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Too Early To Judge? A Pre-Release Discussion of “The Balled of Songbirds and Snakes”

warning: this post contains light spoilers for the final book/movie in The Hunger Games trilogy

Picture this: The year is 2012, a young girl speaks almost exclusively in Hunger Games references, wants to marry a fictional character named Peeta, and her hair is almost always in a single braid along the back of her head — that girl, is me.

Ah yes, 2012 — the year when One Direction was the hottest band and every single book marketed towards teens was either about a dystopian world being controlled by an evil president, or it had like vampires and stuff. Now if i’m being honest, 2012 was probably one of the best years of my life. Besides the fact that i was immensely scared about going to high school, i read The Hunger Games trilogy for the first time that year, and the first movie in the franchise was released in March of that year. needless to say (most of) my anxieties regarding going to a big new school were pushed to the back of my brain as all i could think about was katniss katniss katniss, and peeta peeta peeta.

If you are unaware of what The Hunger Games is, it is a young adult book series written by Suzanne Collins. The first book was released in 2008, and it then had a movie franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence which ended in 2015. It is probably best known for it’s dystopian world where children are forced to fight to the death in an arena that’s broadcasted on television for the rich people of the world to enjoy. And it was also the book series that really got me into reading.

Now, because i am such a big fan of this book series i was more than excited when it was announced in June of last year that there would be a PREQUEL book released in May of 2020. And then in November we got our title and cover: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Although, many people’s excitement started to go down the drain when just a couple days ago we were given our first excerpt of the book — as well as our main character.

In an article by Entertainment Weekly it was revealed that the protagonist for the novel would not be Mags or Haymitch or even Finnick like many had hoped — but would rather star a teenaged (President) Coriolanus Snow.

When i first looked online (mainly Twitter), the responses were somewhat positive. People were upset we weren’t getting a back story for Mags — the aging district 4 tribute from Catching Fire — but they were still interested in what Suzanne Collins would give us. Although, as i kept reading people’s opinions, they got quite negative quite quick. Many people were very upset that Collins would choose Snow to be the protagonist of her book, claiming that she is going to try and make us feel sorry for him. Although, i’d say it’s too early for us to be judging this book– especially seeing as it doesn’t come out for four months.

While i can see where people are coming from with their concerns — I myself am still excited to read this book. One of the most interesting parts of this book will be seeing the games through the perspective of The Capitol, which we really only got a taste of in brief moments throughout the movie adaptations. I am also someone who finds it fascinating to see the backstories of villains, especially when it comes to someone of political power. And in the first excerpt given to us through Entertainment Weekly, we can see that this book will be in the third person rather than first — which is what the original trilogy is told in. This shows that we might not always be in Snow’s head, but rather go into those around him as well. Perhaps showing what others thought of him how, how he might’ve manipulated them, and ultimately how he came to power.

Collins is also not the first person to do a villain’s origin story. Think of the Star Wars prequels for instance — while they might not be wonderful movies, they gave us insight into Anakin’s life and his journey in becoming Darth Vader. (That being said, I will acknowledge that Anakin and Coriolanus are very different. As Anakin was a poor slave and Coriolanus is a rich child of The Capitol, though i will still include this example). And while i’m not a big fan of Todd Phillip’s Joker it gave us an origin story of one of the most well-known Batman villains. Suzanne Collins was able to write a trio of books that showed us the dangers of abuse of power, and in no way made it feel as though Snow was a redeemable character. A moment that really stands out to me is in Mockingjay, when they vote on whether they should hold a new version of the hunger games for the children of the capitol. Katniss votes against it, showing us that she knows that it’s not right and would not be the correct way to end to things once and for all. To me this really encapsulates the story that Collins was trying to tell with The Hunger Games, and will hopefully continue to tell with this novel.

