2013 is history and 2014 is coming upon us. New Year’s has always been considered a time of celebration and reflection. We celebrate the hope and promise the new year will bring us and reflect on the year we’ve had, good or bad. A new year is a fresh start and a clean slate, which is why New Year’s resolutions are popular to make before that clock strikes midnight. Whether we actually stick to the resolutions for the whole year is another thing entirely.
It’s Christmas week and it has come upon us a little too quickly for my liking. I’m not the only one who feels this way. Just about everyone I spoke to feels the same way. The end of 2013 feels like a marathon race to get to the finish line, which would be 2014, but it’s still my favorite time of the year. I enjoy seeing all the Christmas decorations and spending time with my friends and family, as we get together for holiday parties and gorging ourselves on delicious food and eggnog. Because it’s Christmas week and New Year’s the following week, this post will be short and a good opportunity to address my blog being nominated for Blog of the Year!
Back when I was first introduced to the wide and wonderful world of shojo manga, I lived and breathed anything with romance, beautiful illustrations, and hunky shojo men that are the stuff of fantasy. Among my favorite manga series I’ve read and consider to be absolute classics now are Cardcaptor Sakura, Fushigi Yugi, Sailor Moon, Revolutionary Girl Utena, and Hana Yori Dango. I used to consider myself to be on the cutting edge of shojo manga. I would know what the latest titles are and what’s soon to come to the U.S. These days, I find my manga reading more stuck in the past and finding myself more lost than I ever was before about what titles I should be adding to my reading collection.
There’s something about a Disney film that keeps me coming back for more. Maybe it’s the animation. Maybe it’s the musical numbers. Or maybe it’s the feeling of being a kid again, whether I watch classics from my childhood like The Little Mermaid or Beauty and the Beast, or the latest films like Toy Story or Tangled. Usually if it’s a Disney film, I’m bound to be swept away.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the second installment of Suzanne Collins’ wildly popular young adult novel series. The film takes place after Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) have come home to District 12, riding the waves of their victory from the Hunger Games. Being home post-games has its fair share of problems and not everything is exactly rosy for Katniss.