The Hunger Games Chapters 7-9
We’re having another snowpocalypse in the south right now, but this time, everyone (as far as I know) was home safe before the treacherous, yet beautiful flakes started to fly. I’m still waiting to hear if we’ve got school tomorrow or not. I think it’s supposed to all melt of by 10:00 or so. Yay library day!
In the meantime, have some blurry pictures of my pets in the snow! They have nothing to do with The Hunger Games, but they’re cute.
Ok… the antagonistic love-fest at the beginning of this chapter is a little weird. Peeta is talking up Katniss, who gets mad that he’s not bragging about his own skills? Also, Peeta’s mom sucks.
This is one of those places where I can’t quite keep the ambient knowledge of the movie from sifting into my experience of reading the book. Katniss’s training outfit on the first day is described as “tight black pants, a long-sleeved burgundy tunic, and leather shoes.” Add to that, she and Peeta are the only two tributes dressed alike. That’s a very different vibe from the movie where everyone is wearing identical workout gear.
I’ve just met Rue. This is one of those times where foreknowledge is good, because I know what’s going to happen to her I can start prepping myself for it now. Because otherwise, I don’t think I’d be able to get through the inevitable.
Ok… that was an awesome ending. Although, I kind of wish she’d actually shot one of the gamekeepers, who sound very silly in their purple robes. I’m picturing lots of fat, evil, Albus Dumbledores.
I like the structure of this chapter, the weird little family being built around District 12 and how they manage to cheer Katniss up. The score wasn’t a particular surprise. I assumed that she’d end up getting a high one after her burst o temper. The story just works better that way.
Then we reflect on Gale and his place in her other family.
The ending of this chapter… I don’t know. It just didn’t have the emotional impact for me I feel like it was supposed to, maybe because I don’t have Katniss’s deep distrust for everyone (except her stylists, apparently). I’m not immediately jumping from Peeta requested to be trained separately to BETRAYAL! I don’t know how much of that is because I know the broad strokes of where this is all going (I’ve seen the trailers for Catching Fire, I know who makes it out) or if it’s just because I find Katniss slightly off-putting.
Well, I’m glad that Haymitch also thinks Katniss comes across as “sullen and hostile.”
The dress sounds amazing. I went and looked at the youtubes again for the movie version… yeah, I’m not impressed. Or, rather, it’s a beautiful dress with some cool effects, but it’s not as awesome as the one described in the book. Granted, it probably couldn’t be since if you actually put her in a jeweled dress on-screen she’d just look like a Vegas showgirl. The hair was also not as awesome as the version in the book, by maybe I think that since I have long hair and I like braiding things into it.
Ok, I’m actually chuckling during the interview portion when she teases the Gamekeepers. So that’s good. I’m not sure I buy the giggle though.
Peeta’s interview sounds great. And… oh. With the crush. Yeah. So, is that a strategy or is it real? I’m pretty sure Katniss is going to think it’s a ploy, but I’m leaning on the side of truth here. A) because he knows too much about her and B) I know there’s a love triangle, so it just makes sense that he’s being honest.
I will say, this is the first night I’ve actually wanted to keep reading, so good on you Susanne Collins.