Book Blitz (part 1): The Hunger Games Trilogy

It’s been ages since I’ve posted, and a lot has happened. Well, I didn’t move to Belize or anything, but I graduated. And I read a lot of books. And I guess that sums it up. That seemed like a whole lot more in my head. Anyway, on to the books!

I might be the last person on the face of the earth to read these, but I’ve finally jumped on the bandwagon. And yep, I loved ‘em. I’m a sucker for a good dystopian novel. I think one of my favorite aspects of Collins’s world was the contrast between the luxury and glitz of the Capitol and the hard-scrabble reality of the districts. When I’m busting through a series that I enjoy, I sometimes miss a few of the details (awful habit) so I completely missed the fact/s that a.) the “world” that the books are set in is a future America and b.) if you read closely, you can (kinda) locate the districts. Anna (sister) told me that District 12 is Appalachia, and we spent a good 15 minutes trying, with limited success, to figure out the location of the other districts. And then, of course, I turned to the internet. And wow, have people put a lot of thought into this.

(This one is by V. Arrow, find the explanation here.)

And if you’re interested, check out this page on The Hunger Games Lessons. The site gives tips to teachers on using The Hunger Games in teaching, particularly in teaching map-reading skills. (I so didn’t have to do anything like this in high school, but I find it completely intriguing.)

Anyway. The books are lots of fun. A first person narrative can be tricky, but they were really kind of impossible to put down.

I think Collins did some interesting things with gender in the series—nothing very overt, but still. Peeta bakes and is creative, both somewhat more traditionally female gender traits. Katniss is a hunter, a more traditionally male activity. By disassociating the activities from the gender, it’s possible to see the strength and attention to detail needed for each task, and thus complicates assumptions of innate gender traits. Which is always cool.

Good stuff. Read ‘em if you haven’t.

And I loved the movie. I thought the casting was great, though how in the hell there was a romantic conflict between Peeta and Gale, I don’t know. (And God, he’s an infant. I feel like a dirty old lady now.) (Whatever. Embracing it.)

And I was fascinated by the costumes–I particularly loved Elizabeth Banks’s outfits. And her makeup. And her reaction, at the beginning, to District 12 was perfect.

 

I also loved…

The beard

And most of all, the host:

Stanley Tucci: total awesomesness.

Anyway.

I’m not reviewing the movie, but here’s a good review if you’re interested.

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