The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – 5 Differences Between the Book and the Movie

1. Effie Trinket

In the books, the last time we see Effie Trinket is before Katniss goes into the arena in the middle of Catching Fire. It is unknown of her whereabouts, that is, until her reappearance at the end of Mockingjay. From the promotional posters released showcasing the citizens of District 13, it was clear that Effie would have a more dominant role in the film. Besides being a character beloved by fans, Elizabeth Banks manages to bring light to the darkness of thirteen. Although she turned in the coloured wigs Effie was allowed to hold onto some stylish accessories.

We first see Effie when she gets a visit from Plutarch in her bunker; which she considers to be a prison. She also is not fond of the grey jumpers they’re all forced to wear. But there is a reason for her appearance, other then seeing how someone from the Capitol would adapt to this new way of living. Effie’s role is to continue being Katniss’ escort as she has an understanding of how the Mockingjay operates (taking over the role of Fulvia). She does it for personal reasons, not because she agrees with the politics or the cause.

Let’s look at the moment where Haymitch asks to hear one moment where Katniss made you feel something real. In the book, Leevy speaks up and mentions Katniss volunteering for Prim at the reaping. In the film, Leevy is replaced by Effie. The same happened with Boggs’ comment on her singing to Rue, it too is said by Effie instead.

2. The Rescue

Gale is the first person to volunteer himself to go on the mission to rescue Peeta, Johanna and Annie from The Capitol. Since the book only looks at Katniss’ perspective we don’t actually get to see the rebels in action. Besides being able to see the mission in the film, we learn that President Snow knows of the entire plan and doesn’t stop them. This is revealed in a conversation between Snow and Katniss as she tries to keep him distracted in an attempt to help the rescue succeed. Snow ends the conversation by taunting Katniss, ‘It’s the ones we love that cause the most pain.’ Foreshadowing.

3. The Mockingjay’s Conditions

             “Is there anything left on your list, Katniss?”
My paper’s crumpled into a ball in my right fist. I flatten the sheet against the table and read the rickety letters. “Just one more thing. I kill Snow.”

            For the first time ever, I see the hint of a smile on the president’s lips. “When the time comes, I’ll flip you for it.”

To me, this was an important moment but when Katniss lists her conditions for becoming the Mockingjay in the film, she only says that the other victors must be granted immunity and asks that her sister can keep their cat. She doesn’t ask for permission to hunt above ground with Gale (which happens anyway) or to be the one to kill President Snow when the time comes.

4. Tying Knots

            “The more you can distract yourself, the better,” he says. “First thing tomorrow, we’ll get you your own rope. Until then, take mine.”

Although this is minor, the film shows Finnick tying knots but he never gives and/or teaches Katniss how to as a distraction for herself.

5. Katniss’ Prep Team

            That’s my chance. I dart around the distracted guard, push open the door marked 3908, and find them. Half-naked, brusied, and shackled to the wall.
My prep team.

Unlike the book, Katniss’ prep team was not found in District 13.

“If I Stay” Book Signing with Jamie Blackley and Gayle Forman at Indigo


Unlike most, I spent my Friday night in an Indigo rather than at a downtown club. Gayle Forman was in town signing copies of her book, If I Stay. Alongside was the man who stars as Adam in the film-adaptation, Jamie Blackley. I however, have never read the book but I was one of the fortunate people who had the chance to see the movie the night before. I also had the opportunity to get my photograph with both Jamie and Gayle. I would like to thank Indigo Teen and Indigo Green Room for putting on such an amazing event.

“Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.”  – Gale Forman, If Stay (and Jamie Blackley’s favourite quote from the film)

Photographs can be seen on my official website in the “Celebrity” section under 2014.

Subway Sign Typology



The Yonge-University-Spadina line first opened in 1954, with extensions in 1963, 1973, 1974 ,1978 and 1996. It is the oldest and busiest subway line in Toronto with 32 stations and operated by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC).

