Tuesday Top Ten: 2015 Movies I Can’t Wait to See!

I figured it would be really great for me to do a Tuesday Top Ten that didn’t revolve around books! One of my bookish resolutions this year was to focus on some more nerd, dosage other than books, information pills even though books are my LIFE. But its time to bring more nerd into this and there are SO many amazing movies hitting the theaters this year, so let’s count the top ten that I can’t wait to see!

10. Cinderella

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I love Disney. I work for Disney. I love princesses and I love princess stories. And I think Cinderella is a fun story, not only the Disney version but the original versions as well. So I’m interested in where this version is going to go. I haven’t seen Malificent (I know, I know) but I heard it was actually pretty good and an interesting story so I’m sure Cinderella is going to be quite fun.

9. Jurassic World

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YES. There are so many things about this that just make me want to squeal with excitement. Chris Pratt, my god, yum. Dinosaurs. Yes. Weird new hybrid invented dinosaur. WHAT. There’s just so much awesome. I love the entire trilogy. I know most people won’t agree with me but I love every Jurassic Park movie so I’m dying for this new one. I grew up with this and I’m glad to have a new one coming SO soon.

8. Pitch Perfect 2

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Uh duh. I think everyone is ready for the Bellas to sing again. I love music. I love musicals. I love Glee and High School Musical and pretty much anything where there is singing and dancing and I absolutely adore Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson so I’m really excited for this movie. Plus, I think my dad is even more excited about it and it might make a kind of cool daddy-daughter date haha.

7. Love, Rosie 

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Okay, I gotta be honest. I wasn’t a massive fan of the book. I liked the story, the concept but I had to kind of push myself through the book. But the story had a great concept to it so I’m really excited to see it done in the movie, especially since I heard the changes done might make me happier than the book did. Plus I absolutely adore both Lily Collins AND Sam Claflin SO much, so so much so I’m anxious to FINALLY see this movie!

6. The Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Um. Thor. Captain America. The Incredible Hulk. Hawkeye. And number one: Ironman. Oh god that Robert Downey Jr. Plus it will have Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill which makes me super happy as well, so I’m just excited. The first Avengers was fantastic and I’m eager to see another installment. I’ve been anxiously waiting for it, and I’m just so sure its going to be amazing!

5. The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

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I was really super impressed by The Maze Runner when it released this past summer/fall. I liked the book well enough but it was kind of bizarre and I thought it translated SO much better on screen. Its a very visual concept so it was great to see on screen. Now, The Scorch Trials…I never even finished the book, so I’m determined to do so and I’m eager to see if what turned me off about the book is fantastic on the screen. Plus its more Dylan O’Brien and you can NEVER go wrong with that.

4. The Divergent Trilogy: Insurgent 

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YES. Tris and Four. And Theo James, and god, I love this book. I really like Insurgent. I know its not as good as Divergent and its sloppy but I love it. I love that we see Amity and Candor (especially Amity) and I love the struggle that Tris goes through. There’s so much that goes on this book. Of course that means we’ll be leading into the disaster that is Allegiant but I still am excited for this movie. And after The Maze Runner, I have hope that movies can take the flaws that I don’t like in a book and make it beautiful in a movie.

3. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 

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I mean, duh. I am SO excited. Its the END. SHIT is going to go down. My favorite character in the entire series is going to die and I’m going to crumble into a tiny little depressed version of Sara. Sigh. Plus it means the very last red carpet premiere and I’ll be so bittersweet about it. It’ll be fun to see the end of the series and to see how it all plays out, what is the same as the book and what isn’t and all that sort of thing. I’m SO SO very ready for it.

2. Inside Out

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I’ve always always always been excited for every single Pixar movie that comes out but I’m really excited for this because the trailer for it is FANTASTIC and HILARIOUS. I literally can’t handle it. I’ve seen it a couple times now and I giggle every time. I’m excited to see a truly original Pixar movie again, and to just have my mind blown. I’m totally ready to for it. Pixar is known for being original and new and fun and exciting and its been awhile since I really felt like they delivered on that but I have lots of hope for Inside Out.

