So… while I was having my time with THE D, I attempted to see the last Harry Potter movie twice. Yes, twice. I took a shower, got dressed, headed to the car, got there and then turned right around and went home. Sigh. I was already late since it opened the weekend of our wedding and here I was, with the perks of working from home, totally incapable of seeing a movie.
But guess what? Last Friday, in my tiny window of wellness (ok, to be honest, I wasn’t actually well last Friday, I was well on Thursday evening, but on Friday the cold of doom had not yet gripped me within an inch of my life. So out I went!), I went with Kamel to finally see HP7 Part 2 and I loved it. Loved, with a capital L and not just because it was the first letter in a sentence. I realize that I’m a little late to this party, but I don’t care, and I know you probably don’t either because LET’S TALK ABOUT HARRY POTTER SOME MORE EVERYBODY!
Ok so first, I thought the movie was the perfect length. It was so action packed that I never felt like it was dragging or anything like that – where the first part was all about anticipation and pretty English parks, the second one was all WHAM BAM BABOOM! I also very much enjoyed HP’s constant infusion of humor even in the really stressful bits. Like when Mcgonogal says, “I’ve always wanted to do that spell.” After the cement warriors pop down? Remember that? One of the best moments because it was adorable but also really bittersweet because the moment was really about trying to guard against the big bad. Also? When Ron and Hermione go at it once they don’t die in a flood of water? I have to admit, I totally clapped a little in the theater. Yes I did. And I don’t even care if it was cheesy or weirdly placed because Harry Potter is not winning any awards, ok? It’s fun. Bottom line.
So the other thing I did, (totally pop culture over-load over here, obviously) was read all three Hunger Games books while on honeymoon. I had only a vague idea of what they were about before I started reading. All I really knew was that Kathleen had given me an amazon gift card for my birthday and Maris had demanded I read them all over my honeymoon. Directions followed. I also knew that it had something to do with randomly choosing people to go into an arena to fight to the death.
What I was pleasantly surprised to find out? That the main character, Katniss, is a bad ass lady protagonist. Something that you rarely find (Bella doesn’t count in my book, even if I do love me a good Twilight, because she is always being saved by the brutish men in her life) in popular literature unless it involves romance. And The Hunger Games, although romance plays a roll, is mostly about killing and politics. Pretty freaking bad ass. And I am super stoked that as the Harry Potter saga comes to an end in theaters, The Hunger Games is beginning production. I love books and I love reading, but I also love the two-fer of books made into movies. This way I get to savor it twice.
And even though the last book wasn’t as strong as the first two, I still cried the entire flight home from Cancun as I read it. Kamel just kept handing me little drink napkins and patting my hand.
So what’s the next big pop culture book series I should put on my to-read list? I’m not into the dragon tattoo books, though I’ll probably see the movies. What else ya got internet? What’s in? What’s hip? What’s happenin’?