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.

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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.

Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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In his replies, he names the creature and states that, no, they aren’t fighting in space.

Then taking to Facebook, Gunn replied to fans who had questions about the image.

An updated synopsis for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reads:

“Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

So it looks like for those who were lucky enough to see GotG 2 footage at San Diego Comic-Con this year, you’ve already seen this guy in action.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ lands in theatres on May 5, 2017

Maisie Williams freaks out over ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 scripts

"Nothing will prepare you for this."

7:45 pm EDT, August 22, 2016

Maisie Williams finished reading the scripts for Game of Thrones season 7, and totally lost her sh*t on Twitter.

Williams, who plays Arya Stark, is no stranger to shocking moments on the HBO epic fantasy series. But it seems like the events of Game of Thrones‘ penultimate season are so intense, even the seasoned young actress is left flabbergasted.

Earlier this evening, Williams summarized her experience of reading the Game of Thrones season 7 scripts on her Twitter feed. Suffice to say, the stream reads something like a thrillingly ominous preview of what fans will experience when the show returns next year.

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Maisie Williams finished reading the scripts for Game of Thrones season 7, and totally lost her sh*t on Twitter.

Williams, who plays Arya Stark, is no stranger to shocking moments on the HBO epic fantasy series. But it seems like the events of Game of Thrones‘ penultimate season are so intense, even the seasoned young actress is left flabbergasted.

Earlier this evening, Williams summarized her experience of reading the Game of Thrones season 7 scripts on her Twitter feed. Suffice to say, the stream reads something like a thrillingly ominous preview of what fans will experience when the show returns next year.

At first, Williams warned fans to steel themselves for the epic events to come.

…but apparently, no amount of mental toughness will be enough for season 7.

To summarize, Game of Thrones fans the world over are now sizzlingly jealous of Maisie Williams… and also, apparently, well and truly screwed.

With George R.R. Martin’s next installment in A Song of Ice and Fire still achingly absent, there’s almost no way to predict the major events of Game of Thrones season 7. Our only theory is that we should probably say goodbye to the feelings we managed to resuscitate after Jon Snow came back to life.

Williams isn’t the only member of the cast hinting at madness to come. Maisie’s on-screen sister Sophie Turner revealed that she too had advance knowledge while pondering Sansa’s future.

“I’ve actually just got the scripts for seven,” Turner tells Variety. “So I don’t want to say too much, because I’ll probably end up slipping some truths out!”

Seven forbid, Sophie. Seven forbid.

Game of Thrones season 7 will air some time in 2017, but not soon enough.

What madness do you think ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 has in store?

Netflix adapting ‘Anne of Green Gables’ for new TV series with additional themes

Anne Shirley is returning to our screens!

2:45 pm EDT, August 22, 2016

L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables book series is being adapted for television by Netflix and Canadian network CBC.

The new series will begin filming next month in Ontario, Canada. Though CBC will be airing it in America’s neighbor to the north, Netflix will be distributing it in the United States and the rest of the world.

Breaking Bad writer and producer Moira Walley-Beckett is penning the entire eight-episode series and will run the show. It is expected to air on the CBC in 2017, and presumably it’ll run on Netflix around the same.

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L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables book series is being adapted for television by Netflix and Canadian network CBC.

The new series will begin filming next month in Ontario, Canada. Though CBC will be airing it in America’s neighbor to the north, Netflix will be distributing it in the United States and the rest of the world.

Breaking Bad writer and producer Moira Walley-Beckett is penning the entire eight-episode series and will run the show. It is expected to air on the CBC in 2017, and presumably it’ll run on Netflix around the same.

The eight-book Anne of Green Gables series has been adapted numerous times over the years (including the well-known, two-part 1985 televised miniseries), but this will arguably be the biggest adaptation to date thanks to the potential audience Netflix could pull in.

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According to Deadline, “the coming-of-age series will focus on a young girl who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with an elderly spinster and her aging brother. Over time — and thanks to her unique spirit, fierce intellect and brilliant imagination — 13-year-old Anne will transform their lives and eventually the small town in which they live.”

The new adaptation “will honor the foundation of the book, but will incorporate new adventures reflecting themes of identity, sexism, bullying, prejudice, and trusting one’s self.”

The series will be set in 1890. The first book was published in 1908 by Lucy Maud Montgomery and has gone on to sell over 50 million copies worldwide.

Will you watch Netflix’s ‘Anne of Green Gables’ series?

If you’ve ever been interested in reading the series, now’s a great time to start!