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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O.M.G. I literally….can’t even handle this. I can’t. Its SO long away and we’ve only gotten one small trailer with barely any information but its STAR WARS. Literally my favorite movies in the entire world, and my first ever fandom and I can’t handle it because its going to have Princess Leia and Han Solo again and the Millennium Falcon in the trailer legitimately made me cry. I can’t HANDLE it. Every time I think of it, I go through such conflicting feelings: excitement and despair…because its SO far away. Sigh.

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What movies are YOU excited for this year? Share in the comments!

The DUFF: Screening Event Recap and Spoiler Free Movie Review!

HELLO EVERYONE!

I’m so excited to bring you today’s post. Just yesterday, prescription I attended an early pre-screening of the movie adaptation of Kody Keplinger’s YA novel, viagra 40mg The DUFF. I read the book a few years ago, dosage and was excited to see the movie, especially since it has Robbie Amell (!!) and one of my favorite actresses, Mae Whitman. Thanks to a dear friend of mine, Chaysen (check out her blog at here), I was able to not only see the movie early, but I was also able to meet a few members of the cast!

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Being a total goofball with the cutout of Robbie Amell before the screening.

It was the EASIEST screening I’ve ever been to. I waited in line for a mere two hours, headed into the theater, and found my seat.

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I had heard rumors and such that members of the cast were going to show up, and I was SO excited when Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Nick Eversman and Bianca A Santos showed up to introduce the movie.

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They were all really excited, telling us that they hoped we liked the movie and to share it with everyone (hmmm, I think that’s what I’m doing now haha), and to hang out after the movie, because they’d be around to take pictures and such. To say I was excited would be a total understatement.

The movie played and was fantastic, and the review for that is below! We left the theater, and got in line to meet Bianca, Nick and Robbie!

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They were all SO nice, which was good because I was kind of beyond fangirling at that point. Robbie is a huge celebrity crush of mine, especially since I loved loved loved The Tomorrow People. We took some pictures and I was so glad to finally meet Robbie, get a hug (come on, I’m human haha) and told him how much I loved The Tomorrow People.

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Somehow I managed to ask him for a selfie too. Pretty proud of myself on that one!

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I also was able to meet Robbie’s fiance, Italia Ricci, who is an actress and is on the totally awesome show, Chasing Life, on ABC Family. I felt SO bad interrupting her conversation but she was super sweet about it.

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I was about halfway out of the theater when I realized that I didn’t even ASK for Robbie’s (or Bianca’s or Nick’s) autograph and I felt like kind of a goofball again. Luckily, I was checking my instagram as I walked out and noticed that my dear friend, Mandy from The Romance Bookie, had commented on a photo. We had never technically, officially met in real life, so I headed back in theater, hung out with her and her mom for a bit and was able to get one more picture with the cast AND my autographs!

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I know, I know. All I had was an index card. Hey, its better than nothing! I couldn’t find the book anywhere (the new, movie tie-in edition hits bookstores this coming Tuesday!).

Now for the fun part: The REVIEW!

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Rated: 

PG-13

Directed By:

Ari Sandel

Starring: 

Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Bianca A Santos, Nick Eversman, Allison Janney, Skyler Samuels. See full list here.

IMDB Synopsis:

Bianca is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as ‘The DUFF’ (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends. Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher, she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, Toby, and enlists Wesley, a slick but charming jock, to help reinvent herself. To save her senior year from turning into a total disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to overthrow the school’s ruthless label maker Madison and remind everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone’s DUFF.

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I read this book awhile ago, so while I had a good grasp of the plot, I wanted to reread it before the movie. I read about half the night before the screening and the other half right after, just to refresh my memory. The movie was INCREDIBLY different from the book, but in a way, it made a lot of sense.

The movie does change a lot about the book. If you’re a purist, you’ll probably have a problem with that. I’m not a huge purist, and I always think the essence of the story is more important than anything else. In the movie, Bianca is told she’s a DUFF, and it becomes an obsession with her. She pushes away her friends, and enlists the help of sexy, popular football captain to help her drop that DUFF moniker. Hilarity ensues, there’s lots of kissing, and it all wraps up for a seriously fun movie. The movie tones it down on some of the things that occur in the book but it makes sense.

