Ah, The Hunger Games. So much to discuss. Watch out for spoilers if you haven't read the books!
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Eventually I got curious again. I read the trilogy in one day during sophomore year. I saw one of my classmates pass Mockingjay to her friend during our organic chemistry class, and I'd already heard praise of the trilogy from others. Finally decided I would order the 3 hardcover pack and catch up with everyone else.
Then: Why does everyone like this book so much? Meh. Meh. Meh.
Now: Watching the movie? Yeah, that so made me like the first book better. I LOVE the Rue scene. You know which scene I mean. Which is why I hated it when the movie version was different. I also realized, after reading some discussions and reviews online, how visceral the writing is. Seriously, I'm not sure why it never occurred me the first time I read THG, but it's really easy to picture what exactly is going on, which is hard to make happen in action scenes. However, I also agree with some of the criticisms of the book, so it's not one of my favorites. Now I just appreciate it and the messages it raises by, as John Green writes, not calling attention to its words.
Now: I'm still undecided. I still think that Katniss was the perfect heroine (in terms of her personality) to have a love triangle and walk away from the drama. And I still think that both Peeta and Gale would have negative associations with them, so the little section about the flower in spring vs. the fire seems irrelevant. BUT. Okay, so I've seen the movie. I like romance. And that means I'm a total Gale fan. Passion for the win!
Now: It has the classic dystopian elements, and as I've expressed before, I think that a lot of books don't reach the same level it did while still conveying a message. That Big Brother feel is creepy as hell, and sometimes I wonder how far off the mark it is today.
Have your feelings about The Hunger Games changed at all? In what way? What do/did you think of the message/dystopian society/world-building? Or the love triangle and overall feel of the book(s)?