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QUOTE(DiAnAmItE4LiFe @ Mar 9th 2012, 10:51 PM) *

Okay, kind of a long review/random thoughts after Mockingjay:

- Maybe it's better that I knew it was coming, idk. Finnick's death was weird for me, I didn't cry (which I did a few times during this book), I guess because of HOW it happened. I feel like his death deserved more attention or something. I was also pretty upset about Boggs.

- I've also seen people complaining about how Katniss was always drugged or acting crazy throughout the entire book, or she was moping around. I didn't see it that way at all. Obviously, some of this is going to happen anyway when you think about everything she's been through. Mentally, how COULD she keep it all together? She's still able to hold herself together pretty well though, especially when you compare her to Annie, Finnick (in parts), Peeta, etc. It's not like she's sitting around doing nothing the entire book. They've all been through a LOT, and it was much more realistic with all the PTSD stuff.

- I'm still unsure about the VERY last part. I'm torn. I kinda wish there had been more about Peeta's recovery and how he and Katniss grow back together, instead of rushing through it in like one paragraph... but I sorta like it too, because I didn't want it to seem like the romance angle was the whole point of the series, because it wasn't at all. And then I kinda wish there had been more dialogue between them, because it just felt so SUDDEN. But the dialogue that we did get (I'm talking about the very last line) was perfect. Oh and I had also been spoiled when it came to that, I just didn't know the context really... so I was actually kinda bummed that it wasn't a total surprise to me. But even though it wasn't, it was still amazing. Then I cried for like... idk a really long time, okay. I'm unsure about the epilogue. I'll have to think about it more.

- I also don't think that Katniss has ~lost her soul at the end, only has kids because Peeta wanted them, didn't really care about anything anymore, etc. Maybe it came across that way, but I'm not buying it. If she was such a zombie all the time, idk how she and Peeta would've worked out. They're both left with scars from everything that's happened to them, but they get through it together. Life isn't completely hopeless. Katniss can still see the good in people, and she'll teach her kids to do the same. It was really beautiful actually, but of course sad too.

- Ugh I guess I do wish the very end hadn't been rushed so much, but I really did love this book, unlike a lot of people.
AND I'M DONE. fear.gif I just needed to rant.


I LOVE reading peoples' thoughts on Mockingjay, since it's my favourite of the three. I'm replying only to a few parts. original.gif

- With Finnick's death, a lot of people (which I agree with) appreciate it because it's a non-glorified death. When it comes to war, not everyone gets a 'glorified' death (like a whole scene dedicated to them), so I appreciated the realism with it. It really was fast though. When I read it, I had to re-read the sentence like four times to actually understand that he just got killed it. It definitely keeps with the realism of the war, since it didn't get much attention.

- My issue wasn't with her being drugged and whatnot as a form of coping, but rather from a literary stance. She gets drugged SO MANY TIMES that the descriptive narrative loses all impact upon the second time, and when it happens again and again, like two or three times in the span of like five pages towards the end, it just feels like a cheap ploy to move the plot. Katniss passes out for a few hours/days, we get caught up on what's happened in a few sentences, and move on to the next thing. Then repeat. That was my issue with it. It just seemed like a cheap literary gimmick.

- Yeah the ending was really rushed, but I've learned to appreciate it. Because just as fast as the war started and ended, her life is thus forced to move on. She can't dwell. It REALLY is fast though, and probably could have done well with another ten pages or so interspersed. This applies to your last three points btw. The realism and authentic feelings Katniss expresses towards the end are flawless, and are probably what people hate the most about the last book. Most people wanted a legitimate happy ending and we didn't really get that. We got a real ending, and that's why it's my favourite of the three. It's incredibly true to life and I respect Collins' dedication to that, but I too wish it hadn't been so rushed towards the end.


I think it's healthy to want to rant after reading the last one. laughing.gif It definitely 'charges' you the most out of the three. The Hunger Games and Catching Fire are all adrenaline when you read them, but Mockingjay really hits the reader hard (again, why it's my favourite of the three heart.gif ).


