Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Confusion

I read Mockingjay yesterday. (Actually I read two novels yesterday. You can imagine how clean my house is.) And yeah, brilliant, devastating, whatever you want to say about it, blah blah blah.

My real problem is this: Did it bother anyone else when Katniss got the owl with the letter informing her she'd been accepted to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and Extremely Good Archers? I mean, Snape killing Peeta, yeah, I guess I can see that fitting in, and even the fact that Katniss is a horcrux for President Snow, but when she joins the Quidditch team to defeat evil house-elf mutts on Nimbus 2000s, that was just TOO much. Besides which, Katniss isn't even British, so that's a HUGE plot hole--no way would she go to Hogwarts!

Anyway. I did enjoy the subplots about President Snow actually being Katniss's father, having survived the mine blast by becoming a mutant spider-robot, and Zombie Peeta still managing to restrain himself from eating Katniss's brains was soooooooo romantic! However, Gale discovering the Force was another sticky point for me. I did like it when he sacrificed himself to destroy the One Ring, though.

Overall I think it was a satisfying ending, although the first two books seriously lacked the storytelling foundation to support such wild twists. Only fake spoilers in the comments, please.

35 comments:

Tere Kirkland said...

I especially liked when Katniss and Prim rode Aslan all the way to the Capitol and, with the help of their army of centaurs and reprogrammed mutts, defeated President Snow and all of Panem celebrated Christmas.

Kiersten White said...

YES! I totally cried when Santa Claus gave everybody weapons!

Tara Hudson said...

Or the moment when Haymitch told Katniss she had the power to go home to District 12 if she just clicked her ruby slippers together? Tear-jerking.

Aubrey said...

I am laughing hysterically.

It was far fetched when the tornado came and dropped a house on top of Effie Trinket and Katniss stole her shoes to follow the yellow brick road back to the Capitol.

K. Marie Criddle said...

The whole graphic novel part kinda weirded me out. I mean, Finnick having to fight Katniss's seven evil exes? Odd. Also, it was obvious that Bruce Willis was dead the whole time. Try again, Collins!

Bahnree said...

*like*
*liiiiiike*
I haven't read Mockingjay yet, but all these fakespoilers are making me even MORE excited! :D *waits for copy to arrive*

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Skimming skimming - havent received my book yet so I do not want to read any thing that even breaths a hint to me. :D I wanted to stop by and let you know that I set up a linky today for people to link any Mockingjay related posts so please feel free to do so if you would like :D

Natalie Whipple said...

At least now I'll be laughing through the whole book when I get to reading it:)

Please tell me Haymitch is actually Wolverine and goes on a rampage at some point.

Michelle Wolfson said...

I always said Gale was a girl's name. I'm glad Collins finally got with the program and revealed that Katniss and Gale were really sisters.

Kiersten White said...

Natalie--Haymitch actually drinks that much in an effort to suppress his mutant powers! Although his claws are not adamantium, but rather plain old titanium. Poor Haymitch.

Michelle--QMG, I KNOW! And then when they braided each other's hair to bond, but then started fighting over borrowing each other's clothes--brilliant!

Marie--Oh, for sure. And what was up with District 12 actually being in a forest in the middle of the modern, normal world?? LAME.

Aubrey and Tara--And how the Capital was redone so all of the buildings were green? Yeah, subtle one.

Bethany Elizabeth said...

I'm in love with this post and following comments, and I haven't even read the trilogy. (Don't worry, I will soon!) :D

Kiersten White said...

Although I will admit probably my least favorite part was when Johanna put on a black leather catsuit and told Katniss to follow the white rabbit. Evil robot overlords controlling a virtual reality has so been done.

However--Peeta breaking into Katniss's dreams to try and plant an idea there that for the love of all that is holy she should just pick him already? BRILLIANT. Especially the scene where Collins described everything as moving super slow motion as the hovercraft slowly fell off the bridge into the water. And Peeta fighting in zero-gravity? HAWT.

Lyla said...

Ohh my goodness. Laughing so hard that I can't think of a really creative thing to add... so please excuse a little kissing up, but what was with Katniss using the pink taser on President Snow?

Kiersten White said...

Lyla--I ABOUT DIED WHEN KATNISS GAVE UP HER BOW AND ARROW FOR A SPARKLY PINK TASER. I so did it first! Argh...

Lyla said...

Well, you know, the centaurs took the bow when Katniss called them half-breeds, so I guess Collins wrote herself into a bit of a corner...