A Brief History: 
1954: The Yonge line opened going from Union north to Eglington
1963: Segment continued north to St. George
1973: Extended to York Mills
1974: Extended to Finch
1978: Spadina segment was expanded north of the University line to Wilson
1987: North York Centre station was build on an existing section of the line
1996: Spadina segment was expanded to Downsview

Construction is currently on it’s way to further expand the Spadina line northwest of Downsview into the City of Vaughan. Subway service is expected to be running in August 2016.

That’s all great, right? But now you’re probably wondering why I chose to do my typology on this subway line. To explain that it would help to know a little bit about me. For those unaware I’m a student at Ryerson University, which can be found in the heart of downtown Toronto.  I however, live north of Toronto where the subway doesn’t quite reach, making me a commuter who has to ride the subway to and from school everyday. It doesn’t matter which end I start on, Downsview or Finch because either way I still live north of where the subway ends. I’m in the middle of each. As mentioned before I ride the Yonge-University-Spadina line everyday but never quite paid attention to the stations I passed on the way to my destination. I became intrigued and wanted to see the difference between each and every station. So one Sunday, with my brother I rode the full subway line starting at Downsview station. At each stop I’d get off, take a picture of the sign and wait anywhere from 4-10 minutes for the next train to come along.

Throughout my experience I noticed various similarities and differences between some of the stations. Stations on the original line; Eglington, Davisville, St. Clair, Summerhill, Rosedale, Bloor, Wellesley, College, Dundas, Queen and King are all designed very similar using vitreous marble, the only difference being the colour of the tiles. Union, which was one of the original stations is currently being renovated. The newer stations have art and architecture that differs from the original line.

Other Torontonians who ride the subway may have never taken the time to get to know each and every station on the line but I didn’t want to be one of the many. The subway in a way has become my second home and by taking a photograph of all the station signs i’ve documented a day in the life of me.

Harlem Shake

The Harlem Shake if you haven’t heard of it, is the newest craze and internet sensation. Thousands of videos have been uploaded online (mostly from universities and colleges) in the past week! I guess you could call it the next Gangnam Style if you’d like but i’d prefer it if you didn’t. This doesn’t actually make you want to rip off your ears every time the song comes on. The general idea is that one person dances for about 15 seconds while everyone around them is clueless to what’s going on and then in the last 15 seconds everyone goes CRAZY! Literally! I attend Ryerson University and yesterday in my Art History class all of the Image Arts Students decided we would do one just for fun. Our prof Iain was such a good sport and we love him a hundred times more for being a part of it!!

The video is currently at 7,000 views and was shown on Breakfast Television this morning!

Book Recommendations

Those who know me are aware that i’m able to read 2-3 books a week with all of my subway travels (if i’m not sleeping). And because of it i’ve been asked to give out recommendations so i’ve started to put together a list of my favourite books and one quote from each that I love. If you have any specific questions about any of the listed feel free to ask and I’d be more then happy to answer but I don’t feel the need to post synopsis’ for all of them when they can be found online. Generally the Sequels, Trilogies and Series books are all YA fiction, however not all are currently complete. The Non-sequel novels I post can range in audience. I will continue to add to this list as I read more books that changed my life.

Non-Sequel Novels:
1. “Someone who thinks death is the scariest thing doesn’t know a thing about life.” 
– Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

2. “We accept the love we think we deserve.”
– Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

3. “Most people lose the ability to see silver linings even though they are always there above us almost everyday.”
– Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook

4. “Scared isn’t an excuse. Scared is the excuse everyone has used.”
– John Green, Looking For Alaska

5. “You say you’re not special because the world doesn’t know about you, but that’s an insult to me. I know about you.”
– John Green, The Fault In Our Stars

Sequels, Trilogies & Series:
1. “You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games Trilogy (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire & Mockingjay)

2. “I like the night. Without the dark, we’d never see the stars.”
Stephenie Meyer, The Twilight Saga (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse & Breaking Dawn)

3. “Declarations of love amuse me. Especially when unrequited.”
Cassandra Clare, The Mortal Instruments (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls & City of Heavenly Fire)

