In case you thought the interest for young-adult dystopian fiction was dying down, we present to you exhibit A: Gennifer Albin’s upcoming novel Crewel, which had seven agents scrambling to represent it, and five publishing houses fighting to buy it in a week. We won’t get to see the book itself until October 16, but we do have this unusual, brilliant cover to share with you. And a few words from Albin herself, who got on the phone with us from her home in Kansas to explain this bizarre “Mad Men meets Handmaid’s Tale Meets The Hunger Games” pitch we keep hearing.
“It’s set in a world where women are cultivated into these kind of femme-fatale types that weave the fabric of life,” Albin explained. “They are made to be these beautiful, deadly women that are then controlled by the all male government.”
Adelice, the 16-year-old at the center of the novel, has the talent needed to become one of these “Spinsters,” but her parents are determined to protect her from that fate. So, is this some kind of commentary on the fame and fashion industries? Not really. “But one of the reasons they are made to be beautiful is because in my perfect world the thing that would tempt me the most is being able to live a really glamorous lifestyle.”
Kim Kardashian’s divorce after 72 days of marriage inspired a lot of comparisons: to a circus, to a soap opera, to a particularly awful episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians…oh wait. Jennifer Lawrence‘s interview with Parade Magazine, however, is probably the first time it’s been compared to the Hunger Games. Why didn’t we think of it before?
“I was watching the Kardashian girl getting divorced, and that’s a tragedy for anyone,” Lawrence explained. “But they’re using it for entertainment, and we’re watching it. The books hold up a terrible kind of mirror: This is what our society could be like if we became desensitized to trauma and to each other’s pain.” Whooooa! Blow our minds much, Jennifer? So we had to wonder: are the Hunger Games and Kim Kardashian’s divorce really so dissimilar? Or are the Kardashians just getting us ready for the eventuality of televised blood sport? Some comparisons to consider:
The Hunger Games: The Hunger Games require the use of fabulous, gasp-inducing outfits.
Kim Kardashian’s divorce: None of the outfits at the Kardashian nuptials bust into flame with non-burning fire. Unfortunately.
The Hunger Games: Katniss volunteers to go into battle to save her younger sister Prim.
Kim Kardashian’s divorce: Neither Kendall nor Kylie Jenner were spared from having to hear about their sister’s divorce for months on end.
Jennifer Lawrence is on a roll this week. She’s donned two gorgeous gold gowns at the Los Angeles and London premieres of The Hunger Games (Prabal Gurung and Ralph Lauren, respectively) and she’s built up a reputation as one of the red carpet’s brightest fashion stars in just a few short years. From last year’s Baywatch babe Oscar gown to her hot pink Oscar de le Renta win at the 2011 SAG Awards, Jen has proven she can hang out on the A List with ease. But that doesn’t mean there haven’t been missteps along the way!
We’ve pulled 35 of Jen’s most recent red carpet looks and rated them in three categories: The Good, The Bad and The Meh. Check ‘em out in our gallery below and weigh in on what you like – and dislike – to see the starlet in. And here’s hoping we get a third gold dress this week!
When we saw Elizabeth Banks at the L.A. The Hunger Games premiere a couple of days ago, we thought she was trying to be the girl on fire. As opposed to co-star and real firestarter
Katniss Everdeen Jennifer Lawrence, who wore gold Prabal Gurung and continued her metallic trend at the film’s London premiere last night. Elizabeth was kind of paying homage to Effie Trinket in a sexy bright orange Atelier Versace frock back in L.A. She continued the bright flame trend in London as well, wearing a gorgeous, backless canary yellow Bill Blass gown on the carpet last night. Do we love it? Yes we do! Stick with a color scheme that works for you, we say. We also noticed that Elizabeth looked quite bronzed in her yellow dress. Just the right amount though. She didn’t steer into Jersey Shore territory.
As we did with Jennifer in the post before this, we want to know what you think of Elizabeth’s flame trend, by comparing her two dresses in the photograph below. On the left is the yellow Bill Blass gown she wore last night in London. On the right is the orange Atelier Versace frock she wore a earlier this week. We have the poll waiting for you after the jump, so vote!
