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A Fangirl’s Guide to Surviving the Movies

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With the release of YA adaptations like Vampire Academy (February 7) and Divergent (March 21) in the near future, we thought it best to chalk up a guideline on surviving the movies. We barely survived the feels during Catching Fire and we still get goose bumps when we listen to “Let It Go” from Frozen. It’s not just YA adaptations that give us the chills, as you can see that even trailers for the upcoming Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past have excited us!

It goes without saying that as book nerds we need to support our authors when their films hit theatres by being there on the first weekend to watch the adaptations. Granted that most authors don’t have a say in the adaptation, but it is still their work that is coming to life and you need to show them that you have their back. More than often, there is a chance you will end up liking the film.

But how does one handle the feels – you ask? Fear not girls (and boys) … here we present a fangirl’s (and a fanboy’s) guide to watching the adaptation. Read it, enjoy it and go watch the film adaptations on opening day!

1. Know your source material

If you are a certified fangirl, you have got to know the source material. Whether that means you have to go pick up and read the next book being adapted into film or catch up with film franchises before the sequels hit the cinema. And if you are already acquainted with the source material, brush up your memory so you are ON IT! Do it quickly … because the films will be here before you know it – and you can’t fangirl if you don’t know what is going on!

2. Find your partner(s)-in-fangirling

There is no fun in going to see a film filled with the feels all alone … you need someone to fangirl with you … so get your friends hyped up and ready, choose a date (the first day of course), pick the flavour of popcorn and get in line to fangirl together! And let’s face it … when Lissa and Christian first meet and Rose and Dimitri start their training sessions in Vampire Academy or when Tris jumps and meets Four for the first time (as do we) … you will need to hold hands with your BFF to stop your heart jumping out of your body from excitement!

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And if your friends are not fangirls/fanboys like you, just drag them to the film anyway. Invoke the BFF code of conduct and promise to watch whichever film they are excited for when it hits theatres (as long as they come and watch your film first).

3. Watch the trailers

Get ready for the film by watching the trailers, interviews, TV spots. After all, there is nothing better than the visual medium to get you excited for the big screen version.

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4. Pack in the tissue boxes

You can’t go off to the cinema without a handful of tissues to come to your rescue … and this will especially be true when you will be watching the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars this June! We are tearing up already, you guys!

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5. Dress up for the ultimate experience

Are you a Moroi or a Dhampir? A Dauntless initiate or an Erudite? Well … wear your loyalty on your sleeve and dress up as your favourite character or just don the jewelery and the logo on yourself by wearing merchandise. You can find official Vampire Academy book series merchandise on Arcane Vault and The Hunger Games merchandise are available widely in stores. Check out the looks of the Rose and Tris that you can wear to the film (more at Teen.com). A word of advice – don’t carry any kind of weapons – real or fake – shown in these photos when you dress up as these characters, be it for the theatre viewing or elsewhere. Unless it is Halloween or a Dress Up Party, in which case, use FAKE weapons.

6. Keep your fix handy

You can’t get into the cinema hall without your fix of food – be it popcorn, chocolate, candy, milk duds, ice cream or soda – pick your poison, but pick it, because some of us fangirls need to eat our feelings. Though don’t drink too much soda, after all, you wouldn’t want to miss any scenes because of an untimely bathroom break!

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7. Keep calm and enjoy the film

 Remember that the book and the films are two different mediums and things need to be portrayed a little differently to work on screen. So don’t let the changes and/or differences take away from your big screen experience of having your favourite books and characters come to life. Remember, even the widely successful and critically acclaimed Catching Fire adaptation had some changes and they’ve added a new character, Antonius, for the Mockingjay films. Sometimes, changes are necessary, but it doesn’t mean that they ruin the movie or the experience for you.

8. Allocate your time to fangirl after the movie

So now that you’ve watched the film and seen the book come to life and fangirled quietly in the dark of the movie theatre – you need a place to properly fangirl! So continue the hangout or catch up with your friends the next day (if you went to a late night showing) to discuss the film. Perhaps you would even like to blog your feelings and share them with the world – we all agree that blogging is amazing – so get going!

9. Be considerate

Chances are, the film hasn’t released in other parts of the world, but here on the Internet everything can go viral within hours and spoilers can leak and ruin the movie experience for other fans for no fault of their own. Be considerate on Facebook and Twitter which don’t have a spoiler coding and mark all your posts with a spoiler tag.

10. Go watch the film again

Again, we can’t stress how important it is to go and support these film adaptations, and while we’re at it, all YA adaptations so that more empowering stories for young adults can be made and reach a wider audience. Just check out these authors supporting Vampire Academy which opens in the US on February 7. Ally Carter, author of Gallagher girls and many other works, encourages fans to watch YA film adaptations because it’s the best way to ensure other works are adapted. Veronica Roth, author of Divergent (the sequels for which are already greenlit) also tweeted that she would be watching the film opening weekend.

The opening numbers are important guys, so do it for the sequels and to support the YA genre. Watch it opening night and opening weekend and opening week, if possible. After all, fangirling once isn’t enough … are we right? But most important of all – enjoy yourself and enjoy the experience.

