FIRST: Today was the last day of our 4th Bimonthly exams and I am happy to say I perfected my Oral exams. 😀 Which is not an easy feat, so yeay me. My questions were about tracing the Corticobulbar Tract and the glands and components of Semen. Not bad actually. I think I rather enjoyed the last orals the most because they’re the ones I prepared for the most. Although I did try recording myself reading the answers to the 22 topics given to us, and listening to them over and over again, it was difficult to know what to expect, so I am rather pleased with my streak of perfect Oral exams from the 1st Bimonthly all the way to the last.
Anyway, over the past few days, I have been going through THG (The Hunger Games) trilogy and I finished the series in between the breaks I took from studying, which were very short. (yes, I am a very fast reader) Initially, I was never intrigued about the series, because I felt it was in a totally different genre from what I usually read, and I have also learned NOT to trust other people’s judgement when it comes to 3 things: food, movies and books.
The very first person to introduce The Hunger Games to me was my best friend, Aizel. She told me about it during the peak of the Twilight craze and I brushed her off by insisting it was a “vampire love story” because I assumed it had something to do with hungry vampires who fall in love with mortals or something like that. I only recently remembered her telling me about it a few years ago when she read the e-book version which was surfacing the internet prior to publication. She sent me a link to the site where she read the book and promised I’d check it out because she swore it was “REALLY NICE”. I assured her I would. I lied.
It’s 2012 and I find that I probably should have read it when she told me to because I would have saved myself the time and disappointment. YES. I DO NOT LIKE THE HUNGER GAMES. When I started reading the book, I tried to be optimistic. I tried not to compare it with anything else I have ever read and I tried to give Suzanne Collins a chance. Operative word being TRIED.
I felt that the plot was interesting. No, wait. More than interesting. I was fascinated by the idea of “The Capitol” and the 13 Districts that were under the power of the Capitol. I mean, in my mind, the idea in itself was blown out into epic proportions of innumerable opportunities. The various avenues the author could have taken and the development of the plot and the characters were endless. Instead, what I read was something shallow and less than mediocre. It annoyed me that the concept was seductive. The concept of an evil and oppressive government is not new. It is something that happens in real life. What I enjoyed “imagining” were the 13 Districts and the turmoil that went on in every district seeing as they were hinged on the support of the Capitol. Like I said, the concept, the plot is very seductive. You get so caught up in the idea you lose sight of the failure of the author to do justice to her brainchild. You fail to notice the faltering vision she produced with her work. I felt like I wasted 4 hours reading all those books only to have in my hands, a LOVE STORY. It was disappointing. But it wasn’t like I was expecting much in the first place.
I was waiting for the climax the whole time, and it never came. I was hoping for a better description of her time IN the game, during the game, a description of the fights and I was honestly hoping she’d do more than kiss Peeta over and over again. I felt like there should have been MORE ACTION.
And the end to the trilogy?! MY GOSH, IT WASN’T SOOOO BAAD! IT WAS ANTI-CLIMATIC AND A POOR EXCUSE FOR AN ENDING. D:
I have very high standards when it comes to books and this, obviously, did not make the cut. I stand by what I said to my cousin which was “You can’t judge people who like The HUNGER Games, because they have nothing to compare it with. It’s like twilight”
THE BOOKS ARE SHALLOW AND PRETENTIOUS AND THEY SUCKED.
There, I said it. They sucked. They sucked like a llama eating banana pie with a monkey watching while it pooped on the universe. HAHA. (THG fans, I’m sorry. I hated the books. :D)
I honestly feel that Darren Shan, author of Cirque Du Freak and the Demonata series, would have done a better job. His descriptions of the fights would have been flawless, as well as the gore, blood and violence. Each death would feel like an act of reverence, an offering. Of course, Darren Shan sucks at endings. He has great visions, great concepts, but he has no idea how to end a series and it just goes on and on until he gives a typically anti-climatic end. But I honestly think, he would have done justice to THG had he done the trilogy. I mean, if he wrote the battle scenes in THG the way he did in the first few books of The Demonata, it would have been amazing. 😀
So today, I watched the movie with my aunt and my cousin and it was OK. It was better than the book, fast paced and enjoyable. I enjoyed the movie over the book. The only other time this has happened to me was for LOTR and this is nothing like LOTR. Obviously. but it was fun.
I honestly feel Alexander Ludwig, the actor for the character of Cato, would have been a better Peeta than Josh Hutcherson. Whenever I saw Peeta, all I could think of was that he was the mean brother in Zathura and how ugly his jaw is. 😀 Jennifer Lawrence was beautiful all throughout the film and I especially loved her during the presentation of tributes. Beautiful.
My favorite part of the movie was when Rue died and Katniss did that 3 finger salute thing and there was a riot in District 11. I loved that part. It wasn’t in the book, but I really loved it! Everything else was so-so. I thought the last fight against Cato could have been better.
My favorite character is Isabelle Fuhrman, from the movie The Orphan, who played Clove. I think it’s because of amazing she is for the part. She had the right intensity, aggressiveness and brutality to play clove. I also really like the way she smiled.
I will probably watch Catching Fire because I want to see the rest of the past winners. 😀 like Finnick Odair.
Anyway, it was a good day today. I was glad to be able to take a break before I start studying for finals which is from cover to cover. That’s 7 books.
Our first exam is on Thursday and it’s Biochemistry. Friday is Histology and Neuroanatomy. Monday is Physiology and the last day of school, April3, we have Anatomy.
I am preparing myself for The Harper Games.
May the odds be ever in my favor. Happy Harper Games. 😀