And so, while i understand the concerns that people have for this book — it’s way too early! While it might end up being awful… with four months to go we will continue to get more information on the book, possibly new excerpts, comments from Suzanne Collins, and hopefully some reviews from people who have actually read the book. But, until then, we just have to have hope in what Suzanne Collins has been secretly working on for the past 10 years.

a two for one deal: emma’s recommendations

did ya here that? a two for one deal! if you’re confused, on this episode of emma’s recommendations I’m going to be not only recommending some movies… but books as well! I’m going to be recommending some of my favourite books that also come with some fabulous movies (and vice versa!)

although, I will start this will a couple ~disclaimers~ I have not seen nor read every single one of these movies or books. for some of these recommendations I have only read the book and some I have only seen the movie (although most are ones I have only seen the movie, lets be real). I will also say that I am trying to focus on standalone books, as well as ones with adaptations that I myself enjoy (*cough* no Percy Jackson on here *cough*) but all in all the goal of this blog post is to introduce people to some fabulous books as well as movies, especially seeing as many tend to prefer one over the other. so here we go !

book: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

movie: The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012, dir. Stephen Chbosky)

alright if you know me (which you probably don’t, let’s face it) you will have almost certainly heard me talk about this book as well as the movie. I remember reading this book in grade 9, around the time many of my friends were reading it. And while looking back on the film, and seeing that it definitely ha sit’s cringe-y moments and screams “music just sounds so much better on vinyl *cigarette drag*” (yeah the cigarette is a crucial part to that for some reason), This book had a strange and weird but also impactful influence on my “teen years”. I’m not exactly sure why, because I really have no ways to relate to Charlie as a character, but at the time I read this I was in the same grade as Charlie and I too was getting used to high school and making friends. And while it took me a couple years to really enjoy high school, I think this book/movie really helped me. It also introduced me to pretty much my entire music library, and I literally still listen to the soundtrack regularly. This is also one of the super rare and cool occurrences where the movie is written (AND DIRECTED) by the author of the book, which is why I think it translated to the screen so well (especially to 9th grade Emma). In fact, in my last couple weeks of high school I think I watched this movie about 6 times because I was sad and nostalgic — but every time I watch either re-watch this movie or re-read the book, I notice new little things I didn’t the first (or 2nd or 3rd or 4th) time around and end up loving it even more.

book: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

movie: Love, Simon (2018, dir. Greg Berlanti)

I talked about this movie a bit in my 2018 movies post, but I still want to try and persuade people to not only watch it but read it! I’m not sure what else I have to say besides the fact that it is just a super cute book, and a super cute movie. It’s your typical high school teenage rom-com but it’s a specific story that we don’t see told in a lot of mainstream or higher budget movies. There are also slight differences between the book and movie — so why not read and watch both to get the whole story! (also read Becky Albertalli’s other books because they are all equally funny and cute).

book: The Martian by Andy Weir

movie: The Martian (2015, dir. Ridley Scott)

Now this is a movie that I have not read the original book version of! although when talking to my sister in law, who has read the book, she told me that it is just as witty and clever as the movie — so what more could you ask for? While I really love this movie (& think it’s kind of under appreciated) I will unfortunately never forget the first 5 minutes where he (Matt Damon, to give a visual) gets stabbed by a metal rod thing (I don’t know science objects) and has to extract it from his abdomen— ANY WAYS, While I know many people were annoyed but this being in the comedy category at the Golden Globes, I think it’s a really clever and entertaining film. What I’m trying to say is this movie is good, and I have heard nothing by good things about the book as well.

book: If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

movie: If Beale Street Could Talk (2018, dir. Barry Jenkins)

(yet another movie that I have not read the book of) You know Barry Jenkins right? director of Moonlight? the academy award winner for best picture in 2016– after the whole La La Land fiasco? well just this last year he came out with another film, one that was not on many people’s radars. Beale Street is such a beautiful film, and the original book is also a well loved novel by the well loved author James Baldwin (how many times can I fit loved into one run on sentence???). And while I myself have not read it, the reviews I hear say nothing but praise. It’s a beautiful story, and while as I said I have not read the book, having read some of Baldwin’s other writing I can imagine the book itself is just a beautiful.

book: Fantastic Mr. Foxby Roald Dahl

movie: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009, dir. Wes Anderson)

Now this is an odd occurrence where I read this book, and have a pretty good recollection of reading it. Although I remember doing so in order to watch the movie (even though I was like 10) because my brother really liked the movie and so I wanted to watch it etc etc… That being said I have literally no recollection of watching the movie, even though I’m almost 100% sure I did. Although despite all that I remember 10 year old me liking the book (and that says something because all I read at the age of ten was rainbow fairy magic books so it took a lot in me to branch out). AND I have a slight memory of liking the film, and I know it is well loved by many others– So read the book, watch the movie, do both!!

