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Monday, August 20, 2012

Authors ARE Rockstars- Lisa M. Stasse and a Giveaway



Hey ya’ll Jaime here! Lisa M. Stasse is my Rockstar author today at Two Chicks! Why is she my Rockstar you ask? Well quite simply she wrote an amazing book! I posted my review for The Forsaken and if you want to see how awesome it is check out my review here! Also Lisa is super nice when I asked her to be my rockstar she said yes without hesitation and, she sent me a signed copy of her book and bookmarks! She’s a night owl like me so if you check around on twitter around one a.m. she’ll probably be there. Oh and she can rock a book trailer like no other don’t believe me check it out below! And she graciously offered a copy of The Forsaken for a giveaway today so fill out the rafflecopter form!



About The Forsaken


A thought-provoking and exciting start to a riveting new dystopian trilogy for fans of The Hunger Games. As an obedient orphan of the U.N.A. (the super-country that was once Mexico, the U.S., and Canada), Alenna learned at an early age to blend in and be quiet—having your parents taken by the police will do that to a girl. But Alenna can’t help but stand out when she fails a test that all sixteen-year-olds have to take: The test says she has a high capacity for brutal violence, and so she is sent to The Wheel, an island where all would-be criminals end up. The life expectancy of prisoners on The Wheel is just two years, but with dirty, violent, and chaotic conditions, the time seems a lot longer as Alenna is forced to deal with civil wars for land ownership and machines that snatch kids out of their makeshift homes. Desperate, she and the other prisoners concoct a potentially fatal plan to flee the island. Survival may seem impossible, but Alenna is determined to achieve it anyway.
 Lisa M. Stasse was born in New York, and has since lived in Spain, Russia, Hawaii, and North Carolina. She graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Government and English lit, and is currently a digital librarian at UCLA.  Lisa loves watching science fiction movies, cooking Spanish food, and dancing around her house to 80′s music.  She lives in Santa Monica, California with her husband and their two-year-old daughter.  All three of them are learning how to surf.

 Where you can find Lisa.

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Here’s Lisa’s post:

"My 10 Favorite Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic Movies"
by Lisa M. Stasse, author of The Forsaken

So I've written and talked a lot about my 10 favorite dystopian novels, but I haven't said much about my favorite dystopian movies. Which is weird, because I'm obsessed with movies almost as much as books (especially if they are dystopian/sci fi!) So anyway, here's a list of my 10 favorite dystopian and post-apocalyptic movies, along with some thoughts about each one. I'm staring with #10 and moving up to my #1 favorite dystopian movie of all time. Here we go!

10. THE BOOK OF ELI. Okay, so this isn't the best post-apocalyptic movie of all time or anything, but I have to admit that I did NOT see the huge twist coming. Not at all! That's pretty rare for me. I was completely shocked. I thought this was a very moving, humanistic take on the post-apocalytic genre.

9. TIME OF THE WOLF. A highly disturbing European post-apocalyptic movie about a family in chaos when the apocalypse hits. It is very slow moving, but very powerful. The director, Michael Haneke, seems to specialize in dark and challenging movies (CACHE, his thriller about a family besieged by mysterious and ominous videotapes and drawings, is one of my all-time favorite movies).

8. THE ROAD. This one is so bleak! Talk about no hope. Probably the most downbeat of any post-apocalyptic movie I've ever seen. Viggo Mortenson should probably have got an Oscar nomination for his riveting performance. The movie is not quite as good as the book by Cormac McCarthy, but it's still fantastic.

7. BATTLE ROYALE. Thanks to The Hunger Games, I feel like everyone has heard about this Japenese movie now (due to some similarities in their plots). BATTLE ROYALE is great--super violent and intense. If you like The Hunger Games movie, you should probably watch this one!

6. MINORITY REPORT. This one was definitely an influence on my own novel, THE FORSAKEN, in terms of the whole "we can predict future crimes before they've even happened" element. I love this movie because of its great premise and great performances (yes, even from Tom Cruise!) It's a great mix of thoughtful dystopian stuff and edgy action sequences. Highly recommended.

5. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE. A really great movie. It has my favorite dystopian character (Alex) in it. I love most of Stanley Kubrick's movies (THE SHINING is amazing) and this one is no exception. It's super brutal, but paints a disturbingly convincing vision of the future.

4. 28 DAYS LATER. Yes! Gimme the zombie apocalypse! Everything about this movie is fantastic. I've seen it about ten times. Intense, creepy and perfect. (The sequel 28 WEEKS LATER is pretty good too). If zombies are in it, then I am watching it!

3. BLADE RUNNER. Made when Harrison Ford was at the height of his awesomeness, instead of being kind of old and grumpy-looking! ;) I just love this movie so much. I remember renting it in the 90's when I was in high school and loving it obsessively. The premise is awesome (I won't spoil anything for you) and so is the world of the movie. It's just an amazing film. Oh yeah, and Rutger Hauer is in it, in a really badass role, as a rogue "replicant." If you haven't seen it, you really need to!

2. DARK CITY. I saw it in the theater when it came out, and I don't think I fully appreciated its greatness then. My husband is obsessed with this one, so I've watched it a bunch of times with him, and it really grew on me. It's scary, funny, weird--and it has a great twist. Plus some seriously creepy villains, and a pre-24 Kiefer Sutherland. Definitely worth watching.

1. THE MATRIX. I still think is the best all around post-apocalyptic movie. Keanu Reeves is quite easy on the eyes, and it's by far his best role ever. This movie completely blew me away when I first saw it. I haven't watched it in a few years, but it remains incredibly vivid in my memory. I know everyone loves this one, so it's not really a surprising choice for a favorite post-apoc/sci fi movie. But still. It's great! And I'm really excited to see what the Wachowski's do next--have you seen the trailer for their new movie (an adaption of the novel CLOUD ATLAS)? Check it out here: 




So, that's my list! Thank you so much for having me on your blog! I really appreciate it. Come visit me anytime at all the usual places.


Awesome post right? I love all of those movies! Make sure you get a copy of The Forsaken  at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or The Book Depository!

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51 comments:

  1. So far, I'd have to say The Hunger Games!

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  2. Hm... I also love The Matrix. But Equilibrium and Franklyn are also pretty amazing :)
    Great post!

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  3. I don't really watch dystopian movies.. I don't know why, because I love dystopian books! But I watched The Hunger Games and I loved it, so I'm gonna say that one.

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  4. Hi i Loved Water World and the Matrix and there's onr called The Post Man. I believe thats the name its cool about gettig mail and hope to the outposts of people that are all scattered. Thanks for the review and giveaway Joannies

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  5. I loved "The Read," but its pretty much one of the most depressing movies ever. The book was just as awesome/depressing.

    Thanks for the fun list and giveaway!

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  6. The Book of Eli was really good.

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  7. The Matrix...but I also LOVED V for Vendetta.

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  8. I am such a huge fan of post-apocalyptic/dystopian films and I loved Blade Runner, The Road and The Matrix and Dark City!

    And oh yes 28 Days Later is like so wicked awesome!

    Of course I'm also partial to The Road Warrior. That bleak future fascinates me too. Yes it's cheesy, but. :)

    Just wish The Long Walk would make it to the big screen. Same with The Stand.

    And I read Jaime's review of The Forsaken yesterday and this is such a must read for me now!

    What an awesome stop! Love this post. :) So glad Lisa M. Stasse agreed to be on this tour!

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  9. In Time! Such a cool concept and the actors are perfect for their characters. I can't believe it didn't do better.

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  10. Ok, this is not exactly a dystopia, but Push was an excellent movie. The main characters who have special powers are hunted, but average people don't really know what's going on. Therefore, I call it partial dystopia. Either way, I recommend it!