PS – This article isn’t just for Vampire Academy and Divergent fans. We’ve used their examples as those films are closest, but for all fans across all genres and books. If you are a fangirl (or fanboy) – this post will relate to you!

Thanks to our friend @FansofVA for many of the ideas and @VA_Netherlands, a casual conversation with whom, gave birth to this post.

Gal Gadot to play Wonder Woman

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Israeli model and actress Gal Gadot will be playing the iconic role of Wonder Woman in the 2015 upcoming Batman Vs. Superman film to be directed by Zack Snyder. She will star along side Henry Cavill, who will reprise his role as Superman and Ben Affleck who has been cast as Batman.

Gal, 28, has also appeared in three Fast and Furious films (4, 5 and 6) as well as in Date Night and Knight and Day.

Zack Snyder said that:

Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe. Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character.

Wonder Woman, also Diana of Themyscira, is an Amazon princess with super powers including strength, speed, agility, stamina, flight and healing. Her weapons include the Lasson of Truth, the Tiara of telepathy, indestructible bracelets and a magical sword. Lynda Carter portrayed The character in the first live action television series which ran from 1975 to 1979. Subsequent revival of a television series for the character was unsuccessful.

It had been speculated earlier that along with Gadot, G.I. Joe: Retaliation‘s Elodie Yung and Bond girl Olga Kurylenko were being considered for the role.

There are also rumours that another DC Comics hero, Flash, will make an appearance in the film which is slated to release on July 17, 2015. The producers are also looking to cast the film’s villain. Filming is scheduled to begin in early 2014 with Amy Adams, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne returning in their roles.

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What do you think of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman?

Get Ready for Spidey!

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The sequel to the 2012 reboot for “The Amazing Spider-Man” starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx is set to hit theatres on May 3, 2014 and promotion for the film is underway with the trailer coming out this Thursday, December 5, 2013.

You can watch the following message from Stan Lee and sign up for exclusive content on http://amazingspiderfans.com/

In the meantime, as you await the release of the much anticipated trailer, check out the three teasers released by Sony Entertainment, along with stills from the film on ComingSoon.net.

Stay up to date with all new content and announcements by liking the Facebook page for the film and follow up with The Daily Bugle as they report the latest from New York City.

Are you excited for the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man?

RIP Paul Walker

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It’s been a tragedy that has shocked the world. actor Paul Walker, 40, died in a car accident in Los Angeles yesterday, November 30, 2013. He was returning from a charity event with a friend, who also died in the crash.

The actor, most noted for his role as Brian O’Conner in the massive “Fast and Furious” franchise, also appeared in memorable films like “Into the Blue” with Jessica Alba and in the film adaptation of Michael Crichton’s bestselling book “Timeline.” He was in the middle of filming “Fast and Furious 7” and it is unknown how the tragedy will affect the production.

Paul was heavily involved with charity work and had his own, Reach Out Worldwide which was most recently helping out victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

His death came as a shock to the industry with colleagues and fans alike being unable to come to terms with his passing. Co-stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster and many others have tweeted and instragrammed their condolences.

Our condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and fans all over the world. May he rest in peace.

And the new Batman is here!

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Will the latest Batman please stand up!

We have seen many avatars of Batman through the ages and the vigilantee crusader has been represented in media by notable faces such as Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney and more recently, Christian Bale in The Dark Knight trilogy. After The Dark Knight Rises, Bale hung up his batsuit and decided to move on to other projects!

However, at Comic-Con this July, Man of Steel director Zack Snyder unveiled plans for the sequel to the Summer hit and shocked audiences worldwide when the screen behind him popped up with the two symbols of Batman and Superman … together! The word went crazy at the thought of a Superman Vs Batman movie!

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Warner Bros announced the plans for the sequel, that it would indeed feature the two superheroes and would be released in 2015, with production due to start in early 2014. Soon, rumours and speculation flew around as to who would play Batman in this new movie with a potential Justice League spin-off. Names were thrown around from Tyler Hoechlin (Teen Wolf) to Armie Hammer (who stars opposite Man of Steel‘s Henry Cavill in The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) and back to Christian Bale who was rumoured to have been offered US$ 60 million to reprise his role.

All rumours were put to rest last night, as the latest Batman was announced, and fangirls and boys, it is … drumroll … Ben Affleck!

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Ben Affleck’s last outing as a superhero, Marvel’s Daredevil, did not fare well … but here is hoping that his latest avatar as Batman will charm movie goers! He certainly has the brooding look and the chiselled jawline to play Batman, even though he wasn’t an obvious choice!

Can we handle this double dose of hotness on our screens? Just as a reminder – Superman (Henry Cavill) looks like this –

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What do you guys think of Ben Affleck as Batman?

Stay tuned as the movie goes into production in early 2014 (soon after Superman himself, Henry Cavill, finishes filming The Man From U.N.C.L.E.). Superman Vs Batman is slated for release on July 17, 2015!

You can read the full press release here!