05 June 2012

Real or Not Real

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.

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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.

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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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Top: J.Crew gondola stripe (sim, sim, pricey)
Skirt: J.Crew ikat dot pencil (worn here - sim, full skirt, as dress)
Belt: Asos bow skinny (worn here - same in larger sizes, sim)
Necklace: ElizaJayCharm via Etsy (worn here)
Bracelets: F21 stud, Old Navy enamel (sim, sim, sim)
Shoes: Michael Kors hamilton (worn here - sim, luxe)
Bag: Longchamp le pliage medium (sim, sim)

61 comments:

  1. Love this outfit...it has a real Atlantic-Pacific/Blair quality to it. :)

    xoxo
    ~Natasha Fatah~
    ~Natasha Fatah~

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  2. I loved the first Hunger Games book, was kind of bugged by the second, and really really hated the third. I won't rant it out here--spoilers and what-have-you--but I never really liked Katniss and I was always Team Gale.

    xox

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    1. I don't know why - maybe it is because of my love for all things carbs and knowing that Peeta is a baker - but I've always been Team Peeta. However, I may just want to start a Team Finnick!

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  3. I read all of the Hunger Games books because my teen and tween sons were interested in them, and like you I read them quickly - downloading one after the next on my iPad. My teen has only read one and the tween - none. We have not seen the movie, and don't plan to. For me, reading about violence isn't as traumatic as seeing it in a movie. As a parent, I'm quite certain I couldn't watch it. If you go to the movie, let us know what you think.

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  4. I can't relate . . . I've not read any of the books nor seen the movie.

    But I can relate to how much I love this mix of stripes and polka dots! The knotted belt is a great touch!

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  5. :( I am in the middle of Mockingjay and you just spoiled the love triangle for me :(

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    1. Let me clarify: I saw that you were discussing the end of Mockingjay, so I quickly scrolled down to just look at your pictures and avoid spoilers. But my eye still caught the two names.
      Cute outfit, and I really like your blog, but I'm kinda bummed right now.

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    2. D'oh! I'm so sorry, Anon! I ended up blanking the name out so you've got to highlight it if you really want to know the answer for anyone else.

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  6. i read them on my way to europe last year and i think i finished them in 3 days. i loved them. the movie is intense though.

    simply adore this outfit - i've been craving a polka dot skirt :)

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  7. First, I LOVE this pattern mixing! And your bow belt is adorable.

    I haven't read The Hunger Games (or seen the movie for that matter). Right now I'm reading the Fifty Shades of Grey series. The books are quite racy (so they're not for everyone) but it is a love story.

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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    1. I haven't done the Fifty Shades books yet, except for excerpts from Amazon. Is it wrong that I actually am thinking of entirely skipping the first book and starting with the second? Seems more interesting!

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  8. I refuse to give in to the hype! Plus, you just recapped the story so no need to read it (you saved me hours of my life). I can totally wing a Hunger Games conversation like a pro now. Who said that blogs can't teach you anything? ;-)
    Now if only I could have resisted Harry Potter a few years ago...

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    1. I don't know, I think HG is still worth reading, though it was certainly more violent than expected. However, if you asked me two weeks ago, my answer would not have been the same!

      Now if only someone told me to stop reading after I read the first Twilight book ... haha.

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  9. I have an aversion to books turned into movies because it's just never quite the same. I went to see The Hunger Games without reading the book and didn't start reading it until afterwards because I loved the movie. I think they kept true to the book and I really like seeing things happen with a great visual to go along with it.
    I was like you and finished the first and immediately read the next two because I wanted to know what happens next. I wasn't overly thrilled with how it ended, but I still enjoyed the journey.

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    1. I didn't have the main characters already mentally cast, so I was fine mentally picturing the movie characters as I read along the first book though. I think that Jennifer girl is perfect as Katniss - though here I am not having seen the movie yet.

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  10. I absolutely loved the HG series (much more than Twilight, as I see your reference above ;)) - and I want to see the move, esp. Lenny Kravitz as Cinna. The first was definitely my favourite.