book: The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt

movie: The Sisters Brothers (2018, dir. Jacques Audiard)

Now while I will be honest and say that I do not love this movie (mainly because I am not a fan of westerns), after I saw this with my brother and a couple of his friends I was told that the book is much much better. And while I have yet to get around to reading it (probably because I didn’t like the movie) seeing as I have heard that the book is far more entertaining, witty, and fun when compared to the movie — I am indeed interested. That big said, this is definitely an instance where the movie is not bad — just not my personal preference. The highlight is most definitely the brilliant acting (and Jake Gyllenhaal despite his weird accent) but other than that if you like westerns and blood and stuff — you’ll like this movie! (and the book probably)

book: Call Me By Your Name by Andre Acimen

movie: Call Me By Your Name (dir. Luca Gaudanigno)

now I myself I have not read the book, but I have heard a variety of reviews for it. My mum DNF’d (did not finish for newbs) this bad boy after deciding to read it on the plane ride back from our (sort of) yearly girl’s trip to NYC. She told me it was good but got really repetitive and was sometimes just a bit too much (ya feel?). Although, I have of course heard other people say it is a beautiful novel through and through and I know some people that simply ADORE IT. That being said, I’ve seen the movie, and the film is exceptionally beautiful for may reasons – the story – the acting – the cinematography – the cOloOuRs – the speech from his dad — I could go on. That being said I think one can easy enjoy both the book AND the movie — or one or the other! which I think is a really cool thing about stories and storytelling. (also there’s a sequel to the book coming out this fall ???????)

book: Wonder by R.J Palacio

movie: Wonder (2017, dir. Stephen Chbosky)

Now this is just a super sweet story that I think is really well told in both the book and the movie! One of my favourite things about this is that when the movie came out, some of the kids I teach dance kept telling me how they read the book at school and then went to see the movie, and told how much they loved the book & the movie! This is definitely a story that was aimed more towards kids (and middle aged moms), but it tells a really important story that I think everyone and anyone should hear and can learn from.

book: Emma by Jane Austen

movie: Clueless (1995, dir. Amy Heckerling)

Now, I bet you didn’t know that Clueless was loosely (very loosely) based on Jane Austen’s well loved novel Emma (wonderful title) but it is! like I said, it is a loose adaptation, so you could really read the book and watch the movie and get completely different messages (but I mean who doesn’t want an excuse to watch a Paul Rudd movie so that him never aging can be the topic of every conversation you have for the next week?) that being said both the book Emma and the movie Clueless are wonderful and I really do recommend them both.

So there ya have it! I hope this inspired you to read some more book, or watch some new movies, or do both! (although I would not suggest doing both at the same time, it can get quite confusing).

Process Post 7 – Feedback

Peer reviews are daunting. Completing a review for someone else is difficult, especially when you’re not necessarily an expert on the content (blogging), or when you, yourself have a blog that will receive a review in return… in exchange for a grade. They are also challenging to read when you’re under scrutiny; will they like what I have to say? What will they think about my photos? Will the content of my writing be clear, offensive, engaging or just plainly boring? I feel this is one of the issues we face as bloggers (I’m calling myself a blogger now, apparently); personalizing a space to reflect yourself and your interests, then publishing it for the universe to troll, critique and destroy. Blogging is simple, but it is not easy. What you post, share or reveal is vulnerable to what others think, and what others think can be as destructive, like Cyberhate, which you can read about here,  as it is liberating, enjoyable and of course, democratic (see a variety of #Posiel posts debating this). I argue for.

For the latest review I received, I was delighted to attain significant positive feedback from Jill’s Book Blog, which you can access here, but also some constructive feedback that will greatly benefit ReRouted. In being transparent, of course I take delight in reading her humbling feedback, but I truly value her primary suggestion that images/photos within the posts would better serve the overall layout and theme of the blog, as well as make the reading more approachable and intriguing. With this in mind, the process in which I encountered this week was incorporating photos directly into the blog and process posts, which involved consideration of suitability for the post and aesthetics.

