Two months ago if someone had mentioned 'The Hunger Games' to me, I would have hesitated. I felt very reluctant towards reading them and I was pretty...moreTwo months ago if someone had mentioned 'The Hunger Games' to me, I would have hesitated. I felt very reluctant towards reading them and I was pretty sure that if once I try to read the trilogy, I would despise it. How far-sighted I was!
I finished 'Mockingjay' yesterday and have given 5 stars to each of the book of the series. I can now safely say that 'The Hunger Games' is now one of my favourite book series. Collins' use of language is partly to blame for this fascination I now have with these books. I could almost feel the excitement escalating as I read it. Words used are short but to the point and each of them convey the message which the author wanted to display in her books.
I would never have thought I would love dystopian fantasy this much but the fabulous descriptions used throughout leads the reader to the stark reality of the Capitol and the surrounding districts. The connotations with eras from our own history are also very plausible (gladiatorial combats, wars etcc.)
At first, it was hard to get into the first book. I got a bit annoyed with the flamboyance and unnecessary waste displayed by the Capitol but the excitement of the arena got me hooked. 'Catching Fire' is my absolute favourite book out of the whole three. I devoured it in a matter of days.
'Mockingjay' felt darker, more mature and at times I felt angry at some of the characters' deaths, change in personalities and frustrations. However, I realised this is what the world is about - war and peace, death and life, hope and the stark reality of friendships dissolving, relationships destroyed, people changing. Not every good person gets his or her happy ending. This is the world we live in and 'The Hunger Games' tried to convey this message across especially by the bitter sweet ending. The ending was appropriately climatic but it also left a bitter sweet taste taking us back to the reality presented in our lives.
After all, we must have all dreamt of going to Hogwarts, Middle Earth, Westeros or Narnia but the Capitol is definitely a place to avoid. I think the writer took a huge risk in presenting a balance between not only a place for hope, unity and peace but a dark world which included death, war and loss. A non-magical place mirroring our world throughout the ages.(less)
5 stars for The Hobbit. I can't believe, I was so hesitant in reading this .... I should have read it when I was younger and when my imagination was a...more5 stars for The Hobbit. I can't believe, I was so hesitant in reading this .... I should have read it when I was younger and when my imagination was a great deal more fertile. I am making this a point, that I'm definitely going to read this to my kids someday :)
So magical, fast-paced and wonderful. I loved every second of it.
Reading 'The Hobbit' gave me some lovely, fantastical dreams and I've made up my mind I'm going to read more....
1) Classics (like The Hobbit) and will not be hesitant about them. 2) Tolkien (will obviously tackle the huge classic that is The Lord of the Rings, and then Silmarillion, Roverandom etc...) 3) More Fantasy - I forgot how much I used to love this genre. Bring it on!!! 4) Adventure, Dragons, Elves etc... - I love medieval style fantasy and I plan to read more and more of this genre.
P.S. On the negative side, I would have wished if Thorin and company would have been given more depth as characters but on the other hand, lack of description made this novel so fast-paced. I heard Lord of the Rings is much more descriptive and not so easy to read, but I'm certainly going to give them a go.
While reading it, I imagined Prof. Tolkien reading it to his children, while they listened intently... leaving me wishing, I was one of them - I wouldn't have let him stop.(less)
Almost gave it 4.5 stars because sometimes it was so poignant and sad, I couldn't bear it but then I figured that these parts were one of the reasons...moreAlmost gave it 4.5 stars because sometimes it was so poignant and sad, I couldn't bear it but then I figured that these parts were one of the reasons why this book is sooo beautiful and amazing. So super 5 stars it is! Will certainly consider reading it again in the future. Was not so sure about the movie - in fact I can hardly remember it, but the book will definitely be with me for a long time.
If anyone wants to read a wonderful love story, then please, read this book!! (less)