I never watch the stars there’s so much down here. So I just try to keep up with them. Red, orange, yellow flicker beat sparking up my heart.
Meet Egeria: The Capitol Minister of Affairs
“White is very in right now,” states the new Capitol Minister of Affairs, smiling as she slides off a tailored ivory glove to show us her morning manicure. Elegant and dignified, Egeria’s hair sits piled on her head in an intricate twist, her gold eyeliner catching the glint from a set of heavy, jewel-inlaid earrings. She sports a muted brocade skirt suit- the epitome of modern conservative, the buttonless jacket bookended by a Nehru collar and her ever-present gloves.
“They’re my assistants, in a way,” Egeria says, pulling the removed glove back onto her hand. “When I’m nervous my hands fidget considerably; gloves bring attention to the hands, and therefore the brain to keep them still. It reminds me there’s always someone watching and ready to criticize what I do.”
As the newly-instated leader of the Capitol Ministry of Information, what Egeria does is no small task. A government branch in its infancy, the CMI is dedicated to improving system-wide functionality of Panem through information collection and analysis. The branch extends through the Capitol and all Districts, and while Egeria delegates expertly, she is ultimately in charge of ensuring the divisions work together to the utmost efficiency. A former Director of Labor Operations in District 2, Egeria is no stranger to management. The exposure her new position involves, however, is a different matter.
“Being in the public eye is accompanied by a certain amount of pressure, so I try to lead by example in all things. Living the One Panem mindset everyday is always my focus—we can do truly astounding things together. I believe that with all my heart.”
District Heroes On Display
The recent unveiling of the District Heroes billboards has made these Panem iconics simply larger than life! The enormous posters debuted all over Panem and are featured in some of the most populous areas of the Capitol and districts. This series is part of the “One Panem” initiative launched by President Snow and the Capitol Ministry of Information to bring awareness to our districts and commend their commitment to this great country.
We sent one of our in-house reporters, Natasha Svedsen, to interview passersby and gauge their reactions. Local socialite Franco M. says, “I absolutely adore them, especially the one covered in ink, yum!” Meanwhile a young stylish couple from the west end had this to say, “The heroes are an absolutely inspiration, it almost makes us want to pick up and move to 4.” Capitol citizens have been leaving flowers and baubles next to these icons as tokens of gratitude for their dedication. In fact, the billboards have proven to be quite important to top advisors in the Capitol, as many are under constant surveillance by Peacekeepers.
The launch of the billboards coincides with the Caesar Flickerman’s highly-anticipated interview with the heroes. Tickets to be in the live audience sold out in minutes and the event turned out better than anyone could imagine. You can read the transcript of Caesar’s interview with these marvelous heroes over on Capitol TV!
Transformation in The Capitol
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Synopsis: When Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape.
Pros: One of the major things that I loved about the movie was the dark tone. There were several scenes I never thought could be in a movie that was rated pg-13! The grievers were very terrifying and the maze looked better than I imagined! As a matter of fact, the visuals as a whole were amazing considering how low the budget was! I loved the atmosphere of the glade and how the all the gladers interacted with each other. I have to give a hand to all the actors for really embodying the characters. Every single person stood out and not one gave a dull performance. This film was very entertaining, keeping you on your toes the entire time!
Cons: There was nothing huge that stood out to me while I was watching this in the theater. However, the main problem for me was character development. What really bugged me was how Thomas was the same person from the very beginning. I wanted him to show a little vulnerability at the beginning but the entire time he had this leader persona. Although Dylan perfectly played the part of Thomas I was hoping that he would present a variety of emotions rather than being serious, confused, and a little frustrated. In my opinion Alby was probably the only one who went through a huge change in the film. I’m hoping The Scorch Trials will develop the characters a little more (especially Teresa since she was my favorite character in the entire series).
Adaptation: As and adaptation it was okay. The film had the same tone as the book, but the film contained only the major plot points. Most of the scenes were either added or changed and the only quotes from the book were “Everything is going to change” and “WCKD is good.” Since most of the book was not in the movie this caused the movie to feel a lot shorter than the book (which is not a bad thing). If I were to rate it as an adaptation it would be #3 under THG series (#1) and Divergent(#2). Although I am not a huge fan of Divergent, I thought it was a lot closer to the book than The Maze Runner. (P.S. I haven’t read Harry Potter so I cant put it on my list.).
Even though the Maze Runner was not as close to the book as some fans might want it to be, it was still a great film filled with a lot of action and amazing visuals. I highly recommend it to everyone!
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