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Artemis@BC
02-15-2012, 12:27 AM
I'm looking forward to the movie(s). I thought the books were good, but not great. A really good premise (original or not!) and engaging characters, but rather unevenly executed. There were a lot of external factors affecting the author, and I give her the benefit of the doubt ... but I'm hoping that the movie will fix a lot of the problems I had with the book.

Plus I agree that Jennifer Lawrence is completely amazing.

BigB08822
02-15-2012, 02:16 AM
I am starting book 2 tonight. :)

love skating
02-15-2012, 04:29 AM
I loved the books and I love Peeta :) Hope the movies are good - worried a bit about the violence... different reading it vs. seeing it.

ChelleC
02-15-2012, 04:34 AM
I'm 10 chapters into it now. I've decided it is good. But it's not grabbed me like Harry Potter did. I'm finding it very easy to put down.

rfisher
02-15-2012, 04:41 AM
I'm 10 chapters into it now. I've decided it is good. But it's not grabbed me like Harry Potter did. I'm finding it very easy to put down.

That means you'll side with PL and me. :D

BigB08822
02-15-2012, 04:50 AM
I'm 10 chapters into it now. I've decided it is good. But it's not grabbed me like Harry Potter did. I'm finding it very easy to put down.

You are talking about Book 1? It definitely is no Harry Potter but I had a hard time putting the book down. It was such easy reading that I finished it in no time.

ChelleC
02-15-2012, 12:14 PM
You are talking about Book 1? It definitely is no Harry Potter but I had a hard time putting the book down. It was such easy reading that I finished it in no time.


Yes, the first book. It is very easy reading, and if I were to sit down and actually completely read it, I know it would take me no time at all.

Rogue
02-15-2012, 03:38 PM
Lana Del Ray sings Hunger Games, a take-off of Video Games.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OjnbRv3krA

Ajax
02-15-2012, 06:01 PM
I read the books and enjoyed them for the most part, especially the satire on politics and on our culture's obsession with seeing people suffer and act horribly on reality TV. However I had one BIG qualm with Collins' writing style: In I think all 3 books, she jumps right over the climactic occurrences and has Katniss relate to us after the fact. It completely ruins the emotional impact of the story! I'm thinking particularly of the second book where Katniss awakens in the rebels' hovercraft and narrates to us that the game master was in cahoots with Haymitch to get people out of the arena. Think how much more stunning it would be if we could actually see the scene of Katniss hearing this for the first time and getting her reaction. I'm pretty sure she does a similar thing in book 3, though I read it too long ago to remember exactly.

The movie trailer looks awesome. I can't wait to see it. I got chills at that overhead shot of the train and the music swelling up. Casting Lenny Kravitz as Cinna is GENIUS.

PrincessLeppard
02-15-2012, 08:09 PM
Ajax, that is one of the main problems with book three. Katniss passes out! Here's what happened while she was passed out! Oooh! Katniss has to be sedated! Here's what happened while she was sedated!

:wall:

rfisher
02-15-2012, 08:16 PM
rfisher approves the addition of Ajax into the proper Hunger Games collective.

kwanatic
02-15-2012, 09:28 PM
As I said in the other book thread, I enjoyed all three. One and two were better than three, but three had its strong points IMO. I enjoyed the reality of Mockingjay--the fact that Katniss is a complete and utter emotional wreck for the duration of the book. I mentioned before that had she stayed the same through all three books, I'd have been really disappointed. When people experience trauma, it changes them. So I thought the author did a good job of conveying that.

I do agree that Prim was a rather undeveloped character IMO, so when she dies randomly at the end, I had a more "Oh, that sucks" reaction rather than a "OH. MY. GOD!! Rowling just killed Dobby/Fred/Dumbledore/Sirius! ALL IS LOST!!" I do agree that the ending seemed rather rushed and disjointed, so that was a slight let down, but not enough to ruin it for me.

I liked that the book had some romance but it wasn't the central theme of the book. Like someone said, Katniss is kinda like, "Yeah I guess they both love me and I guess I love them but I'll worry about that later." I thought the twist in book three with Peeta was very interesting. I have to say from the first story about the burnt bread, I was rooting for him. ;) I get the relationship with Gale, but IMO it wasn't as strong b/c their relationship didn't get as much "screen time" as the Katniss/Peeta relationship b/c Gale wasn't there throughout most of it. And in the end, Peeta was what Katniss needed to balance her out so I'm happy with them ending up together, though I do think the way the Katniss/Gale storyline ended was a bit of a cop out. It made it so Katniss didn't have to choose; the choice was made for her. Anyhoo, I enjoyed the books quite a bit. I read Hunger Games in about four days, Catching Fire in three days and Mockingjay in about a day b/c it was Saturday and I didn't have to go to work :). I find that I zoooom! through first-person books. There's less setup in a first-person book versus a third-person book, so they just go a lot faster to me. I read all four Twilight books in a week too...I'm not proud of that.:slinkaway

I've heard of Battle Royale...but I think I might have thought it was a video game or something. :D I don't know of the books so I don't know how close the similarities are, but I will say this: it's very difficult to find an original idea nowadays that hasn't been thought of, done, redone or revamped. It's all about taking something and making it your own. You take pieces of things and put it together to try to make something new or at least newer. I might check out BR just so I can make comparisons.

The Hunger Games books were cool, mostly because they're so outside of the kind of YA I usually read. The movie looks pretty cool so I might check that out too...unless it comes with a horde of screaming girls, in which case I'll Redbox it when it comes out. But given that there aren't any sappy sparklepires or neutered wolves, my hope is that Hunger Games will attract a less fan-girly crowd. :rolleyes:

Artemis@BC
02-15-2012, 09:51 PM
I do agree that Prim was a rather undeveloped character IMO, so when she dies randomly at the end, I had a more "Oh, that sucks" reaction rather than a "OH. MY. GOD!! Rowling just killed Dobby/Fred/Dumbledore/Sirius! ALL IS LOST!!"

LOL!

BTW, I haven't read Battle Royale either, but I did find some some similarities with two Stephen King novellas/stories, namely The Running Man and The Long Walk. But regardless, I'm not going to get too caught up in whether or not The Hunger Games is "original." After all, who was it that said there are basically only 5 book/movie plots?

Theatregirl1122
02-16-2012, 01:39 AM
I do agree that Prim was a rather undeveloped character IMO, so when she dies randomly at the end, I had a more "Oh, that sucks" reaction rather than a "OH. MY. GOD!! Rowling just killed Dobby/Fred/Dumbledore/Sirius! ALL IS LOST!!" I do agree that the ending seemed rather rushed and disjointed, so that was a slight let down, but not enough to ruin it for me.

I always thought the point of this was less that we were supposed to feel sad about Prim herself and more that the effect was supposed to be in what happened to Katniss. Katniss did all of this, went into the arena, played along with the capitol, went into the arena again, ignited a revolution, etc. etc. etc. to save Prim. And in the end, the whole world changed but she still lost Prim. So it's sort of about the futility of it all, rather than about Prim herself.

rfisher
02-16-2012, 01:41 AM
Either that or Collins thought she should kill somebody to add drama.