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Well, I finally broke down and bought the Hunger Games trilogy because of all the hoopla and this thread. It's definitely reminded me that I really care for post-apocalyptic stories. Wouldn't it be radical if someone wrote a post-apocalyptic story where everything's actually better?

Also, Katniss is hitting me as a Mary Sue so far -- combination of Perfect Sue and Anti Sue. We'll see.

Late edit: into the Games now and the book has definitely improved.

Finished. I liked it. Started on Catching Fire.
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I'm looking forward to hearing what you think of Mockingjay. I think Reep and I were the only ones that really liked it.
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Indeed. Mockingjay seems to be the deciding point whether you consider yourself a fan or a non-fan.

16 reviews and THG has 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Very Happy
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Dancelittleewok wrote:
I'm looking forward to hearing what you think of Mockingjay. I think Reep and I were the only ones that really liked it.


Actually, I thought it was pretty awesome. I don't really understand all the hate, but to each their own.
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Well, I finished the trilogy. I have to say...I really, really love it.

It's a toss up for me which book I like best. Hunger Games and Mockingjay are tied imo. But, seriously, I loved Mockingjay. I don't get why people aren't liking it at all.
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Yay! Here's to another fan of Mockingjay. Very Happy
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Reepicheep wrote:
Indeed. Mockingjay seems to be the deciding point whether you consider yourself a fan or a non-fan.

16 reviews and THG has 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Very Happy


I don't know if i necessarily agree with that. I'm definitely a fan but I didn't really like the last book Smile
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Cerrinea wrote:
Well, I finished the trilogy. I have to say...I really, really love it.

Awesome! Cool

I'm usually not a big fan of post-apocalyptic stories either, but I think THG is set in a post-apocalyptic setting simply because it serves the story the best. Same with WALL-E.
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I think you guys are gonna enjoy the movie, its one of the best of its kind i have seen in awhile Smile
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^ You've seen it?! The critics (now including you) have been praising it so far. I'm really excited to see it.
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Reepicheep wrote:
^ You've seen it?! The critics (now including you) have been praising it so far. I'm really excited to see it.


Haha I'm fairly ingrained in my city, if I really want something like an early screening or concert tickets or whatever I know how to get them. I had free time this weekend and I got to see it in IMAX. It was great, so much better than I'd hoped for. Lawrence is a perfect choice for Katniss and honestly made me connect with the character more. I'll be seeing it again with friends this weekend (I didn't pay for the first showing, might as well pay for one haha).
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To all who liked Mockingjay, can you tell me some reasons why? Just curious. Smile
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My library system has 14 copies of the first book. We have 95 people on the waiting list. I have a lot of disappointed patrons.


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@Padme:

I gave some of my reasons near the beginning of the thread:

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I liked Mockingjay for the way it portrayed war. I've never seen war dealt with so realistically in a non-adult novel. The deaths were 'pointless', but that was the point. Young men and women with their entire lives ahead of them are killed during war all the time. Cinna and Finnick are characters you can't kill, you just can't, yet here we are.

I also loved how the District 13 rebellion turned out. I've been getting rather tired of rebellion stories where the good guys overthrow the bad guys, set up a democracy (portraying it as Paradise) and everyone lives happily ever after. Corruption will still happen. It doesn't matter if it's President Snow or We The People (who are apparently flawless) who are in charge. There's this brilliantly eerie line at the end by Plutarch saying that this time humanity may have finally evolved past the endless cycle of tyranny and rebellion. Shortly after he mentions a new reality show (sounds like American Idol) he's producing and you get the feeling the cycle is going to start all over. Evolution of the human race indeed! I just found it all very refreshing.

I think this book is really connecting with the preteen-early teen crowd because of the loss of innocence they're going through. They're beginning to see the world through a different lens. If I had read these 4-5 years ago, I probably would have enjoyed them even more. I still keenly remember those days and I never truly get used to living in a world that works like it does.

I'm still mentally working through Prim's death, but I think it's less throw-away than people give it credit for. At the beginning of the series Katniss said Prim was the only person she really loved. At the end of Mockingjay, that's no longer the case.

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My internet's out for the next week and I'm at the library so time is limited. I'll give more of my thoughts on why I loved Mockingjay, but here's a few.

Katniss's character progression.
The amazing way Collins ties in themes.
Peeta. It's about time the good guy got the girl.
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