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  1. Bill Jones, Jr.
    May 30, 2012 @ 11:44 am

    I liked the 1st two books, but was left feeling like this series was one book too many. I gave the 3rd book 3-stars, but I didn’t like it. I felt like she just bailed out at the end, and was left feeling as if the 3rd book was just a push for more income.

    They were compelling stories, and I understand, like, and have even written post-apocalypse stories. However, I can’t let myself believe that any society can be so callous. I have to believe that even in the midst of despair (the Great Depression, WWII) the world holds onto its fundamental humanity.

    I don’t watch reality TV. I can’t stomach it. If this trilogy is a warning, the only advice I can give is to beware of how much injustice you allow yourself to believe is acceptable. I was left more disturbed by (apparently illiterate) “readers” who were angry that the dark-skinned combatants from District 11 were black. How dare she create a black character with whom people can identify? How dare black people survive an apocalypse. I wonder how different her reality is from our reality. But a whole series where the underbelly of society prevails? One would hope for more triumph at the end.

    The books remind me of the short story, “The Lottery.” I hope that in the future, they are nothing more than that – just another good story, and a warning that never came true.

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      May 30, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

      I felt the same way hoping that our society doesn’t become that perverse, then I thought about the Romans and throwing people to the lions and the gladiators and I realized that we have been that – to a degree, and hopefully we have learned our lesson, but some days I doubt it. Anyway enough of me being morbid. I agree the third was my least favorite, but I fear for me it was depressing. The message seemed to be that we have to become as bad as what we fare fighting against in order to win. Not a very pleasant message, but I fear realistic.

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  2. Julie Glover
    May 30, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

    I read all three books, and I agree with Bill. The third one was SO depressing. I get that the books are dystopian, but I want to see the hopeful human spirit too. And Katniss just came across as emotionally defeated in the last book. I guess I like a little more Sarah Connor in my apocalyptic tales.

    As to whether it changed me, no. However, at my age, I don’t think Collins’s portrayal of the Capitol and districts pointed out anything I hadn’t figured out before. It might have a different impact on kids and teens.

    Oh, and I never watch reality TV. I buy local foods when I can (which really started after reading The Omnivore’s Dilemm). And I don’t plan to dye my body a weird color…ever. Interesting post, Alica.

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      May 30, 2012 @ 9:50 pm

      I agree Julie Katniss did seem very defeated in the last book, and I was upset that she never got to fall in love, that she never got to choose for herself. The ending just didn’t give me the sense of hope or HEA that matched the emotional pain I went through reading the books.

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  3. marlenedotterer
    May 30, 2012 @ 4:16 pm

    I could see the books as a warning. The thing is, we humans have a history that’s rife with murder-as-sport. We no longer dash outside to join the throng for a good hanging, but we used to do it on a regular basis. We’ve socially evolved past it, but that doesn’t mean we won’t revert sometime in the future, if we are subjected to apocalypse-type disasters, and lose our civilization.

    As for what politicians and other “leaders” are capable of instigating… I wouldn’t put anything past them. They are perfectly capable of establishing bread-and-circuses if they think it will control the masses.

    As for lifestyle, I’ve been doing the crunchy-granola thing for a long time. I’m all about self-sufficiency and living a life that’s close to nature. Yet there is so much I can’t do myself. Can’t sew, can’t grow food very well. I live in the suburbs, so I have to drive everywhere. Now that we’re retired, we’re thinking of buying bicycles to do some of the close-in errands that way. But really, I don’t do nearly enough to be truly self-sufficient.

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