And the movie is SERIOUSLY funny. I laughed out loud several times. It was refreshing and fun to see a romance build between characters in a really hilarious way. Mae Whitman and Robbie Amell have incredible chemistry on screen and they work together to create a very believable and VERY funny romance, which just creates an incredibly amusing movie. I also like that they keep the sort of dirty jokes and swearing that is so prevalent in the books, since you’re in Bianca’s mind. It fits in the movie and it keeps true to the characters that Kody created.

In the end, what is really important about this movie, what really made me like it so much was that it kept the essence of the story that Kody created: its not about the labels that we create, especially the DUFF. Bianca spends the entire story obsessed with being the DUFF, and trying to break out of the mold just to figure out that its okay to be the DUFF, because we all are. There is always going to be someone prettier and smarter and more talented than us. We’re always going to find someone better than us, but we have to find that confidence in ourselves and that’s what makes us special. They took that from the book and made it a huge part of the movie and I was really happy about that.

There was a line in the movie, I can’t remember exactly, I’ll have to make note of it when I see it in theaters, but Bianca’s mom says something along the lines of “You’re a weirdo but its okay” and that really stood out to me. Its okay to be a weirdo because someone out there is going to LOVE the weirdo in you or me or anyone!

Rating: 

4.5 out of 5 Stars

Bottom Line: 

The bottom line is this: the movie is SUPER funny, incredibly sweet and definitely one that I’ll see once it hits theaters and one that I definitely want on my shelves when it hits the stores many months from now. I encourage you all to go see it, not just because its a great movie but every YA movie needs as much support as possible. Remember guys, if we don’t get to the theaters and support those YA adaptations, they’re going to stop making them and we won’t see them anymore. So head out to the theaters on February 20th and enjoy this super fun movie :)

Movie Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

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Rated:

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images and thematic material

Directed By:

Francis Lawrence

Based on the Book By: 

Suzanne Collins

Cast:

Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland, Sam Claflin, Julianne Moore and more.

Find the rest on IMDB here.

IMDB Movie Synopsis:

When Katniss destroys the games, she goes to District 13 after District 12 is destroyed. She meets President Coin who convinces her to be the symbol of rebellion, while trying to save Peeta from the Capitol.

My Review:

Here’s the thing about Mockingjay. Its my least favorite book in the entire trilogy. I read The Hunger Games and Catching Fire about a month before Mockingjay came out. I remember reading the first two and just being absolutely blown away by it and then just feeling disappointed by Mockingjay. So much potential there but it just felt kind of sloppy, rushed, weird.

BUT, that being said…I was really looking forward to this movie. I liked the first movie well enough but the second movie just completely blew my mind and so I was really looking forward to this one. I went to the premiere and was on a complete high from the red carpet and went into the theater really excited for this movie.

One thing that really impressed me is that Francis Lawrence continues the trueness to the book that he showed us in Catching Fire. I knew what was happening next at every turn because it just felt so true to the book. Scenes that I wanted to happen, lines I wanted to hear, that sort of thing, were all there. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that actual lines from the book were said. That always means a lot to me because the worlds that we show in these movies were created by the words of the author and to use those words in the movie, it means a lot. Those words are important to the reader. We quote those books. So hearing them said by these actors that do SUCH a great job is just fantastic.

I loved that a lot of my favorite scenes were in the movie. I don’t want to say which ones because this is spoiler free but I really loved that the scenes that stood out to me in the books are the ones that ended up on screen.

Julianne Moore as Coin? Loved it. She had a nice balance of kind of weird and untrusting and at the same time, a passion for the rebellion and a control over the people she governs. She really brought that character to life. Natalie Dormer as Cressida? UGH. Love. She’s amazing. I cant wait to see more of her in Part 2.

Sad face every time that Philip Seymour Hoffman came on screen. KILLED me. There is so much of him in this movie, and I just loved it.

Jennifer Lawrence. Liam. Josh. Elizabeth. Donald. Sam. All of them are just so great.

I love where they cut it. Its great. Its kind of what the fandom expected but just a bit more and that’s what I loved. Because they probably assumed the fandom would know where they would logically cut it, it was really cool to see them twist it a bit. Still completely true to the book but just a fantastic end to the movie until we get Part 2. Can we get Part 2 now?

