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Nov 30, 2013

Show N' Read Saturday #25: Catching Fire (#HungerGames)


A weekly meme hosted by Diantha Jones where we share and rate TV shows and movies we've seen, and the books that we have read or have now been inspired to read.

This week I watched:

Catching Fire (2013)

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol - a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying. (Goodreads)


Now this is how you bring a book to life! After the first Hunger Games movie left such a sour taste in my mouth, I almost didn't go see this one. I'm so glad I did. They got it right this time. I never really understood them trying to pretty these movies up so the kiddies could come see them. Let's be honest, how many little kids do you know that read Hunger Games? If you know any, report their parents to social services. These books are BRUTAL! True, the movie still did not capture the TRUE horror that the Hunger Games really was, but they did a damn good job. 

And the acting? Soooo much better than the first one. Jennifer Lawrence stepped her game way up and really embodied the fierceness that is Katniss Everdeen. Stellar job, Jen! I was finally convinced that Josh Hutcherson could actually be Peeta, and Liam Hemsworth...well...he's a Hemsworth. 'Nuff said. Woody Harrelson was simply a joy to watch as always. I really don't think they could have picked a better Haymitch.

Is this a must-see? I think so, especially for fans of the book series. You'll be proud of this one, believe me!


Book I've Read:

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (2009)
If you really want to experience the true horror of the games, then you MUST read the books. They're amazing, fast paced, and utterly exciting. Well, at least the first two are...that last one...hmmmm....

But you probably won't even care because the first two are so awesome, you'll be able to pretend the last book didn't even happen. Do I recommend this series? HELL YES!


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