Wednesday, November 27, 2013
THE TRAILER FOR MY LATEST BOOK, CRAZY FOR YOU, JUST CAME OUT. IT'S ON YOU-TUBE AND WILL BE ON THE ROMANCE AT RANDOM WEBSITE.
Check it out and see what a fantastic job the art department did!
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Most Incendiary Moments
in Catching Fire:
in Catching Fire:
I went to a matinee of Catching Fire, the second movie in the Hunger Games series, on its opening day, and found it quite faithful to the book. Here’s what they got right :
The casting: Scott Hutcherson as Peeta could have stepped right out of the pages of Suzanne Collins’ book. Liam Hemsworth made a perfect Gale, and Scott Claflin was a pitch-perfect, self-regarding, sexy-guy-who-goes-around-shirtless Finnick.
It goes without saying that Woody Harrelson chews up the scenery. but it's Stanley Tucci who steals the show. I believe Stanley Tucci could appear on stage with Paul and Ringo and John and George resurrected from the dead and he would still be the one you'd pay the most attention to. As Casaer Flickermann, with his pompadour-pony tail and shining horse teeth and show-bizzy cackle, Stanley is absolutely terrific. I demand that Hollywood immediately set to work creating a spinoff movie called the Flickermann Show!
The costumes—particularly the get-ups worn by the effete, shallower-than-paper plates pea-brains who populate the Capitol—were fantastic. Effie Trinket’s butterfly dress--oh my goodness—the only thing that would have made it more fun is if the monarchs on her bodice had flapped to life, hoisted her up in the air, and hauled her off to migrate with them. Oh—and don’t miss her supersized red eyelashes in one scene—they look like the fringe that fell off Cher’s bathrobe.
But my hands-down costume favorite, and one of the movie's high points, was Katniss’s wedding dress, which transforms, like the garment version of a phoenix bird, into the mockingjay dress, complete with wings. Quite spectacular, and a big oooh moment.
Not to be picky, but the costume department missed the boat with the Peacekeepers, who were outfitted in what appears to be leftover Star Wars Imperial stormtroopers’ gear.
The special effects were marvelous, from the bloody and deadly fights in the Arena to the attack by the giant fanged baboons. (mandrils?) The poisonous, blistering fog was outstandingly creepy.
Best moment of the movie—when Katniss’s lightning-electrified arrow soars up to shatter the dome’s force field, wrecking the entire fabricated world of the Hunger Games arena and creating a blackout that fritzes back to the gameskeepers’ secret room and practically knocks them off their stools.
The theme—of Katniss becoming the symbol of fighting back against the oppressors—is carried out beautifully throughout the movie, from the first warning signs: The odds are never in our favor grafitti-- to the end, where the districts are in open revolt. The movie ends abruptly, promising, like the book, that an uprising is in the works.
My money is on the good guys.
Reminder: Juliet Rosetti's new book, the 2nd in The Escape Diaries, series, is due out
December 9th. Available on Amazon and all
e-book outlets. Title: Crazy for You.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
JulietRose: I VANT TO SUCK YOUR BLOG--Vampires are infesting m...: Darn. Here I thought people were flocking to my website because they were interested in it. Some days I've gotten over a hundred vi...
Darn. Here I thought people were flocking to my website because they were interested in it. Some days I've gotten over a hundred views--which someone like Katy Perry wouldn't even use to wipe the wax out of her ears--but is a really big deal for me. You like me--you really like me--Sally Field's phrase warbled from my lips. Visions of being nominated for the list of Top Blog sites in the country whirled through my head. More reads = more book sales, right?
Alas. when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
Know where most of those hits were coming from? Those of you who have your own blogs have already twigged. Yes, the views are courtesy of Vampirestats, a site so evil I hesitate to even write its web address here, lest it inadvertently infect innocent readers.
This site--speak not its name!--is essentially a spambot. Like a real life vampire it fixes itself to a blog site as its host and uses automated traffic to attract clicks to its own site. Once you're on their site, you're at their mercy! You'll be fed ads. Or you may fall victim to evil, malevolent code that will infect your computer.
Doing a little investigating, I discovered that nobody knows yet how you get rid of this parasite, so if you've figured it out, let me know. In the meantime, DON'T GO THERE!
Now that I've got your attention--we have to pay for these public service messages somehow--just a brief word about my new book, coming out December 9th.
What it's got:
_The Hunkarama Male Dancers
--Plastic surgery princesses
--Two unsolved murders
What's not to like? You get all that for less than the cost of a Starbuck's coffee, and it won't give you a caffeine buzz afterwards. I'm not saying it's better than a bag of Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips, but it's pretty darn close.