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this is what happens when I try to sort out the sordid mess in my head( the hunger games and violence in entertainment)

I have been so conflicted and messed up over this point in life, I just wanted something, to try and finally figure myself out. Like I've mentioned, a month before THG movie, and they are plugging away at it like all get-out. And THG, when I read it, really freaked me out, disturbed me, etc. I thought no one should ever read them again. But they really are really good. Instructive. Cautionary.

And now, America and the internet has turned into The Hunger Games Channel. All Hunger Games, all the time. it's everywhere. And anytime someone mentions it, I see an advertisement, I see people buying it, reading it, everywhere I turn. I stiffen, my gut twists, and I start thinking about it all over again.

And conversations with my Lakehouse sisters (I love you guys, you are my inspiration) have made me rethink some of my perspective and now I'm all confused.

Stick with me?

 Here's what happened after I read The Hunger Games (recap):

First of all, I stayed up till about …

11 tag :/

I usually don't do tags...but I've been tagged a bunch of times with this one so I'm just going to do it. I'm doing Savanna's version :) Thanks,Savanna!

The Rules:
1) Post these rules.
2) Post 11 random things about yourself.
3) Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post.
4) Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
5) Go to their blog and tell them they’ve been tagged.
6) No cop-outs in the tagging section like, “If you are reading this” or “if you follow me”. You have to legitimately tag people!

11 Random Things About Myself
1          .I want to go see THG in theaters. I haven't brought it up to my parents yet(we usually watch movies together.) I also want to do yet another THG post. When I was under the influence of those books, it was awful and I was depressed for a couple days and couldn't sleep. But it fades so completely after a while and everybody talking about it and being excited about it is just eating away at me …

I caved

and took the quiz.

I guess I'm pretty happy with my results. They had some dang ridiculous questions on that quiz. I wish they sorted us into Percy Jackson cabins instead of just saying "Demigod". What else is there? "Hellhound?" "Dryad"? "Goddess"? "Condemned soul woven into Hades' gym shorts?"

hunger games movie

they are really -p-l-u-g-g-i-n-g. this movie. Go to hot topic and find Hunger Games pillowcases, temp tattoos, keychains, nail polishes, baseball caps, toilet seats, toothbrushes, , staplers.......

I was reading a fitness mag and they literally had Hunger Games-based recipes( with the caption, I kid you not, "Eat Like Katniss". I wish they were kidding)

Checked USA Today's bestselling list, THG 1, 2, 3 top the all-genre list, but the youth list is where it gets really interesting. THG #1, 2, 3, round out the top three of course. Then in 4th place, comes the (seriously)? boxed trilogy set. Two places down is the ? THG Tributes guide and then, three places down, the Hunger Games behind the scenes movie compendium...(Then the Rick Riordan books start to make their appearance, but by then I've completely lost hope in humanity)

Nice. Really nice, considering the movie comes out in a whole month.

Nothing adds more magic to your favorite book series than knowing all t…

Would you guys...

appreciate it if I did a major "Amaranthine's Top Awesome Book Recommendations of All Time" post with summaries, short reviews/ major pros/cons, and everything? Or do you pretty much want me to stop talking about books and start talking about something else already?

Updated book release information!

Some of my most anticipated releases of 2012...with release dates and covers!

The Kane Chronicles #3, The Serpent's Shadow: May 1, 2012
Final book in series
Cover: 10/10. Oh my gorgeous! Can you say beautiful? Title: 7/10....slightly cliched? It's alright.
Artemis Fowl #8: The Last Guardian: July 10, 2012 Final book in series Cover: 5/10. The AF covers were never my favorites..hope this is the UK one. Title 6/10. The title is not too descriptive..or exciting. I'm looking forward to this book so much though.
Maximum Ride #8: Nevermore, August 6 2012

Final book in series Cover: 9.5/10. The MaxRide series has wayy more covers and editions than a lot of other series. I love this one. Docked half a point because I couldn't figure out whether the person on the cover was Iggy or Max Title: 10/10. Love it!
Heroes of Olympus Short Story Collection: The Demigod Diaries, August 14th 2012 . Cover: 6/10. Meh Title: 6/10. Meh x2 Super super excited for this book to come out, nevertheless.
No info, …

giveaway over@ the writing dancer

I never blog giveaways unless it's something that I really really want, and it is.

Want ANY 2012 preorder book release? it's yours over at

Good luck!

