Apologies for my absence in Blogdom the past few days but literally every available moment I've had since Wednesday has been taken up by reading the Hunger Games trilogy. I know I've about three years too late in jumping on the bandwagon, but I didn't hear about this series until movie news started spewing out, then was turned off by all the hype, so I stayed away for a long time.
However, lack of any reads peaking my interest on Amazon last week finally convinced me to download the first book onto my Kindle. Then the second. And immediately following, the third. And now that I'm done with all three books - now what am I going to do with my time?
** I've got a big virtual mouth, so I'm sure I'll spit out spoilers for those who haven't read the series yet, so that's your warning **
I thought the books were thoroughly engrossing, though it left me ... wanting? Is that the right word? I mean, I don't need to know every. single. thing. that Katniss does or thinks until she's 75, but the ending felt rushed a bit to me. All of that, and then this final decision of the heart that us readers have been biting our nails over gets condensed down to one little paragraph? And this is totally bypassing my initial surprise that this series is labeled YA considering the amount of blood and violence going on in here.
As for the Epilogue - ack, I wish I left it alone and just didn't read it. But the last two lines of series almost saved it all for me as it left my inner 'tween heart aflutter:
“You love me. Real or not real?"
I tell him, "Real.”
FINALLY. What I wanted through the entire series finally comes - Katniss realizes her heart and her genuine, now unwavering, feelings for Peeta (highlight the blank if you want me to ruin the ending). And I know that there are greater more important themes that the books want to get across - I get it - but I can't help but be pushed along by the love story. So for every smirky, what-are-you-wasting-your-time-with thought I've had about the fangirls and boys for this series, I take them all back because I know how you feel now.
So I guess I should see the movie now. Because thanks to enough pictures plastered all over the Internet, I do totally envision the film cast as the characters in my mind. Except I'm scared that seeing the movie may ruin the books for me if doesn't live up to my mental standards.
Have you ladies read the Hunger Games series? What did you think of it? How do you feel the movie compared to it? Or if you haven't read the books yet - what was the last series or book that stayed with you long after reading it?
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