Author has written 16 stories for Warriors, Let the Right One In, Let Me In, 2010, and Hunger Games.
Ahhhh, Summer! Everybody - go outside and enjoy the sun. What are you doing inside reading this? Go live (and then come back here and write about it) !
Thoughts for Hunger Games fanficers:
Want to add a smack of realism to your Hunger Games fanfic?
Watch the film 'Winter's Bone' instead of watching (yet again) the Hunger Games movies. (If you are not old enough to watch 'R' movies, then of course don't watch "Winter's Bone" as it is not meant for kids. Seriously.) You get to see Jennifer Lawrence act in a much truer and grittier role of a teen stuck in the mire of poverty and in a setting similar to Hunger Game's District 12. Yes, 'Winter's Bone' is set in rural backwater Missouri instead of Appalachia, but there's a lot you can learn from it. Be alert as you watch to how the people of this landscape treat each other -poverty can be a cruel existence- and how they treat authority figures (police) and outsiders with outright distrust. The movie does not hit you over the head with it, but understand that in the scenes where she's out with the kids, shooting and skinning squirrels that this is a family with no money and edging into starvation. This is a much more realistic "Katniss" having to go out every day and bring home something, anything, to feed what's left of her family.
Learn about the coal mining life of Appalachia. As an intro, there was a hit song from the 1950s called "Sixteen Tons". A web page at talks about the song but also provides information on what coal mining life is/was like. I gather from how Katniss describes District 12, the Seam, and the mining operations that things are much like what you will find there.
Consider what Katniss and the other tributes would probably look like. All of the Districts are held in poverty by the Capital. Katniss is a 15 yr old girl who has never had any dental care, not much of any health care, and suffers from undernourishment. Jennifer Lawrence is a wonderful actress but when you add up what the "real" Katniss looks like, Jennifer might not be the answer you come up with (this is hard because the imagery we get from movies is so hard to get away from).
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The Blood of the Beast by Lunatic9289 (Deutsch)
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Most of my fanfics have been about the story/movies Let The Right One In and/or Let Me In. If you are a fan a of this story or either movie, check out the Fan Fiction and Fan Art sections at the "We, The Infected" Internet forum. There are many many very good FFs there and a collection of really amazing pictures, drawing, vids and so on.