I decided to bite the bullet and push forward with the Hunger Games book discussion(s). I was rather abbreviated and can't believe I've already forgotten some things. But, I answered. Perhaps some of your comments will remind me of some of my thoughts and feelings--as well as the book. Or they may bring out what I'm trying to keep under control! :-)
1. What did you think about District 13? Did you have any idea about it?
Well, there were the hints about it still existing in the 2nd book. So I guess I wasn’t shocked about 13 being there, but was relieved that it was there. Besides, what would the story have been like without 13?
As far as 13 itself, it definitely had its creepy qualities. And I often felt like hyperventilating. That was either because the district was so restrictive, or because of my slight claustrophobia.
2. Did you agree with Katniss becoming the Mockingjay?
Not really. But it wasn’t her decision as much as it was there needing to be a Mockingjay at all. I don’t trust movements or such that rely solely on a symbol that has been created and which others must scramble around, stretch, and bend over backwards to keep up. Act on your own convictions people—don’t wait to stand up and fight for your beliefs and for your freedom!
Oh. Sorry. Carried away there.
3. What did you think of the “Peeta development?”
I definitely did not expect that aspect at all. And it frustrated me so much because I wanted my Peeta back. I wanted to hear my Peeta’s words and see my Peeta’s actions. ‘Cause, yeah, I’m kinda in love with my Peeta. It also hurt me so much, to see him not being...him. That was good writing and creative story develpoment to get me all worked up in so many ways where Peeta was concerned. I did like the development in Katniss where he was related, because now she couldn’t take him for granted and came to see just how wonderful and amazing Peeta was/is. And that she fought for him (she needed to). But I couldn't bear to see Peeta in such pain and confusion. *sniff*
4. What did you think of Katniss and Gale’s relationship?
I don’t care how much was written in the 2nd book, I still feel like Gale was an after-thought to throw in so there could be a love triangle. And if you take that away, then there is the fact that no matter what was alledgedly possible between Gale and Katniss, after the games Peeta is not only much better for her, but he’s the only one who fully and truly tries to understand her and be there for her the way she needs someone. And take THAT away, and it boils down to that I just never liked Gale. Ever. There's more to a man than just being brawny and bringing home the bacon (or hunting or whatever). There's compassion and consideration and gentleness and understanding and selflessness and....oh wow. I am way too much in love with a non-existent person.
5. Did you have any kind of hope in this book, and what was it for?
I had hope for Peeta. That he would turn out all right. I had hope that the stupid war would end. I had hope for the cat, of all things. I had hope that happiness could be found. I actually had hope for quite a few things, but I think that’s because I’ve come to face life with looking for whatever hope I can. Life would be unbearable without things to hope for.
6. What do you think really happened with the children near the end?
It’s been a while and I’m forgetting exact details of the end, and what exactly was meant by this question. But I think I thought that Snow was telling the truth. That Coin was behind it all. Because that would be so like her twisted, conniving, cruel, using-others, selfish self.
7. How did you feel about the way things ended up?
Still shocked about some people’s ends. But I was actually very happy about how the war “ended,” and most especially about Katniss and Peeta. Though parts of my Peeta are forever gone, I like that that was "realistic"--war touches everyone and everything. And nothing is the same after it.