Artemis Fowl Movie News and Excerpt From Final Book

I am so stoked for this release. Definitely check out the link above, the excerpt is pretty long.

They're looking for a movie director now, eek!

Are you guys excited or are you guys EXCITED?

Top 10 Favorite Scores from Movie Soundtracks

Movie soundtracks are some of my favorite things to listen to! They're beautiful, epic, and awesome. I've made a list of my favorite scores from different movies. 

Just for fun, I've created a poll where you can vote for your favorite score off this list. To be eligible, you need to listen to all ten. It's not hard! I purposefully picked-short-ish songs. Just listen to them while you're off on your other internet adventures. You won't regret it! Also, remember that you're voting for the scores, not the movies. You can HATE Harry Potter but love "Hedwig's Theme".

In no particular order:

1. "The Narnia Theme Song"-which is just a section from "The Battle Theme" from The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.

It fits so well! I really love this piece.

2. "Harry and Hermione"-Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
This one is really quiet and understated, but also moving. I have four HP scores on here, because each movie…

it started out as a feeling....

I'm sorry, I can't hear you over the sound of how awesome they are.
I got the entire Narnia book boxed set when I 
But I have a confession..up until this year, I had only read The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe and The Magician's Nephew. I didn' participate in the Narnia craze much. To be honest, I thought it was sort of boring. They ran around, saw beavers, shot arrows, ate bread? Also, at that time, I was more into real-life books(or as real as 7 year old literature can get.) Like Nancy Drew, Beverly Cleary, Marissa Moss, etc. I did see The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, but only cause we got free passes. And as I got older, I never really picked it back up again. I didn't dislike the ones that I had read. They were pretty good, actually. But they weren't really I would like. I didn't think they had much of a tied together plot or suspenseful enough. Like the ship in Dawn Treader...just wandering around from place to …

The results are in! (response to comments on my book post)

The final verdict. I didn't really use my recommendation list because at the time I wasn't done with my book research. 1. Howl's Moving Castle and SON audiobooks. I've been pretty obsessed with audiobooks lately, listening to them during my free time and on the computer while I do something else. I never listen to audiobooks of books I haven't read though.  2. Four Clique novels. DON'T JUDGE ME. Pink  got me into this series, and its the most gimmicky, silliest, fluffiest, most ridiculous piece of chicklit I've ever read. Then why can't I stop reading?  3. Witch and Wizard. I"m really looking forward to reading this. Love JP <3 4. Gregor the Overlander. Finally. From what I've read of THG, will not be reading this at night. 5. Peter and the Starcatchers. Looks really, really good. 6.Two Series of Unfortunate Events novels. They look like something I would like. I've never read them.

Yesterday, I spent a lot of time attempting to look up e…

silence is golden but duct tape is silver

Stuff I hate:

1. Drama
2. Problems

This week has been one of the hardest in a long time. I cried yesterday and the day before. Sometimes I just can't get up in the morning. This has been a very long half-week of suckfest that began last Friday, and I can't wait for it to be over.

I feel strange. I don't feel like me.  I think I'm going crazy. This situation has changed me so much.  Usually, I'm good humored, eternally patient, levelheaded, and enjoy writing snappy, inspirational emails/posts. I usually enjoy counseling people and helping them through their problems, and thrive off drama, whether fictional or in real life.

But today, I don't feel like laughing at anything, I snap at everyone and make everything into an argument, I feel like alternately yelling or bursting into tears but I don't have the energy. And I only made myself write this post because I can't express my feelings any other way. (all my rant-buddies are either too involved with the …

I need book recommendations!

I heard this movie stunk.

C'mon, I'm dying over here!

In other, unrelated news, want to hear one of the most overrated book series I've ever read is? Alex Rider. I picked up Stormbreaker after legions of people going "READ ITZ AMARANTHINE TIS AMAZING". It was alright....I guess. I didn't...fall asleep or anything. But it was definitely not mind blowing. For starters, Alex is way underdeveloped as a character.

He was a little funny and relate able but not on the same level as I was expecting. And he's a bit cliched in the fact that he's just generally smart and knows everything, without any explanation or emphasis. I guess you could say that he's only a genius when he needs to be, and it doesn't add any other levels to the story. Oh, and did I mention that he's well versed in martial arts too? Yeah. Ender could still kick his butt though.

I guess it would be a good read for boys who don't read much. Definitely not YA level though. Serio…