They added SO much action to it. Action that already existed but it really stood out on screen. It felt so real and frightening. The movie was pretty long but it didn’t feel that way because the action of it kept you wrapped up in it the whole time. It was so great to see Katniss really fight, and to see others fighting beside her, especially Gale. We don’t see much of Gale in the first two movies because she ends up in the Games both times so it was great to see more of him. I LOVE Gale as a character, and his passion for the rebellion, no matter the cost, so I loved seeing him fight and stand up for his rights and his thoughts.

There were two added scenes and I loved both of them. I can’t say much more than that. One was completely made up but stayed true to the events taking the place in the novel. Let’s just say my friend, who is a District 7 girl, was like “Yes! District 7! That’s my district!” in the theater last night. It was a really epic addition. The other addition was something that most definitely takes place in the novel but is kind of off screen because Katniss is not involved so therefore we have no perspective on it. I loved that they added it, it was just SO great, and intense and caused me lots of anxiety, even though I’ve read the book a bunch of times and know how it ends.

All in all, I’m massively impressed with this adaptation. Francis really knows what he’s doing. They capture the soul and essence of this book, stay true to the story and the characters but really bring it to life on screen. They take something that is so small in the books and blow it up into a huge, significant and beautiful scene on screen and I was really impressed by that. The performances by all the actors were incredible and I seriously can’t wait to see the second part. I think the movie gave the opportunity to straighten out those things that were messy in the book and I’m eagerly looking forward to the epic finale next fall!

OH! One last thing: my favorite part of the entire film was Jennifer Lawrence singing “The Hanging Tree”. It was SO flippin epic. It gave me total chills, all up and down my body. I need that song in my life. I was really just blown away with how they did that scene. Ugh. Perfection!

Rating:

5 out of 5 stars

Prepping for Sequels | Re-Watching & Re-Reading – Why Do It?

Hello loves!

This is going to be my last post for a while because I am participating in NaNoWriMo, erectile which is an annual writing contest that I’m sure Sara spoke about in a previous post.

Today I want to discuss what I call “Prepping for Sequels”. This also pertains to trilogies, hospital serial installments, whatever.

Basically what it means is — getting yourself mentally ready for the next installment of a story — whether it is a book, television show, or film. How do you get ready? Or do you even get ready?

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This idea came to me about a week ago when I was getting ready to read Veronica Roth’s Allegiant. I was conditioning myself and making myself ready to merge into the Divergent world once again by re-reading Insurgent, by reading various wiki pages and story notes. The reason why I did that is because I know that it’s the only way I am going to get the full experience that I know Veronica Roth is trying to create for me.

The same can be said for television shows — I will be doing the same thing for Sherlock when it returns in January; or films — I will be re-reading Catching Fire and re-watching The Hunger Games film, in preparation for the Catching Fire film in a few weeks!

So…do YOU have to be this extreme? Absolutely not.

But films, television shows, and books are created to give you an experience. And most of the time, that experience is disrupted by a book’s ending, a season finale, the next part having not been released yet, etc. There are all types of disruptions that leave us wanting more, but we’re unable to get “more”. So we’re left in a state of pause. In a state of constant anticipation until the next installment is in our hands or on our screens! Believe me, I feel like that everyday. There’s always something I’m waiting on!

But in that state of pause, time passes and we begin to fill our minds with new books, new shows, new films. And the details of what we were waiting for may not be as fresh in our minds as they once were. That is why “prepping for sequels” is such a good idea!

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How do I prep? Well, it depends upon what type of media it is:

Books: I typically re-read the previous book (or two — depending on how long it’s been).

This may seem like a tedious process, but if you are an avid book lover and reader, like I am, then it’s not a problem. I have an entire reading calendar set aside for first reads and I have second calendar for re-reads. The experience is very important to me, so I make sure I’m prepared ahead of time, when I know I am waiting on the next installment to a story.

