04.05. But who’s going to play Finnick Odair?

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I have finished Catching Fire, part 2 of The Hunger Games trilogy.
Just like The Hunger Games, this was gripping. But boy has it left me hanging. I must start book 3 immediately!
Not the best writing in the world, but Lord, Suzanne Collins knows how to suck you in to a story.
Filed under guilty pleasures, I really loved this book!

I’m just left pondering the question though, who will play Finnick Odair in the movie!?!?!?!
It’s already a hot topic on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/search/?q=finnick+odair

11.04. Looking closely at someone you love

Today’s like is inspired by a page I was reading today in “Catching Fire”, Part 2 of the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.
In it, Katniss is watching Peeta as he paints.
Perhaps its something we should all do with our loved ones more often. Take a look. Look closely. Appreciate them.
“I like to watch his hands as he works, making a blank page bloom with strokes of ink, adding touches of colour to our previously black and yellowish book. His face takes on a special look when he concentrates. His usual easy expression is replaced by something more intense and removed that suggests and entire world locked away inside him…I don’t quite know what to make of it. I also become a little fixated on his eyelashes, which ordinarily you don’t notice so much because they’re so blond. But up close in the sunlight slanting in from the window, they’re a light golden colour and so long I don’t see how they keep from getting all tangled up when he blinks.”

Take a look. Tell me what you see.

01.03. Guilty Pleasures. The Hunger Games

It took me 4 days to read this book.
It’s a long time since I read something that quickly. I read at lunchtime at work. I read before dinner, after dinner. I wasn’t very good company.
I inhaled it. And now I’m sad it’s over.

It had a feisty heroine, plenty of action and adventure and the kind of suspense that just had me totally hooked.

Set in a not too distant future, the Capitol has suppressed rebellion across 13 Districts. Having destroyed District 13 completely, the Capitol keeps their supremacy top of mind in the other 12 Districts with the annual Hunger Games. In the Hunger Games, 2 teens from each district, selected by ballot, compete to the death. Last man standing.
And the whole thing is televised.
Our hero is 16 year-old Katniss Everdeen. She’s a feisty, independent girl, who has helped keep her family alive since the death of her father. And to keep her family safe, she volunteers herself for the Hunger Games when her little sister is selected in the ballot.
The Hunger Games tells us of her battle to survive.
She is a great role model for girls and women alike: fiercely independent with skills of her own. Not reliant on a guy to help her survive.
There are signs in the book that this was originally written for teens. Katniss’ struggle against the dystopia of the Capitol feels at times like every teen’s struggle against perceived powerlessness and the emerging consciousness of her sexuality feels at times a overly twee. But the whole is solved by the fact that the narrative is told by Katniss in the first person- so it actually comes across as an authentic teen voice.

I absolutely loved it. No literary masterpiece, but a great adventure story with plenty of girl power. I can’t wait for part 2 of the book and the movie looks great as well. Check out the trailer on youtube.

The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins

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