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Damn you, Suzanne Collins

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Damn you, Suzanne Collins

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Also on my road trip I finished listening to Catching Fire (very well read, like the first, by Carolyn McCormack).

Herewith follows a recap of my reactions:



1. Phew. We've gotten that silly games stuff out of the way; now we can get on to a interesting account of a poor community trying to survive under an oppressive regime.

2. Oh no, not Survivor All-Stars! Saw that one coming a mile away, but still. Here we go again.

3. Damn you, Suzanne Collins! I hate books organized around games (I might have mentioned this once or twice) but you've sucked me into this anyway, even despite the ersatz Lost fog monster shit. *shakes fist* You are a genuis with the characters, lady, I give in.

nb: I will say that all the "using the master's tools to take down the master's house" stuff around the victors' manipulation of Capital media was much more interesting this time around.

4. And yes, despite finding none of the "shocking twists" particularly surprising* (Katniss's obtuseness around the thing with the watch was particularly annoying) my heart was in my mouth for all the characters right up til the end.

*this is apparently a function of me being old and jaded and having read far too many books. My son tells me they were all genuine shockers to him, and that he actually had to put down the book for a while when the second game thing was announced.



Onto the third! (and for once I don't want to be spoiled!)
  • IKR? And at least it was pretty clear it was going to go that way (how did you know? asked my son; and I explained Chekhov's dictum: if a story about a force field is introduced in the first fifty pages of a book, and stuck in your face again as a topic twenty pages later, then...)

    But in this one I was more willing to believe that Collins was actually interested in what resistance could look like in a society arguably even more media saturated than ours--and she introduced a bunch of characters who are better at it than Katniss. I still hate games, though!
    • My biggest issue with a lot of Hunger Games fanfic, and esp. the crossovers, aka Fusions, is that so many of them seem to be stuck on the Games portion of the story, which to me is one of the least interesting parts of the trilogy.

      It's why I stick to Ao3 for decent HG fics, the ration on ff.net of good versus bad fics is just way too small.
      • well, you know I agree with you about the games vs. the other parts of the books!

        I expect I have to finish all the books to enjoy the fic (and I'm not sure at this point I want to read porn even about canon pairings), but I'll have to get some recs from you after I finish Mockingjay.
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