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post Mar 10th 2012, 4:28 PM
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QUOTE(wild.hope @ Mar 10th 2012, 3:07 AM) *

I LOVE reading peoples' thoughts on Mockingjay, since it's my favourite of the three. I'm replying only to a few parts. original.gif

- With Finnick's death, a lot of people (which I agree with) appreciate it because it's a non-glorified death. When it comes to war, not everyone gets a 'glorified' death (like a whole scene dedicated to them), so I appreciated the realism with it. It really was fast though. When I read it, I had to re-read the sentence like four times to actually understand that he just got killed it. It definitely keeps with the realism of the war, since it didn't get much attention.

- My issue wasn't with her being drugged and whatnot as a form of coping, but rather from a literary stance. She gets drugged SO MANY TIMES that the descriptive narrative loses all impact upon the second time, and when it happens again and again, like two or three times in the span of like five pages towards the end, it just feels like a cheap ploy to move the plot. Katniss passes out for a few hours/days, we get caught up on what's happened in a few sentences, and move on to the next thing. Then repeat. That was my issue with it. It just seemed like a cheap literary gimmick.

- Yeah the ending was really rushed, but I've learned to appreciate it. Because just as fast as the war started and ended, her life is thus forced to move on. She can't dwell. It REALLY is fast though, and probably could have done well with another ten pages or so interspersed. This applies to your last three points btw. The realism and authentic feelings Katniss expresses towards the end are flawless, and are probably what people hate the most about the last book. Most people wanted a legitimate happy ending and we didn't really get that. We got a real ending, and that's why it's my favourite of the three. It's incredibly true to life and I respect Collins' dedication to that, but I too wish it hadn't been so rushed towards the end.


I think it's healthy to want to rant after reading the last one. laughing.gif It definitely 'charges' you the most out of the three. The Hunger Games and Catching Fire are all adrenaline when you read them, but Mockingjay really hits the reader hard (again, why it's my favourite of the three heart.gif ).


Yayyy thank you so much for replying! I just felt like talking about it with someone. haha.gif I love that it's your favorite of the three, since that seems to be a very unpopular opinion. For me, it was probably the hardest one to put down once it really got going, because there was such a sense of urgency.

- That really makes sense, actually. I know some people have said that he "deserved better", but you're right that not everyone can have a glorified death, and it's more realistic that way. Yes, it was definitely fast! That whole part was actually a little confusing for me at first, so I reread it a few times too. And now that I think about it, I guess Snow's death was kinda similar in a way. She was setting it up to be THE main focus, and then it's like it almost becomes an afterthought.

- This is a really good point. It did happen a lot, and I understand the issue with it seeming like a gimmick after awhile. I still don't know about Prim's death. I mean, I was expecting it, but at the same time I expected something different? This is probably the one time where the whole "drugged" thing left me feeling kinda ermm.gif

- I agree, I feel like even just a few more pages would've done the trick. Oh and I totally forgot to include this, but I liked how the way Katniss reacted after returning back home (sitting in the rocking chair and not really moving) was so similar to how her mom reacted after her dad's death. It was like... if she didn't get it before, she does now. So sad. sad.gif And yes, so many people hate the end because it wasn't what they expected/wanted. I don't know what they would've preferred, but a happy ending definitely wouldn't have fit.


Definitely. I just feel so emotionally drained, even now. haha.gif

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QUOTE(1234567890 @ Mar 10th 2012, 8:32 PM) *

This is web series featuring Finnick and Annie. It's fan made, but the production is pretty stellar. yes.gif


It's really great. thumbsup.gif I was watching those right after I read the books when I couldn't wait for the movie. haha.gif

I also love this one - it's about Haymitch and the Second Quarter Quell:



I think the acting, the effects and the production are really impressive.

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Yeah, I just finished Mockingjay, and unlike a lot of people, I did enjoy it.


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I saw the Coin assassination coming. The whole time in my head, I kept asking why we didn't know more about her, how exactly she gained her power, and if Katniss hadn't been so preoccupied with Snow, she would have been able to do some more research about Coin and her motives. The conclusion she came to - why does Coin deserve power? Did power compel her to become another Snow? - those were the same ones I came to, so I was happy to see that happen.

