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Friday, December 25, 2015

The Hunger Games

So I finally did it. I finally read the first book in The Hunger Games Trilogy. I honestly don't know what I ever thought and why I waited so long to read this! I always felt hesitant to read them, I also don't know why that is. But my friend Fien, she's really into The Hunger Games, said I really needed to read them. She even recommended them to me and said in the message 'DO IT.' and I finally did it! After my big funny adventure at the Book Feast... So now I'll be talking about all of my feelings and my experience with The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. 
I don't feel like I should explain what it's really about so I'm going to write what's on the back of the book... 

Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.
In a dark vision of the near future twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live TV show called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed. When a sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister's place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature. 

So...There isn't really a bad thing I can say about this now, can I? This book just made me feel as if I was in the games myself. The writing style just did that with me, it was very easy to read. It was funny at moments, it was absolutely mind blowing! 

Of course the characters were really strong and the plot was so good! And I don't really have anything to say to it. Although I can say that I enjoyed it even better than the film. I thought the film was the best there was and then read this and it only gets better! 

I felt more connected with Katniss but also with a lot of different characters. More with Katniss might be because in the film you don't hear her thoughts. You only see her actions and what she really says but the book takes it so much deeper. Her thoughts on everything and everyone surrounding her, more thoughts about how she feels and misses Prim and how the relationship is with her and her family, Gale. 

In the film I was all pro Gale, to be honest, but the book... it changed me instantly from page 1. It's not that I didn't like Gale. I did but I felt that in the book it was more a platonic love between them. More like sister-brother and not as a couple. Whereas in the movie, I felt that something could come out of it. Well, at least until I saw Peeta. 

I didn't have a change of thought when it comes to Peeta. He's still the boy I imagine. He's funny, he can talk when he has to, he's calm and comforting. I saw all of that in the movie but also in the book and I really liked that. I couldn't and wouldn't want it any different. 

As for the plot, it was good. Thrilling. Emotional. It had it all! My heart skipped a beat or two when Peeta came. My heart stopped when someone died. My heart went faster when the end was nearing. My heart did all sorts of things and it was really satisfied. 

Also films don't capture everything from the book so there were surprises waiting for me. I'm really glad I read it because it gave me new perspectives on the story.

I do wish we saw some more of Effie. Somehow I just really like her. She's eccentric, maybe a little bit arrogant and blunt at some times in the book but I like that about her. I hope we'll see some more of her in the second book! 

I won't be starting the second book immediately, I want to make the series last longer. Enjoy and absorb every word of it. So do I recommend it? That'd be a big yes. Thanks Fien, for reminding me that I REALLY needed to read them! 

"May the odds be ever in your favour."

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