Thursday, May 26, 2011

Speaking of dystopia...

With the Cicada Invasion going on here in Nashville, I'm honestly a bit surprised we aren't facing an apocalypse. Check out my friend Laurel's blog, in which she (with great humor) talks about the disgusting critters and why they are making us all crazy. I would write my own post, but I fear I would copy hers completely, because I couldn't have described it better.

[Oh, herro there. I am going to swarm at your head and make you squeal like a little girl now, ok?]

Well, folks, unless we are all horribly mistaken about faith and such, and there are just a few obscure folks who have it right and haven't been reported missing yet, the Rapture didn't happen. And while the jokes were funny, I'm glad to know I wasn't the only one to have it on my mind all weekend, thinking, "But... what if?" I enjoyed Jon Acuff's point in the linked blog post that everyone thought Moses was nuts, too.

Sunny with a chance of Rapture via
Regardless, I couldn't help but feel a bit saddened on Sunday while reading the news, and hearing stories like this about a man who so believed it was The End, that he spent his life savings on billboards and marketing, with the intention of spreading the Word to others to repent while there was still time. While I don't think scare tactics and fire and brimstone is always a good method, and I think these folks were showing the world yet another loony face of Christianity... I also keep thinking how let down this man must have thought in those moments. Did he think he was left behind? That God had abandoned him? Obviously he felt confident this was happening. I just feel bad for him. Surely we all know how it feels to adamantly attest to something, to believe you're right whole-heartedly, and then that horrible feeling that comes when you find out you're wrong? I can't imagine how I would feel if one of my steadfast beliefs about God and Jesus didn't come to fruition, and all the atheists were pointing and laughing, saying "Told ya!" Am I crazy for my my sympathy?

But... LIFE goes on. It'll happen one day, folks. I, for one, am glad for a bit more time to enjoy here. And while I didn't quite succeed in my Pre-Rapture To-Do List (due to some technical difficulties and general mood swings, I wasn't the happiest of campers for most of Friday), I think some of my points can be adopted for everyday thought. Live like you're dying. Yep. Plus, in a classic cause of "Ooopsie!", they're now pointing to October 21st. Oh, goodie.

So here is something you should entertain yourself with while we're all still here... 

I first wrote about The Hunger Games a little over a year ago, and now they're making a movie. I highly anticipate this to become household name stuff, because it's really just that good. And much, much smarter than a lot of book-to-movie plots out there that garner huge fan followings. But we'll see. And while I was very skeptical about casting so far, I'm excited about this:

Jennifer Lawrence makes for a pretty good Katniss, yes? We'll see what they do with Dude from The Kids Are All Right as Peeta and Miley's Ex as Gale. Elizabeth Banks and Woody Harrelson have signed on as well for the parts of Effie Trinket and Haymitch, with Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman. And Lenny Kravitz as Cinna. (!!!!!) These decisions actually make me happy. I'm trying to lose my anal-retentiveness when it comes to books-to-movies. Or else I'll always be bitter. And let's face it, bitter doesn't look good on me. Check out a pretty cool slideshow of the cast so far here.

And if you haven't read them yet and like smart, entertaining, futuristic, and thought-provoking dystopian fiction with a hint of romance and lots of action... read them now. Actually, if you don't think you like that kind of fiction, read them now anyway. I promise you won't be disappointed. After sharing the plot with Sister, even SHE is interested in reading them. That should tell you something.


Laurel said...

oh you make me blush.

i have heard SO much about Hunger Games and am really craving a good series -- one that got me hooked like "girl with dragon tattoo" series.

Think this is a good fit?
Do you have them that I could borrow?

Lauren said...

It is an EXCELLENT fit. You will be hooked for sure. And I do have the books, but unfortunately Nat has them and is supposedly going to read them. But if I find they are collecting dust, as many of her borrowed books do, I'll snatch them for you immediately!