I finished The Hunger Games Trilogy. Actually- I finished the entire thing in less than 24 hours. Because I get like that sometimes. It's not real, but I think I read so quickly so that I don't prolong the pain of the characters.
I originally resisted the urge to read these books because of the hype. I did the same thing with Harry Potter. I continue to do this with Twilight, but because I actually picked up a book once and read 3 sentences in it...and couldn't handle the mental torture of truly terrible writing. I digress.
I resisted reading the books because they didn't sound like "my thing." I like Fantasy. Dragons, elves, magic- not post-apocalyptic worlds. However, because Tim got a Kindle Fire, we have a free month of Amazon Prime. With Prime comes the Kindle Lending Library and Hunger Games were some of the books I could borrow. I have been out of new books to read for a while now, so I thought what the heck- we'll give it a shot.
I sometimes delve too deeply in to books. I get too caught up in the books, I identify too much with one particular character. I found one of those characters in The Hunger Games- so I became sucked into a dark trilogy full of pain and death. Not too many fun moments, but I did find myself giggling out loud once or twice. These moments were rare.
I am always a little at a loss after I finish a novel or series that I've become deeply involved in. I find myself running over parts in my mind, analyzing motives, delving for more meaning. It's hard to break out of the world. In a dark book, it can sometimes be problematic. Another symptom of my tendency towards seasonal depression, I guess. Perhaps I should save the dark books for the summer months? Going to see a movie helps throw me out of that post-book depression. After all, I don't lose myself in movies the way I do books.
The books are worth the hype they've received. The writing style is a little odd- it occasionally throws me off, but the story is captivating. I much preferred the first book to the other two, though I've heard others prefer the second or third.
Has anyone else read The Hunger Games? What did you think?