Saturday, 20 July 2013

Dystopian Generation Next

The Hunger Games was amazing, I know that, you know that. Even those who didn't take to the books or films knows it was a 'big deal'. Unlike Twilight hellsville. Can't speak for the books, but the films were bad.

this year looks amazing, this year, the year of Avengers and the year Scott Pilgrim were and are the years I desperately wish I had been at , I am making mental notes to actually save up and go next year, as well the Maine trip. So many things to save for

This year at not only is , the second enstallment of The Hunger Games everywhere but the 'new Hunger Games', is all over the event. With talk of trailers and panels, the excitment is all too much. I have to wait for these trailers to show up on the internet somewhere because at the moment there are just hideous fan made trailer showing up. When the first teaser trailer for   came out I watched it a thousand times, but I need new footage to stare at.

For those who are not in the know of , it is, like Hunger Games, adapted from a young adult book of the same name by Veronica Roth.  is part of a trilogy, like Hunger Games. It is set in the future, in Chicago and the citizens live in a society that is divided into five fractions; Abnegation (selflessness), Amity (peaceful) Candor (honest), Dauntless (brave) and Erudite (intelligence). The story centres around Beatrice who lives in Abegnation with her family but feels drawn to Dauntless. Each year, all 16 year olds take an aptitude test that will tell them which fraction they are best suited for. But when Beatrice takes the test she is discovered to be a 'divergent' as she shows an aptitude for three fractions. She is told to keep this a secret when she joins her fraction. It has a great premise and as Kate Winslett is in the cast, I think its going to be good. The once and future Mary Jane, Shailene Woodley is the heroine, Beatrice. The sequel, Insurgent is already out and the final book, Allegiant, will be published in October 2013.

Another dystopian young adult book trilogy made into a film I wanted to mention was The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Though not seen as the 'new Hunger Games', its definitely in that category because of its setting, but the main character is a male. The Maze Runner (at the time of me typing this) hasn't been seen or mentioned at . Maybe it will, maybe it's still in production, I'm not sure. 

'The story is about Thomas and other boys trapped inside a maze. They have no memories of the outside world. The people inside the glade (called Gladers) have developed a social and political life. Each week supplies are brought into the maze through a lift, known as the box. One boy is sent up through the box every month. The Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every thirty days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

Again, excellent premise and the cast looks good too, mostly because one of my favourite British actors, Will Poulter is in the film. Also all three books in the trilogy have been published so if you are dying to know the story, you don't have to wait a year!

All this young adult books interest has been heavily influenced by my current position as a development intern, reading book, reading about books, just makes me want to write books too. Watch this space.

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