Hello guys! I'm posting this article which features Hollow City. I gave a copy of this article to Ransom when he visited Philippines.

2014 READ AND WATCH GUIDE  is a collaborative effort between Buklod Diwa staffwriters Joven Christian Jacolbia and Mnemaica Cuyugan. This article was featured in the December-March issue of the said publication. It features Ransom Riggs' notable work HOLLOW CITY.

They say that entertainment is man’s way of wasting time. But to others it’s the opposite, they view entertainment as a form of art.  A masterpiece created by man, a product of his imaginations and fantasies. Each of us have their own definitive meaning of entertainment, whatever they may be there is one thing that we can agree on – every form of media provides us not only time-consuming moments but also significant lessons from our beloved fictional characters and let us feel a wide variety of emotions ranging from joy to sorrow.


Do you like books with photographs? Well, I’m sure you’re going to hate those now.Ransom Riggs’ sequel to his 2010 spine-chilling novel, HOLLOW CITY, just came out this month.

It started exactly where its predecessor Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children left off: protagonist Jacob Portman abandoned his life in the present and set off with Miss Peregrine’s charges that had been kept in a state of arrested development, living the day of Sept. 3, 1940, over and over again for decades.

Ransom’s plot mix tension with curiosity as various details unfolds along the storyline. In this book, characters were given depth. Different plot surprises in Riggs’ world await readers. Available now on stores, Ransom Riggs’ Hollow City comes with beautiful but creepy photographs that accompany the plotline.

Advice: do not look at your back while reading.

Campers, are you ready for the end of your favorite book series? Are you geared up to cry and laugh? The much-awaited conclusion to Rick Riordan’s HOO is the BLOOD OF OLYMPUS. Fans of the two-series plot are already thrilled since the autumn 2013 release of BOO predecessor House of Hades. The voraciousness and tension of the fandom now is comparable to the 2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows release.

The book’s themes include: Adventure, Mythology, Teenage Fiction and Romance. In the book, the Roman and Greek demigods join hands in prevent Gaea, earth mother, regain her figure. Riordan has teased his twitter followers with different spoilers, including: “Sorry, readers, I just killed a McDonalds lover!”. It was Ghost King Nico di Angelo, the son of Hades. Rumors have also spread that Riordan’s characters from his series like The Kane Chronicles will appear again in the book.

Will the demigods prevent Gaea’s awakening? Will the camps be in peace again? Wait for BOO, which will be released October this year.  

OTHER INTERESTING BOOKS FOR THIS YEAR: The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider, City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, The One by Kiera Cass, a Norse myth series by Rick Riordian and an untitled book by John Green.


Lights, Cameras, Action!  Besides the start of another school year, there is one other thing worth waiting for. John Green’s novel, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (a.k.a. TFioS), will be adapted into the big screen and be released on June 6, 2014.  Starring Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat Wolff, together with the rest of the cast, the movie will bring life to the comedic drama and romance that the novel has.

Funny, Melancholy and somewhat philosophical, this are the adjectives that people who have read the book will often use to describe Green’s masterpiece.  Narrating the story through the eyes of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a sixteen year-old who strives to battle her Stage 4 Thyroid cancer, she forms a friendship with Isaac and Augustus “Gus” Waters who are her fellow cancer victims.

People advise movie-goers to bring plenty of liquids and tissues in preparation to wipe away the tears that will be shed.  The novel seething with humor and drama has been branded as a real tearjerker that will make anyone laugh and cry simultaneously.  The film has its word to do the same for its movie-goers.

Disclaimer: The film will not liable for any captivated hearts, dehydration due to tears or any person dying of laughter. 

Are you ready to take an aptitude test? And by saying test, I mean the not-like-your-ordinary test.  Are you selfless, peaceful, honest, brave, or knowledgeable?   What faction would you belong?  The answer lies within you.  But if the results are inconclusive, then there might be a chance that you are a Divergent.

One of the best-selling and the most talk about literary work of today is the novel DIVERGENT, a young-adult dystopian/science-fiction written by Veronica Roth. It spread like a wildfire all over the globe as it captivates the hearts of the masses with its suspenseful, thrilling story and relatable characters.

Set in years far into the future where the city of Chicago has divided into five factions.  These factions are dedicated to one particular virtue—Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Erudite (the intelligent). It centers the story of Beatrice “Tris” Prior, who is classified as a Divergent (a rare trait where a person shows an affinity for more than one faction). She must overcome the dangers of her unique status and the highly competitive world she lives in.

"Divergent is me writing through that realization—everyone in Beatrice’s society believes that virtue is the end, the answer." said Roth in an interview, "I think we secretly love and hate categories—love to get a firm hold on our identities, but hate to be confined—and I never loved and hated them more than I was a teenager."

A much anticipated film was announced to be released on March 21, 2014 for the theatrical adaptation of the novel.  A trailer was distributed last year showing a peek of what would be the look of Divergent in the big screen.  Those who have read the book will be thrilled at seeing their favorite characters come at life and those who haven’t are to be amazed in the world of Veronica Roth.

So, do you already decided? Have you chosen your faction? Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, Candor, or Erudite. If you can’t pick only one, Divergence might just be your path.

Do you believe in witches? In Maleficent, in Hermione? This is no Sabrina, this is an anthological show. Following the series’ spine-chilling theme, COVEN is the 3rd season of the acclaimed American Horror story. It succeeds AHS’ first two seasons: Murder House and Asylum. The award-winning season is looked upon to as the Lady Gaga of the AHS, with its elegant and extravagant film direction.

Although AHS is known to deliver hair-raising scenes, director Ryan Murphy has made this season’s setting more contemporary: it was set at the modern United States. The plotline is based on history of witchcraft in the US: how they survived through the century. The plot pinpoints on Miss Robichaux’s Academy where young witches are conditioned. The witches, collectively known as the Coven, are led by the supreme.  Supreme Fiona, played by AHS permanent cast member Jessica Lange, is the most powerful witch in the world and possesses the Seven Wonders of Witchcraft.

The show has showed majestic scenes throughout airing time, mostly delivered by the powerhouse cast: Lange, Sarah Paulson, and Emma Roberts. The show has made different lines, fashion, etc. to the trending list.

If you or your friends show signs of telekinesis, pyrokinesis, concilium, divination, transmutation, vitalum vitalis or descensum, you may visit the Miss Robichaux’s Academy at Louisiana.

OTHER INTERESTING MOVIES AND TV SHOWS FOR THIS YEAR: Two Broke Girls, rumored fourth season of American Horror Story “Cabaret”, The Flash, HG: Mockingjay Part 1 and That Awkward Moment.

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