Honestly, Finnick never made much of an impact on me, so his death wasn't any more profound than that of anyone else in the party.

Did the book end suddenly? Absolutely. We needed a little more time elapsed before the epilogue began, but I did like the epilogue. I would have liked to have known a little more about what the world was like in the future, but maybe she did that on purpose - leaving it vague because everything in the world is so vague and maybe unchanged.

I never had issues with her being drugged all the time, but I did think that it was implausible that she could get shot and suffer so many other wounds and just recover and suffer relatively small side effects. This is magnified when you consider the dire food situation in 13.


Overall, I vastly preferred it to Catching Fire, which I thought was much more sudden/rushed than Mockingjay - Mockingjay took the parts of Catching Fire that I did enjoy (the first 2/3 or so) and expanded on them.


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QUOTE(*~MarMar~* @ Mar 12th 2012, 11:07 PM) *

Yeah, I just finished Mockingjay, and unlike a lot of people, I did enjoy it.
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I saw the Coin assassination coming. The whole time in my head, I kept asking why we didn't know more about her, how exactly she gained her power, and if Katniss hadn't been so preoccupied with Snow, she would have been able to do some more research about Coin and her motives. The conclusion she came to - why does Coin deserve power? Did power compel her to become another Snow? - those were the same ones I came to, so I was happy to see that happen.

Honestly, Finnick never made much of an impact on me, so his death wasn't any more profound than that of anyone else in the party.

Did the book end suddenly? Absolutely. We needed a little more time elapsed before the epilogue began, but I did like the epilogue. I would have liked to have known a little more about what the world was like in the future, but maybe she did that on purpose - leaving it vague because everything in the world is so vague and maybe unchanged.

I never had issues with her being drugged all the time, but I did think that it was implausible that she could get shot and suffer so many other wounds and just recover and suffer relatively small side effects. This is magnified when you consider the dire food situation in 13.


Overall, I vastly preferred it to Catching Fire, which I thought was much more sudden/rushed than Mockingjay - Mockingjay took the parts of Catching Fire that I did enjoy (the first 2/3 or so) and expanded on them.


Yay, someone else who just finished Mockingjay! I agree with you on a lot of that.

Plus, I think that when she told Coin "yes" to another Games, and said "for Prim", she was basically hinting at the whole ~assassination situation.

I think I need to read Catching Fire again (I'm planning on reading all of them again, though), because I read the first part in a few days and then didn't read it at all for almost a week. haha.gif Not because I didn't like it, but I guess I just had a lot going on. Right now, I would say it's probably my least favorite of the three, but I love them all so whatever. haha.gif


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I just finished Mockingjay, and even though it is my least favorite of the three still I have a much greater appreciation for it than I did after reading it the first time several months ago. Suzanne did an amazing job with this series. crying.gif


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This series is just as heartwrenching the second time around. Maybe even more so... like, I can appreciate it more as I'm reading it since I know what's going to happen.
I am for sure going to bawl my eyes out like, a hundred times during the movie. pinch.gif

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QUOTE(DiAnAmItE4LiFe @ Mar 9th 2012, 11:51 PM) *

- The scene after Katniss kills Coin and she's stuck back in her old room for awhile... it was really strange, but also pretty emotional for me. Especially when she started singing. And then afterwards when she's back home and she describes the emptiness and loneliness she feels... that REALLY got to me too. It was heartbreaking. And when she went back to her old hunting spot she used to share with Gale, I kinda thought Peeta would show up for some reason, lol. When he does show up, planting primrose bushes in honor of Prim... oh man. HERE COME THE TEARS AGAIN. AND THEN, the whole part with Buttercup. "She's not coming back! She's never ever coming back here again!" I COMPLETELY LOST IT. lollll I'm about to cry again now just thinking about it.
I like reading other people's opinions on Mockingjay because I had such mixed feelings about it when I read it. But anyway I'm glad to see someone else mention that scene because that was the part that made me the most emotional in all 3 books. Prim's death never really got to me because I never ~connected with her as a character, but man that part...I LOST it. crying.gif


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