Because much of the photography on my blog is of myself, I wanted to balance the images with ones that are less personalized, but still reflective of the content and overall theme of my experience of change. I feel that my blog is very personal, so in seeking greater balance, I am enhancing relatability and hopefully broadening the appeal of my content by doing this. I have done a lot of thinking about how my writing is interpreted by others, but have neglected the idea for how images can or haven’t been doing the same. Brown University has a fascinating presentation on why people perceive text differently, which made me think, perhaps my text isn’t what I think, and if so, or even if it is, how do photos support either conclusion?

In consideration of images, I wanted to be cognizant of colour, size and focusing on finding relatively simple images that support the writing as opposed to detracting from it. Likewise, I wanted the images to be a part of the writing itself, so as the image itself can offer some greater context or meaning of the conversation. I want the image to be an anchor in the post that organically reveals some of the content. I feel this is important because for many readers, busy ones especially, as well as keyboard warriors on the prowl, photos provide a quick glimpse into what’s new, relevant and a part of my thoughts and life. I also took some of Jill’s advice in having the layout of images reflect that of the landing page; like an advent calendar, which is what I was kind of going for from the conception of this blog. Notorious blogger, Neil Patel has some great insights on selecting images which you can read here. Additionally, Shout Me Loud outlines several reasons why including images on your blog is valuable, which you can also see here.

There is still some general tidying-up that needs to be done to enhance upload speeds, function and layout. I have been working on paper to come up with something a bit more user-friendly and hope to make these changes soon. I’m hoping to implement some more major edits soon, as I would like the blog to be a little more polished. That said, Jill’s comments regarding her appreciation for the content and the theme or feel of the blog is reassuring that I’m on the right track… for some people at least. For others, they can go here for entertainment value.

I want to extend a kind thanks to Jill for providing such a positive and helpful review; I only hope that I offered her even half the same in return. As many people as blogs reach, the act of blogging can actually be quite lonely. You are trying to build a community, but the vacuum in which you do so is a cyclone within yourself and your own interests. Your reach is far in terms of potential, but you’re in isolation, behind a screen, sharing what it is that you find shareable. This in and of itself is intimidating – here you are, in front of the world, one in which can judge you without repercussion, offering your thoughts, feelings and fears. The blogosphere is yuge, but like the universe, there are many constellations and systems to discover, view and get lost in.

Peer Review – 2

I had the pleasure of peer reviewing Jill’s Book Blog, which you can find here. From the onset, this is an engaging site, as it explores accessible reading, an aspect of publishing that the majority of the population is somewhat unfamiliar. Jill’s Book Blog is completely transparent; the creator offers insights and perspectives on the development and design of a blog through an access aide. As Jill articulates here, there are certain challenges one faces when visually impaired, with design in particular being an understandable barrier. As I am not overly committed to reading books, especially during undergraduate where we do have a high quota of readings, I was, at first thought, somewhat uninterested in the content of this blog; however, in exploring the pages and being introduced to the works under review, an appreciation was established and is hopefully reflected in this review.  Here, I have divided my review by examining the content, design and overall impression.

I find book reviews challenging. To take a relatively long piece of writing and condense it into a concise and engaging review is difficult, so I feel that Jill’s Book Blog tackles an ambitious topic, especially for a weekly update. Likewise, in attempting to reach her goal of 96 books in 365 days, time is of the essence, and here, she does this well. I find the writing to be clear, effective and brief, and despite this, she negates jeopardizing the offering of a polished summary and well-written opinion about the book. There are some minor grammatical errors that are revealed through missing commas and dashes, as well as some repetition, but overall the posts are strong and any wordiness can be reflective of the vernacular a blog can sometimes evoke. I appreciate Jill’s sentiment that “I feel like I have become stuck in the formal, uninventive, dry essay/assignment writing and organizing we have to do in University, that I perhaps lost my creativity and imagination,” and understand how the concept of blogging for a course is refreshing. One post that I found highly entertaining was this interview with Batman.  Using a strong sense of humor, playful language and clear objective of interpreting a novel through Bruce Wayne’s understanding of crime, Jill effectively entices the reader to explore the content afforded throughout her blog. I would like to see this extended with more links to other reviews or related-sites.

