Pull up a desk chair, because we need to have an honest chat. Young adult fantasy/dystopia movies aren’t for everyone and they’re not marketed that way.

Whoa, whoa! Calm down. I hear what you’re saying. I get it. You’re a fifty year old man with a large collection of Katniss dolls (which is not, not crazy).

Unfortunately, the YA genre is often derided for its love triangles and simple stories, and it tends to be marketed that way. J.K. Rowling’s story changed that perception for many people, but it’s not everyone’s pint of beer (or for those under 21, glass of milk). That’s what makes blockbuster movies so important for the fantasy/dystopia genre; if you can draw people in with strong character development and complex stories, you can expose a whole new audience to the novels we love. We need strong adaptations, especially if we want to see our movies start to win some awards. Here’s why I think Catching Fire might have done that and why it’s the best adaptation for YA novels.

As you know when you watch an adaption with a non-reader, you get bombarded with questions about the characters or the plot. The problem is that many adaptations struggle to walk the line between keeping avid fans happy while explaining the story to newcomers (which I think is the biggest reason they’re not nominated for awards). I feel some sympathy for non-readers; however, when my husband looks like he’s going to ask a question, I cut him off with three little words: “Read the book.” I’ve been married for 13 years and per our marriage vows, it isn’t just in sickness and in health, but in my fantasy movies and in your non-fiction movies, until death do us part. I watch Gettysburg a few times a year and he takes me to Harry Potter, Hunger Games, etc. It’s about compromise.

In the first Hunger Games movie, I said my three words a dozen times. (I should just have it tattooed on my arm). When he finally took me to see the new movie, I prepared for his confusion.

It took less than half an hour to realize how great this movie was. He didn’t ask me a single question. He understood the story from the beginning. When the movie ended, he just sat there, stunned. The older couple behind us didn’t believe the movie was over. The gentleman leaned to his wife and said, “I want to know what happens!” My own husband nodded his head in agreement. Two older men, who had no heart in the game, loved the movie.

While all of that made it a great movie, it didn’t make it the best. What happened on the way home does. In the car I asked him if he wanted me to tell him how the series ended. He was quiet for a minute and then said, “No, I think I’m going to read the next book.” Yep, hell froze over on Saturday night. That right there is the difference between a great movie and the best movie, an award winning movie. A great movie speaks to everyone, while a fantastic movie drives you to the primary source because you can’t stop thinking about it. It lives on past the credits.

An adaptation is really a glimpse of a book. Catching Fire’s glimpses left people wanting to purge on the buffet the books have to offer. The movie was smart, cohesive and full of heart. It flew out of its marketing box and drew in a new audience. Sales for books always go up when a movie is being released, but I would like to see how many of those readers are new to the genre.

If my snobbish husband is drawn to the book because of the movie, I can see several award judges feeling the same way. It gives me hope, but more importantly for me, next year I won’t be watching Mockingjay with a non-reader.

Quiz: What is your pet’s Ilvermorny house?

Why should you be the only one who gets a second wizarding house?

1:00 pm EDT, July 29, 2016

Will your pet be sorted into the same Ilvermorny house as you, or will you have to disown them for joining your rival?

Step aside Hogwarts, there’s a new wizarding school in town (or rather, across the sea)! With a new school comes new houses, and a new sorting test. You might’ve gone through an identity crisis after taking the test for yourself, but you’re not the only one who needs sorting. That furry, scaly, or feathery friend needs to know where they belong too, and we’re here to do just that! Last time we helped you find out what Hogwarts house your pet would be sorted into, so now we’ll help you figure out what Ilvermorny house they belong in.

It’s typical for pets to have similar personalities to their owners, so maybe your pet will end up in the same house as you. But to those who have house rivalries, brace yourselves: It’s also possible your pet will end up in a different house than you, maybe even your rival house! Will you be saying ‘bye bye birdie,’ or do you thrive in competition? That probably depends on your Hogwarts and Ilvermorny house.

Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or reptile, all pets are welcome at Hypable’s Ilvermorny sorting ceremony! Take the quiz below and let us know where your pet’s loyalties lie, and be sure to take it for each of your pets (unless they’re a squib. Is there an American name for squib?). Don’t want any of them to feel left out!


Now that you know your pet’s Ilvermorny house, maybe you’ll want to decorate their bed with their house crest (shoutout to the Hufflepuffs)! Or maybe you’ll forbid them from entering your room if they’re in a different house (shoutout to the Slytherins)!

Did your pet get the same Ilvermorny house as you?

Forget seeing Luke Cage and Daisy Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Jeph Loeb, it’s simply too hard to plan.

Although the Marvel movies and TV series ostensibly exist in the same universe, and although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does its best to include Avengers references whenever possible, TV show characters are unlikely to ever show up in the movies.

This despite Chloe Bennet’s continued efforts to remind people that she is, in fact, Marvel’s first on-screen female Asian superhero, and the awesome crossover possibilities the Marvel Netflix series have opened up.

Marvel fans have long been aware of the difficulties of bringing TV characters into the movie ‘verse, but at the 2016 TCAs, Jeph Loeb provided a few more reasons for why it’s practically impossible to coordinate.

“Part of the challenge of doing this sort of thing is that the movies are planned out years in advance of what it is that we are doing,” Loeb says, as quoted by SlashFilm. “Television moves at an incredible speed. The other part of the problem is that when you stop and think about it, if I’m shooting a television series and that’s going to go on over a six-month or eight-month period, how am I going to get Mike [Colter] to be able to go be in a movie? I need Mike to be in a television show.”

In terms of planning out the character arcs, this makes a lot of sense. A Marvel movie might be mapped out years in advance of production, for not to mention release, which means any character scheduled to appear would need to have their stories planned for many seasons in advance. The continuity would certainly be hard to keep track of.

Of course they could still throw in cameos, which fans would probably really appreciate — and crossovers from movies-TV are much more doable, as evidenced by Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander)’s multiple appearances on AoS.

But Marvel is wary of doing that too much, too, because “we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. It has to work within the story. We never want to do Luke Cage gets into a cab as Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are getting out of the cab,” Loeb says, referencing The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

However, don’t lose hope yet. “Anything is possible,” says Loeb. “As I often get reported by you folks for saying #ItsAllConnected, our feeling is that the connection isn’t just whether or not somebody is walking into a movie or walking out of a television show. It’s connected in the way that the shows come from the same place, that they are real, that they are grounded.”

Would you like to see Marvel TV and movie characters cross over more?

If Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda weren’t enough to get you excited about Mary Poppins Returns, maybe Meryl Streep’s name on the roster will do the trick.

Mary Poppins Returns is not a remake of the original 1964 classic but rather a sequel to the Julie Andrews-led musical. As such, it stands to reason that we’ll be getting some new characters this time around. One of those characters will be Miranda’s Jack, who will be a street lamplighter.

And, according to Variety, another one of those new characters will also be portrayed by none other than Meryl Streep, who will be taking on the role of Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy. And, yes, the legendary actress will be taking on a singing role for the film.

This will also reunite Streep with her Into the Woods co-star Blunt, as well as Director Rob Marshall and Producer Marc Platt. Streep played the Witch in Into the Woods, while Blunt portrayed the Baker’s Wife opposite James Corden.

Disney’s official synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns reads:

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Mary Poppins Returns and will hit theaters December 25, 2018.

Are you on board with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ now that Meryl Streep has joined the cast?