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User Topic: The Hunger Games (May Contain Spoilers)
need2moveon
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Default  Posted: 1:14 PM, February 22nd (Wednesday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Loved them! I agree though. I couldn't wait to get to the end, and then once I got there, I was sad that I finished.


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enduring
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Default  Posted: 12:21 AM, February 23rd (Thursday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I read all three. (so handy with kindle, could download the next one immediately).

I do agree that they were depressing. Definitely dark subject matter. And I understand the 'is that all there is feeling' after finishing the third because I felt sort of an emptiness, of the humanity, I guess.

They were thrilling though and kept my interest. My grandson said that he heard they may be required reading at his school.


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Default  Posted: 6:53 AM, February 23rd (Thursday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I'm on the Final book. read till the wee hours of the morning today LOl. I am about half way through. Not at all what I expected but very good.I need to go be a MOB today and can't read. ARGH


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Default  Posted: 7:51 AM, February 25th (Saturday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Finished the final book this AM. The turn about at the end of the book confused me.
I had to read the lst few chapters again. I am so glad Buttercup survived all. Good read it left me wanting more.

[This message edited by selkiescot at 8:13 AM, February 25th (Saturday)]


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Default  Posted: 8:40 PM, March 10th (Saturday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Just found this after my post got moved here from the wrong forum... so glad to see other people who felt the same way after the last book lol

eta: SPOILER! sorry!

I just read something elsewhere that I don't remember in the book. It was that Annie had Finnick's baby after the end of the war. I just don't remember this in the book??? I think Finnick's death was the most heartbreaking thing to me in the book, I mean, he finally can be with the one he loves, and then he dies. (and yeah, Prim's death was sad also, but I got spoiled on that one, so reading it was less of a blow to me)

Anyone else remember reading about Annie having a baby?

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Default  Posted: 1:39 AM, March 11th (Sunday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I read The Hunger Games and loved it!!! Had to wait FOREVER for Catching Fire and loved it, even though it was kind of repetitive. Then had to wait FOREVER again for Mokinjay and the truth is that I didn't bother to read this one. I started it but stopped when my DD told me some things about the ending. Because I was team Gale


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ladyvorkosigan
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Default  Posted: 11:06 AM, March 14th (Wednesday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Like everyone who appreciates emotionally available men and baked goods, I'm Team Peeta, but these clips I'm seeing with this ugly-ass Peeta and a Hemsworth as Gale are swaying me to the side of emotionally unavailable men who'll kill your sister and be all FOR GREAT JUSTICE about it.

Though if you want to be technical about it, I'm Team Finnick.

[This message edited by ladyvorkosigan at 11:14 AM, March 14th (Wednesday)]


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Default  Posted: 5:58 PM, March 14th (Wednesday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Katniss pissed me off to be honest. I was team Peeta, but even team Gale before team Katniss. I just kept thinking she was selfish and mean.
But that's what kept me reading I suppose. Great story and great character, even if she was wishy washy.



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Default  Posted: 6:06 PM, March 14th (Wednesday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I'm depressed that I don't have anything else to read now!

Maybe I should have spread them out instead of reading them all in 6 days?


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Default  Posted: 6:27 PM, March 14th (Wednesday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I ate them up jrazz. I read them in about the same amount of time.



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Default  Posted: 9:26 PM, March 15th (Thursday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

metamorphisis- I want to say I thought she was mean/selfish, except everything she did was to protect Prim in whatever way she could. I liked Katniss' character best because she doesn't seem to care about guys and romance and all that, the snippet of preview I keep seeing of the movie, where Peeta and her are on the roof, and he says "I wish I could find a way to show them they don't own me.." and she says "I can't afford to think like that." I like that part for just showing her character as a survivor, then by the end of the books, she learns the deeper stuff that Peeta seems to already know. I'm also glad she ended up with Peeta, even though I think the actor playing Gale is cuter LOL

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Default  Posted: 11:43 PM, March 22nd (Thursday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Seeing the movie in 15 minutes!


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Default  Posted: 4:53 PM, March 23rd (Friday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Have fun!


