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message 1: by Nilesh (new)

Nilesh Kashyap I completely agree that the fight seemed to be fixed in favour of Katniss by some supernatural force. To me she was not the heroine of the story.


message 2: by B0nnie (new)

B0nnie No indeed, it was Vixie. So tragic.


message 3: by Nilesh (new)

Nilesh Kashyap Collins didn't tell anything about any other tributes, the story would have been more bearable. It's only about self obsessed Katniss.


message 4: by B0nnie (new)

B0nnie One must fill in blanks - Collins really makes the reader do some of her work.


message 5: by B0nnie (new)

B0nnie a lot of it, actually


message 6: by Nilesh (new)

Nilesh Kashyap Really a lot. I just didn't felt connected to story, so much killing and violence and I wasn't sad at all because I was not emotionally connected to characters. They were too shallow.


message 7: by B0nnie (new)

B0nnie yes I understand, sometimes you just can't make the connection - it's usually because the writer has left too much out. I think that's true here, although it seems that Collins has given enough hints that have enabled many people to just go with it, and that's OK too.


message 8: by Nilesh (new)

Nilesh Kashyap Did it occur to you that this story would have been very good if written without first person perspective.


message 9: by B0nnie (new)

B0nnie yes you are right - you couldn't be so sure of her winning!


message 10: by Nilesh (new)

Nilesh Kashyap never thought that but now you have made it obvious. So many flaws yet it is so much loved. But movie is good.


message 11: by Nilesh (new)

Nilesh Kashyap Tell me what do you think of my review.


message 12: by B0nnie (new)

B0nnie I loved it Nilesh! And I liked it too. I's funny, well written and all excellent points. I'm seeing the movie this weekend - it looks pretty good. But I bet 'Foxface' won't live up to my expectations :-(


message 13: by Nilesh (new)

Nilesh Kashyap Well movie has made certain good changes. I know you liked her but no way Foxface could be made heroine. Simply it's like, the other tributes are just less important.


message 14: by B0nnie (new)

B0nnie I thought it might, the Hunger Games does seem very cinematic.
As for < '!' > well, I'll get over it...


message 15: by Nilesh (new)

Nilesh Kashyap This is what happens:
before- authors used to simply write the stories and they would be made into movies.
now- authors (not all) want to write stories that can be turned into good movies.
THG belongs to later.


message 16: by Melki (new)

Melki The musical tribute's a nice touch.


message 17: by B0nnie (new)

B0nnie thx Melki, I love FMF


message 18: by B0nnie (new)

B0nnie oh, I should have used this


message 19: by rachel (new)

rachel Ha, I loved Foxface too.

She's not very foxy in the movie, though. Only way you initially know it's her is that she's a redhead.


message 20: by B0nnie (new)

B0nnie rachel wrote: "Ha, I loved Foxface too.
She's not very foxy in the movie, though. Only way you initially know it's her is that she's a redhead."


If only they had gotten Megan Fox for the part. That would've been so ironic.


message 21: by Moira (new)

Moira Russell Foxface was awesome.


message 22: by B0nnie (new)

B0nnie Moira wrote: "Foxface was awesome."
I agree Moira, and really who else was there to like? of the 24 tributes, 16 weren't even given names, never mind personalities. They functioned like Orcs, something handy to be killed with no remorse or guilt required.


message 23: by Moira (new)

Moira Russell Yeah, if nothing else, the movie at least gives them faces and possible names -- they won't be as depersonalized as they were in Katniss' narration. Which of course was inevitable since her viewpoint was so limited, but it did have the squicky effect of dehumanizing everyone she didn't actively give a damn about. (Arguably that is one of the main themes of the trilogy, what it is to be human and what you might sacrifice of it to survive and is your existence worthwhile after that, &c &c, but Collins doesn't go into it very deeply.)


message 24: by mark (new)

mark monday i really love your focus on poor Foxface! i felt the same way. poor, clever, doomed Foxface.


message 25: by B0nnie (new)

B0nnie mark wrote: "i really love your focus on poor Foxface! i felt the same way. poor, clever, doomed Foxface."

...the red glint of her hair in the sunlight :'-(


message 26: by Shovelmonkey1 (new)

Shovelmonkey1 I've not read any of these and I'm probably not going to see the film either - I'm afraid that my brain has already filed them on the same shelf-o-hoopla as harry potter and twilight. But from what i can tell this book is basically just "The Running man" by Stephen King, but for kids? Or am i wrong?


message 27: by B0nnie (new)

B0nnie Shovelmonkey1 wrote: "I've not read any of these and I'm probably not going to see the film either - I'm afraid that my brain has already filed them on the same shelf-o-hoopla as harry potter and twilight. But from what..."

