Since there are only like three other people in the world who still need to finish Mockingjay, it’s not really a spoiler to say…Peeta? Really? That was a surprise. I was totally expecting it to be Gale. It was always Gale. Well, I guess it was Peeta before Gale, giving Katniss the bread, saving her life. And I get the whole thing about balance. The ending just wasn’t what I was expecting. Of course I liked the book along with Catching Fire. But there was nothing like the rush of reading The Hunger Games. What an amazing ride that first book was. It’s sad to see it all end (yes, there were tears while I was reading those last few pages).

There kind of has to be a movie now, right? I can’t even imagine how stellar everything will look. Even though the story is so wild, Suzanne Collins managed to make it feel incredibly real. So I don’t think the movie will annoy us with any of those unrealistic things that bother me in other movies and shows. Like when people put their shoes up on their bed. Who puts their shoes on their pillow? Or even on their couch? Maybe it’s just me, but I always take my shoes off before I get on my bed. Or like with beverages. Characters are always pouring full glasses of juice and then taking one sip and leaving. Or they’ll go out to eat and get a soda and right away they’re drinking it through a straw with that no-more-drink-left-loud-sucking-straw sound. Dude, it’s a full cup of soda. Why the sound effect? And don’t even get me started on the scenes where kids are in class and the bell rings and the teacher is yelling the homework assignment after them. No one can even hear what the teacher is saying, much less writing it down. And then everyone hands in their homework the next day? I don’t think so.

You could argue that 24 has some unrealistic aspects to it. Like how Jack Bauer never eats or takes a bathroom break. Even though the concept is kind of out there, 24 still feels believable to me. I was addicted to that show right from the start. My friend Jim kept saying that I needed to watch it. That was back before Netflix. It was so frustrating to go into Blockbuster looking for the next disc and them being like, "Yeah…that one’s checked out?" Because, as anyone who’s into 24 knows, you HAVE to find out what happens next right away or you’ll go crazy. Jim and I used to run around pretending to be Jack and Tony. I was Jack, of course. We still talk in 24 Speak.

Like the other day. We were going for a walk along the river and Jim was whipping out his iPhone and going, "Secure the perimeter!" And I was whipping out my shiny new iPod touch all like, "Drop your weapons!" And then, I’m not even kidding you, Jim starts yelling, "Michelle from 24! Michelle from 24!" Because the actress who played Michelle Dessler was running right by us! So then we’re running after her and Jim keeps going, "Michelle from 24!" But after a few seconds, I wondered what we were doing. I mean, it totally felt like an ep of 24, but it was actually real life and she was just trying to go for a run. So we stopped and watch her go. I do think it’s interesting that Jack Bauer and Michelle Dessler live in the same neighborhood in real life. It’s my neighborhood, too, so there are always chances for fun surprises like that. Which is a big part of why I live here. You never know what’s just around the corner.

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20 thoughts on “surprises

  1. Oh man, that actress must have thought you were psycho!
    OK, what I always hate is that no one ever says “bye” when they hang up the phone on TV. They just hang up. Rude much?
    Someone once complained that people on TV never have to use the bathroom… but they broke that on the O.C. Summer ALWAYS had to go pee!
    I agree that the first Hunger Games was very, very amazing. What a rush. There is a movie in the works. From what I understand, the script is being shopped around to different actors, etc. Just rumors, though. I don’t know anything for sure.

    • Yes, that is so true about phone calls! Everyone just goes “okay” or “yeah” before they hang up. The list goes on and on, really.
      I would like to think that Jim and I were far enough behind Reiko that she didn’t hear us. We couldn’t help it!
      Wow, I can’t wait to find out which actors get picked for The Hunger Games. Please let me know if you hear anything.

      • They are supposed to start production in 2011 on the movie, with it releasing in 2012.
        I *really* want Hugh Laurie to play Haymitch but other than that, I have no opinions. heh.
        On TV pet peeves: Cheerleaders are always practicing routines on the front lawn in the morning. WTF?
        i also have a fascination with watching actors sip what is clearly an empty coffee cup.

  2. I too thought it should be Gale. Never should have been Peeta. I get the ‘balance’ thing too, but…I was not happy with the ending. I hate that I’m not happy with it, but I’m just really not, even now months after release. Much sadness. I thought almost all of it was really good, and there were lots of tears, but the ending was the failing point for me. Not because she choose wrong, but the way it happened and the epilogue…I could have really done without that. *sigh* Glad I’m not alone in thinking it should have been Gale though!!

    • Totally Gale. I did not like how he ended up having some fancy job in 2 while Katniss had to mentally rebuild in 12. Gale should have been part of that rebuilding process – he’s a huge part of her past. I get that Katniss wanted to stay close to her original home (and it sounded like she was forced back to 12), but she is essentially living on a graveyard and that seems really cold. The ending just felt empty to me when I really needed it to be warm. But hey, at least Buttercup found his way back ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Yes exactly! The Buttercup bit is what made me cry hardest. But aside from that, was left cold and empty like you say. I am still totally gutted it wasn’t Gale. For me, he was the only choice.

  3. I cried at the end of Mockingjay too! I think it was mostly because Gale just disappeared from Katniss’ life. There’s nothing more tragic than losing someone who has been such an important part of your life.

    • Yeah, it’s sad. I always think about what happens to the characters after the book ends. Like, will Katniss and Gale ever see each other again? They have to! So I try to imagine their reunion and it helps me feel less empty about the ending.

  4. You wanted it to be Gale! Of course you did–you’re that awesome. I don’t know anyone else who was rooting for Gale!
    I was pretty prepared for it to be Peeta, but what really frustrated me was that Katniss didn’t choose. Gale just left the picture. I think the love triangle was always meant to be secondary to the, you know, civil war and rebellion, but I would have liked a little more. They all deserved a decision, at least, a conversation, a goodbye.
    And I totally agree: the first book was magical.

    • How could no one else have wanted Gale? OF COURSE GALE!
      You’re right – there def needed to be some kind of scene with the three of them parting ways, Katniss making a choice, closure. I don’t have to tell you how much I enjoy a good lovers’ triangle. I waited through all three books for the big scene where the three of them finally resolve that tension (or don’t resolve it – but at least let us see it!), only to discover that it will never happen ๐Ÿ˜ก

  5. Okay, I don’t know of it’s because I JUST read The Hunger Games like, literally 15 minutes ago, but I’m kind of glad to hear Peeta is eventually picked. I definitely can’t wait to read the rest of the series though! Who knows, maybe I’ll change my mind. But, on another note, I soooo get what everyone was talking about. Hunger Games was such a rush to read! How miserable that would be. I so would not survive!
    And ohh I know what you mean with movies and shows! I love scrubs but I could always tell their coffee cups were empty and the stunt doubles were obvious too. Oh, well. Gotta love it anyway!

    • Oh no, I ruined your reading experience with a big fat spoiler! I was so late to the The Hunger Games party that I just assumed everyone had finished Mockingjay like three seconds after it came out. I’ll make sure to issue major spoiler alerts from now on.

      • Oh, don’t worry! I promise you didn’t ruin anything! I had already heard stuff about the books before I started reading, so you didn’t say anything I hadn’t heard before.


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