My mother always told me ~
“Read the book before you see the movie.”
So, when The Hunger Games movie came out, I figured it was high time to read the book. The sample had been sitting in my Nook for some time ~ unread ~ and I had every intention of reading it. Really I did. Sometime. Well, you know what they say about intention.
The road to nowhere is paved with good intentions.
Therefore, I clicked on the book.
From the time I read the first line, I was hooked. I’m not kidding. A couple of pages in, maybe not even that far, I was thinking ~ 1984.
I love 1984. I was forced to read it in High School, as most of us probably were, and didn’t retain a lick of it. Skimmed it for the test and that was it. Isn’t that the way with forced learning?
About a year ago, I decided to read it. I decided to read it. For this reason, I absorbed every word. 1984 is the kind of book that sticks with you. The kind that pops into your mind every so often and you ponder it. All of it. The whole idea of it is truly frightening. Didn’t you just wanna shake Winston at the end or slap him in the face to wake him up? I did.
The kinds of books that make you think are the best.
Anyway, The Hunger Games was so reminiscent of 1984 that I knew it would be great and one that would stick. Then I found myself thinking,
“Why couldn’t I have written this!! Darn it!” and “This could really happen.” And it could, after all. I can see it clearly ~ so clearly that it’s frightening.
I could not put the book down, I devoured every page until my Nook ran out of power at 1 a.m.
The rest would have to wait until morning. What would happen to Katniss while I was sleeping? I hoped she would be alright.
Yeah, it was that real.
For the next 2 days, I consumed the rest of the book as well as I could with 3 children running around. I laughed, I cried, I was scared, I was furious, I felt the need to drink lots of water because I had it ~ the whole gammit.
The book did everything that a good book should do. The Hunger Games takes you on a journey. You are there. In the time period and in the game and you’re sickened that the game is happening because the game is within the realm of future possibility. Just as is 1984.
I haven’t seen the movie yet and I won’t spoil the book for you, but if you want to read more about the story, there are 3 blogs you should check out:
- Emmie Mears in Happy Hunger Games: Reviewing the Film
- Julie Kenner in Would You Survive The Hunger Games?
- Sara Walpert Foster in Postscript: Catnip, Peeta & Gale: Here I Come!
Have you read or seen The Hunger Games? Have you read 1984? Can you see either of these scenarios happening? Do you like to read the book before you see the movie?