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  11. I love love love that outfit. I can't get enough of red and blue! As for the Hunger Games, I think the movie was pretty accurate. I wasn't upset by it at all, and I have a tendency to get upset by those things!

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    1. The all-time biggest book-to-movie fail IMO was The Horse Whisperer. I read that book in one afternoon - could not put it down. Watched the movie and it seemed like the biggest WTF to me!

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  12. Oooh...a girl after my own heart!! I was late to the game too but I'm officially OBSESSED with all things HG! I recently did my own recap of the movie & all the books - check it out here: http://cairelchronicles.blogspot.com/search/label/Hunger%20Games (I'm half-way through Mockingjay for my second read-through!)

    I agree with you - the ending to Mockingjay felt totally rushed. She got back to the Victor's Village & we heard allllll about how she was having trouble adjusting & then bam! Peeta's planting a bush & two pages later it's over. I actually loved the epilogue - it felt like the perfect ending to a movie that ended too soon.

    I think you should see the movie. And to all those commenters saying they don't want to see it because it's too violent? I thought it was tastefully done & definitely not as violent as the books. Yes, yes it's kids dying but like you said it's soooooooooo much more than that (& after this book is a basically miniscule part of the story). I say if you do go to see it, go in with low expectations. I definitely left feeling a little disappointed because there were lots of elements from the books that I thought COULD have been incorporated but weren't. That being said, these are basically my ALL-TIME favorite books now and when does a movie ever live up to all the expectations of the book you love SO MUCH?

    I can't wait to see what they do with 'Catching Fire' as it was my fave book. I'm sort of excited they're bringing in a new director to give it some different flavor.

    Oh & if you have a ton of free time, check out Busy Bee Lauren's HG-related posts (http://www.busybeelauren.com/search/label/hunger%20games). Girl is the ULTIMATE Hunger Games fan. Her enthusiasm over the series is what finally convinced me to read.

    Aaah! I could talk about HG all day! :o)

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    1. Thanks for the links - I've got to check everything else. I am excited for Catching Fire to be a film too, partly because I am really curious as to see who they're going to cast as Finnick.

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  13. Gahh! I only read half your post because I've been trying to get started on the book. LOVED the first movie but just need to find a long stretch of spare time because I *know* I'll be hooked on it like you were and want to finish all 3 books asap, haha.

    Loving your preppy print mix-and-matching today. Two thumbs up!

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    1. The HG was actually one of the few books where I tried really hard for my eyes not to get ahead of the words right in front of me (does that make any sense?) because I didn't want to accidentally skim and find something out before I was ready to!

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  14. This is pretty much my dream outfit with that top...I've been itching to pair it with a polka dot bottom, but I don't own one lol...looks great!

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  15. Gorgeous outfit - very fresh!

    I read the books after seeing the movie and finished them all in about three days - I just needed to know what happened! I found Mockingjay relatively unsatisfying in general, though I couldn't put my finger on why... and the end was definitely rushed (though I'll admit those last two lines brought tears to my eyes). Let us know what you think if you see the film!

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    1. I felt the same way about Mockingjay, but those last two lines ALMOST made me forgive everything! ;o)

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  16. I LOVE this outfit and that bow belt is too cute! http://www.natalyascloset.com

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  17. I loved your outfit!
    The mix of prints is amazing!!
    Kisses :)))
    xx Iza

    vintageiz.blogspot.com

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  18. Haven't read them -- but love the outfit!! xx

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  19. I love your mix of prints here! You look great! I haven't read the books but I have about 20 books or so that I have to read before I even get to the Hunger Games. I heard they are addicting though!

    Amy

    fashionandbeautyfinds.blogspot.com

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  20. The Hunger Games is totally the best series of books I've read since Harry Potter. I got sucked into a bunch of other books because friends told me they were like the Hunger Games, but they were nowhere near as good. So just find a totally different kind of book to read. There's nothing like it. The movie was good. Like a really good preview for the book. Interestingly, I cried at totally different times in the movie than the book.
    --TS
    ps Love the outfit, especially the belt!