I've not read The Running man (nor The Long Walk for that matter) but it compares to just about any dystopian story where people must compete to the death for whatever reason. I like to think of the Star Trek episode Bread and Ciruses, *Panem et Circenses*. Yes it's cleaned up for a younger audience, the brutality all in good fun.


message 28: by Shovelmonkey1 (new)

Shovelmonkey1 Don't read the book just watch the film with Arnie "i'll be back" schwartzenegger instead. Its totally hilarious and vaguely camp despite its best efforts to be dystopian.


message 29: by B0nnie (new)

B0nnie Schwarzenegger and Steven Seagal - both hilarious without ever trying...


message 30: by Shovelmonkey1 (new)

Shovelmonkey1 Can we add some van dam to that list too?


message 31: by Mark (new)

Mark Liked the review Bonnie and as is so often the case, it makes me look at the book in a differnt light. I love this site


message 32: by B0nnie (new)

B0nnie Mark wrote: "Liked the review Bonnie and as is so often the case, it makes me look at the book in a differnt light. I love this site"

Thanks Mark - yes I know what you mean. I love the reviews that give you new ideas about a book, and indeed whole new ideas what to read - even when the approach is tongue-in-cheek...


message 33: by Brad (new)

Brad I love that you love Foxface, Bonnie. Well spotted.


message 34: by B0nnie (new)

B0nnie Brad wrote: "I love that you love Foxface, Bonnie. Well spotted."

Hey Brad thanks. Me and serious fox are a team.
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message 35: by Ronyell (new)

Ronyell Awesome review Bonnie!


message 36: by Jen (new)

Jen Hill Did you ever think that the reason the other tributes were not given names and we were not allowed to learn of their life is because it isn't their story. Collins wrote the story about Katniss, the reason the entire book is in first person. If the book had been written about another tributes story then would you be asking to learn more about the girl with the bow?
Katniss didn't know anything of her other tributes because she was never given to chance to know them, and that was the point, that was the intention of the game makers, was it not? To force the tributes to kill other tributes in a way that is ever so sinister and chilling.


message 37: by B0nnie (new)

B0nnie Ronyell wrote: "Awesome review Bonnie!"

Thanks Ronyell


message 38: by B0nnie (new)

B0nnie Jen wrote: "Did you ever think that the reason the other tributes were not given names and we were not allowed to learn of their life is because it isn't their story. Collins wrote the story about Katniss, the..."

Jen wrote: "Did you ever think that the reason the other tributes were not given names and we were not allowed to learn of their life is because it isn't their story. Collins wrote the story about Katniss, the..."

No, I did not think of this. I realize my analysis is shallow and silly. Thanks for your thoughts Jen.


message 39: by Brittany (new)

Brittany Cormier I am in the process of reading the book, but I have seen the movie. I remember being so curious about Foxface in the film! If I could get a Hunger Games book from any other character's POV it'd be hers.

However, there are a few explanations for some of the issues you took. In the book Katniss is used to seeing people die, it happens all the time in District 12. For her sanity's sake, she was likely become more apathetic toward death. This why even someone like Foxface, who never harmed anyone, dying wouldn't bother her.

I also agree with you about how obnoxiously lucky Katniss is, but at least it is explained. She has a team who has made her appear desirable through the media. These people then give her money and tokens to use in the games. Also, if she is popular with audiences, the game makers likely wouldn't kill her off right away. So yeah she's lucky, but at least there is reasoning behind it. (though going to the games with a boy who happens to be in love with you, is a tad bit absurd and lucky)

Finally, in naming her Foxface it sadly helps to dehumanize her. The less you see as human, the easier it'd be to kill her later if it came to that. This isn't just Katniss though. All the other tributes (minus the Careers) do not interact with each other while in the Capitol. It is often stated that it is unusual that Katniss and Peeta interact because even tributes from the same district don't spend time together. This is because they all know they'll have to kill each other soon. The less you get attached to someone, hypothetically, the easier it is to kill them.

Loved your review :)


message 40: by Isabel (last edited Mar 23, 2013 06:43AM) (new)

Isabel Nilesh wrote: "Collins didn't tell anything about any other tributes, the story would have been more bearable. It's only about self obsessed Katniss."

Agreed. I wanted so badly to learn about Cato and Foxface and even Gale and Peeta at times. But alas, it was all glossed over by the 1st person present-tense. (Don't get me wrong, it was a unique style that initially drew me in and I did like Katniss as a character, but I just felt the point of view was limited and didn't give us the full story.)


message 41: by Brittany (new)

Brittany Cormier Isabel wrote: "Nilesh wrote: "Collins didn't tell anything about any other tributes, the story would have been more bearable. It's only about self obsessed Katniss."

Agreed. I wanted so badly to learn about Cato..."


This was one of those weird ways in which I found that the movie did it better. I loved that they gave Cato a monologue at the end of the film. You get to learn a little more about his character, and that he isn't a totally flat character either.


message 42: by Mada (new)

Mada Who says Foxface was beautiful? Maybe she just had a oblong face shape that reminds you of a fox. I don't think Katniss was catty. Foxface reminds me of a girl from school who used to take advantage of other people's work.


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