Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Birthday, Katniss Everdeen

May 8 (of some year in the future) is the birthday of Katniss Everdeen, the heroine of the books The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, both by Suzanne Collins.

I usually don't pick up young adult books, but for some reason (last year) The Hunger Games caught my eye.  I could barely put it down.

It's hard to do dystopian literature really well.  Suzanne Collins did it, turning The Hunger Games into not only good future history but excellent satire of where certain trends in our society could end up.

Catching Fire, if anything, is darker.  Much darker.

This, combined with a love triangle.  What is there not to love?  (Incidentally, many young fans of these books seem to be into the "Twilight" books too....which I haven't read yet. Guess both have love triangles.)  It appears that many fans obsess over the love angle.  I see the satire and the darkness of a very dark future country called Panem. I love the Latin/Roman references (including how many Capitol residents have Roman names-Cinna, Caesar Flickerman, Octavia, Flavius, and so forth ), and references to mythology. (Crete, tributes, etc.). 

I am counting the days to Mockingjay, the last book in the triology.  I want to see if Suzanne Collins can pull "it" off, meaning an ending that makes sense and lives up to the first two books.  Please, let it be good.

Counting the days to August 24, when Mockingjay is released.

(and, please, don't make The Hunger Games into a movie.)  No, wait, they didn't listen.  They are making one.  They say Suzanne Collins is involved - please, I just don't want this transformed into some kind of lame romance.  This book doesn't deserve that type of treatment.)

Onward to August 24.

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