if you like what you read, you can sign

Starving for a Great Read?

I love reading. No, seriously, I LOVE reading. I gobble up books like I'm starving for the words printed within. Even with my enormous love for books, few authors write stories that kidnap my imagination as well as Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games trilogy.  After several people suggested I read the first book in this trilogy, I downloaded it to my Kindle.  Within a week, a very busy week, I consumed all three books.  I couldn't stay away from Collins' amazing world. Unlike young adult series in the vein of Twilight, Collins created a compelling, horrifying modern world with ancient Rome overtones.  Imagine The Lord of the Flies meets Survivor and losing carries the same penalty combatants faced in the ancient coliseum. You can't help but turn the pages.  Thank goodness, all three books existed before I ever began the series! Don't be surprised if The Hunger Games becomes required reading for students in the years to come.  I'm dying for a b