Why I like Divergent better than the Hunger Games

I know I’m going to catch some heat for even saying that. I mean right now, the Hunger Games movies and books are the best thing since sliced bread. And even though Divergent came out more recently, the series just doesn’t appear to have as big of a following as the “Girl on Fire.”

So, why do I like the Divergent series better?

It’s more relatable!!

Tris is a normal girl, living in a “normal” place, a place  people can recognize-Chicago. But she’s also normal because she wasn’t born a hero. She has to train and fight and learn how to be a hero…but also learn who she is. That’s something every person has to go through as a teenager. 

It’s also relatable because her and Four’s relationship is REAL. They don’t have a complicated love triangle. They don’t always get along and think everything is perfect between them. I love that they get into fights, because that’s what happens in real relationships. I love that they can see each other’s flaws, but still love each other. I can completely relate with not only Tris, but their relationship.

Yes, I cried when the author, Veronica Roth, killed off big characters. Yes, I do hate that it happened. But it’s also another part that makes this story seem like it could be real. In the movies, the hero or heroine always survive-even in circumstances where there would be no way they’d survive in real life. This portrayed life-in life, there’s no guarantee you’ll survive dangerous situations just because you’re the “main character” or “good guy.”

While reading the books, I just became completely immersed in Tris’ world. I could imagine it. And of course, who wouldn’t wonder what faction they would be in! (I’d probably be in Candor, because I am brutally honest and don’t apologize for it.)

So, those are the reasons I liked Divergent more than The Hunger Games. And I’ll say again, I love love love Katniss and her story. There’s nothing wrong with it. But in my eyes, Divergent is the more enthralling tale. 

Indiana couple married at the Grammys

 By Kelsey Burr

Photo courtesy of Sharon Chrust

A Fishers, Ind. same-sex couple is celebrating almost a week of marriage, after they got married at the Grammy’s Sunday Jan. 26.

 Sharon Chrust, 69, and Caroline Martin, 71, joined 32 other couples at the live award show for a mass wedding that took place during Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ song “Same Love.”

 It was a “once in a lifetime experience” for the couple. An experience that Chrust said “represents change and hope for a new future.”

 “It cut to commercial, so the TV audience didn’t get to see thousands people rising to their feet in unison. A crazy amount of people gave their blessings,” Chrust said.

 “To be on the floor and see thousands of people cheering and crying…it was a powerful thing.”

 The two women, who have been together for 23 years, didn’t always think marriage would be possible.

 “We’ve grown up in a time where the idea of getting married (as a gay or lesbian person) was never an option,” Chrust said.

 The timing of their televised wedding wasn’t lost on the couple. Back in their home state of Indiana, HJR-3, a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage, is on its way to the Indiana Senate. The Indiana House passed the amended proposal Tuesday with a 57-40 vote.

 “The timing couldn’t have been better to make a statement about marriage. Eventually they’ll have to join the 21 century,” Martin said.

 Martin and Chrust have thought about moving to a different state, but said their kids are here, so they’ve stayed. They also have a combined 14 grandchildren and great grandchildren and just moved into a new house.

 “We’ve had a lot of fun together,” Martin said.

 That fun translated to their wedding day. As the two walked back down the aisle at the Grammy’s, Martin got a hug and a kiss from country artist Keith Urban and from Beatles legend Paul McCartney.

 Backstage, Queen Latifah signed the marriage licenses for all the couples. Chrust and Martin were officially married.

 But their marriage is not recognized in Indiana. Chrust said she hopes Indiana will someday come around.

Grammys fashion

The 2014 Grammy Awards didn’t have any stand out, crazy fashions this year on the red carpet. What did stand out, was the sparkling and metallic prints…which I’m a HUGE fan of.

To start off my list of best dressed (In no particular order): Taylor Swift. Surprising, she didn’t clean up the awards, but her dress here, and the one she performed in, were absolutely stunning. A++

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The next on my best dressed list: Ciara. Wow! This mama-to-be looks absolutely incredible!! She was glowing and seemed so happy. I love this dress!

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Next on the list: Chrissy Teigen. This is one of my favorite dresses, ever. I’m obsessed. Her and John Legend are one of the best looking couples. Show stoppers.

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And I can’t end my best dressed list without mentioning my girl Giuliana Rancic! She was turning heads everywhere! So many stars complimented her. I love the orange on her skin tone. The details are also Amaze-balls ;)

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I do have to mentioned some handsomely dressed guys. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis looked sharp! I love that they wore suits that really stood out. So much, dare I say, swag.

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Now, I do have to put someone on my WORST dressed list. My worst dressed is Skylar Gray. The dress itself is pretty, I like the cutout, but it completely blends into her skin tone. I just really don’t like this dress on her. 

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So, there’s my list for best and worst dressed! The award season continues! I will try to do better at posting after each show. 