I like the design of this blog; it is simple, clear, focused and easy to navigate. I can’t really relate to the challenges in creating and maintaining the design via an access aide, but I can certainly appreciate the effort that was made to vocalize the desired outcomes. I like the black border, which in most cases I do not, but here it reflects the pages of a book. I am also fond of the number of tags for each post, as for me, when creators attribute too many tags, the page starts to look cluttered. There are two things I would like to see considered for alteration. First, I think that Jill has two important tag-lines for her blog; “Adventures of Accessible Reading” and “96 Books in 365 Days;” however, the latter is difficult to locate, and for me, is one of the interesting aspects of the blog. I would prefer to see it alongside “Adventures of Accessible Reading.” Also, I am not entirely fond of the main image of the lagoon and book waterfall. I appreciate the creativity of the books being employed as an abundant fall, but the image is somewhat unclear and too low of quality. I am also less enthusiastic about the type of image; I feel that the natural wonder-like photo does not really reflect the types of books being reviewed. This is of course, personal preference, but for me, I would like to see something different.

Overall, I like this blog. I found it incredibly approachable and accessible (pardon the pun), and unlike some opinion-based blogs, I feel that I truly learned something, or became interested in learning more about accessible reading. In fact, I would value further links to other resources outside of just the book, not just about the book itself, but how accessible reading is made available. I don’t need to read more about accessibility on this blog, but resources that are vetted by someone with a visual impairment would be interesting. Likewise, more links in general would be intriguing; I would like to know who Jill agrees with, disagrees with or what other books the focal one could be related to. One could also link to where to find the book, which I like about this book blog found here.

Jill’s Book Blog is a well-developed and organized site that provides visitors with approachable and strong synopses of various books. With some minor edits and slight alterations to some design aspects, this blog is very appealing and worth revisiting – for 96 days.

oh so excited: my most anticipated books & movies for 2019

While I’m still getting through books and movies that I was excited for in 2018, There are already so many books and movies I can’t wait to see in 2019.

A couple weeks ago was Sundance 2019, which if you don’t know is a pretty big film festival that takes place every year. It was started by none other than Robert Redford in 1978, and is a great insight into what the coming year will look like for movies (or at least a lot of ~indie~ movies). When I looked at a bunch of recaps from the festival, I started adding a lot of films to my “mental” 2019 movie list. So I then decided to create an entire list of movies I’m pumped to see in 2019 (going beyond those that screened at Sundance), as well as the books that I’m looking forward to reading. Although, these lists will probably be changing constantly throughout the year as I find out about new projects, and some might end up getting pushed back to 2020. Although, while we’re here — these are my most anticipated books and books for 2019

Something I’ve noticed with books is I only ever find out about them through people I know, the authors I already read, or random lists on the internet. So my list of anticipated books is kind of small, but that is because there are so many books that might be released this year that I don’t even know about yet

1.) Chain of Gold (The Last Hours, #1) by Cassandra Clare

Release date: November 20th, 2019

Alright, in my defence, Cassandra Clare’s books are definitely my guilty pleasure reads. Although, after binging her Dark Artifices series last fall, I have fallen back into her Shadowhunter world. I am STOKED for this book, mainly because I want Will Herondale, and the only thing better than that is DAD Will Herondale. So Cassandra, you’d better deliver.

2.) Wayward Son (Simon Snow #2) by Rainbow Rowell

Release date: unknown

I have a very distinct memory of this book being announced through Rainbow Rowell’s instagram last year. The initial release date was in 2020, but it’s now 2019, and I don’t know who I am meant to thank or that — but THANK YOU. This is the sequel to Rowell’s book titled Carry On which is about the character of a book that the character in her other book Fangirl writes fanfiction about — yeah it’s pretty meta. It’s about wizards and stuff and it’s amazing and that’s really all you need to know.

3.) Too Much Is Not Enough by Andrew Rannells

Release date: March 12th, 2019 

Now, I am not a huge fan of non-fiction, and I don’t read a whole lot of memoirs. The only exception is when people I actually really like or look up to release them. So that being said, the second Andrew Rannells announced he was writing a memoir I was PUMPED. For those of you who don’t know who Andrew Rannells is (and there’s probably a lot of you) — he’s a Broadway (& screen!) actor, who’s probably best known for originating the role of Elder Price in the original Broadway cast of The Book of Mormon. He has also been seen in the recent revivals of Falsettos and The Boys In The Band….But it all really started with Pokémon Live! He’s just a kid from Omaha, Nebraska who was lucky enough to make it in “the big city” so I’m excited to hear more of his story to stardom.

