I resisted reading this series for a long time, but like a certain other popular series, I eventually gave in and really enjoyed it. I can see why some fans are annoyed by the Twilight comparisons, though. There are maybe only three similarities I can think of between the two:
- The main character is a teenage girl.
- There are two boys vying for her affections.
- The hysteria surrounding the books and movies will be at least equally as large.
Having said that, I found the beginning of Catching Fire (no spoilers, don’t worry) to be tiresome how Katniss hemmed and hawed over Gale versus Peeta. It did strike me as very New Moon-esque for a minute there. I was much happier when the story beelined and became suspenseful once again.
As far as my reactions on the first book, going into it, I was nervous about the gruesome and disturbing parts I had heard rumblings about. Without spoiling anything, the part that got to me was the final death in the games. I hope they make that part of the movie very short...or take it out entirely. What I enjoyed most about the first book was the journey aspect of it. I tend to like stories where the character has to physically get from one place to another and face various challenges in the middle. I guess that ensures the story moves along. Because of that journey, I may like the first book a smidge better than the second, but I’m not sure. Maybe I’ll know for sure once I finish Mockingjay. At this point, I still haven’t decided whether I’m “Team Gale or Team Peeta.” You?
Many people have said they like The Hunger Games better than Twilight. I am not one of them. (GASP! COUGH! KICK! RUN AWAY!) BUT, that doesn’t mean I don’t thoroughly enjoy the story telling. I had a couldn’t-put-it-down moment and devoured the last half of Catching Fire in one night. And I know the movies are going to be excellent. There’s just no doubt in my mind. And really, there’s no need to compare the two and pit one against the other. As far as super popular multi-book series made into movies go, Harry Potter is going to win for me anyway.
But I’m still pretty darn excited to see the movie on the 24th! What scene are you most/least looking forward to seeing?