I first read Artemis Fowl on my honeymoon. Jeff and I went to London and we spent a fair amount of time searching out obscure bookstores. At one stop I bought a fair number of YA fantasy books, most of these still sit on my shelves. Once my kids were born, I waited for them to be old enough to read Artemis Fowl, and we listened to them one summer as we ran errands. The kids became obsessed with Artemis Fowl, and when we heard an Artemis Fowl movie was finally coming out, they were all excited. Then we saw the trailers and heard about the casting. Slowly our excitement died, and then they delayed the movie coming out. Finally it was announced the Artemis Fowl movie was coming to Disney+, and we planned an Artemis Fowl movie night to hate watch the movie. So I give you our latest book and a movie.
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Artemis Fowl synopsis
Before heading into our Artemis Fowl movie night, here’s the general synopsis of the Artemis Fowl book:
Artemis Fowl is a 12 year old criminal genius. A year ago his father disappeared and Artemis has nearly beggared his family trying to find his father. Artemis has a new plan to re-establish his family’s fortunes: kidnap a fairy and get gold for the ransom money.
If you’ll note, when you read that description Artemis is not a good person in the first book. This is an 8 book series and his character changes substantially over the series, but he is not a hero. Eoin Colfer doesn’t insult his readers by arguing otherwise.
That is one of the big arguments fans of the books have with the trailers for the movie. Artemis is not a normal 12-year-old kid. No, Artemis is already a criminal at 12 years old, and quite cold-blooded.
My brother is planning on releasing a review of the movie tomorrow on his YouTube channel, and I’m going to be curious what he thinks about it with no prior knowledge of the series. Poor Ticia who has now watched the movie here, I had a very long text exchange with my brother after watching it, and I’ll add in his video once it’s out, but he was incredibly confused.
I also may have gone on a Twitter rant, I was so annoyed with this movie. It was that bad. It now ranks in my top 5 bad adaptations.
What an Artemis Fowl book club might look like
Honestly, our Artemis Fowl readings were just lots of discussions and there was no structure.
Eoin Colfer has done thorough research into fairy lore, which leads to a rich world. As the book series develops you can see more world build going on.
This led to lots of discussion about how this interacts with different fantasy worlds, and you could draw in things like Jules Verne and his hidden worlds or other hidden world books.
Mainly we talked bout the change of Artemis’ character, and how we were rooting for a bad guy to win.
Artemis Fowl snacks
Since this is being published the morning Artemis Fowl comes out on Disney Plus, we haven’t officially had our Artemis Fowl movie night yet. That’s the plan for tonight, so if you read this within the first few days this post is live, you’re going to see my substitute images with rather hilariously lazy photo editing.
I’ve now updated this with my Artemis Fowl snacks after having seen that atrocious movie.
- Gold- gold coins (actual night of, I forgot to get chocolate coins, so we used popcorn)
- “I don’t like lollis”- lollipops
- fairy wings- butterfly gummies
- Blue Rinse- blue Powerade, which had Princess immediately saying, “But I don’t like blue Powerade,” and all of us replied, “But there will be other drinks too.”
- Mud pudding- chocolate pudding, I may go for chocolate ice cream instead, I actually ended up with ice cream sandwiches that I didn’t get a picture of.
- Holy water- sprite
- acorns- cookie with Hershey kiss– like this
- Fairy Bible- gold nuggets with the lorum ipsum text
- Holly’s prison salad- salad, what else can I say?
- rabbit- rabbit “goldfish” or maybe rabbit sugar cookies, we’re in discussion still
- Magma vent- Big Red
- Noxious cigars- piroulines
- Fine Dining- some kind of fancy food, I wanted to get a meal in here, but really it’s not a great idea, and I’m still trying to figure this one out
Our Artemis Fowl movie night snacks came out of the kids helping me brainstorm snacks, but I’ll admit I’m still not super happy with all of them. There was some joking about making centaurs with sugar cookies and cutting a horse cookie and a man cookie in half and gluing them together.
I don’t know.
Here’s my original picture, in case you’re wondering for those of you reading later on.
More 5th grade activities
Artemis Fowl isn’t officially on my book and a movie bookmarks yet, since it hadn’t been released the last time I updated them, but for now I’m putting Artemis Fowl as a 5th grade book.