4. “Every minute you spend with someone gives them a part of your life and takes part of theirs.”
Ally Condie, The Matched Trilogy (Matched, Crossed & Reached)

5. “Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.”
Veronica Roth, The Divergent Trilogy (Divergent, Insurgent & Untitled)

6. “And if I have to die trying, I will get out of here.”
Lauren DeStefano, The Chemical Garden Trilogy (Wither, Fever & Sever)

7. “Keep in mind that people change but the past doesn’t.”
Becca Fitzpatrick, The Hush, Hush Saga (Hush, Hush, Crescendo, Silence & Finale)

8. “Every man would fall in love with their voice, their lovely appearance, but no man would ever get past that. They’d never really know the girls for who they actually were, never really love them. It would be impossible for any of the four girls to ever really fall in love and be genuinely loved in return.”
Amanda Hocking, Watersong Series (Wake, Lullaby, Tidal, Elegy)

9. “Sometimes death is really just a metaphor for rebirth. Allowing the old version of one to slip away so that a newer, better, stronger version can stand in it’s place.”
Alyson Noel, The Soul Seekers (Fated, Echo, Mystic & Horizon)

Current Books Waiting on my Book Shelf to be Read:
1. John Green, An Abundance of Katherines
2. Cassandra Clare, The Infernal Devices (Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince & Clockwork Princess)
3. James Dashner, The Maze Runner Series (The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials & The Death Cure) (The Kill Order)

BlackBerry People’s Choice Award Winner: Silver Linings Playbook

As predicted by myself and various others who had the chance to see David O’Russel’s Silver Linings Playbook (in some cases twice) at the Toronto International Film Festival it won Blackberry’s People’s Choice Award this year making it a a serious Oscar contender for Best Picture. Films that have won this award in the past have been Slumdog Millionaire and The King’s Speech. Jennifer Lawrence’s performance in the film leaves your jaw locked open way after the lights have turned on. People are quickly realizing that by February we may be able to refer to Jennifer Lawrence as Oscar winner. For those unaware Lawrence was Academy Award nominated back in 2010 for her role in Winter’s Bone. In fact she was the second youngest actress to ever be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. While Bradley Cooper’s performance may not be Oscar worthy it’s definitely one of his best, if not the best.

Click here to read my review and to see pictures from the Silver Linings Playbook red carpet.
Click here to see pictures of Jennifer Lawrence on the Silver Linings Playbook red carpet.

Silver Linings Playbook has a release date of November 21st 2012.

It’s a movie you don’t want to miss!

Sources: 1/2/3


“You have to do everything you can. And if you stay positive, you have a shot at a silver lining.”

Seventeen Magazine

That awkward moment when you find yourself in a magazine…

Let me get this out there right away; I did not send in my photograph nor do I know how they came across it even though they claim I sent it in but can’t provide me with proof. That’s right, I had nice long chats with the legal department at Seventeen Magazine after coming across a picture of myself in the June/July issue with Sarah Hyland on the cover (page 149 top right corner). Yup, that girl in the penguin hat is really me.

Apparently I sent in the photograph here, that’s what they claim anyway. Like I mentioned above I asked for proof and the replied with, “We do not not retain records of proof of submission due to the disclaimer on our website.” For some reason that doesn’t seem right to me. In the end I never really got anywhere with Seventeen Magazine. I went to camp and by the time I came back it had been two months since I last talked to them and thought it didn’t make sense to be replying so late. I guess my lesson to all of you is to be careful where you post your pictures. The only place this one is online is my Facebook page. It’s actually the cover photo for my Alaska album. Did I mention the picture’s from 2009? I highly doubt I would’ve sent in a picture from that year when i’ve participated in more intense “YOLO” moments then standing on my cruise ships balcony on vacation. If you can’t tell since I only posted the right side of the page the spread’s about people’s YOLO moments. I wouldn’t have known if it weren’t for my friends friend texting her asking if I was in the magazine. I thought they were just being funny when they said the girl was in a penguin hat but no, it was me. I do think it’s really cool, don’t get me wrong but there’s always going to be that part of me that wonders how they got their hands on my picture.