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Stephanie *Very Stable Genius* I know! I teared up in the same places. The movie was excellent.

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Ian Man I wish I could review books like some people ...

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mark monday ha! well thank you Ian. but your review was quite excellent. i just reread it!

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Lisa Vegan Oh, Mark, such a fabulous review. And thank you for reminding me in such detail about the book. I hope everyone reads your review, after they've read the book/the trilogy.

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mark monday thank you very much Lisa! i just read yours and also enjoyed it.

it's strange, i'm not exactly sad that the series is over. i have a very satisfied feeling because it seems like Collins' really accomplished her goals. i haven't been as moved by a YA series since His Dark Materials.

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Lisa Vegan Mark, Oh I loved His Dark Materials too.

And, I agree, Suzanne Collins did a masterful job with her story. the three books do feel complete.

And, I plan to see the movie within the week.

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mark monday tell me your thoughts on it when you do!

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Lisa Vegan mark wrote: "tell me your thoughts on it when you do!"

I will.

I have some major problems already. Cato is supposed to be huge and strong, like a football player. The actor who plays him has an average physique. I could go on. But it sounds as though, overall, a good job was done, and I'm too curious not to see it. At least they didn't make any of the actors lose weight so they'd look underfed. Some of them are too young for that.

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Jeffrey Keeten Excellent review Mark. I saw the movie over the weekend and I teared up at the same points as you did. As a rugged heterosexual male I know I'm not supposed to do that, but I'm getting more emotional as I get older. I thought Jennifer Lawrence was wonderful. I appreciate that they stayed true to the book.

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Tim Amazing review! You summed up my thoughts on the novel way better than I ever could. Re-read is on the cards.

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mark monday As a rugged heterosexual male I know I'm not supposed to do that, but I'm getting more emotional as I get older.

very good! i am also getting increasing weepy as i get older. and the same goes for my most rugged heterosexual friend. since having a kid a few years ago, he tears up when we talk about things like kids & marriage. and certain commercials! and this is a former football player and all around macho guy who owns his own construction company. so you are not alone in your hearfelt rugged heterosexuality - there are others out there like you!

I thought Jennifer Lawrence was wonderful.

me too. she is an unknown to me so i wasn't sure what to expect. she was perfect.

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mark monday Tim wrote: "Amazing review! You summed up my thoughts on the novel way better than I ever could. Re-read is on the cards."

thank you Tim!

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William1 And I thought I was long winded! Do you write these in Starbucks?

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mark monday ha! in the race to see who is more long-winded, you got nuthin on me, William. i leave you in the dust!

a coffeeshop - yeah, sometimes. or my back patio or backyard. or my living room. but never Starbucks. Starbucks coffee tastes like brown water to me and the whole Starbucks atmosphere just makes me prickly and anxious.

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Lisa Vegan Mark, I saw The Hunger Games movie. I really liked it. But I have objections to some of what they left out. I think Madge and the mayor should have been left in, but if their characters had to go, I say my main problem was the meaning of the mockingjay was never addressed at all. There was a good opportunity when Rue taught Katniss about the mockingjay's mimicking of song/whistling. That was just silly. Most of the rest I think they did a good job.

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mark monday good to hear Lisa!

i agree about Madge & the mockingjay. hadn't considered that, but now i feel the lack.

another thing that has recently occurred to me after reading an article on the topic... Collins clearly indicts the viewing audience (and by extension, the reader) in being part of a culture of violence - by forming an audience to the atrocities of the Hunger Games. similar to messages in films like Starship Troopers. that is a tough message, and the film doesn't include it. as the article mentions, in the book, everyone besides Katniss' specific allies & District 12 are her enemy... in the movie, President Snow appears to be the real enemy.

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Lisa Vegan Spoiler for the 2nd book: (view spoiler)

I think in the movie Snow does come across as the main bad guy but I do think the capitol audience is definitely indicated to be horrible.

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mark monday good point. now i am also remembering that amazing little part in book 2 (view spoiler)

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Lisa Vegan Yep.

And in this movie it would have been REALLY easy for district 11 to send the bread. I missed that too.

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Mark loved the review. Thanks

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mark monday thanks Mark! and now i'm going to go read your review.

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Ian I agree leaving out Madge and the mockingjay pin connection was a mistake. But I didn't get the sense from the movie that Snow was the only enemy. I thought it portrayed the audience, even Ceaser and the gamemakers, as enemies. But that could have been my bias from knowing the whole story already.

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mark monday when i watch it for the third time, i plan on looking out for that! second viewing was not a diminished experience and, happily, i enjoyed it just as much.

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Matthias Great train-ride through the Mockingjay-pages mark, I really like what you've done here! I see where you're coming from and understand why you wanted me to explain my admittedly different feelings on this book. It just goes to show there are no absolutes when it comes to reading, right? Even though I found your review captivating and convincing, I still remain where I stand. It boils down to the kind of readers we are: also not absolutes. It depends on when we read it, the circumstances in which we do, etc. I think you've done a very generous reading of this book and your interpretations, your engagement all have added something to it, as is evident from your entertaining review. My reading was far less generous and more skeptical, I added very little and when I did it was rarely something warm, but I don't really feel bad about it either. It is what it is and it can be enjoyable to be critical as well :-)

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Sonia Almeida Dias Mark, you write the reviews I wish I could write. Thank you! :)

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mark monday no, thank you for the very kind words! very nice to read in the morning.

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