May the Odds be Ever in Your Favor

I went in for my first day at the Holiday Inn for work, and it was overall an alright day. I didn’t do any training mainly because it’s a lot to take in at once. So I mainly just shadowed people, watching what they did and taking mental notes of little things about the hotel. The only thing that I really did was occasionally file a paper or two. It was a short shift, only three and a half hours, but there wasn’t anything I could do yet, so I was fine with that.

I’m scheduled to work again tonight from six to eleven, so what people would call a normal shift, haha. I’m pretty nervous because tonight they’ll start training me and it just all looks so confusing. The workers that I met the other night were nice though, so I think it will go alright. I usually can catch on to things pretty quickly, so I’m hoping that this will be one of those occasions too.

I woke up this morning at 9:30, thinking that it was Saturday and that I had to babysit. I have today off of school (marking the start of my spring break), so that threw me out of whack a bit. It wouldn’t be such a problem, but I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been having some trouble sleeping, so I’ve been really tired lately and just need a good day off to sleep in. Which would’ve been today.

Not to mention I saw the midnight premiere of The Hunger Games last night. :D

I wasn’t nearly excited for this movie as I was for the Harry Potter movies, but I was still pretty excited. I think it’s always a bit weird reading a book and imagining in your head what you think everything is like, and then watching what someone else viewed it as on the big screen.

Overall I really liked the movie, so I’m going to insert a mini-review here (no spoilers, I promise!). Most of the things that I really did not like were not plot or acting related, it was more with the filming of the movie itself and the camera angles. In the beginning, when the movie was showing the Seam, the camera was extremely shaky. I realize that this was intentional and that it helped set the mood, but it just annoyed me. I just wanted to somehow be able to stop the camera from shaking!

The way that the fighting between the tributes kind of annoyed me too. The camera was zoomed real close in so that you couldn’t really see what was happening. You could just see a glimpse of a punch, part of a knee in the stomach, and the rest very blurred – again with the shaking camera. :blink: I was talking to Andrew and my friends about it afterwards and we all agreed that if it would have showed everything in the fighting scenes, the movie probably would have been rated R for violence. But, I thought that they could have perhaps shown a little bit more – but I’m an action kind of girl, so I guess that’s just me. :P

Other than those two things, I really loved the movie. It stayed very true to the book and the things that they did omit I thought were minor and were necessary for the sake of time. I’m glad they didn’t split the movie into two parts. A lot of movies have been doing that which is a bit annoying and seems just another scheme to make more money.

A couple of people I know were complaining that it did not stay true to the book, but they also read the book within the last week, which is rather stupid. There are going to be differences between book and movie, and I learned my lesson after reading one of the Harry Potter books the day the movie came out. I just sat there and critically viewed it, noting every single thing that was different, and I didn’t enjoy the movie because of it.

The casting for the roles and the acting itself was done very well. All of the characters came very close to how I pictured them in my head and my favorite would have to be Haymitch – Woody Harrelson was spot on with his portrayal of his character. The Capitol people me and Becky joked all just looked like a bunch of Lady Gagas, but I thought they were excellent as well.

Overall, I thought the movie was fantastic and I really hope that they are going to make a movie for Catching Fire, too. If you hadn’t read the books or seen the movie, I would recommend both! The Hunger Games are right up there with my other two favorite book series, the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. 8)

9 thoughts on “May the Odds be Ever in Your Favor”

  1. I haven’t read The Hunger Games yet. -gasp- I know, I know. That’s weird for me, because I’m such a big reader. And I love those dystopian world-based books. (Have you read Divergent by Veronica Roth? Excellent book.) I just . . . never had the time. I want to read it, though, but I’m probably gonna end up being one of the idiots who sees the movie first. Also, I think I read somewhere that they really needed to keep the violence in the movie down to keep it at a PG-13 rating.

    It’s not as bad as it sounds! I’ve always been good at getting all of my work done, even if I procrastinate a lot. So, yeah. Not *too* bad. I’ve barely played the PS3 these past few weeks. I’ve just been too busy.