Television Shows: I’m not really a big TV watcher, but as you know, I do watch Sleepy Hollow and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I have a rule for television, especially since I have a DVR. That rule is — I do not let a show pile up to more than 3 unwatched episodes. Why do I do that? Because, personally speaking, 3 episodes is all is takes for me to become uninterested in a show. Once I’ve missed 3 eps, I just give up because it’s a hassle for me to play catch up. But since I’ve given myself this rule, I’ve done a fairly good job staying on top of things.

But where the real preparation for TV shows comes into play is between seasons. When season one has ended and you have to wait 3 months for season two to begin. Oh the torture! But finally, it’s time for season two to start, but you need to refresh your memory on what happened at the end of season one. What I recommend doing (and it’s what I do now) is going back to season one and re-watching the last two episodes (at least). Give yourself time to get immersed in the world once again, so you can go into the next installment with freshly “seasoned” eyes.

Movies: For me, this is the category that could potential require the most investment. And I will use The Hunger Games trilogy as the example. I briefly mentioned that in preparation for the Catching Fire film, that I am not only go to re-read the book of the same name, but that I am also going to re-watch the first film. When you’re as passionate about book to film adaptations as I am, then it’s no surprise that I am doing this.

But if you’re really a moviegoer and not a book reader, then I’d just recommend re-watching the first film.

I think re-reading and/or re-watching allows you to have a broader perspective and a clearer mental lens when going into the next film. I use the prep as a means of getting myself excited — all over again — about the fandom and for the series. I don’t want to be the person that’s sitting in the theater confused because I can’t remember a crucial point in the plot. I hate that feeling.

Overall, I just think that preparing for a sequel that you know is coming can be a really fun and enhancing experience. It’s nice to remind yourself why you loved something in the first place. Or to just experience an inkling of the first time you read/saw that book or movie. I definitely don’t think you need to scold yourself if you don’t get around to prepping (unless that’s how you operate), but I do think we should all try it. At least once, if we haven’t already.

What do you think? What are some sequels/next installments that you’re looking forward to? And how are you prepping, if you are?

I’m out of here. Wish me luck with NaNoWriMo!

Christina Marie

Favorite Greek Gods (Inspired by Percy Jackson & the Olympians)

So, purchase if you haven’t been paying attention to my Twitter updates or my Goodreads statuses, page then you probably do not know — that I have deemed Percy Jackson and the Olympians the BEST children’s series that I have ever read! Up until last week, cialis 40mg I hadn’t read any of the books and I kept wondering why people were giving me weird looks. What was the big deal about this series? Was it really worth all of the hype? And who the heck was Rick Riordan?! Clearly, I hadn’t lived, people. Clearly, I hadn’t lived.

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Well, I am proud to say — I have read ALL 5 books in less than 2 weeks. And I am changed. I have seen the light and it is beautiful! I have no idea how I could have slept on these books for so long. But NO MORE!

Percy Jackson and the Olympians has changed how I view children’s literature forever. I wish that I had something like this when I was a child. The Harry Potter series didn’t debut for me until I was almost 13 years old, I was on my way out of children’s lit, so it’s not the same…

Greek mythology has always been one of my favorite subjects to study when I was in school. The Iliad and The Odyssey were normal pieces of literature that I constantly surrounded myself by. I fell in love with the world of myth and the lessons that they taught. I thought (and still do think) that they were brilliant!

So it’s safe to say that Percy Jackson has become my new obsession — and I want to share some of that obsession with you. What better way to do that, then to give you my all-time favorite Greek gods & goddesses!

** I’m going to use a mixture of photos from the Percy Jackson films and the Disney film Hercules because I appreciate humor, so enjoy!**

1. Apollo

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Apollo is the Greek god of light, music, arts, knowledge, healing, plague and darkness, prophecy, poetry, purity, athleticism, manly beauty, and enlightenment. His twin sister, Artemis, is goddess over the hunt, wilderness, animals, young girls, childbirth and plague. Apollo is automatically my favorite because he’s god of my favorite parts of life — the creative arts. He is portrayed by Dimitri Lekkos, the photo above, in the Percy Jackson films.

I’ve always been really closely connected to the arts, so to know that Apollo (one of the most hilarious characters in the PJ books) is god of it all, makes me very happy.

2. Poseidon

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Poseidon, played by Kevin McKidd (from Grey’s Anatomy), is the god of the sea. Of the rivers, floods, droughts, earthquakes, and the creator of horses. This is why Percy is able to control waters and communicate with horses. He is Poseidon’s son.

