I try not to ever be one who follows hype.
A prime example: I didn’t see “Titanic” until about 2002, and then was the person who walked into work the next day saying, “Holy shit, did anyone see this movie called ‘Titanic?’ What a masterpiece!'” And so on with things of this nature.
Unless, of course, it has anything to do with “The Avengers” or “Captain America,” then I am among the millions hyping the heck out of anything related to that.
So when I started hearing people talk about and Entertainment Weekly begin to write about the upcoming movie “The Hunger Games,” I didn’t pay any attention to the, again, hype surrounding the film version of Suzanne Collins’ 2008 book.
Until the 12-year-old girl child holed up in her room with nary a peep for most of last Saturday to read the first book. She walked out Sunday morning and could not stop talking about how good it was. Slowly, my resolve began to melt and when she offered to let me borrow it, I was already too intrigued to say no.
So there I was Monday night, curling up at bedtime with a book borrowed from the girl child’s middle school and before I knew it, I blew through the first 60 pages.
After a particularly treacherous deadline day thanks to the fallout from a lovely newly developed food allergy, I came home and crawled into bed at 8 p.m. with “The Hunger Games” in hand.
My heart pounding for Katniss and her survival (clearly, I knew she would win because I did read many of those articles and know there’s two more books, but how how how could I know how harrowing and brilliantly written her ordeal would be?! My galoshes!), I felt like I was right up in those trees with her, in the cave with her and Peeta and every time one of those mutt’s tried to get in the Cornucopia, I jolted back right along with them.
The way Collins grabbed and enthralled me was akin to how I was I read Justin Cronin’s “The Passage,” or my all-time favorite book, “The Historian” by Elizabeth Kostova.
At 1 a.m., just over 24 hours after I first picked it up, I closed “The Hunger Games.” Finished. Amazed. Spent.
And promptly took to my social media pages with, “Hey, did anyone hear of this book …”
I can’t wait to get started on the next two and hope the movie, out March 23, lives up to its – ahem – hype that I am obviously now part of.
What did you think of the book, and what are your hopes for the film?