27 January 2014


Recently, I have developed a love for reading.

 This love affair started when I decide to read 'The Fault in Our Stars' by John Green, which is an amazing book and a book that made me cry for about an hour non stop.This book made me appreciate literature and about a week after I finished it I thought "I want to read another book". I have literally drilled into my friends how amazing the Fault in Our Stars is and they read the book and loved it as much as I did! I then read Will Grayson, Will Grayson - which is another book written by the writer/wizard that is John Green. I loved Will Grayson, Will Grayson but I was still so attached to the characters in Fault in the Stars. I needed another book asap.

Then.. I discovered The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins! Before reading the book, I had seen the Hunger Games film and the Catching Fire film, which I thought were absolutely fabulous, mainly because of Jennifer Lawrence's portrayal of Katniss (MAJOR GIRL CRUSH ALERT). 

Just look at her!

I had been wanting to read the books for quite a while so I decided that I would put my Christmas money to good use and buy the first book in the trilogy.. 'The Hunger Games'. I went to Waterstones and picked up a copy and instantly knew I had made a good decision.

At New Year, I went to a cottage in Cumbria for a couple of days in a little seaside village called Allonby, which was lovely and quaint but very very very quiet. When I say quiet I mean no 3g (which was a nightmare), only emergency calls and the dreaded - no wifi. This meant that my only form of entertainment during the day was reading or watching TV or going on a walk with my family. I thought this would be a good time to start reading my new book.

So it started, and in a matter of chapters I got to know Katniss Everdeen and her hometown, District 12. I was very surprised because of how different the book was to the film! For example, in the film, Greasy Sae gives Katniss the mocking jay pin whereas in the book the pin is given to Katniss by Madge, the mayor's daughter when she comes to say goodbye to her before they leave for the Capitol. I loved how the story was set in a dystopian era and I thought Suzanne Collins' idea's for the story were very complex and put together; I read in an article on line that she was inspired by the Greek story of the minotaur (which I love!) and I also read that she was watching a documentary about a war and then flipped over to a reality show, and this is where she got the idea for the story. The hunger games is basically based on the concept of a reality show vs a epic bloodbath.

The book follows the story of Katniss, who is faced with the ultimate decision to sacrifice herself for her country's name when her sister, Prim, has her name called in the annual reaping of victors for the Hunger Games. The book is set in a place called Panem, which is basically thought of as modern day North America. Panem is a completely fictional country that is divided up of 13 districts, and each district has a role in Panem's industry. District 12, where Katniss lives, is the district that specialises in Coal Mining.

For those who have not read the book, I will not say anything else to destroy the story but I absolutely loved the book and it was a very thought provoking story. When I finished the Hunger Games, which was after about 2 days, I logged straight onto amazon and ordered Catching Fire and Mockingjay!