Hello, blogosphere. It's been a while.
As soon as "The Hunger Games" opened this weekend, I knew it would be the topic of my blog. Although I am a huge fan of the book series and was pleased with the movie adaptation, I really wish people would not take the story so seriously. It even became a topic of discussion in my Media in Society class today. People actually argued whether or not it was a dystopian or adventure novel. One student even claims that Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games knowingly ripped her story off of a Japanese novel. C'mon, really?
I mean, I understand why everyone is talking about the series. The LA Times wrote that the film's opening is the third biggest in history and biggest ever for a non sequel movie. LAtimes.com goes on to list some other positive repercussions from the release of this film, such as straying away from the annoyingly popular 3D and casting stars of Indie films.
The movie's release has also brought about some unnecessarily negative commentary on the film's casting. Apparently, some people were offended to see one of the characters portrayed by a young black girl. Some tweeters claimed that it even "ruined" the movie. I honestly cannot fathom how some people were able to muster up this reaction. The actress's skin color made no difference on her character whatsoever. And, more importantly, the character is identified as being black in the novels. Do your homework if you are going to complain about movie adaptations.
I definitely recommend this movie, but I really wish people could let it be what it is – a movie.
5:00 p.m. on Sunday:
Some consider Superbowl Sunday a holiday. Some have campaigned for the following day to be a holiday. I do not fall into either of these categories. I do not care for football. I do not understand it. I don’t even know when the game starts, I could be missing it for all I know. The only thing that excites me about the Superbowl is the great television that follows it. At least the LA Times has some articles for me to peruse, before I must struggle through watching a few minutes of a football game.
8:30 p.m. on Sunday:
I ended up having to miss most of the Superbowl, and I was not near a TV either. I did hear a lot about Madonna’s half time show, however. From what I understand, viewers were pretty split. I was able to read a little bit about Madonna’s half time show from Rolling Stone. LAtimes.com did a good job of keeping readers updated on the game. However, I was once again disappointed by the LA Times’ lack of tweets during the game. If TV personality Jimmy Fallon can keep up with a few tweets during the Superbowl, I think the LA Times can too.
11:30 p.m. on Sunday:
Well after the game was over, an article about the Superbowl remains LAtimes.com’s highlighted article on the homepage. Not much on the website changed between during the game and after it was over. Once again, with the exception of lacking in the tweeting department, I think the LA Times did a decent job covering the Superbowl.
Noon on Monday:
I was pleased with the LA Times coverage of the Superbowl today. It was interesting to read about reactions to the final score and commercials. I was especially surprised to see Mrs. Tom Brady blaming her husband's teammates for the Patriots' loss. I was also happy to find a more in depth article about the halftime show. From this article, the halftime show sounded absolutely ridiculous, and I am glad that I missed it. With a few exceptions, I was satisfied with the LA Times' coverage of the Superbowl. I almost felt like I had watched it, even though I didn't even catch five minutes of it.
At first, I could not find the blogs through the navigation tools on LAtimes.com I don't know, maybe my long weekend is finally catching up with me, but I searched for probably ten minutes with no luck. I had to resort to using Google to find the LA Times blogs. Once I found the blogs, I was pretty happy with what I found. Naturally, I immediately checked out the music blog, titled Pop & Hiss. I was pretty excited by the first thing I saw. And here it is:
This may not excite the average reader, but it will definitely entice an aspiring music journalist, such as myself. However, I believe that the blog itself is a great read for any fan of music. And let's be honest... who doesn't love music? From scrolling through the most recent posts of Pop & Hiss, I was able to see the great variation that is included in this blog. These posts ranged from country music news to rock concert reviews.
Now, I found this to be pretty great, as well. The LA Times is on Tumblr. I have always thought that Tumblr is such a cool website, so I thought that it was really innovative to see a newspaper on Tumblr. This is a great way for the LA Times to show off some of its photography.
Since I'm a little obsessed with the LA Times' photography section, Framework, I had to check out the photography blog. Although the LA Times' Tumblr uses pictures to tell stories, it doesn't quite capture emotion as well as the stunning pictures from Framework. This picture of a man during a memorial service on United Nations Holocaust Remembrance Day does just that. The LA Times has a great selection of blogs to chose from, and I wish I had the time to scour each and every one tonight. I definitely encourage everyone to check out at least a few of the blogs.