And So It Begins: The Hunger Games

Posted on March 19, 2012

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Celebrate the Hunger Games with me all week! There will be a different post every day leading up to the movie’s release!

I love beginnings.

The first scene, the first chapter, the first kiss, the first season… the beginning is the best part.  This rule– the “I love beginnings” rule– applies to just about everything: Michael Crichton books, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, LOST Season I, and Alien.  In the beginning of every story, the author (director/producer) tries to surprise you with their characters, settings, and unpredictable storyline.  The possibilities are endless.   The beginning of a story is  like flying with Peter Pan through space, before you hit Neverland, and all you can do is wonder how beautiful it will be, if the mermaids will like you, what Captain Hook will look like, and how fun it will be to meet the Lost Boys.  You don’t yet realize that Captain Hook is pathetic, and mermaids are evil, and that J.M. Barrie is just a grownup like everyone else.

I love beginnings.

I hate the beginning of The Hunger Games.

I was sitting next to Erik when I began the book, and he looked up in astonishment to see that I had tears in my eyes and my knuckles were white, wrinkling the book cover.

“This is a stupid book,” I told him, “I hate it. I’m not even going to finish it if Primrose goes to the Hunger Games.”  As Rose will tell you in her blog post later this week, we basically are Primrose and Katniss.

Proof: the older sister has a really weird name and the little, prettier sister is named Rose.

“Are you crying?” Erik asked me, kind of flabbergasted and also trying not to laugh.

“NO! I just HATE THIS BOOK.”

The next day, I went to Barnes&Noble to buy the next two books.

So even though I ‘hated’ the books, I read them all in a week.  Even though I found myself doing emotional gymnastics through the series, I kept coming back for more.  And even though I have nothing much to say about Suzanne Collins’ literary prowess, I will give her this: she’s hysterical.

Suzanne Collins wrote a book about the evil Capitol and it became a bestseller– in the Capitol.

I mean, the Hunger Games series has done nothing if not entertain with death and emotional manipulation, while criticizing people entertained by death and watching the painful emotions of others.

We want to see everyone killed ONSCREEN so we can talk about what an evil culture it must be that watches children killed onscreen.

We want things to buy (books, costumes, movie tickets, Mockingjay pins, cookbooks) in ‘celebration’ of the girl from the Seam who never bought a single frivolous item in her life.  I can’t wait to buy a costume to look like a person who is poor!

Yes, Suzanne Collins is hysterical. And so am I! I’ve read all the books, acknowledged all the criticisms, used the cookbook (oh yes, blog to come), and you  better believe I will be sitting in movie theaters on March 23rd, watching it all onscreen.

I think we all know the answer

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Be sure to check out the other Hunger Games themed blog posts:

Fatal Attraction: Why do we Love the Dystopic Novel? Guest Post by Rainey

The Hunger Games Cast Guest Post by Jennifer L.

Is Jennifer Lawrence the Real Deal? Guest Post by Rose

Cooking through the Hunger Games Guest Post by Victoria

Dystopian People Guest Post by Erik

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