Things are going well in Starving Writer Land. I’m going to link to Aces in Exile again because its a fun place to roleplay. There are DRAGONS. Everyone loves dragons. The game is based in PERN, but is non-canon. So if you love dragons and love RP, come check out Aces in Exile. I’m on there as DancingAssassin.
I have a week without Taekwondo. So lets hope that I can keep the ball rolling with blogs and a vlog.
The Hunger Games
Believe it or not, I didn’t really know about The Hunger Games right away. I had heard that it was good, I had heard that it was a better influence on young girls than Twilight. That endeared me to it immediately. But I didn’t consider reading it until I read this article from Lit Reactor. Despite the lackluster recommendations on the second and third book, I figured I should get around to reading The Hunger Games. I ended up breaking my rule for books and saw the movie first. While I enjoyed both the books and the movie, I do have some issues. There will be spoilers in this. If you have not finished the series, don’t bother reading this blog.
For the most part, I like Katniss. She’s an interesting character. I like how she functions in the first book. I know some of what I’m going to say is mainly plot necessity, but it needs to be said. Katniss had a bit too much time in her headspace. She was really isolated in the Hunger Games arena. Yes, I understand that it really is part of the story, blah blah blah. Inner monologue is nice and all – and you really can get away with a lot of it in a first person narrative…but for me, I would have liked her to interact more. When she was with Rue (and then with Peeta) the story felt a little more natural. One of my professors called it a vacuum story when a character was too in their own head. I just would have liked that the character interaction be spaced better – not so many huge gaps.
Again, I understand that part of it is the nature of some of the plots. Doesn’t change that I want more character interaction versus isolation.
Finnick and Prim’s Deaths
I’m cutting straight to the chase here. They were cheap. While they were both main characters, Rue’s death in The Hunger Games had more impact. Finnick just gets pulled away and ends up dying – unbelievably considering he survived in two arenas. Prim was on a battlefield? Even less believable because she was what…thirteen? Why would a thirteen-year-old be tending wounded when doctors exist. I don’t care if she was a healer – no one would send her over someone who was fully qualified.
At least Katniss had some sort of breakdown after Prim’s. Even if it was weeks, months, whatever…later. With Finnick they had to keep moving. I just think these deaths were unnecessary. It’s not because they were my favorite characters (though Finnick was one of my favorites) – it was because they didn’t do much for the story.
Katniss was already emotionally broken before Prim died. Prim dying just made everything she had done worthless. It’s a total life sucks type moment, but I don’t really think it did anything for the story.
A Few Positives
On the other hand, the series is quite good. It’s a different and interesting concept. It’s grey on grey morality, which makes it even more awesome for me. We know how much I love morally grey characters. I like that there is a strong female lead. She has flaws, which to me makes her wonderful. She has limitations. She’s a good and interesting character. She’s a far better role model than Bella Swan – though we all know my opinion on Twilight. So, in general, I like Katniss as a character.
I am one of the few people that genuinely thought the ending to the series was good. I thought it was fitting. It is a happy-ish ending. But one that has lasting repercussions on our main characters. It suits the series. For all the bad that went on, a fully happy ending would have felt cheap. It just wouldn’t have worked. This ending works for me. All in all, these are just my opinions.
What does everyone else feel about the series? Do you like the 1st person narrative? Do you agree that some of the deaths have no meaning? Let me know what you think!