(all photos I got from eonline)

Here are my best dressed nominees from the 2013 VMA awards.

I like Taylor’s look just a little bit more than Selena’s. I just love her old hollywood glamour look with her hair and makeup. She looks so classy.

Selena is also rocking the same color in a sexy dress with her signature long, straight hair. And her leg slit?!? Wow. That’s my favorite part of this dress.

Both of these ladies knocked it out of the park and shined on the red carpet. It’s even better for us that these girls are best friends who, when together, can’t be topped.

Drawing attention for the wrong reasons

A terrorist, someone who has caused so much harm to our country, is not my idea of a perfect cover model. I am, of course, referring to the most recent cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

Whether they wanted the attention or not, whether they were doing an article on him or not, he should not have graced the coveted cover of an iconic magazine.

I understand there was a well-written article about the infamous Boston bomber within the magazine’s pages. However, you can put a teaser on the cover without his picture.

For one, it’s way too recent. The Boston bombing was a mere three months ago (April 15). People are still hurting, physically and emotionally. 

For another, the picture does appear like he is a rockstar. If they were set on this, they could have used a photo of him in handcuffs, showing him getting what he deserved. Instead, it’s of him looking right at the potential buyer, grungy looking, like many other cover models of the magazine are. 

**UPDATE: A reporter at Rolling Stone wrote a column of how they are a hard news outlet, whether people know or not, and that it’s ok if The New York Times did it, but not them. Here’s my rebuttal: those news outlets portrayed him as the news was happening. This has been three months later and I honestly think the public is sick of seeing his image. I think that’s another place where the anger over this lies. 

In my opinion, it was in poor taste. 

This was a story I felt I needed to address, as it’s prominent at the moment and I have a strong opinion about it. 

The Billboard music awards were last night and while many stars shined on the red carpet (as I think musical artists have the most eccentric styles) , Taylor Swift is my best dressed. This dress, a mini from Zuhair Murad according to E!,  is fun, flirty and fits her body perfectly. I love the color, it’s great with her blonde hair. I also love this dress because this is exactly my style! I love sequins, blue and form fitting. I could definitely see me and T. Swift being besties! 
(Photo from eonline.com) 

The Billboard music awards were last night and while many stars shined on the red carpet (as I think musical artists have the most eccentric styles) , Taylor Swift is my best dressed. This dress, a mini from Zuhair Murad according to E!,  is fun, flirty and fits her body perfectly. I love the color, it’s great with her blonde hair. I also love this dress because this is exactly my style! I love sequins, blue and form fitting. I could definitely see me and T. Swift being besties! 

(Photo from eonline.com) 

One of my dreams has come true. 
On Sunday April 28, I had the opportunity to hear Bill and Giuliana Rancic speak, as well as get a photo with them.
Giuliana is my idol. I want to work in the entertainment world more than anything, but especially for E! News. 
I almost cried when they walked out because I couldn’t believe I was seeing them in person. 
It was truly a dream come true and I hope I can call Giuliana a co-worker someday soon. 

One of my dreams has come true. 

On Sunday April 28, I had the opportunity to hear Bill and Giuliana Rancic speak, as well as get a photo with them.

Giuliana is my idol. I want to work in the entertainment world more than anything, but especially for E! News. 

I almost cried when they walked out because I couldn’t believe I was seeing them in person. 

It was truly a dream come true and I hope I can call Giuliana a co-worker someday soon. 

Selena Gomez disses Justin Bieber on Letterman

The lovely Selena Gomez made an appearance on The Late Show host David Letterman’s show Mon. March 18, 2013. The young actress was promoting her upcoming movie, “Spring Breakers”, which she stars in with James Franco, Ashley Benson and fellow Disney alum Vanessa Hudgens.

But, their was a very small part of Letterman and Gomez’s convo that made Letterman himself laugh and give Gomez a fist bump. Gomez gave a little diss to the Biebs about their ended relationship.

Letterman said “Now the last time he (Bieber) was on, he and I got into a conversation and he said something, then I said something, and he said something, then I said something…and I made him cry.”

To which Gomez replied, “well then, that makes two of us.”

Some people said the burn was too harsh. But I disagree. 

"The Late Show with David Letterman" is a comedy show and well, she brought comedy.

I don’t think she was trying to be blatantly rude, it was just that perfect come back that you can’t even plan. Besides, it’s been a few months since the Biebs and Gomez split, which makes it OK. If it was right after, then it would have been mean and uncalled for. But, they’ve had time to move on. 

I mean, I’m a “Belieber” and I’m supporting her (because I’m not a crazy one).

Here’s the link to the full episode of “The Late Show” where Gomez is a guest star. 

http://www.cbs.com/shows/late_show/video/AFA0ED86-B5EB-1FC0-5B22-81092DF0F046/the-late-show-3-18-2013/