The Hunger Games takes place in a dystopian future where America has been divided into twelve districts. The districts are ruled over by the totalitarian dictatorship of the Capitol. (The setting reminds me of Firefly, with its contrast between the grubby, poverty-stricken outer worlds and the Core Planets with their clean, freshly-scrubbed, well-fed, but thoroughly subjugated and endlessly monitored populace.)
In order to emphasize its control, every year the Capitol demands a sacrifice. Two children from each district are chosen at random to fight to the death in a televised bloody free-for-all, the eponymous Hunger Games.
When you're the "world's largest bookseller," everything you do becomes Big News. This week, Amazon had a bit of a kerfluffle which they literally could not win.
In Part 1, someone noticed that Amazon was carrying a self-published ebook by a pedophile. This wretched little screed was all about handy tips and tricks on how to be a pedophile without getting caught. Gross, right?
Within minutes of this discovery, half of the internet was baying for blood. Nothing gets people going like a perceived misdoing on the part of Amazon.
Calls for boycotts and angry letters of protest went flying like… well, like a lot of upset people had just found out that Amazon (in their view) supports pedophilia.
I had just finished watching an amazing, touching love romance story. This film is called “Dear John.” The film is based on a romance novel written by American author, Nicolas Sparks whom also wrote the best selling novel, “The Notebook.” The story Dear John sets place in North Carolina about a young United States soldier named John who falls in love with a college student named Savannah. They both spend two weeks together before John heads out to his army duties. Before he leaves, Savannah realizes that she will deeply miss him. Young Savannah also realizes that she is very in love with John.
As I was getting ready to eat dinner this evening, I noticed a school bus library parked outside my apartment complex. My apartment managers are the most generous and caring people I know. Since there are many children that live near my complex, a school bus library arrives at the complex every week on a Monday or Tuesday for the children to check out library books on the bus. My apartment managers came up with this thoughtful, amazing idea a few years ago because they thought it would be an excellent idea for the children to have a library come to them. Cool idea or what?