KMInfinity
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March 27th, 2012, 12:51 am #11

My students loved it. They are scolding me to see it ASAP so we can talk about it in class. <smile>
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Dax
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April 3rd, 2012, 11:31 pm #12

Just saw the movie. Liked it a lot.

I haven't read the books yet.
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Krystal
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September 17th, 2012, 9:13 pm #13

This was obviously not high on my list and my hsb actually rented it. I liked it more than I thought I would. The young woman was well cast in my opinion. I thought she needed to be strong looking as well and she seemed quite capable.

I tried to read the book, got through about 1/3 and just couldn't get in to it. So, I won't read the rest of them but am curious, does she fight again? What happens n the next 2 books? General overview is fine, and don't worry about spoilers, I am sure I will forget by the time the next movie comes out!

I joked that this must be what happens to the world inf the Republicans take over, the poor choking to death in pollution and working at menial jobs while the few live in 1% style. Actually I found the concept rather dumb that people would be working in mines while there were space ships etc but again if Romney et al have their way, just might be.
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tgir
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September 18th, 2012, 4:17 am #14

OK, but you really should give the books a chance again. A lot is explained in the books that isn't in the film. Probably on the net you can find better summaries than the one I'm about to give.

Lots of spoilers so anybody reading this who doesn't want to be spoiled: stop now.

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You know that Katniss and Peeta win, a dual win and a huge loss for the authority in the Capitol. There is a lot of political fall out, which is told from Katniss's perspective and you have to remember that she's a 16 year old girl, albeit a pretty exceptional one, but she doesn't have years and years of experience and her life before the games was very isolated.

Anyway, all Victors return to live in mansions in their district, further setting them apart. They are also mandated to be the coaches for all tributes from their district. Obviously, Katniss dreads this tremendously. She and Peeta are very distant and Haymitch has descended back into the bottle. That's how book 2 opens

It is announced that the next year's Games will be a special game: a quarter Quell, where the tributes are chosen from surviving victors from all previous games will compete. Meaning: Katniss and Peeta have to go back to the arena. And that competitors are everyone from young people to rather old tributes. Lots of stuff but of course, Katniss and Peeta survive and discover that there is the beginnings of a revolution taking place and that unwittingly, Katniss and her Mockingjay pin have become a symbol for the new revolution. Of course, they join the revolution. And in the meantime, there's been a lot of angst re: Katniss, Peeta and Gale. And Katniss and Peeta must keep up the star crossed lovers thing. Katniss feigns pregnancy, they announce they will get married. In the pre=games publicity, Cinna has designed a gown for Katniss that is supposed to be her wedding gown. Cinna is killed for his rebellious actions; the previous year's gamesmaker has been killed; it is apparent that the president is corrupt, as is the whole government.

Third book: Lots and lots of people killed. they are with the rebel forces. Peeta had been captured and tortured and is no longer trustworthy==they don't know if he's been made into a kind of sleeper agent. Katniss's mother and sister are also with the rebellion and her sister is serving as a medic in training. Her sister is ultimately killed; Katniss is gravely injured and by this point has learned that the leader of the rebellion is also corrupt and untrustworthy. She gives Katniss a chance to assassinate the president who is being held in his own palace (the rebellion is now in charge) but Katniss instead kills the leader of the rebellion who ultimately was the one responsible for her sister's death. Because of this, Katniss is sort of a prisoner of war but is sent home to live in her old district mansion (much of the district is destroyed because of the Capitol's revenge against the rebels, especially Katniss) and Peeta is healed and also goes back, but her mother does not. Slowly, over a long time (we are told about this) Katniss does fall in love with Peeta who is in his right mind. Eventually, she even agrees to have children because there are no more games, the rebellion is over and there is a new, presumably not corrupt govt. and the world is re-building.
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Krystal
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September 18th, 2012, 5:02 am #15

Thanks alot. I guess I should have looked for a synopsis on the interent but that was perfect. I really don't think I can get into the books. I would see the movies if they are made though. Somehow I figured katniss would have to fight again. I can see how young women would admire her strength. We had nothing like that when we were kids.
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September 18th, 2012, 11:35 am #16

I thought the books were wonderful. I haven't seen the movie yet. I see it's out on DVD so maybe I'll watch it soon if I can fit it in with all the new fall TV shows.
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