Monday, June 22, 2015

Monday Excerpt: How I Survive It

Now Playing: James Newton Howard - Katniss is Chosen (Catching Fire OST)


Unpopular opinion time: if you know me or if you've glanced at my Goodreads page, you might know I don't think much of The Hunger Games series. I don't find it as feminist as people claim it to be and I don't always like the plot structure or treatment of certain characters/ideas. I don't think it does enough with the social commentary and I think it has, at best, a mediocre understanding of what starvation does to people and the general effects of extreme poverty.

I  think the movies do a somewhat better job at restructuring certain scenes and moments, and Katniss is a much better character as played by Jennifer Lawrence than what we get in the actual text of the books. (Though I'm not a big fan of the general casting decision for different reasons).

That said, I've never had a problem understanding why the series achieved such a level of success. Suzanne Collins is a great writer, and while I don't enjoy the entire series, I do like a lot of its moments.

I didn't have to think too hard about my favorite. It's right at the very end, the closing paragraphs, and while I'm usually not a fan of epilogues, I think this is the best writing in the entire series.

Spoilers for the finale, of course.

My children, who don't know they play on a graveyard. 
Peeta says it will be okay. We have each other. And the book. We can make them understand in a way that will make them braver. But one day I'll have to explain about my nightmares. Why they came. Why they won't ever really go away. 
I'll tell them how I survive it. I'll tell them that on bad mornings, it feels impossible to take pleasure in anything because I'm afraid it could be taken away. That's when I make a list in my head of every act of goodness I've seen someone do. It's like a game. Repetitive. Even a little tedious after more than twenty years. 
But there are worse games to play.
- Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins


  1. Anonymous9:15 AM

    People call the series feminist...? O-e

    1. Oh yeah... >_> Which I attribute to the fact that it's a female led action franchise that's successful, rather than because of the content. (Which to me means it's *not* feminist)


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