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    1. Oh no, but I am suffering from HG withdrawal!

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  21. This is the cutest mix of stripes an polka dots - love how you put this outfit together and tied it up with a bow on your tiny waist! I love to read...but I am picky about the type of books I like. I have zero interest in Harry Potter, Twilight, or Hunger Games. You couldn't pay me to read 50 Shades of Grey or anything by Nicholas Sparks. I don't avoid everything with "hype" though - I absolutely loved The Help with my whole heart. I wasn't as impressed with Sarah's Key, but that is another hugely popular one that I read last year. I tend to read Historical Fiction or else books told through the voice of a young girl - like The Glass Castle, Me & Emma, Book of Bright Ideas, etc. I can't seem to force myself to branch out - no romance, sci-fi, mystery, or fantasy for me.

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    1. The Help was fantastic! And I enjoyed the first Twilight book but wish I hadn't read the rest. Harry Potter - I felt behind before I even started, there's like 20 of them or something, isn't there? ;o)

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  22. I totally agree with your sentiment...I closed the book wanting more too, and feeling like the author TOTALLY copped out on the ending...the "choice" between Gale and Peeta. Such a cop-out. Hated book 3. You'll enjoy the movie for sure now since you've read the book. However, the casting left MUCh to be desired in my opinion. Especially Peeta and Gale. By the way, this outfit rocks. Love.

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    1. Forget Peeta and Gale, I'm curious who they are going to cast as Finnick for the second movie - I've got some hunky opinions!

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  23. After hearing so many great things about the hunger games my friend lended the first book to me. I haven't cracked it open yet but I thi k it'll be my summer read! This outfit is super cute! I love the polka dot skirt! Of course the shoes are great!

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    1. Make sure you've got time because once you start, you're going to want to keep plowing through all three!

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  24. I loved the movie! I haven't read the books yet but I want to! From the sounds of it :) It sounds like my type of book hehe. Thanks for leaving out the spoilers :)

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  25. Ooooooo Lisa! Love your blog and your fun, interesting and gorgeous outfits :o). You have great style! I am a Hunger Games fan and liked the movie ( even better the second time, LOL). I agree with Mrs. C, the movie tastefully does the violent killing scenes ( if that is possible?) or maybe I was expecting them so they didn't phase me as much. I also think they caste the movie well ( other than Peta. guess I just expected him to be a bit "hunkyer" YKWIM?) Thanks for the terrific post!!

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    1. I should probably reserve my opinion for after I see the movie but from the images online I've seen, I don't mind the actor who plays Peeta - when he's being Peeta. For some reason that actor bugs me when he's himself!

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  26. Nice mix of stripes and dots. Tres chic. Team Gale here. I agree with you on the ending of the last book. Movie was good, but I wasnt crazy about casting for Peeta or Gale. I think they did a better job with the characters Rue and Cinna. Yeah for Mr. Kravitz :)

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    1. Lenny Kravitz, yeah! OK, that may have completely swayed me - gotta go see the movie now.

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  27. Your a master of mixing prints! Love this look ;)

    <3, natasha @ twenty-something blog

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  28. I love the gondola top and have been thinking about it every since I tried it on a few weeks (?) ago. Looks great here with the dots! I also finished the trilogy recently and was very happy with her choice of men in the end. Am looking forward to watching the film adaptations of them all.

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    1. I was happy for Katniss' choice as well, though I kind of wanted to slap her upside the head for being conflicted through most of the books, haha!

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  29. At least you got on the bandwagon, whereas I missed it completely:p (No inclination still to get on, strangely enough)... Liking the mixing of the patterns:)

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  30. Okay, never read it, but now you left me wanting to pick it up. I want to know everything that happens and a good ending always makes me happy.