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  11. Christina K. in the rafflecopter

    The Hunger Games:) I know lots of people will say it, but it was awesome:)

    Thanks so much:)

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  12. My favorite dystopian movie is I Am Legend or Hunger Games.

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  13. When I really think about it... I haven't watched many dystopian movies at all! I'll be cliche and say Hunger Games, but I also love WallE as well. Too cute! <3

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  14. Hunger Games!! Thanks for this amazing giveaway - I would love to win!

    Suz Reads

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  15. Blade Runner and A.I. Artificial Intelligence, thank you for the giveaway!
    Artemis

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  16. 28 days later, The hunger games and I am legend

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  17. I love Equilibrium with Christian Bale - one of my all-time favorites!

    Thanks,
    Leanne

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  18. I think 'The Postman' is up there for a more serious one. But, 'Tank Girl' for a campier romp in dystopian land.

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  19. I am legend was really good and Blade Runner. OMG, Blade Runner!!!

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  20. It has to be the Hunger Games! That one's a dystopian movie right? It's one of the only ones I watched but I LOVED it!

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  22. the hunger games!!!i'm exciting for the second movie...

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  23. The Hunger Games or Cherry 2000.

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  24. I'd have to say either V for Vendetta or Hunger Games

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  25. The Hunger Games of course, but also that movie about time with Justin Timberlake that came out in the past year? I liked that one a lot.

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  26. Equilibrium is one of my favorites. It is such an eloquent and beautiful movie. If you haven't seen it yet, you need to!

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  27. In Time with Justin Timberlake ad Amanda Seyfried!

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  28. Fahrenheit 451!!then there is Serenity,Book of Eli,Ultraviolet,Aeon Flux,Priest,The Matrix,The Hunger Games...really so many i love but these are some that i watch over & over again.

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  29. The only dystopian movie I have watched is The Hunger Games.

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  30. Someone mentioned Dark City, I have to agree with that one, though I don't think many people have seen it. And Twelve Monkeys, truly bizarre but awesome.

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  31. I don't see a lot of dystopian movies, but I'd have to say The Hunger Games!

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  32. Its funny as I found this post, I just finished watching my favorite dystopian/sci-fi movie EVER, and that's the Matrix, the first one, as its the best, but I still liked the rest of them. Anyway, that's always been my favorite.

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  33. Minority report is an awesome movie and is one of my favorites, The hunger games, too!! Eon Flux is one of my favorites, with Charlize Theron. Gattaca, and Children of The men are very interesting movies as well :) I'm a huge fan of movies and of books, lol

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  34. Hunger Games movie :) Is the giveaway international? if not please delete my entries (Kristia Miltiadou in the rafflecopter).
    Thank you!

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  35. Like Lisa I love sci fi Dystopian movies! I do like ones with Zombies in it which is strange as I dont like scary movies but Zombies I don't mind I like 28 days and 28 weeks Later! Prob one of my fave Zombie movies including the resident evil movies!

    I am not sure if this giveaway is international are not if it isnt please delete my entries!

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  36. I loved 28 Days Later and some of the others that people mentioned (Wall-E, awesome!). It's a comedy but I loved Zombieland and despite my dislike of Scarlett Johansson (my love for Ewan McGregor as an actor makes up for it!), I really liked The Island.

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  37. Serenity, Wall-E, the Book of Eli and 2012.

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  38. Its hard but I think I'm going to go with I Am Legend because I flipping LOVE Will Smith!

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  39. I loved I Am Legend, too - but it made me cry lol (truth)
    Also loved the Matrix movies, and Pitch Black, and Demolition Man.
    But, I bet as soon as I get to see The Hunger Games, it's gonna be my new favorite ;D

    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

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  40. Definitely The Matrix. Love the first one : )

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  41. Too totally easy for words...THE HUNGER GAMES! I think this is probably going to be like one of the best dystopian movies ever made! :)

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  42. I loved A orange clockwork, is one of my favorite movies of all time.

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