The Key Elements of a Dystopian Novel

By Kathryn O’Donnell Times are weird, there’s no doubt about that. The government is ordering citizens to stay at home. Traveling is limited. People are walking around grocery stores with masks. Businesses and universities have shut down. Places that have never shut down in their history are closed. Honestly, things have never felt more dystopian… More The Key Elements of a Dystopian Novel

For Better or Worse? Thoughts on Movie Adaptations

Many times, a film adaptation will capture parts of a plot the book can’t for us. The protagonists’ voices, and settings in films help audiences decide how they feel about the characters and their experiences, helping them understand what the book didn’t make clear or have them consider. Here are some of my thoughts on… More For Better or Worse? Thoughts on Movie Adaptations

Exploitation of Femininity in “The Hunger Games”

Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games is classified as a young adult book.  There are several characteristics that define a book as young adult literature, but the strongest characteristic is the main character’s ascension to adulthood as he or she grapples with issues of power.  While Katniss initially appears to be the ultimate girl-power figure, it… More Exploitation of Femininity in “The Hunger Games”