Kring’s Note: This piece was written by my friend, mentor, producer and former professor, Ms. Faye Martel. I don’t normally re-post articles written by other people here but there’s exception to every rule. “This Hunger Game Called Life” is one of the best dissections of the film/book that I have read and, albeit short, it made me ponder about the story, its lessons and my own life.
Two years ago, my daughter bugged me relentlessly to buy her this book Hunger Games. Based on the title alone, I knew it was full of violence and I didn’t want to feed her mind (she was just 12 then) with such things. But, as I said, she did this relentlessly until I, well, relented (only after I researched what the book was about). And now everyone knows that it’s such box office hit. I watched it with her on its 1st day of regular showing (only because it was her exam week, if it were not, we would have one of those who watched in the midnight screening the night before), and I really liked it. Not really enjoyed it as I believe the premise of the movie can stand for a lot of things. At first, I thought it could be a great reference movie for my BroadComm class for when I explain camera work, but then as then as the story progressed, I discovered the Hunger Games is a TV show and it can be a better reference for the whole Broadcasting industry. At this point I was thinking that I have to get a DVD of this movie when it gets out. Then I felt a deep pang of sadness when Katniss volunteered for her sister and I realize that the Hunger Games may also be about life and how our children are launched in to it when they graduate.
Life, is like one big Hunger Games.
Have you ever wondered what Koreans (in Korea and in the country) think of us Pinoys? Wonder no longer…
So apparently, many of them have a lot of misconceptions (and even negative thoughts) about the Philippines before they go here. Like this:
LOL. I’m sure even tribes people have shampoo and such!
But of course, once they go here, they soon realize how awesome we are. Especially in singing and in the arts. Also, they realize that we’re a bunch of beautiful people! And that’s exactly how I got my boyfriend… through my beauty. WAHAHAHA!
Goo Hara or Charice? I thought so.
Soon as I got home from my vacation in Batangas, I was welcomed by a nice little package on my desk. I was surprised to find that it was from Summit Publishing and it’s a book. A BOOK. Sorry to break the hearts of literary aficionados out there but let’s just say I’m more of a film person. But what’s more surprising was the cover and the title of the said book:
A book about Kpop. Hmmm… That’s interesting (and a first in the country, I believe).
So this post is not a review of the book. I haven’t even read it yet. As someone who has been in the fandom for seven years, I am curious to read the contents because you know, it’s close to home. Summit also released the Kpop lifestyle magazine, Sparkling, which in fairness was well-researched and didn’t disappoint the fans. But this is another platform altogether and may be a make or break for Summit. From the back cover alone, it almost talks about what being a fangirl is and if you’re in the fandom, you’d know that FANGIRLING IS SRS BIZNIS.