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Default  Posted: 8:09 PM, March 23rd (Friday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

(((((Spoiler re book 3))))

Katniss pissed me off to be honest. I was team Peeta, but even team Gale before team Katniss. I just kept thinking she was selfish and mean.

I didn't think she was selfish and mean at all. Especially because after her father died, her mother was catatonic, and so that no one would find out, she went out hunting, and she was only 11. She bought her sister a goat to make milk.

How much more selfless can you be if you have already had to sacrifice your entire childhood to give one to your sister? And you're even willing to sacrifice your own life to save her and your mom's well-being?

I love the whole strong woman thing. When my daughter wanted to read Twilight, I read them with her, but to be honest, the whole story line made me wretch. Gale is helping Katniss feed her family, but he ain't doing it for her, that's for sure. Also, the New York Times review compared it to the strength of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I remember showing my daughter those to try to counterbalance the Twilight she wanted to read.

Hated the character Finnick at first, but then came to love him in the arena. loved how he cared for Annie, and yes, I did read about their baby in the epilogue. I would guess annie was pregnant when finnick died.

I was upset that we never see Cinna again, but Effie gets to survive.

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Default  Posted: 4:18 AM, March 24th (Saturday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Just got back from the movie!! It was excellent but....there is a lot of detail left out in my opinion. My H has never read the books & there were certain things not explained (like exactly who Gale is) that made H have a ton of questions. I loved book Cinna & I loooooove Lenny as Cinna in the movie; he's fantastic!!

I think my issue was that in the book, we get every detail from Katniss' POV, where in the movie, there's no insight...kwim? I will say, however, it was VERY cool (& creepy!!) to see exactly how much control the Capitol has in the arena. That completely creeped me out & was extraordinarily well done.

All in all, I adored it (I'm just nit picky about book to movie adaptations) :)


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Default  Posted: 3:26 PM, March 25th (Sunday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I saw the movie last night and I think the book did a better job of conveying the suffocatingly oppressive atmosphere in the districts and the heartless, superficial lives of most of the capitol people.

The movie ended without the feeling that was much more clear in book, that even though they both won and were victors that life was going to get more difficult and dangerous and not easier. There was only a vague reference to Catniss becoming a symbol of rebellion that would infuriate the capitol against her.

I would give the movie a 'B', not an A.

I also love the strong woman survivor personality of the Catniss character and detested the mushy swooniness of the dishwater bland girl character in Twilight.


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Default  Posted: 8:24 PM, March 25th (Sunday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Finally read the books, saw the movie. I knew I should have waited to read the books.

It was painful for me to watch the movie. Nobody looked hungry, or worse for wear for the lives they lived. The bread scene where Peeta throws her the bread had no passion, for all we know she slipped in the rain and he throws some bread in the mud. The pin story, messed up the meaning. No depth to the characters or story, things done for no explained reason.

Next time I will see the movie and then read, or just read the books and skip the movie.

My son said he and his friends didn't like the ending of book 3 and things just got thrown in at the end.


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Default  Posted: 8:58 PM, March 25th (Sunday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I almost always prefer a book to the movie version. What makes it a compelling story for me is what they characters are thinking, their background, their history, what motivates them etc. Try as you might.. you can never get to come across the same way with a movie. You just *know* them more when you've had hundreds of pages to here what is inside their heads.

I also would give the movie a B. It wasn't awful by any means. It just wasn't the book.



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I think I need to re-read and figure my head out about Katniss. I did like her.. I did understand her motivation.. she was who she was.
I do remember a point that I didn't get to until the third book though where I thought "Oh for gods sake Katniss, let them both go.. peoples lives aren't all about you."
I don't necessarily equate her being so wishy washy about the two of them with strength at all. Saw that as the weakest part of her character to be honest.

Many strong things about her (and I couldn't agree more on the Bella thing with you Willow.) I guess I just don't see Katniss way of going about things as the answer to Bella's way.
Bella was a pretty useless character. Katniss could have been strong without the Peeta/Gale using.

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I don't think Gale was emotionally unavailable, to me Katniss was the emotionally unavailable. At the very beginning Gale asks her to runaway with him and pretty much to start a family and she said it was impossible and that she'll never have kids.

So I'm still Team Gale, (I managed to stay firm in my decision by not reading Mokingjay )


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