If you have been wanting to learn how to write science fiction stories like The Hunger Games trilogies or fantasy stories, here’s your chance!
Budding Writers League Sci-Fi/Fantasy Chapter
Venue: Programme Zone, Clementi Public Library
Date: (Thursdays) 27 June, 25 July, 29 August, and 12 September
Ages: 13 – 28 years old
Calling budding writers and fans of Science Fiction and Fantasy! If you are a fan of writers such as Neil Gaiman, Jim Butcher, Time Powers, and Simon R. Green, then this 4-part workshop is for you.
Participants will learn the art of writing urban fantasy stories. Topics covered are:
- Building your protagonist/antagonist
- Defining your environment
- Creating the perfect plot
- Identifying the fantasy tropes
- What you need to know about publishing
Organized by Eugene Tay from Monsters Under the Bed. Main trainer will be Adan Jimenez (co-author of Sherlock Sam series).
Workshop will be held once a month on a Thursday evening. Participants who are interested to join us for this workshop must submit their story idea or an excerpt of their story of 2,000 words or less. Limited to 15 participants aged 13-28 years. Please register with Pearly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also find the Facebook event for the first session of this 4-part writing workshop here.
The Hunger Games DVD and Blu-Ray are now available. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is tentatively scheduled for release on 22 November 2013 in Singapore.
As we finally get a confirmation on when we will see the first trailer for Catching Fire, news seems to be rolling out recently.
A tweet states that Mockingjay Part 1 could be starting on production on September 16th in Atlanta and Boston. Mockingjay Part 1 is stated to be released on November 21st 2014, which means that there is about a year for them to film and prepare should they really start filming in September.
However, do note that there has been no confirmation from Lionsgate so far!
And ps: there is only 6 more days till the release of the teaser trailer of Catching Fire!
The Hunger Games DVD and Blu-Ray are now available.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”is tentatively scheduled for release on 22 November 2013 in Singapore.
The Hunger Games trilogy has beaten the Harry Potter series to the top as the best selling book series in Amazon!
It is absolutely fascinating to note that the trilogy has surpassed the seven-book series in terms of sales in Amazon, inclusive of prints and ebooks on Kindle. This marks the great success of the trilogy!
Keep supporting the Hunger Games, and may the odds be ever in your favor.
The official press release from Amazon is as follows:
SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 17, 2012– (NASDAQ: AMZN)- Amazon.com, Inc. today announced that the Hunger Games trilogy has outsold the seven-book Harry Potter series, making Suzanne Collins’ three-part saga the best-selling book series of all time onAmazon.com, taking into consideration print and Kindle book sales combined. All of the books in the Hunger Games and Harry Potterseries are available for Kindle owners with a Prime membership to borrow for free in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.
“Since debuting in 2008, Katniss Everdeen and the Hunger Games have taken the world by storm, much as Harry Potter did a decade before,” said Sara Nelson, Editorial Director of Books and Kindle, Amazon.com. “Interestingly, this series is only three books versus Harry Potter’s seven, and to achieve this result in just four years is a great testament to both the popularity of the work and, we think, the growth in reading digitally during that time. Customers love these books and all three titles are consistently on our Top 10 lists in both print and Kindle formats, and ‘The Hunger Games’ is also the most-borrowed book in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.”
“The Hunger Games,” “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay” are published by Scholastic, and are all currently in the top 50 books in both print and Kindle formats. For more details, visit the Top 100 Best Seller lists here:
- Kindle: www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Kindle-Store-eBooks/zgbs/digital-text/154606011/ref=zg_pr_surl_
- Print: www.amazon.com/best-sellers-books-Amazon/zgbs/books/ref=zg_pr_surl_
The Hunger Games movie debuts on DVD, Blu-ray and Amazon Instant Video tomorrow, August 18. All customers who pre-order the DVD, Blu-ray or digital version can watch it instantly on Amazon Instant Video starting shortly after midnight. To pre-order now visit www.amazon.com/thehungergames.
‘The Hunger Games’, rated PG13, was released on 22 March 2012 and DVD and Blu-Ray are now available for purchase at stores island-wide. ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is scheduled for release on 22 November 2013 in USA.
