Hidden in The Hunger Games' latest television spots — set to the tune of Taylor Swift's special deathmatch ditty "Safe & Sound" — is one very important moment. Look closely and you'll see the infamous moment involving Peeta, Katniss, and a few loaves of burnt bread. Yes! It's that time where Peeta slyly fed Katniss' starving family from afar. Check out two brand new trailers stuffed with scenes from the folks of District 12.
Alright, here's the deal. I just read the first two novels this week and I'm reading the third one tonight. I'm not sure at all how I feel about them at this point, but I'm an English teacher and I told my book club students that I'd read all the books and tweet review them (I think I mentioned this here right after I reviewed the first one, but not the second). Here are my scrambled and spoiler filled thoughts so far.
What should I expect from the third book? I was really impressed with the first one. I'm teaching Fahrenheit 451 to my students, and I was glad to have the chance to get them excited about dystopian lit. However, I was really not impressed with the second book. I thought a lot of it was rehashed from the first, other than the last few pages. This really brings about my second question: how will they make the second film dramatically different? (I realize that the first one hasn't been released yet, but I was hearing stuff about the second one... obviously they're making all three).
I guess my real question is this: I know how I feel about the first two, I guess. But the third? My book club students are telling me that I'll love the third one, but they said that about the second one too. It's not that I don't trust them - 15 year old girls are cool and all - but I was hoping to get some other opinions to let me know what to expect as I tweet review the third one, probably tonight.
I'm looking for more dystopia, less love triangle. Thoughts?
I hope that makes sense. Lunchbreak is almost over.