weekend read: The Hunger Games

If you are sooo sick of hearing/reading about The Hunger Games, please stop reading now.  I won’t be offended (or know, actually…) and you can come back tomorrow to learn about toothpicks.

Oh, good, you stayed.  I am so happy.  Did you hear the The Hunger Games movie comes out today?  No?  That’s weird, you must live under a rock or something.

I first read the series a couple years ago and then shared them with Chris.  Since then we’ve been counting down the days until the movie opened.  And today is the glorious day.

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I reread the first book this week in preparation for the movie tonight.  Yes, I understand how cool that sentence sounds.  If you haven’t read the books, I beg you to please read them (or at least the first one) before seeing the movie.  Reviews have come back saying the movie is great for lovers of the book or people that haven’t read them, but you really should read the book first.

I’m a little leary of the movie hype because I don’t want this to be just about the movie(s).  I want this to be about an amazing book series that turned into movies that made people want to read the books for the first time (or again).  The English teacher in me wants this to be about the reading.  Big wishes, huh?

Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Haymitch, Prim, Panem, the revolution—I love them all.  The good and the bad.  I really hope that the movies don’t spoil that for me.  It’s one of the reasons I never read or watched The Twilight stuff.  I was so turned off by how commercialized it was that I couldn’t just read the books and love them for being books.  I had to love Robert Pattinson and Kristin Stewart in real life too and care about their dating lives. And, really, I just don’t care. (FYI: I just had to Google them because I didn’t know their names…that makes me happy). 

Driving in this morning, NPR interviewed Jennifer Lawrence who plays Katniss and producer Gary Ross.  They sounded in love with the story, in awe of unlikely hero Katniss, and spent more time talking about the books than the movie.  I immensely enjoyed the segment.

And that’s what I hope–that people remember these are books.  When we talk about The Hunger Games it’s because of the book that became a movie, not just this movie they made. 

My book review was a little different today–sorry if that’s not what you were wanting.  But read the books.  They’re amazing on so many levels.  And then go see the movie, eat lots of popcorn, and wear your mockingjay pin because that’s what I’m going to do.


  1. says

    My sister is driving out from Dallas and we are going to see it tonight! I am beyond excited. I was pretty much having anxiety attacks because I wasn’t able to go last night. Sad, right? Haha. I’m thinking I might read book one again before we go. I can do that, I am a reading machine…but the kids might get a little less attention than usual…hmm…what to do… :op

  2. says

    I’m reading it right now! And pretty much ignoring my students today…I’m seeing it at 8:00 tonight and CAN’T WAIT! We’ll have to talk later! :)

  3. says

    Hello! I am new to your blog but was just wondering are you on the Goodreads website? I was just wondering, I would love to follow along with what your reading and maybe be inspired to read some new books!

    • says

      Kara, sorry it took so long to respond. I didn’t have a GoodReads account set up and I wanted to set one up before I answered your question. Sooo, there’s now a tab at the top of the page with my GoodReads stuff. I’m just starting out so I feel like a slacker, but I’ve listed some of the books I plan to read this summer. Lots of YA and then other random things. I got so excited when I was setting it up. I’m such a dork. Thanks for asking!

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