4.) The Red Scrolls of Magic (The Eldest Curses #1) by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu

Release date: April 2nd, 2019

wowzer another Cassie Clare book on here. This one, I’m very much looking forward to. Cassandra Clare is definitely one of the hardest working authors out there as she keeps putting out these (MASSIVE) books each year. And this one is going to be about one of the best couples ever, Magnus and Alec. I honestly don’t know what to say other than GIVE IT TO ME NOW.

5.) Again, but Better by Christine Riccio

Release date: May 7th, 2019

Okay another very exciting book being released this year. Christine Riccio, PolandbananasBOOKS on youtube, is coming out with her debut novel this year. It follows the main character Shane as she navigates her life while studying abroad. I mean coming of age? England? what more could I want!? Christine was actually the first ‘booktuber’ I ever watched back In 8th grade when I was trying to find stuff about the book Graceling and I stumbled upon her booktalk. I was introduced to the online presence of books and people who talk about books, so It’s pretty cool for me to see her writing and publishing her first book!

6.) The Fever King (Feverwake #1) by Victoria Lee

Release date: March 1st, 2019

Okay this is now where we come to the books that I have randomly found out about through the internet, but I’m VERY excited about. The Fever King was on a 2019 YA book release list, and I was immediately drawn to amazing cover. I then read the synopsis and was really interested in it, read reviews and became even MORE interested, and I then discovered it wasn’t coming out until March and was very sad. This book is sci-fi, but not really sci-fi — with politics and intersectional issues. I haven’t read it yet obviously so I don’t really at all know what it will entail — but I’m SURE it’ll be great.

7.) The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown

Release date: March 7th, 2019

Yet another book I stumbled upon in a list of 2019 releases. This one immediately drew me in with the title because it made me think it would be a mystery, and I was right. This kind of reminds me of John Green’s Turtles All The Way Down in the sense that someone who is not at all qualified to investigate something is investigating something — and that’s what makes me want to read it!!! The reviews that are coming in are also super positive and praising it for being beautiful and treating grief in such a beautiful way so yeah — me reading this book?? you can count on THAT

8.) Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzie Lee

Release date: September 3rd, 2019

The next book on my list is EXCITING, which is amazing seeing as I only found out it was a thing about 30 minutes ago. I’ve seen these Marvel and DC hero YA books around for a while now, but I have yet to have a whole lot of interest in them. That is before I saw THIS ONE. for one, Loki, probably one of my favourite anti-heros ever (DON’T talk to me about infinity war, thanks) and two, Mackenzie Lee. I’ve read her debut The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue which is a wonderful adventure story that twists and turns but at the base is SO witty and charming. You put those two things together and you’ve got an AWESOME book that I am dYinG to read. (and we don’t even have a cover… and it doesn’t come out for 7 months…)

9.) Call Down the Hawk (Dreamer Trilogy, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

Release date: November 5th, 2019

Alright, 100% my most anticipated book of 2019, and it was only announced a couple days ago. Pretty much, this is the first book in a companion series to Maggie Stiefvater’s other series The Raven Cycle, and it’s going to be centred around one of her best and most interesting characters Ronan Lynch. I am……… very excited to say the least, and I recommend that literally everyone reads The Raven Cycle (the first book is The Raven Boys) because it is amazing and I could probably do an ENTIRE blog post on these books 🙂

Alright, buckle your seatbelts we’ve got another long list coming at ya. I won’t go too in-depth with these to save your the time, so I’d recommend clicking the links to read more about each film. I will also say that this is not in order, because I’m wEaK and hate choosing favourites (especially because some of these could definitly be very disappointing, lets face it) So this is in chronological order of when they are (meant to/rumoured) to be released

1.) Captain Marvel dir. Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck

In Theatres: March 8th, 2019 — Trailer

Not much to say other than I am ready for Brie Larson to singlehandedly save the Avengers, and have her pet cat steal the show the whole time, while simultaneously showing me 90’s culture with a sick soundtrack. (I’m begging you marvel)

2.) Us dir. Jordan Peele

In Theatres: March 22nd — Trailer

There is a VERY good chance that won’t see this movie in theatres because I’m WEAK and hate horror movies. Although, it’s on this list because Jordan Peele is a gEniUs and it’s going to be amazing. So, I can’t wait to live vicariously through everyone’s reviews until I probably watch it 6 months later on my computer screen in broad daylight.