Two golden gown back-to-back and we couldn’t be happier. Jennifer Lawrence swanned in to The Hunger Games European premiere in London last night wear this stunning, shimmering metallic gold Ralph Lauren gown with a black YSL belt. If you take a closer look at it, you’ll see how the entire dress seems to be made entirely of sequin sheeting giving it a wonderfully fluid vibe. Remember how Jennifer wore that awesome gold, metallic Prabal Gurung gown to the premiere of the The Hunger Games in L.A? She’s really going for gold, isn’t she! Whoever her stylist is, they should take a bow right about now.
The Ralph Lauren gown she wore last night makes her look very elegant as well, even though the black YSL belt cinched at the waist is so sexy. The gold Prabal Gurung gown she wore in L.A. was a lot more va-va-voom, especially due to the cutouts. Jennifer rocked them both, is our take. Have a look at the photograph below to compare the two. We’ve also got a poll after the jump, so you can let us know which look you prefer. We really want to know your opinion, because we’re torn between the two, so vote vote vote!
Taylor Swift is, one could argue, the voice of a generation. She’s also the voice of a bloody teenage dystopian battle ryoale, now that she’s added her spooky, hopefully voice to the Hunger Games soundtrack. And we do not see how anyone could possibly argue about that. Now that you’ve heard Swift’s “Eyes Open” (and if you haven’t, take a listen here), how do you think it compares to Taylor’s previously released soundtrack song, the eerie, ethereal “Safe & Sound“? Both of them strike the exact uneasy tone we imagine would go perfectly with Katniss’s mental state. Both songs also make us want to spend a few hours quietly writing in our journals…before we have run screaming away from a swarm of mutant wasps.
On the other hand, with lyrics like “In backyards, winning battles with our wooden swords/ But now we’ve stepped into a cruel world/ Where everybody stands to keep score,” the video for “Eyes Open” is probably going to be even sweeter than the “Safe & Sound” video. If it features Taylor Swift engaged in deadly combat, well then…contest over. So which of the two song do you prefer, if you had to choose? Unlike The Hunger Games themselves, there can always be more than one winner…
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A year ago, we never would have thought we’d be writing about Lenny Kravitz and Wes Bentley in the same sentence. We honestly didn’t expect to be writing much about them at all, frankly. The superstar status Kravitz earned in the ’90s and early ’00s had calmed considerably, and Bentley never lived up to the next-big-thing hype he earned in American Beauty. But behold the miracle of The Hunger Games. Their brief but pivotal roles as stylist Cinna and Head Gamemaker Seneca Crane have made them the focus of a whole lot of attention, from teenage girls as much as a mature audience that appreciates their comeback.
If you’ve read Catching Fire, the Hunger Games sequel, you’ll know that Lenny and Wes’ characters have more in common than meets the eye, and they’ve got to be looking forward to their bigger roles in that film. So are we, of course. But for now, we’re going to look back, and try to determine which of these Capitol citizens is hotter. Peruse our little selection of photos and then vote! Poll closes at 2 p.m. ET on Friday.
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We always wondered how a book about kids brutally murdering other kids on live TV would get a PG-13 rating in the U.S. Not to be too spoilery but there are some grisly deaths in The Hunger Games that gave us, full-grown adults, nightmares. And now it seems that initially,there were a few too many of those gory scenes for the U.K. version of the MPAA, the British Board of Film Classification, to deem it appropriate for kids under 15. The BBFC, which is a little more up-front about its rules than the legendarily mysterious MPAA, posted the changes that were made to bring the rating from 15 down to 12A, their version of PG-13. Apparently, Lionsgate UK showed the board an unfinished version and was advised on where to make “cuts and visual reductions.” The next version had made adjustments two “four scenes of violence and in one scene showing details of injuries. These reductions were implemented by a mixture of visual cuts, visual darkenings and the digital removal of sight of blood.” But that wasn’t enough: Seven seconds of one more scene needed to be changed to “reduce an emphasis on blood and injury.” They did so by “digitally removing sight of blood splashes and sight of blood on wounds and weapons.”
We have no idea if such changes were made to the American version as well. But wow, that’s a fascinating peek into what the experts deem OK for a 15-year-old versus a 12-year-old. Blood splashes! Now, we wonder how they felt about burns, tracker jacker stings and, eeeewwww, pus?