I’ve always loved looking at books in different languages, and this article got me thinking about Japanese book covers specifically.
I’ve never really looked at Western books that have been translated for the Japanese market, so I thought it might be fun to look at some of the more popular book series of recent years and see what they looked like in Japan.
Which cover is your favorite?
The Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Who saw the Hunger Games?! I did! Who’s read the books?! I did!
Who saw the story performed by beanie babies?!
Now, you did. Behold the story of Katniss “Everbean”
WARNING!! THIS IS THE ENTIRE PLOT OF THE FIRST BOOK! SPOILERS!
I’m fairly new to The Hunger Games scene, only reading them once I got my hands on a Kindle for Christmas last year. My sister, however, had been telling me to read them for years. She would rave on and on about them, saying they were right up my alley. Of course, she was right. When I first heard of the arena-style death game, I immediately thought of Battle Royale, as any true horror fan would. I thought there’s no way it could be done again, or as well. I was put in my place soon after starting The Hunger Games Trilogy. I couldn’t put it down! I was up at all hours of the night, reading, and texting my sister after every twist and turn. It was a great experience, and totally worth all of the ‘I told you so’s’ I got after admitting I had been a fool not to go out and buy them sooner.
As far as the movie, I haven’t been quite as enthusiastic as most perhaps because I haven’t been anticipating it as long. I definitely look forward to watching, but I have a hard time believing it will be able to even come close to the book. Which I said the same thing about Harry Potter, and I have been a fan of those movies since the first viewing all those years ago. Just like with Mister Potter, I’m prepared to eat my words after watching the movies. After all, Lenny Kravitz does work that gold eyeliner.
With the premier coming and going, and us already knowing how to dress the part with true Hunger Games fashion, I’m going to do something a bit different. I’m a self-proclaimed bookworm, and it’s pretty rare I get chills from ink on pages, but it happened quite a few times throughout these books. The detail within them is so amazing, there were times I would look up from the pages, and temporarily forget where I was. Now that is storytelling! So this weeks treasury is all about the books coming to life, literally, in the form of these amazing accessories.We live in a digital age, where books can be downloaded in seconds, anytime and anywhere. While I still collect physical copies, and always will, I too opt for convenience. So here’s to all of these crafty people, who provide a new way for us to show our love for the books, without taking up so much shelf space.
See your favorite pages immortalized in these wonderful accessories.
Last year I picked up a paperback copy of The Hunger Games at Wal-Mart for a whopping $6 because it sounded like an interesting, albeit morbid, concept. Obsessions often have such innocent beginnings; I was hooked within about 20 pages and spread the obsession to many of my friends and coworkers. On Thursday, the much awaited movie is finally coming out (longest wait of my life)!
For those like me who are excited to the point of dressing up for the midnight premier, I’m sure that you’ve had your costume in your head for months. But for those who aren’t going all out and just want a little THG flair to wear to the movie (or the diehard fans for which one night of Panem fashion is just not enough), read on for some tips and tricks to bring THG into the everyday.
The voice of a generation
Books, I love them, you love them, and this week the world of geek is all over them. Nothing ties the lives of nerds together more then a good book, and this week books took front and center in the news. So lets sit by the fire with our cups of tea and read about what this week has to offer.
First off this week it was announced that the film for the second book from the series The Hunger Games will be released November 2013. This is huge considering that the first film hasn’t even been released yet. For those of you that haven’t read the books, take my advice and get them. They have nothing to do with vampires and are actually really well done.
Are you sure there are no sparkling vampires in this??
Also this week it was reported that the movie World War Z based on one of the best zombie books is not going to stay faithful to the source material. It seems that rather take the unique outline of eyewitness accounts that was the basis of the book the movie is going to explore the actions of one UN employee (played by Brad Pitt). I’m not sure how that is going to pan out since one of the things I loved most about the book is the different ways different cultures and people reacted to the same zombie outbreak.
I wonder if it would be better produced by Max Brooks dad?
Third, we come to Stephen King’s The Stand. Yesterday the news broke that director David Yates (best known for the Harry Potter series) will be directing the film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand. This might be something to look forward to since they did such a good job with the last Harry Potter book. I’m also excited to see their take on this book since I did see the made for TV movie when I was younger and I really did like it (I think I was the only person that did like it).
Can the new movie be good without Max Headroom?
Last but not least this week we saw the release of the book Ready Player One. This book is custom made for Momsbasement. A Sci Fi novel set in the future about video games?? What more could you want out of a book?? The only way this book could be better is if you threw in a few wizards and a couple Star Fleet Commanders.
So fellow book lovers rejoice this week and bask in the glow that is reading. The written word is not forgotten. So let us lift our cups of tea and thank the powers that books can sometimes be important.
my version of crack
To celebrate The Hunger Games and The Stand being made into movies
Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.