One of the most asked questions in The Hunger Games fandom got to be what does the Panem map looks like? While we do know Panem is located in the ruins of North American, specific locations of the Districts and Capitol were not given in the books which left fans making up their own Panem maps.
Now for the first time, fans will get to see the official Panem map which is revealed by Funtactix and Lionsgate in the official Facebook social game, The Hunger Games Adventures.
Check out the promotional screenshot below where you can see the locations of District 12 and the Capitol. Meanwhile in The Hunger Games Adventures, locations for District 2 and 11 are also waiting to be unlocked.
Actual populated District locations are labelled with a star as seen in the promotional shot below.
For more information, take a look at the press release from Funtactix and Lionsgate:
FUNTACTIX AND LIONSGATE REVEAL NEW MAP OF PANEM INSIDE THE HUNGER GAMES ADVENTURES
Funtactix, a worldwide developer and publisher of social games based on the world’s premier box office films, in partnership with Lionsgate, yesterday revealed an exciting new addition to The Hunger Games Adventures, one of the hottest social games on the Facebook platform. This landmark release offers an exclusive look at a new map of Panem. The map is one of the most anticipated updates to the game and arrives as part of a series of new content reveals leading up to the DVD release of the film on August 18.
For the first time, Hunger Games fans can use the new map of Panem as they explore the world of the film and novel, complete quests for their favorite heroes and unlock all-new stories inside the world they love. Thus far, the epic adventures of the game have led fans to the Capitol, District 12, District 11 and, most recently, District 2. In the coming months, new districts will be revealed exclusively through the new map, along with an exciting storyline that will take players on a journey from obscure citizen of District 12 to a hero capable of unlocking Panem’s deepest secrets.
Since launch, Funtactix and Lionsgate have continued to work together to provide the game’s audience with a steady flow of fresh, dynamic content, using Facebook to continue the story of The Hunger Games universe in between film releases. With over a million players and growing, fans continue to devour assets and game play almost as soon as the weekly chapter updates go live.
For more information on the game, please visit The Hunger Games Adventures Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/TheHungerGamesAdventures
To download and view a screenshot of the map along with new screenshots of the game, please go to:
About The Hunger Games Adventures
The Hunger Games Adventures is an epic adventure game for Facebook based on the novel and film The Hunger Games.
When the games end, the adventure begins!
Panem needs you! Embark on a daring adventure beyond the fence of District 12 accompanied by your most trusted Facebook friends and your favorite characters from The Hunger Games. Explore Suzanne Collins’ epic universe alongside Katniss, Peeta, Gale and the other characters of the novels and film. Hunt and trap in the wilderness outside the fence, then bring it back to trade in The Hob. Visit Peeta’s Bakery, The Seam, the Justice Building and then escape from it all to a secret forest hideout that is exclusively yours. Escape from District 12 and explore Panem, meeting Cinna, Effie, Seneca, Thresh, Rue and a host of other characters. Join the rest of the fans and your Facebook friends as new adventures, districts and the official map of Panem are unveiled inside the game.
Game Website: www.TheHungerGamesAdventures.com
Film Website: www.TheHungerGamesMovie.com
Play the Game: www.PlayTHGA.com
Visit The Hunger Games Adventures now and help to unlock the other District locations on Panem map!
‘The Hunger Games’, rated PG13, was released on 22 March 2012 and is now available in all cinemas islandwide. ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is scheduled for release on 22 November 2013 in USA.
Is it possible that we can actually create our own Mockingjays?
The New York Times explores the possibility of this happening in this interesting article.
Setting aside whether jays could actually breed with mockingbirds — this is a kind of fairy tale, after all — the choice of species rings true. Jays, along with crows and ravens, belong to a highly intelligent group of birds called the corvids. And jays are naturally thieves and spies, keeping track of where other jays hide food, for example, to raid it later. Mockingbirds, of course, have a fantastic ability to mimic other birds’ songs. Coincidentally, or perhaps not, Thomas Jefferson, a lover of both birds and liberty, kept a pet mockingbird in the White House.
I asked Joan Slonczewski, a microbiologist and science fiction writer at Kenyon College in Ohio, about her take on the mockingjay. Dr. Slonczewski, whose recent books include a text and a novel, “The Highest Frontier,” teaches a course called “Biology in Science Fiction.” The tools needed to modify organisms are already widely dispersed in industry and beyond. “Now anybody can do a start-up,” she said.