3.) Avengers: Endgame dir. Anthony & Joe Russo

In Theatres: April 26th, 2019 — Trailer

Infinity War punched me in the face, called me ugly, and then punched me in the gut for good measure. I have my theories for this, and I simultaneously want all of them and NONE of them to come true.

4.) Ad Astra dir. James Gray

In Theatres: May 24th, 2019 — no trailer

What can I say, I love me some space?

5.) Rocketman dir. Dexter Fletcher

In Theatres: May 31st, 2019 — Trailer

Okay this one, pretty dicey. Bohemian Rhapsody was a little bit of a mess, but Elton John has had a HUGE part in the making of this film so tHeRe’S hOpE. Taron Egerton also looks INSANE as Elton John, AND actually sings in it. Also, Richard Madden… dare I say more?

6.) Men In Black International dir. F. Gary Gray

In Theatres: June 14th, 2019 — Trailer

Um, best casting choice ever. Not much else to say other than I love it already.

7.) Spider-man: Far From Home dir. John Watts

In Theatres: July 5th, 2019 — Trailer

8 words and 8 words only: Keep That Bowl Off Of Jake Gyllenhall’s Head

8.) The Lion King dir. Jon Favreau

In Theatres: July 19th, 2019 — Trailer

Less excited, more interested in how this is actually going to turn out, but Donald Glover as Simba… yes please.

9.) Once Upon A Time In Hollywood dir. Quentin Tarantino

In Theatres: July 26th, 2019 — No trailer yet

Not to sound like that annoying pretentious cinephile girl — but with a cast like that and a director like that, there’s almost no way you’re getting me to NOT watch this movie.

10.) It: Chapter Two dir. Andy Muschietti

In Theatres: September 6th, 2019 — Not trailer yet

I know I said earlier I don’t like horror movies but this is an exception because I loved It so much. Very scared to see this movie, but there’s almost nothing stopping me from seeing Bill Hader play Richer Tozier.

In Theatres: October 4th, 2019 — No trailer, just this sick makeup test

okay, very random because if you know me you know I don’t like DC… But I have hope in Joaquin Pheonix. I think he’s a really good Joker and could bring some Heath Ledger level stuff to the table.

11.) Star Wars: Episode IX dir. J.J. Abrams

In Theatres: December 20th, 2019 — No trailer

The previous movie was one of the weirdest reviewed movies I’ve ever seen. All in all I want to J.J Abramms to take BACK the reigns of this trilogy and give me a conclusion that I KNOW is coming. Also Kylo Ren. that is all (also please give us a title, trailer, and poster asap…)

*the next movies were ones that premiered at Sundance and don’t have release dates or even trailers yet !*

12.) Honey Boy dir. Alma Har’el

Honey Boy? more like OH BOY. Shai Lebeouf wrote this (semi) autobiographical script about his relationship with his dad — where he PLAYS HIS DAD. We also have Noah Jupe playing young him, and none other than Lucas Hedges playing not as young him. It was also the best-reviewed Sundance film on rotten tomatoes, and it’s 100% my most anticipated film of 2019 — I’m pumped give me the tissues Shai.

13.) The Farewell dir. Lulu Wang

Awkwafina looks sad in that promo picture, and that made me sad. Then I read the synopsis and I got even MORE sad. Then I read that A24 bought it and boy oh boy did I get excited.

14.) The Report dir. Scott Z. Burns

This may turn out to be just another Spotlight or The Post, but it’s getting some pretty rave reviews. also… John Hamm AND Adam Driver?!??! thank you casting director.

15.) The Last Black Man in San Fransisco dir. Joe Talbot

A24 is D E L I V E R I N G this year

16.) Big Time Adolescence dir. Jason Orley

I loved Pete Davidson pre Ariana drama, okay? also we’ve got Griffen Gluck from American Vandal... and Machine Gun Kelly apparently?? even if they weren’t a part of it I’ll watch any coming of age film okay?

OKAy that’s a long list and I apologize. Although, I’m hoping you saw something that maybe tickled your fancy! watched some trailers maybe? bought advances tickets for Captain Marvel? I hope so.

Anyways, 2019 is looking to be a Pretty good year for books and movies, and I’m really looking forward to delving into these worlds soon!



Reading Update!

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The Wolf Road, by Beth Lewis: A Review

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