Now, the reason that Poseidon is my favorite god mainly has to do with how he was portrayed in the books. I really enjoyed his relationship with Percy. He was, in my opinion, one of the better fathers to the demigod children. Bonus that the hunky Scotsman, Kevin McKidd, plays him in the films!

3. Aphrodite

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Aphrodite is the goddess of love, beauty, desire, and pleasure. She is portrayed by Serinda Swan in the films, but I prefer the Disney portrayal. She’s quite the promiscuous goddess, I guess you can say that’s appropriate. But she is married to Hephaestus, which really means nothing because has affairs with other gods (i.e. Ares and Adonis).

But the reason I enjoy Aphrodite is because she is goddess over two of my favorite elements of life — love and beauty. I don’t necessarily enjoy how she uses those things to her benefit, but I do admire her tenacity and unapologetic nature. She wants what she wants and if you get in her way, she’ll make you suffer. So, lesson here — stay out of Aphrodite’s way. Unless you want to be killed. Or be one of her affairs. Your choice, I guess.

4. Athena

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Athena, portrayed by Melina Kanakaredes (who is Greek), is definitely a favorite for what she represents. She is the goddess of intelligence and skill, warfare, battle strategy, handicrafts, and wisdom. She is also the mother of Annabeth Chase, Percy Jackson’s best friend & love interest. She was a child of Zeus’ mind, meaning that she was not created through sexual means. Annabeth was born through the same process.

In the books, Athena can be a bit harsh in her appropriate to things, but only because she sees through the lens of common sense and wisdom – not necessarily compassion. But I enjoy that about her. For Annabeth, because she is part-mortal, she’s able to practice a bit more compassion than Athena. Which benefits her in the long run.

5. Hades

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Hades is my ALL-TIME favorite god. And no, not because he’s the god of the underworld and the dead. I just think that someone who is surrounded by morbidity every single day forever has to have the best sense of humor possible. And I am right. Especially, if you’ve seen Disney’s Hercules. Hades, pictured above with the blue hair, is constantly sarcastic and I love it. That’s the Hades that I pictured while reading the books.

In the films, Hades is played by Steve Coogan.

6. Hermes

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What to say about good ol’ Hermes, which portrayed by Nathan Fillion in Percy Jackson & the Sea of Monsters film. He is the god of  boundaries, travel, communication, trade, thievery, trickery, language, writing, diplomacy, athletics, and animal husbandry.

Why do I like him? Because he’s the god of travel, language, and writing — which I love to do! But also because of his characterization in the Percy Jackson books. He was humanized so well, that I was able to connect with him in a way I couldn’t really connect to the other gods. By the end of the book series, he became one of my favorite book characters. He was emotional, yet very godly. And it was done greatly. Sometimes I think it’s easy to underestimate Hermes, but Rick Riordan made sure that you didn’t.

7. Hera

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Finally, the lovely Hera. She is the goddess of marriage, women, childbirth, heirs, kings, and empires. She is also Zeus’ wife, which makes her Queen of the heavens. (She’s also Zeus’ sister, but we won’t go there…)

Hera is an elegant goddess. Hera is my favorite for personal reasons. Her story is quite Because she is the goddess of marriage, that is obviously something she holds very sacred, but Zeus (like many other gods) had many affairs, which causes her to become quite the vengeful and jealous goddess. In the books, Hera is not the friendliest to Thalia, Zeus’ demigod child.

In Greek mythology, she becomes so jealous and vengeful due to Zeus’ affairs, that she gives birth to Hephaestus without Zeus being present, which apparently wasn’t the cool thing to do. But Hera deems baby Hephaestus too unsightly and tosses him from Mount Olympus. Hephaestus later returns to seek revenge against his mother. What a horrible thing to do, Hera!

Hey, I said I like what she represents… not who she is! ;)

Well, those are my favorite Greek gods/goddesses! Percy Jackson has gotten me super pumped to re-read some of the great myths and teachings. They’re really fun and quite insightful!

Until next time (which will be for The Heroes of Olympus series),

Christina Marie