Oh, WOW, do I have a surprise for you, blogglings! I’m so excited about this, I’m literally grinning like Katniss when she sees lamb stew with dried plums.
Scholastic Australia is giving away a set of The Hunger Games trilogy books and a double movie ticket pass to see Catching Fire! This is awesome to the billionth degree, right?! You can enter below. But first…well, I already blogged about Catching Fire The Movie, but, if you’re new to our
madness blog then you might like to know why I adore the socks off this series.
1. the simple and brutal writing style
There’s no fluffing around with the writing. It is bang, bang, BANG, and it destroys your soul. Honestly, I do a bit of hyperventilating whenever I reread. If I could ever write half as good as that? Yeah, I know…in my dreams. I love the intimacy of Katniss’ thoughts and voice. I love the jerkiness of the present tense and short sentences. It’s like you’re in the story.
You get this moment of: Oh gosh. I am Katniss. And you’re never the same again.
2. everything about katniss
I know some people give Katniss a rough time because she’s “too stoic” or “too unfeeling”. But I disagree with all of that! Katniss feels so real. She cares for her family so much she’ll die to save them (literally). She’s an intense person, and forthright, but she’s all heart (even if, as Haymitch would say, she has as much stage presence as a dead slug). I love how Katniss chooses to fight and rebel, but she’s not above crying when she’s in pain. That makes her real.
3. the food
It’s called the hunger games for a reason, right? It always drives me crazy in books when the characters don’t eat. I LOVE how they eat in THG. I also love how the food sounds delicious and intimidating all at once. I mean, lamb stew with dried plums? I’m not sure…but I’d try it.
4. the relationships between all the characters
This is a very broad point, but I did limit myself to just 5 (very kind of me, I know). But I love the interactions between everyone. Haymitch and Effie Trinket? Hilarious. Johanna Mason and Katniss? Uncomfortable and awesome. Finnick and Katniss? Eeeeeek. Sugar cube? And what about the infamous lovers: Gale and Peeta? They’re so different and both contrast with Katniss to a gob-smacking degree. Their interactions with her throughout the whole series is awesome. And funny. I mean, who wasn’t laughing at Prim’s goat? (Also: Team Peeta. Just so you know.)
5. how everybody dies
I’m joking! Not everybody dies! Haha…that would be…horrific and mind-numbing and soul-crushing. Ahem. I love how the series portrays life realistically. People don’t get away unscathed. Katniss went into the arena in book #1. In book #2 she has PTSD. Suzanne Collins (the author) puts her characters through the wringer, but she doesn’t pop them out at the end and say, “Ta-da! Happily ever after!” Though, sometimes a “happily ever after” would be nice, I do love how the book deals with actions and consequences. My soul is crushed, though. Forever and ever and amen.
– open to Australian residents only
– winner must respond within 24 hours
– may the odds be ever in your favour
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