Can you believe it's almost May? [Insert "It's gonna be May" meme]. With so many fantastic new Creators joining the platform it was difficult to choose just 10 posts; it's always my most difficult decision of every week. There's just no stopping you guys. Keep creating amazing articles, keep writing about the things you're passionate about and stay awesome! Without further ado, here are this week's cool kids (well, some of the many!).
Kids Killing Kids: Why Parents Shouldn't Fear Their Children Watching The Hunger Games BY Nicole Cravens
I read The Hunger Games as a teenager and absolutely loved the series. Luckily the movies are a great adaptation of the books (well, in my opinion at least). Sure, kids killing other kids might sound like a weird premise for a book or a movie, especially when it is directed toward young adults, but The Hunger Games is much more than that. Allow Creator Nicole Cravens to tell you why these movies are suitable for children and what they can take away from them. Do you agree with Nicole?
Benedict Cumberbatch can do no wrong in my book, and so it doesn't come as a surprise to me that I absolutely loved the Doctor Strange trailer. Of course, it helps that Stephen Strange himself is also a total badass character. Why, you ask? Well, magic for one - black magic to be exact. Want to know more about this awesome Marvel Sorcerer Supreme? Jered Bartholomew will tell you everything you need to know about one of my new favorite superheroes.
6 Common Misconceptions About Anime (And Anime Fans) That Need To Be Corrected! BY Zuleika Boekhoudt
I admit that my knowledge of anime is extremely limited but I've been getting more involved in this world of late, and loving it. My main issue is just not knowing where to start! Clearing up any misconceptions with regards to anime (and fans!) might be a great place to do just that. According to new Creator Zuleika Boekhoudt, you're never too old to watch anime- phew! Check out Zuleika's enlightening article and let her know after reading if you still think anime is just for kids.
Games of Thrones is BACK and it looks like it is going to be one hell of a season. It's got dragons, for one, and some killer storylines already. However, what many of us fail to realize is that it addresses some harsh and uncomfortable issues, teaching us quite a bit about the world we live in. Not sure what kind of lessons I am referring to? Fear not, Creator Brian Frydenborg has got you covered. Who knew that fiction and the real world could share so many similarities?
Could 'Independence Day: Resurgence' Be The 'Jurassic World' Of The 2016 Box Office? BY Wesley Younger
Jurassic World grossed over $652 domestically during it's theatrical run and broke the record for largest opening weekend ever with over $200 million domestically. Can Independence Day: Resurgence achieve the same kind of success? New Creator Wesley Younger seems to think it's on the right track to becoming THE blockbuster of 2016. According to Wesley, we should never underestimate the power of nostalgia, and based on all the Friends quizzes I've done lately, I think he might be onto something. What do YOU think?
Special effects have played a big part in the evolution of the multi-billion-dollar movie industry. The 'bigger the better' seems to be the general rule directors go by nowadays. But have visual effects had a positive or negative effect on cinema? They can bring a story to life, help us leave our own realities and immerse ourselves in a movie, but when is does the CGI become too much? Brendan Oler discusses both sides of the argument in his post.
It took me a while but I FINALLY caught up with The Flash, meaning I'm ready to discuss fan theories with my fellow fans. If you're as up to speed as I am, you'll know that Barry lost his powers in last week's episode, which is a big problem. If you also happen to have watched the promo for next week, you'll have seen that Barry will go to the extreme (i.e. get himself electrocuted) to get them back. This is where new Creator Arshivir's Kid Flash theory kicks in. Will Kid Flash make an appearance on The Flash in the near future? Catch up with Arshivir and let him know!
Over the years, Studio Ghibli have made their mark on cinema, and for good reason. Movies such as Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away, have the ability to stand out in a sea of generic ideas and this is exactly what has made them so beloved. Creator Evan Cameron discusses the elements of Shintoism in Japanese media, and how movies and television have the unique power to immerse us in Japanese culture without having to convert to the Shinto religion. This is a thoughtful piece that deserves a good read.
I am fairly sure most, if not all of us have had the chance to see Jurassic World by now. It was undoubtedly one of the biggest of blockbusters of 2015 and so it's no surprise that we'll be getting a Jurassic World 2. JW1 Director Colin Trevorrow has already told us what the sequel won't be about, leaving us to speculate what the plot might be. Creator Andrew Davis has a couple of ideas of his own that he'd like to share with you all. I don't know about you but I like the way he thinks.
I have a confession to make. I only recently figured out what VR stands for. According to new Creator Alex Gilyadov, virtual reality is able to create an astounding sense of immersion, making you feel like you’re being transported to fantastical locations. He takes a look at the impressive possibilities of VR showcased in Chronos. If you're into video games and are looking for that next investment in happiness then this game is exactly what you're looking for. Don't forget to let Alex know how YOU feel about the use of VR in gaming. Oh, and check out our latest magazine all about the subject on the homepage!
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