    Lovely, I really like the mix of stripe and polka dots. Plus the colors add several thousand chic/cool points! Mixing Queen! :)

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  31. i loveee the stripes and the ikat dots together!!!!!! such a cute outfit!

    i LOVE the hunger games trilogy.. but i just thought the movie was ok it was kinda lacking in regards to the books i thought.......... but you should still watch it hahaha!

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  32. I love the mix of pattern--great shoes and bag too! I didn't read the books--went straight to the movie. I'm intellectual like that!

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    1. Haha, that was me with the entire Harry Potter series and Lord of the Rings. I actually bought all the LOTR books and stopped reading after about 40 pages into the first book because I was kind of upset it was so different from the movie!

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  33. The mixed prints really work here - and I love the nautical vibe to this J Crew top!

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  34. As much as I resist mainstream, overly-hyped books, I always find myself getting sucked into the undertow! Like you, I resisted reading the Hunger Games (and Twilight...and The Girl With a Dragon Tatoo...darn you pop culture!!).

    If you do go see the movie, be prepared for shaky camera action (aka motion sickness worse than The Blair Witch Project). Since this first movie did so well, maybe they will up the production budget and hire better camera guys!

    P.S. LOVE, LOVE the outfit!!!

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    1. Haha, that sounds like the first Twilight movie - it was great on its own but seemed rather low-budge compared to the others. I read the entire Dragon Tattoo series too - and funny enough, I don't think I even really enjoyed it, it was kind of dense and boring, but I kept going because I wanted to see what happened! The Swedish movies though are worth watching IMO!

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  35. YOU. In the gondola blouse. AWESOME.
    I flew through the first two Hunger Games books then creeped through the third cuz I didn't want it to end. Which is shocking, cuz I only read them to see what all the hype was about. Had absolutely no interest in them initially, but I do think they were well written. If you like these books and need something to fill your time, you should read "The Selection" by Kiera Cass. Another AWESOME YA book. Loved it, then found out it's being filmed right now for a television show next year on the CW.
    Kristina J.

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    1. Thanks for the rec! I'll definitely look that up because I am suffering from HG withdrawal right now, haha.

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  36. Ha ha, Lisa- there are always "Shades of Grey"- a trilogy too, just kidding. I read through HG in 3 days too, even though it was destined for YA, who says we are not young in heart, right? Enjoyed it very much and thought movie was nicely done too.

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  37. As a teacher I felt it my obligation to read the trilogy when every single sixth grader had one of them on their desk/in their locker/with them at all times. I love reading what they read- it gives me something to talk about with them besides what I'm teaching. I absolutely LOVED the first book- but more so I love talking about books with other people who are reading the same thing. I think that's were a lot of my enjoyment came from. I too felt the ending was rushed.... I was actually surprised with her choice... I won't elaborate bc I don't want to spoil either but I wanted more too. Although when I really love a book I always want more. Oh and my comment on your outfit is that it kicks ass :)

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  38. Lovely stripes and dots -- you're so making me wish it was warm enough to wear that here in Edinburgh!

    As for the Hunger Games I held off at first like you because 1)they didn't seem to be my thing and then 2)the hype (always a turn-off, isn't it?). I haven't seen the movie yet, but I look forward to your take on it!

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  39. Hey there! Loving the mix of prints!!! The pencil skirt is gorgeous. Personally not a fan of the Hunger Games. There's just something about glorifying the killing of kids by kids that doesn't sit right with me :( Gotta get on with my book reading again though. I do miss it so much!


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  40. I have been living under a rock, so I had not heard of the books until the movie had come out and photos from the movie were plastered everywhere. I read the books - I thought the first book was good and the second book not too bad, but the third book was so truly dreadful, I dragged through it for about a week (as compared to the first two, which I read in a few days). By the third book, I was sick of the first person narrative and being stuck inside the brain of a girl who seemed to have very few likeable qualities (as in, what the heck did Gale and Peeta see in this person???). After finishing the books, I have no interest in seeing the movies. I am not comfortable with the premise either but the theme of child-on-child violence has been around for a while (thinking of "Lord of the Flies" and "Battle Royale").

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