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What book or movie surprised you recently?





Over the holidays I watched The Hunger Games for the first time. I hadn't read the book, so I didn't know what to expect.

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I enjoyed it very much. In fact, I stopped by the library the other day to borrow the audio book which (so far) I'm liking even more than the movie. The first person, present tense took me a little by surprise, but I soon got used to it.
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How about you?

What book or movie surprised you recently?


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jongibbs
Jan. 9th, 2013 04:54 pm (UTC)
It's good to find new writers to enjoy, especially if they already have lots of books out :)
dawtheminstrel
Jan. 9th, 2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
I thought present tense was appropriate in HG because we're not supposed to know if Katniss survives. If she's narrating in past tense, there's always that little sliver of realization that she's looking back.
jongibbs
Jan. 9th, 2013 05:42 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure it would make too much difference, at least, not to me. Either way, it's a great book :)
lizziebelle
Jan. 9th, 2013 07:09 pm (UTC)
I had read the books before I saw the film, and I thought they did a pretty good job of adapting it to the screen. The stuff they left out wasn't critical to understanding the story or the characters.
jongibbs
Jan. 10th, 2013 12:36 pm (UTC)
I don't know if it was because I'd already seen it on telly, but I found the scene where Katniss volunteers particularly moving :)
paulwoodlin
Jan. 9th, 2013 08:44 pm (UTC)
The surprise for me with a particular movie was in a different order. I was sitting around with my friends, and one of them off handily said "The Avengers" was written and directed by Joss Whedon. That was the surprise, and it upgraded "Avengers" from a movie I would get around to seeing to a movie I had to see NOW.

"Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" was a surprising book for me, a whole new look at the Hamilton-Jefferson struggle for the soul of our nation. Since Hamilton won on many important points, Jefferson's contribution to our political formation is more overlooked than I thought.
jongibbs
Jan. 10th, 2013 12:59 pm (UTC)
Firefly's one of my favorite TV shows of all time, but I'd never heard about it until I saw the trailer for the movie version, Serenity :)
ladysaotome
Jan. 9th, 2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Hotel Transylvania with my daughter the other day. It was silly but sweet.
jongibbs
Jan. 10th, 2013 12:59 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen that one yet, but it looks like fun, like Despicable Me.
JSPailly
Jan. 10th, 2013 12:51 am (UTC)
The Hunger Games movie really surprised me by being a great movie regardless of the books. Another movie that surprised me was "In Time" staring Justin Timberlake. I'm not a big fan of allegories, but that was surprisingly strong allegory for the current economic situation we're in.
jongibbs
Jan. 10th, 2013 01:25 pm (UTC)
What didn't you like about the books? Was it the first person, present tense, or something else?
angeladegroot
Jan. 10th, 2013 11:57 am (UTC)
Scott Pilgrim vs The World - I found the movie surprisingly entertaining while being really whacky. My sons loved it.
And speaking for said sons, they were both surprised by how much they enjoyed watching The Help, a movie I made them watch a couple of weekends ago during our family movie time. They both moaned and groaned about my movie choice but were then quite riveted through the movie. It gave us all a lot to talk and think about.
jongibbs
Jan. 10th, 2013 01:27 pm (UTC)
Lol, more than once I've had to pretty much glue my son's backside to the chair in order to get him to watch a movie, only for it to become a firm favorite. Mind you, it doesn't work every time :)
rowanda380
Jan. 10th, 2013 12:00 pm (UTC)
No movies surprised me, I am just excited that you are seen the wonder that is The Hunger Games :0)
jongibbs
Jan. 10th, 2013 01:28 pm (UTC)
I may be slow to catch on, but I usually get there in the end :)
Jim Romer
Jan. 11th, 2013 08:23 am (UTC)
Hobbit: I thought the Hobbit was fantastic. I went into the theater knowing many critics were not so pleased by the film -- many saying it went on too long. Too me, I was totally taken into the film. At first, I kept thinking of the book, wondering how Jackson was going to stretch the one book into 3 films. But the film does an excellent job of telling the tale - plus adds more than what is in the book. If you enjoyed the trilogy, you should see this film.

Avengers: This was the film that brought me go back to my childhood. I would dream of seeing a film like this when I was a kid. So impressive in story and action.

Looper: Surprise film of the year for me. I absolutely loved the story. The film had about 3 mind-blowing moments . . . (AND where did they find that child actor?) See this if you like well written sci-fi.



Edited at 2013-01-11 12:25 pm (UTC)
jongibbs
Jan. 11th, 2013 01:23 pm (UTC)
I thoroughly enjoyed The Hobbit, and loved The Avengers (though I still think Captain America is the best superhero movie to date).

I haven't seen Looper, but it's in my Netflix queue :)
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