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Suzanne Collins: Catching Fire and Mockingjay

As you already know, I don’t really review the books in the usual sense but talk mostly about what I enjoyed (or didn’t enjoy).

And I REALLY enjoyed The Hunger Games series. 🙂

The books are actually incredibly dark and well, pessimistic but you kind of lose sight of that while reading, as the story is gripping and the setting, although on Earth, is a future we are not familiar with so it’s easy to forget the madness, grayness and cruelty going on.

One of the things that I always consider a sign that the book is good is when I cannot guess what will happen next. And although it wasn’t difficut to guess there will be some rebels against Panem (there are always rebels in societies like that) and that the District 13 is probably alive, I didn’t know what to expect from the rest, or how the story might resolve.
Both in Catching Fire and Mockingjay.

The only thing I guessed was the political fallout in Mockingjay (I was very proud when that turned out to be like I imagined). But just that, the fallout, nothing of the story around it.

And speaking of the story, I must say Mrs. Collins is an incredible story-teller. Oh, she surprised me there, I admit.
You’re reading and reading, and cannot stop and you’re completely in the story and then when the emotional turmoil hits you (the reader), you’re left wondering where did that come from?!
It came from Mrs. Collins’ incredible words.

The fact is, her words convey more than just the plain story, there are emotions hidden deep in there so until they burst forth, you have no idea they were there in the first place.

Somewhat like the rebellion Katniss causes without realizing she is the spark that was missing. The girl on fire, or a well placed word, and before you know it, your world rocks on its axis.
But not to worry, the rocking is for the good. Albeit the process is bloody and tragic.

And yesterday I saw the movie and I must say I am impressed with how much they stuck to the story and elaborated some points that become clear in Catching Fire.

The problem now is, when is the next movie coming out?

Suzanne Collins: The Hunger Games

I admit, I am quite late to this party, but what’s even stranger is, how did this party happen without me catching even a hint of its progress?

I mean, considering my taste in books, this one falls right in – except for the freshly discovred post-apocaliptic worlds I used to avoid. That might be the reason. 🙂

Anyway, after hearing about the movie, I checked the books and decided to give it a go at first (luckily for me, there are three).
And here I need to give you a word of advice:
DO NOT start reading that book unless you have enough time to finish it. Reading until 2 am when you have to get up in the morning is not very appropriate if you have to stay awake the whole day after. 🙂

But it’s been a very long time since that happened to me.

So, the story. The basics are probably familiar to everyone interested in either the book or the movie.

What I’m wondering though is whether the movie will be able to display the bleakness of the lives in some of the districts and the non-smiling faces of the contestants (and in some cases aggresive and blood-thirsty).

Possibly the practicality of Katnyss’  character?
The world she lives in calls for practicality if you want to survive. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t have feelings, her family means everything to her but that is also where practicality steps in – she needs to keep them alive and well.
She’s as strong a girl (she’s 16) as you could imagine.

I must say I’m wondering which parts of the book are not going into the movie, and also how are some parts I’d like to see transfered onto the screen possibly being delivered?

I plan on seeing the movie and then reading the following 2 books (if I can wait that long). 🙂

I can’t help but wonder if someone will be able to do something to bring down the awful world they live in.

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