Hooray! May thread nito sa GT! Because of the movie, I read the story synopsis in Wikipedia so I had an idea already. I read book 1 before the movie was shown. I read Catching Fire and Mockingjay during this past long holiday. I need to vent out my feelings about this amazing trilogy. Warning, spoilers ahead.
The Hunger Games - The reality TV concept fascinates me. With the prep team and all. I like SC's writing style. She doesn't use too many words. Team Peeta in this book.
Catching Fire - this is my favorite book in the series. I felt that the characters were developed here. I switched to Team Gale here but I reverted to Peeta at the middle of the book. Maybe I like the mushy Peeta lines that's why I like this one. hehe.
Mockingjay - Haunting haunting haunting. The last three chapters could've been written longer - like 10 chapters. I read that SC wants to write about war. I think her message is conveyed in Mockingjay: nobody really wins in a war. In this book, we realize that the victors did not really win - they are still Capitol's slaves in a way. Katniss got crazier. Gale got colder. Peeta was lost. The other characters suffered. I've been rooting for Peeta so I was kinda pleased they ended up together - but they were not the same characters in book 1. The war changed both of them.
The series is not comparable to HP and Twilight. But among the three, this is the one that gripped me the most. When I read HP7, I felt that the whole series was fully wrapped up. No questions. All issues sa HP 1-6 was addressed. Even in Twilight. For this series, there are a lot of holes. Not that the details can really affect the war or the plot, but as a reader who had a bond with the characters, I'd like some closure what happened to them,
What happened to Gale? I actually had to go back and find what was his last conversation with Katniss. "Your family was the only thing I had going for" Gale says - and Prim was killed by possibly his bomb. I think he knew he lost Katniss when the bomb killed Prim.
What happened to the other surviving victors - Beetee, Johanna, Annie? Did they keep track of each other? Seemed like they just disappeared. It was heart-wrenching to know that Annie and Finnick had a child. Tapos one sentence lang yun. It was a blow. I'd like to pretend I didn't read that. Huhu.
I agree with our fellow sissies here that parang minadali ang Mockingjay. "Peeta and I grow back together". Ayun na? Wala na bang mushy Peeta punchlines jan? I want SC to write more about HOW they got there. It deserves another chapter! But his last line seals it. Bravo.
What happened to the pearl?
What happened to Katniss' high tech bow?
What happened to District 13?
I've been thinking who is the real "winner" in the entire series. Everybody dies or lost someone or got tortured. Probably it is Plutarch - he wanted to end Capitol's reign and he got a role in the new government. But I really didn't "bond" with his character.
I hope the Hollywood movie of the Mockingjay can answer some questions. After all, the book was written from the perspective of Katniss. What was happening out there during her trial? What role did Peeta and Gale play there?
There. Ang haba tuloy. Yan na lang muna. I just have to let it out.