If you’re familiar with us, you’ll know that we’re very skeptical when it comes to companion books. Mostly because we’re cynical, suspicious brats who doubt everyone’s motives. However, we still think we’re right most of the time.
One case in which we turned out to be very wrong was Smart Pop YA’s The Girl Who Was on Fire. The book is a collection of essays from REAL authors of original works (as compared to companion book authors). It’s much more of a funny series of ed/op pieces than a term paper, though it definitely has its informative moments… and some moments that will bother you because hey, they’re opinions.
Recently, Smart Pop released the updated The Girl Who Was on Fire – Movie Edition. This includes the original book PLUS bonus essays from many of the authors that originally contributed, discussing how the movie changed or further shaped their opinions. We’re going to focus on those movie-based essays right now!
Most of the Movie Edition content refers back on the author’s original essay, but you can still understand each essay without re-reading the originals. These are professional writers, so they know how to explain themselves. They’re all fairly brief essays, but they’re worth the read.
Favorite – Many Smoulders by Jackson Pearce. Pearce is really hilarious when it comes to describing Gale’s level of badassery! It made me have warm fuzzy feelings about Gale, even though I’m not a Gale fangirls (and hell no, we don’t believe he was going to say “love you”). However, Pearce is slick enough to make us chuckle then discuss the early signs of Gale’s rebellious nature presented in just a few scenes of the film adaptation. There’s some great theories about why Katniss and Gale could have never worked out a romantic relationship because really, his ideologies are way different from the start.
Least Favorite – A Grosser Power by Ned Vizzini. While we will defend the right to give your opinion til the day we die, we won’t always agree. Vizzini is one of those people who nitpicks every last detail of the movie then deems it a poor representation of the book. He believes that the film actually encouraged the violence rather than showing the true horrors behind the games (to be fair, many authors say the opposite.) He also complains because the children in District 12 didn’t look starving enough, which will forever drive us crazy anytime we hear it. Also, this is the first essay in the extra content, so if you think like us, DO NOT THROW YOUR E-BOOK DOWN. There’s plenty of other essays you’ll enjoy further in.
Overall, we’re really glad that Smart Pop chose to do a tie-in for The Girl Who Was on Fire. The extra essays allowed authors to expand upon their previous ideas and in some cases, rethink their opinions. It was a really fun read!
The movie tie-in addition is ONLY available in e-book form!
Also, THE PANEM COMPANION BY V. That is all.
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