{i’m a little unpopular}

My fellow Book Blobber Morgan recently “live-blogged” his experience reading Game of Thrones. My coworker lent me his copy of The Hunger Games and insisted I read it. In my head, these logically combined into me live-blogging THG.

Here’s what happened:

The Hunger Games Live Blog, March 4, 2012

2:08 p.m. Am I really starting this now? After everyone else has read it and raved? I probably won’t like it. Urgh. I’m nervous.

2:17 p.m. “Gale spreads the bread slices with the soft goat cheese.” Why would you write it that way? You spread the soft goat cheese ON the bread slices. I already don’t like Katniss. Or this writing. Urgh.

2:20 p.m. “We easily trade six of the fish for good bread, the other two for salt.” BUT YOU JUST SAID YOU CAUGHT 12 FISH.

2:25 p.m. Oh. Now you have 4 fish left. Still. Why did you say THE OTHER two?

2:44 p.m. Her family is saying goodbye to her so calmly! So weirded out right now.

After 2:44 p.m., I was no longer able to force myself to put down the book long enough to write anything. And so ends my failed attempt at live-blogging.

Now clearly, I am the last person on the planet to read THG. This means two things: 1) I didn’t include a cut for spoilers on this post, and 2) it had been talked up to me so much that I was worried. I went into it expecting to be disappointed, and for the first 36 minutes, I was. (And, as my live-blogging shows, bitterly cranky about it.)

But here’s the thing: I never liked Katniss. I never liked the writing. And yet dear God I could not put this book down. That is how incredible the plot was.

I know I’ve pretentiously nattered on here before about appreciating good writing and relating to characters, and how I can’t enjoy a book without that. Suzanne Collins floored me not only with her incredible storyline, but with proof that I was, in fact, wrong about this. I loved THG. Not to obsession, not to midnight-movie-premiere craze, but much more than I thought I would and enough to make me drool after my roomate’s copies of Catching Fire and Mockingjay.

And enough to make me watch the preview and get goosebumps. Here’s another way THG has turned me on my head: I read the book first, but I actually think I might enjoy the movie more (un. heard. of.). Take out the writing style and Katniss’s first-person narration, and what you are left with is a sheer unadulterated adrenaline rush. Thank you, cinema.

In sum: I read the entire book and watched the trailer multiple times on Sunday afternoon. At work on Monday, I spent most of the day listening to the Dixie Chicks’ “Travelin’ Soldier” on repeat and trying not to indulge in tears of exciting emotion.

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5 responses

  1. I had the exact same reaction when I first began reading THG. I could not stand Katniss (three books later and I still don’t really like her) and thus found the first-person narrative to be incredibly grating (or maybe it was Collins’ writing style and I just didn’t realize it). And then, somewhere between the Reaping and the Games, I was hooked. And have since become full-on obsessed (though this all happened far too fast for it to be a lasting obsession, à la Harry Potter). The trailers, the clips, the Taylor Swift music video…I think I’ve watched every bit of official THG media there is.

    The same thing happened to my one of my close friends, who is generally too much of a highbrow literature person to even bother with YA fiction. It’s crazy.

    • Totally! It’s so insane. On a scale of Harry Potter (I love them) and Twilight (I read the Wikipedia summaries and refuse to waste more time on them), I expected THG to fall somewhere in the middle: an afternoon of decent entertainment and slight annoyance, and nothing more. Instead, it’s completely off the scale! I’m actually questioning how I read and relate to books, while at the same time arguing with myself that this silly little book can’t have had such a big effect on me. SO CRAY.

  2. Bah! You finally read it! ” I never liked Katniss. I never liked the writing. And yet dear God I could not put this book down. That is how incredible the plot was.” Agree 100%

    Wish I could go to the movie with you!!! Unless you wait until the end of the month?

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