That’s no exaggeration. Do-it-yourself biology is growing. The technology to copy pieces of DNA can be bought on eBay for a few hundred dollars, as Carl Zimmer reported in The New York Times in March. As to where D.I.Y. biology may lead, Freeman Dyson, a thinker at the Institute for Advanced Study known for his provocative ideas, presented one view in 2007 in The New York Review of Books. He envisioned the tools of biotechnology spreading to everyone, including pet breeders and children, and leading to “an explosion of diversity of new living creatures.”
Eventually, he wrote, the mixing of genes by humans will initiate a new stage in evolution. Along the way, if he is right, the world may have more than its share of do-it-yourself mockingjays.
You can visit The New York Times for the full article.
‘The Hunger Games’, rated PG13, was released on 22 March 2012 and is now available in all cinemas islandwide.
We had previously reported the first set of tracking records indicate “The Hunger Games” could open bigger than “Twilight” in USA box office sales.
New set of tracking record is in and Lionsgate marketing is evidently working for The Hollywood Reporter reports experts are now predicting “The Hunger Games” could possibly open bigger than “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1″ US $138.1 million debut back in November 2012.
This is certainly great news for do keep in mind when “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1″ was released, it had already established its fanbase which is unlike “The Hunger Games” where it’s the first movie of what could be the launch of a new franchise.
Here’s what The Hollywood Reporter has to say:
Hunger Games, which opens March 23, is even tracking better than The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. That film opened in November to US$138.1 million, the fifth-best debut of all time domestically, but had the advantage of bowing the weekend before Thanksgiving, when some kids are out of school.
Box-office observers say it’s difficult to predict exactly how much Hunger Games will make, offering a more conservative estimate of US$100 million to US$120 million. They say it’s difficult to predict a number when tracking becomes this big and a film gets into the US$100 million-plus range.
Hunger Games certainly has a shot at taking the crown for best March opening from Alice in Wonderland, which debuted to US$116.1 million in 2010.
Tracking data released Monday showed definite interest in Hunger Games jumping from 55 percent to 60 percent in the past week, awareness went from 75 percent to 83 percent, unaided awareness from 14 percent to 21 percent and awareness from 75 percent to 83 percent.
“Numbers don’t get much higher than this,” said one rival studio executive. “Hunger Games is tracking like a sequel, even though it isn’t a sequel. It’s three times higher than the first Twilight.”
Interest among younger women in Hunger Games is now at 45 percent, compared with 36 percent for Breaking Dawn. Among female over the age of 25, interest is 29 percent, versus 27 percent for Breaking Dawn.
One advantage that Hunger Games has over Summit Entertainment’s blockbuster Twilight franchise is male interest.
Monday’s tracking showed that Interest in Hunger Games among males younger than 25 was a healthy 28 percent, compared to 10 percent for Breaking Dawn. Interest among males over 25 was 20 percent, versus 8 percent for the fourth Twilight film.
“These are huge, stupid numbers,” one box-office observer said.
Visit The Hollywood Reporter for the full story.
Outlook for “The Hunger Games” movie is certainly rosy and we can’t wait to see the numbers for “The Hunger Games” box office sales in USA, locally as well as worldwide!
And here we have it, fresh from Entertainment Tonight (ET):
ET is proud to bring you this new sneak peek of new scenes from the action-packed film, as well as never-before-seen interviews with cast members Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Wes Bentley and Alexander Ludwig.
What do you think? I totally cannot wait for the movie to come out!
Courtesy of Entertainment Tonight.
11 more days to the opening of The Hunger Games in Singapore, so stay tuned!((:
While we had posted yesterday about the new “The Hunger Games” TV spot which showed more scenes from Capitol, we are pleased to find the full HD video is now available in Capitol TV Productions!
Please excuse us while we go back to re-watching this TV spot again and again!
Many of your dear readers like us, couldn’t make our way across the globe for “The Hunger Games” cast mall tour.
No worries though! Westfield Century City has provided this video of their appearance on YouTube!
Head over to Westfield Century City Facebook page for exclusive photos!
Many thanks to @tausuan for the tip!