Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Hunger Games

If you want to know why there was no Happiness Project  post this week it's because I've been too busy wrapped up in the fate of Katniss and Panem to even have the time to focus on happiness.  I am obsessed with this trilogy.  Such a great read.  I'm really jazzed up to see the movie too and I'm really hoping they don't butcher it ::cough:: Twilight :: cough::.

I love books that absorb me in another world.  I love characters that are multi-dimensional, that I can relate to, that speak to me, that move me, that inspire me.  I love plots that are thick with twists and turns, that keep me up until 1 in the morning until my eyes are burning and aching for sleep.  Harry Potter did it.  Twilight did it.  A Song of Ice and Fire really really did it.  And The Hunger Games did it.

But there's often a sadness for me that comes at the end of a really great book, especially a series.  A sadness that that world has ended and can only be revisited in a way that is old and comfortable, not exciting.  I'm always a little bit sad at the end of a series because I become so wrapped up in it, so involved.

If any of my lovely readers know of another series I can get lost in please recommend something!

I checked out the casting of The Hunger Games and I thought some were spot on:  Woody Harelson for Haymitch and Elizabeth Banks for Effie, but there were some I wanted to recast:


For me there's only one true Peeta Mellark and that's Chord Overstreet from Glee.  He's the only one I pictured in my mind while reading.



Michelle Trachtenburg (I'm not even trying to spell that correctly) would have made a great Katniss I think.  The actress playing her now, looks really good too and Michelle might be a bit too on the "pretty" side.  But I think she could have been fantastic!








Taylor Lautner for Gale anyone?











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13 comments:

Sarah said...

I LOVED the Hunger games! You may want to check out the Last Surviors Series (also a trilogy) by Susan Beth Pfeffer. The first book is called Life as we Knew it. It's a little scary given all we hear about today, but it's a good series too!

Bee said...

The Hunger Games was my first of that particular genre. I LOVED it! I'm almost embarrassed to write the last one I read because I never imagined I would even pick up a book like this..let alone 5, but I really loved The fever series by Karen Moning. I was sad to finish it just like The Hunger Games. I liked The Trylle Series(easy read) and Life As We Knew it was god too.

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

I want to re-read the hunger games before the movie comes out. Thanks for the reminder.

Katie F said...

I too just finished the hunger games and am now looking for something else to read! Loved it. And I agree woody Harrelson as haymitch is spot on!

Hannah V. said...

I can see Taylor as Gale....I'm having a hard time with trouty mouth as Peeta, though. :)

I loved, loved Divergent. Definitely worth the read.

Ariel @ Dreams To Do said...

OMG, I LOVE Hunger Games... finished all the books in like 2 weeks, which is CRAZY for me. I'm diggin your casting choices!

Jocelyn said...

I read the Hunger Games trilogy over Christmas when we were on vacation and I LOVED them! The premise sounded incredibly stupid when people described them to me, but when we saw the Hunger Games trailer at the last Twilight movie all my girlfriends got really excited. So I figured why not, and they were so right with the recommendation. I've heard the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series is also excellent. I started the first one last summer but never got a chance to finish it. I'll have to give them another shot.

Rachel said...

I absolutely loved the Hunger Games series and cannot wait to see the movie! Another GREAT series that actually has a couple of spin off series as well is The Mortal Instrument series by Cassandra Clare. Same type of Sci-Fi genre and very addictive!

Lindsey Brackett said...

I've been introducing Hunger Games to my students for three years now. It's SO MUCH BETTER than Twilight! (even though I got sucked into that too) Glad you enjoyed them. and I too, really hope they don't butcher the movie.

Eclipsed said...

Glad I'm not the only one who's into Young Adult novels! And thanks for all of the recommendations. Looks like my Nook is going to be pretty full.

And @HannahV - don't you mess with the trout pout ;)

tori.nelson said...

I am so behind the times. I JUST started reading them!

christymg said...

I loved Hunger Games and I think I've read the Harry Potter books five or six times now. The Girl with the Dragon Tatto books are a great read.

christymg said...

I loved Hunger Games and I think I've read the Harry Potter books five or six times now. The Girl with the Dragon Tatto books are a great read.

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