Holy crapballs, how is 2010 over in, like, A DAY? WHO AUTHORIZED THIS? I haven't even had time to meet my 2010 resolution of becoming a world-famous cheftestant on Top Chef: Erin's Kitchen, which is an idea for a reality show that I have pitched to many bored checkout attendants at my local grocery store. (Though my pitch involves moving the location of Top Chef: Erin's Kitchen to a space larger than two by five feet because HOW IS MY GENIUS SUPPOSED TO THRIVE IN THIS ENVIRONMENT?)
Before I panic about the fact that I only have 36 more hours to go to the gym more and write the Mediocre American Novel, why don't we revisit some of the predictions we made this time last year and see if we were right and won a million dollars!!!
Wait. We DO get a million dollars for each correct prediction, right? WHAT? We don't? Man, how the heck did Nostradamus and Paul the Octopus afford their repeated brothel visits?
Let's start with Prediction 1, i.e. WHAT HAPPENS IN MOCKINGJAY. Jenny actually laid out our predictions for this one in a separate post and . . . drumroll . . .
We were right! Collins did go with Hypothesis #3, i.e Peeta is brainwashed (tracker jacked! it's like being cracker jacked only you don't get a decoder ring or any caramel popcorn) and spends a bit of time as, if not the enemy, at least someone who'd like to strangle Katniss. But then, who doesn't from time to time?
And since we're talking about this, are Haymitch and the other leaders of the rebel forces really any better than the President and the Capitol, since they're so willing to use Kat to their own ends?
Ding Ding Ding!! It turns out that most of the leaders of the rebel forces are a little less Admiral Ackbar and a little more Lando Calrissian, except A) not as smooth and B) not a latter hero. If only they could have been frozen in carbonite.
Is Cinna alive???!!! Oh, please, PLEASE, PLEEAASE let dear brave Cinna be okay...
Meep. Our face is the face of sadness.
Back to our other predictions!
Vampires will totally still be in. Any guesses on a new big thing? EVERYONE is saying angels.
Well, the Dark Lord knows that vampires are still around. Probably because they're undead. But luckily I've only read one book featuring an angel in the last year (Gabrielle Zevin's Elsewhere) and while angels may have been trying to take over the YA sphere, I think some zombies overwhelmed them and then probably ate those angels' brains. Or, uh, souls or whatever; I flunked Sunday School.
After Twilight's success, there'll be zillions of YA books optioned as movies. Michael Cera will probably star in most of them.
Guys, are you sitting down? Michael Cera was actually only in one movie this year. And while it was based on original source material (a graphic novel), the movie was actually really good. Mostly because Michael Cera was unlikeable, but this time, pretty much everyone in the movie realized that. (plus, Knives! Oh, Knives, I love you girl.) In fact, it seems that the Cera/Eisenberg seesaw has tipped its balance, since Eisenberg has been in about 8 more movies than Cera in the past two years, including this year's smash-hit-I-still-haven't-seen-cause-Aaron-Sorkin-and-I-have-history, The Social Network.
RANDOM ASIDE! Did you guys know that Jesse Eisenberg is the older brother of Hallie Kate Eisenberg, i.e. the Pepsi kid? She also stars in one of my favorite commercials ever:
"I named my movie Horses Are Pretty because horses ARE pretty."
Let's move on! More predictions:
Cameron Quick will come back!!!!
Katniss will choose Peeta (or I will!)
Sigh. Cameron Quick did not come back. Every year we say this, and every year we are proven wrong. We all need to take a deep breath and collectively agree that CAMERON QUICK AIN'T EVER COMING BACK, OKAY??! He's probably got work as an extra or something and the bills are getting paid and he's forgotten all about Jennifer because he's shacked up with some girl who isn't nearly good enough for him but who doesn't remind him of his awful family and HE'S NEVER COMING BACK.
(Please come back, Cameron!!)
And yes, Katniss did wind up with Peeta! But more importantly, I won my debate with Henri! Yes! That brings our total to Erin: 100, Henri: 2.
On a personal note, we here at FYA have had a pretty kickass 2010 and we can't wait to see what 2011 has in store for us and all of our fabulous commentors. But I hope, whatever it is, it involves champagne and some super-sweet YA books. And that's a prediction that I know will come true, cause, um, we're us.