    I did put the Elmer’s glue on sloppily! -lol- It doesn’t look too bad if you do it poorly, though. You just have to tell people it was on purpose. And, if you true mess up, stick it in the washer and dryer before you dye it. It gets all the glue out, and you have a plain white shirt again, good as new. I had to do that several times.

  2. Ahhhh cool you got a job! So you file papers, what else do you do? I don’t really like the idea of shifts because they mess up your schedule. Back when I worked at this book/music store I worked the same hours every day of the week. It made things easier then again not many people worked at that place soooo.

    Omg everybody’s talking about The Hunger Games! Maybe I should read it. I usually have plenty of problems with movies because they like to change up the things from the book. If they’re omitting minor things its okay but Harry Potter movies omit A LOT. Urgh I could go on ranting. I really don’t like the Harry Potter movies haha.

    The Lord of the Ring does well in terms of the movies though! Maybe I should give The Hunger Games a try!

  3. Good luck in your new job at the Holiday Inn! It’s a job that’s worth the experience in a way- only when it’s a part timer :D. Knowing you, you’ll understand the basic concepts of the job right away. Though, one thing for sure, have fun in the job otherwise, you’ll be dreading every moment of it!

    I heard the Hunger Games was just the average joe. The movie doesn’t really seem worth watching, but I might just end up watching it. Splitting the movie into 2 parts is horrible! I don’t care if I have to sit through the movie in 4 hours, just kill the time already! XD. But you’re right, it’s another scheme to make more money!

    I’m sure I’ll enjoy watching The Hunger Games more than Breaking Dawn Part 2. XD!

    I took a screenshot of the twitter/facebook mock page a while back:

    http://i316.photobucket.com/albums/mm326/hiiamnancy/mock.png

    The only ‘talented’ person in our yearbook squad… Is probably me.. Because everyone else doesn’t know jack about designing/etc. I’m probably the only one who made fully customed backgrounds while others copied theirs off the internet.

    Take care (:!

  4. I haven’t read the books yet, or seen the movie (not even sure it’s out in NZ yet) so I didn’t read the bottom half of your entry. I’m pretty excited to see the movie though as everyone is talking about it & it’s all over FB & Tumblr.

    I hope your training went well & your mind didn’t explode with all the stuff you learnt. :)

  5. I’m not a fan of The Hunger Games. I read all three books, and I truly think that it should’ve just been one book because the series was…bleh. Most young adult novels don’t appeal to me, either.
    While I was reading The Hunger Games, I drew a bunch of parallels with Battle Royale, which is a 1999 Japanese novel about kids who get sent to an island and fight to the death. The only difference is that Battle Royale has gore and mature content.

    I’m going to see the movie with some friends next Sunday, and I think the movie’s going to better than the book for me.

  6. I wish you luck on your job ;3 Yeah, you are right. Too many people are comparing the movie to the book and I know they can’t cram everything in there for the sake and it doesn’t help that the books are in first person either. Completely different.

    I’m reading them after seeing the movie just because. ;3

  7. You know, I’d have to agree with you about NOT criticizing a movie by comparing it meticulously to the book. It really ruins the movie, why bother seeing it? Books are a different medium from movies so the directors have to treat it as such. I actually kept your words in mind when I watched Hunger Games (which I loved, btw)! Don’t you feel special? haha. During the movie, I was like, “Of course some parts are going to be different from the book – don’t be unnecessarily mad, just acknowledge the differences and enjoy the movie!”

    Although I think the changes they made were beneficial to having the book being adapted into the movie – I feel like Gale’s very short line would have added more impact and they didn’t need to cut it out. On the train when he says “Remember I -”

    Oh well :)

  8. I’ve not seen the movie, But I totally loved the 1st and 2nd books of the series! Actually I wanted to see the movie…But india it released when my exams were on and then when I did have time, the movie was no longer in theaters in or near my city! I so hated that moment! arghh! But then I’m sure I’ll be able to catch it up on the tv! And I really hope I do!

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