Madeleine said...

I'll admit I was a little bummed when Peeta was eaten by the Kraken. I mean, really - Captain Haymitch wouldn't have let that happen - even if Gale was holding his heart in a box and threatening to put a knife through it if he saved Peeta. Sheesh.

Plus, even Krakens would through up zombies.

Katrina L. Lantz said...

LOL! Just ordered the trilogy (I know, I know, what cave have I been hiding in) and am LOVING the fake spoilers on the web today. I much prefer them to real spoilers.

Also, I really hope there is SOME fighting in zero-gravity in the actual books. Will be disappointed now if there's not.

Melissa said...

I enjoyed the series overall, but when Katniss was forced to wear a Scarlett letter A on her clothes after giving birth to Haymitch's illegitimate child and then Peeta imprinted on the baby girl (named Cinnaeffie) I thought it crossed a line.

Nikki said...

OMG, I'm laughing so hard - but Melissa and the imprinting and the name ... oh my gosh, I about spit soda all over my laptop!

Kiersten White said...

Melissa, I totally agree. The imprinting was a little ooky. Although leave it to Cinna to design an embroidered "A" that doubles as a razor-sharp decapitator!

Marsha Sigman said...

I am so confused right now.

Jennie said...

I think the real kicker was that Rosebud wasn't President Snow's sled, but rather rather Prim's real name. Who knew she was really a Capitol robot spy?

And then man, that thing with the unicorns? CRAZY.

Lisa Gail Green said...

It was AMAZING, no? I was confused about that part where Peeta steps into the sun and starts sparkling though.. and then Gale imprints on Prim? Oh well.

Magan said...

So I thought this was a real spoiler at first and got really mad and then I realized it wasn't.

Except I heard that there was something about one of the careers being named Snooki and Katniss uses some vampire named Edward's sparkly skin to blind and melt her...

Just telling you what I heard.

SM Johnston said...

I don't know why people didn't get who Katniss would end up with. It was so obvious from book 1. That love-hate relatioship, the fake fighting and spats. It carried on right through to the last book. She was always going to end up with Buttercup!

Belle said...

Gosh I just finished the book and NO WAY I could have predicted the ending. Katniss becoming the godess of hunting. And then she finds out President snow actuly imprinted on her! I mean he was so mad he alternated from sending roses to trying to kill her in book 2!!!!

Nancy said...

I thought Peeta telling Katniss at the end, "Frankly my dear, I don't give a...." was a bit trite.

Escribladora said...

I thought the beginning was a bit dry... I mean, "A record of the geneology of Katniss Everdeen of District 12:
Gerald begat Ichabod, and Ichabod begat Franklin, and Franklin begat Bob..."
Seriously. WHERE WAS THE EDITOR??!
Other than that, though, I loved the book.

Emma Kate "Coops" @ Whats Cracking Coops said...

AHAHAHAHA, this is genius! :)

Vicki Rocho said...

hahahaha.

My friend once warned me NOT to tell her the ending of a book. But she kept pestering me, so I made something up. She went back to read it a 2nd time because she thought she missed it the first time.

Claire Dawn said...

Is it bad that that all makes sense to me? lol!

And what's up with Finnick and the hippogriff? I mean, anyone could see that coming from a mile. Finnick O'Dair bows to no man- er, you know what I mean. It's a pity the pack didn't leave La Push in time though.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I haven't finished yet. Our pre-ordered copy didn't come from Scholastic so we bought it yesterday. I have to be nice and share it with my daughter.

Valerie Kemp said...

I seriously almost cried when my eyes skimmed this post as it was loading and I thought you spoiled me! Thank God I forced myself to read it all the way through.

I'm only about halfway through, but so far I'm having a really hard time with the whole alien invasion thing. I mean, seriously, Haymitch is from Mars? And he's there to find out why Twinkies never go bad? I just don't get why they have to start vaporizing everything. (And also why aren't the martians green?) I mean, I didn't even know they had Twinkies in Panem. But, whatever. It's still awesome!

Jemi Fraser said...

I haven't read it yet - gotta get a copy! :)

Riv Re said...

I nearly cried when Katniss's father came back as a zombie and Katniss had to shoot him with her sparkly pink taser.
But I was more freaked out when Prim turned out to be a gremlin.
But my only thought was "OMG NO WAY" when Mrs. Everdeen revealed herself to be Professor McGonagall.