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The Hunger Games - A Sorta Fairytale
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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Tue, May. 15th, 2012 04:31 pm
The Hunger Games

So I finally got around to reading The Hunger Games and its sequels this past week. I finished Mockingjay on Sunday night. I have to say, it's not hard to see why they are so loved. Personally, I loved the first book, and had only minor quibbles with the two sequels.

If ever there was a story that needed to be told first person present tense, this was probably it. Can't complain about that, really. I had no trouble liking and feeling sympathy for Katniss, either. Shipping-wise, I thought it was pretty obvious she would end up with Peeta, if anyone. The books were so violent and bleak that at times I wasn't really sure they'd both make it, but I knew if they did, they'd have to be together. The only turn in their relationship I didn't really care for was the whole “hijacking” bit. I'm pretty sure the anime of Sailor Moon ruined me for the “brainwashing love into hate” trope for all time. So yeah. I could have done without that particular plot twist, especially since there's so much going on at that point in the story, it didn't really need the extra drama. Peeta could have just come back from the Capitol all despondent and PTSD from the torture and it would have worked just as well as him coming back hating Katniss. *shrugs* The one saving grace is that they didn't really dwell on this storyline too much.

In the second book I was really frustrated that it seemed like everyone was just going to bow down to the demands of the Quarter Quell, and there was a section of the book from the time it's announced until they enter the arena that I was just kind of rolling my eyes because there weren't more signs of resistance, especially from Katniss. That said, once they actually got into the arena, I thought it turned into a great storyline, and I loved all the new characters they brought in, particularly Finnick and Johanna. Love the Finnick/Annie storyline, too; if I was more inclined to writing fanfic, I'd probably write a bunch of stories about them. XD

My only other complaint about the books is that the bloodbath at the end got a bit depressing, although I'll admit it was fitting, considering the circumstances of the story. I was especially broken up about Finnick's death. (Wah! Remus and Tonks all over again!) And the bit about Prim getting killed by the bombs Gale invented was really depressing, too. :/ But again, none of it seemed outside of the scope of what the story had led me to expect.

I still haven't had a chance to catch the movie yet. I might get to see it this Thursday.

Joie

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ljlee
ljlee
LJ Lee
Wed, May. 16th, 2012 10:50 am (UTC)

Yeah, the books make up a solid story. I was increasingly excited as the books went on, and Mockingjay was my favorite. The events were painful as hell, but the pain seemed a very honest portrayal of the ramifications of that world. I was amused by those fans who were in love with the pomp and glamor of the actual Hunger Games and thought all three books should have continued in that vein. Talk about your meta moment, with readers actually taking the place of the shallow, oblivious denizens of the Capitol. *shakes head* But then again the Games seemed to me a scathing look at reality TV culture, so maybe I shouldn't be surprised.

As for Peeta, while I agree the brainwash device was cliche, I thought it was written well and fulfilled his thematic function. It created a situation where Peeta, arguably the conscience of the story, was plausibly begging to be killed and it made every sense to kill him. His survival, more than Katniss's, is a testament to the triumph of humanity over expediency, and so the ultimate refutation of the mentality of the Capitol.


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Thu, May. 17th, 2012 03:49 am (UTC)

But then again the Games seemed to me a scathing look at reality TV culture, so maybe I shouldn't be surprised.

Yes, I thought that was clearly a major theme, too. It's surprising to hear that people wanted more of the Games instead of the liberation/war storyline. 0_o As I said, I was actually pretty frustrated with the turn back to a Game-based storyline with the Quarter Quell in Catching Fire until I realized how differently it would play out. I can't imagine wishing for three books of that. :/

As for Peeta, while I agree the brainwash device was cliche, I thought it was written well and fulfilled his thematic function. It created a situation where Peeta, arguably the conscience of the story, was plausibly begging to be killed and it made every sense to kill him. His survival, more than Katniss's, is a testament to the triumph of humanity over expediency, and so the ultimate refutation of the mentality of the Capitol.

*nods* That's a fair point. I don't really see it as a flaw in the writing; it's just a trope that happens to rub me the wrong way.


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