Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Hunger Games - Still Alive

I finished it yesterday morning.  Though it was hard, I went to bed the night before with just a little bit left, wanting to savor the last couple chapters for when I was awake enough to concentrate.  Now that I've come to the end, I need to find someone who can get me the Catching Fire.  The ending left me sadder than I was anticipating.  I wish it ended a chapter sooner.  But then, perhaps, the author knows exactly what she's doing, because she left me needing more.  Which is a great way to sell a series.

Because I don't have the next book yet, but I needed more of them, I found myself watching movie trailers.  My husband said I was obsessed.  Every day I made him listen to the progressing events in detail, because I absolutely had to talk about what was going on.  That's what makes a good book good.  The characters are real to you.  You have to talk about them because they matter.  And they don't go away when you close the cover.  In my head this morning, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Malaark are still very alive.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

The Hunger Games - I have to hope...

In middle school The Lord of the Flies was required reading. The story haunted me for years.  I was hesitant to read The Hunger Games because I was afraid that it would be equally disturbing and unforgettable.

Nevertheless, I’ve been completely drawn into The Hunger Games.  I can't help myself.  Every sentence that leads me further into the world of Katniss and Peeta is irresistible. But I proceed with caution, much like Katniss through the woods, afraid of what I may encounter. Scenarios keep running through my mind, all trying to answer my main question, “How can this end okay? How can it?” It would be very nearly impossible for this story to end in a way that I can stomach. In fact, there is only one impossible scenario that would make it okay. And I have barely dared to hope for it.

It's a brutal story, but I can't help but hope for mercy and honor to triumph over the system. Tonight, as a read, the Gamemakers gave me a glimmer of a reason to hold on to that hope. But they are so cruel, maybe they are just luring me in with hope only to make the ending even more devastating. I'm a little afraid to find out.

I'm also in that wonderful paradox of wanting to read as fast as I can because I can't stand not to read more, and wanting to go slower so that I can live in this story a little while longer.  In the end, I'm sure I'll do what I always do and read like a maniac.

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Hunger Games requires an exception

It’s goes against my unwritten personal reading policy to ditch one book in order to begin another. But when someone puts The Hunger Games into your hands, I think it’s okay to bend the rules. 


And so --mid-read-- Shopoholic & Baby has been cast aside for another day.  The cover of The Hunger Games has been cracked.  The contrast between the two books is laughable.  I'm trying to adjust my mind to be able to properly digest this story, after alternating wincing and laughing at the materialistic escapes of Becky Brandon, nee Bloomwood.


Given the premise of the story, I can’t help but be a little afraid at what I’m getting myself into.  I’m sentimental, overly empathetic, and get way too attached to my characters.  In less than a half hour I had been completely captured.

On the eighteenth page I gasped. By the 22nd I was wiping away tears. Any book that can get me so quickly is bound to be unforgettable.

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