Character Spotlight: Thresh

Hello everyone, and welcome to the new section of my blog that will be updated every Friday which is called Character Spotlight. This is where I pick either an awesome or underappreciated character (or both) and talk about what makes them so awesome!

So I spent a lot of time debating on what character to talk about (I currently have a list but I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to stick to it) including a lot of the Hunger Games characters. But without further ado the character I choose is Thresh from the Hunger Games!

I had a lot of Hunger Games characters in mind when thinking about this section of the blog but probably the one character who people don’t talk about nearly enough is Thresh from the first book.

“I always respected him. For his power. For his refusal to play the Games on anyone’s terms but his own.” –Katniss on Thresh. So without further ado here is a mini profile of one of the 24 tributes of the 74th Hunger Games.

Name: Thresh

From: District 11.

Book: The Hunger Games.

About him: Thresh is eighteen years old and is therefore one of the oldest tributes in the 74th Hunger Games. He was one of the strongest tributes in the Games and denied the chance to join the Careers. In the book he places (fourth before Foxface) and in the movie he places fifth, it is presumed he is killed by Cato.

Why is he awesome?

  1. He refuses to join the Careers, he doesn’t want to play the Games and he makes sure that everyone is aware of that. Plus he is probably aware that because he denied the alliance that would make him one of their biggest threats.
  2. At the feast, he saves Katniss’ life after realising that she formed an alliance with his district partner Rue. He lets her go and shows her mercy instead of killing her, knowing that they will probably end up killing each other.
  3. He then kills Clove which means that Katniss’ and Peeta are one step closer to winning.

To conclude, Thresh is a very underappreciated in the series; he saves Katniss’ life and he deserves more credit than he’s given.

Just this one time, I let you go. For the little girl. You and me, we’re even then. No more owed. You understand?” –Thresh to Katniss.

What character would you like to feature in the character spotlight next week?

 

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Avalon High by Meg Cabot

Hello everyone, my name is Kathryn (if you didn’t already know that from my welcome post. Anyway, welcome to my new blog, where I upload weekly reviews (and post over cool stuff). Hopefully you’ll enjoy the posts and whatnot and will read the book recommendations on this blog.

Anyway onto the review… There’s nearly always a book that you turn to when things get tough (or when your flatmates are being particularly noisy the night before an exam) and for me that book is Avalon High by Meg Cabot.

Growing up, I always had a particular fondness for Meg Cabot books such as The Princess Diaries and The Mediator series, although one of my all-time favourites by her was Avalon High. In a nutshell the plot is basically what if King Arthur was reincarnated as a High School teenager, which I think is pretty cool plot. Anyway here’s the blurb from Good Reads.

To newcomer Ellie, Avalon High seems like a typical American high school, complete with jocks, nerds, cheerleaders, and even the obligatory senior class president, quarterback, and all-around good guy. But it doesn’t take Ellie long to suspect that something weird is going on beneath the glossy surface of this tranquil hall of learning. As she pieces together the meaning of this unfolding drama, she begins to recognize some haunting Arthurian echoes, causing her to worry that she has become just a pawn in mythic history. 

However like Meg Cabot’s other characters the main character Elle seems to be a bit too similar to her other characters for my liking (such as Mia) especially when it came to how much she was thinking about Will this just reminded me of the Michael/Mia relationship. Considering that we get told that she’s ‘practical’ she does seem to think about him a lot…

I liked the characters, especially Ellie and I don’t really blame her for wanting to stay in the pool all day, I mean who wouldn’t? Although it was a little cliché about the new girl catching the attention of the popular quarterback who has a cheerleader girlfriend.

However the fact that it was a modern retelling made up for the cliché, I loved the parallels between the story and the Arthurian legend, I only wish it was longer so that we could’ve had more of the Arthurian Legends.

It’s also a nice novel to reread and realise all the bits of foreshadowing that you missed for first time around. I would probably give then novel 4/5 stars, because even though it is cleverly written I felt like apart from Ellie and Will the other characters weren’t fleshed out enough and some characters were just stereotypes i.e. Jennifer. It would’ve been nice if we saw a bit more of Lance and Jen in the novel.

Last of all, there is an adaptation of the film, it’s a Disney Channel adaptation and all I can remember is that a lot of things are different in the film i.e. Ellie is called Allie, which makes no sense at all… But I would definitely recommend to read the book, it is a very fun and light heartened YA retelling of the legends of King Arthur.

Interested? Read more here

Buy the book here (Amazon)

 

 

Hello there!

Hello there, and welcome to my brand new book blog, where I will upload book reviews and lots of  other book related stuff that I think you might enjoy.

So without further ado I’m going to finish the first post and make sure that it’s ready to publish for my readers (or lack of) to read! Hope you enjoy the blog and all the really cool book related content soon to come! 🙂