After my appendectomy, I couldn’t do much more than watch TV and read books.
And it didn’t take long for me to blaze through whatever magazines I had around and finish the last book I had been reading.
So when a friend of mine convinced me to start “The Hunger Games” trilogy — a series of young adult novels set in a post-apocolyptic world and written by Suzanne Collins — I decided to try it.
Although, I’ll admit, I was reluctant.
I haven’t been too blown away by the latest in book series geared toward younger readers. Nothing compares to “Harry Potter” or the classic “Lord of the Rings” books. I tried to read Stephanie Meyer’s “Twilight” series — and completely loathed the first book. I hated everything from the writing to the sparkling skin on the vampires.
So I didn’t have high expectations for “The Hunger Games.”
Its plot, though — about a violent, government-sanctioned reality show where kids have to battle to the gruesome death — was intriguing.
And once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. Couldn’t. I read all three books in about a week, slowing down toward the end only because I didn’t want the trilogy to end.
And now the movie is coming out — March 23 is circled in my calendar — and I feel like a giddy teenage fan.
My daughters encouraged me to read it because of my love for fantasy/sci-fi type novels but I was hesitant; after all, it was a “young adult” series. But read it I did and was not disappointed. From the beginning of the first chapter Collins draws you into the future world of Panem and doesn’t let you go. I am looking forward to the movie though I hope I’m not disappointed. After all, rarely does the movie ever come close to the written word.
a friend had recommended it to me… and I devoured the books in 2 days. TWO DAYS!!! I can’t wait to see the movie… here’s hoping it won’t disappoint.
I just started reading the trilogy and currently on the 2nd book. I’m not much of reader so I read slow.
I can’t wait for the movie as it should be exciting and colorful.
My son and I will go see the movie soon. Having said that we will both read the first in the series before doing so. I have a different view about movies and books. I see the movie as being the writers,producers, and directors interpretation of what they read. My interpretation will naturally be different, all of ours would be. A great book allows the reader to see the world differently creating things in our minds the writer likely sees differently but tolerates anyway. The Lord of the Rings was that way for me, Tom Bombadil was an awesome character that Jackson choose to not emphasize in his movies. Can’t imagine what is in store for The Hobbitt. No matter what the spin I am certain it will be great. Guess Friday will usher in another trip to the book store, and if it is as good as you say I can’t wait to read it. In the past the books you recommend have always been fun.
Loved, loved, loved the book series. Very excited for movie. Really digging all the cool Hunger Games fanart/crafts that have been coming out. I saw some really nice jewelry and other things I posted at Facebook. All tempted to try hand-painting some cookies ala Mellark Bakery style in celebration of March 23.