Book Reviews,  Fashion,  Pregnancy

Girl on fire

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I finally read The Hunger Games a week ago, and today (inspired by Salazar and her always-amazing book-review outfits) I decided to do a Hunger Games inpsired outfit, and give you a sort-of review. I say “sort-of” because it’s been a week and I really should have written a review the day I finished the book. Or at least the day after.

The first thing I can tell you is that I liked it. It wasn’t as grotesque or brutal as I had imagined (given the premise and all), and the end of the book was a fantastic way to get me wanting to read the second one (which I will be doing later today, probably.)

However…

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There were a few things I didn’t like. First of all… it’s not a memorable book. I bought it a week ago, I finished it in three days, and now that I’m thinking about it I can only vaguely remember the details. When I read a book, I want to remember it! Novels like Neverwhere, or Jane Eyre, or 1984, that leave me wishing for more and flitting through the story in my head again and again, revisiting the emotions and dreams of the characters… that is how I want a book to leave me.

But right now I only remember bits and pieces, and they’re not very consequential. I didn’t feel like revisiting the characters in my head, and despite my interest in reading the next book, I haven’t once thought back to it itching to know more.  5

Second of all, there were quite a few situations with Katniss where her emotional or physical responses were not, in my opinion, realistic or emotionally rational (for a girl, even.) I didn’t understand her reasoning for reacting in certain ways, which I think is less a character flaw and more the fault of the author for not delving into her head quite enough to give me a real sense of why she should react certain ways to certain things. I didn’t understand quite enough the reason for her label of sullenness (aka why she was considered sullen by others, and why she thought this of herself; it wasn’t shown enough for the considerable amount of times the author called her such), nor how she came to certain “logical” conclusions (in her mind) for the actions of others.

She wasn’t portrayed well enough for me to understand or empathise with her actions and thoughts. 6

Thirdly, there were a few sentences and wordings that, to my editorial brain, could have been written so much better. It is one of my pet peeves to read a book and mentally have to edit sentence structure so that it flows better, and the way she wrote was occasionally confusing, and occasionally just didn’t make sense. Yes, it is written from the perspective of Katniss’s mind and therefore is written via her thoughts, but still. Clarity is needed, and good sentence structure is necessary, even when you’re writing in the first person.

That being said, though, I liked it. It is an interesting story, a unique premise (although I think the reasons for The Hunger Games aren’t delved into enough), and all of the characters had interesting quirks. I especially loved the people from Panem. I think Cinna should have had more air time, because he seemed like someone who would have been very interesting to get to know more. And I haven’t read the rest of the books, so perhaps he does get more time. I hope he does.

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(Nerdy, sorry.) My conclusion: I’m glad I bought the book (for a dollar), I think I’ll enjoy reading it again, and I’m eager to read the next two books. Despite its lack of really memorable moments, The Hunger Games was a fun, easy read, and she ended it in a way that it’s impossible not to want to continue. 4

On to the reasoning behind the outfit: I am definitely not a Katniss Everdeen simple-basic-neutral girl, so I went for a bit more of the flamboyant/colorful feel of Panem and her showy outfits there (which, by the way, were very well portrayed and I want them) . This is as good as I could get with the “Girl On Fire” theme. A red dress (fire, obviously), the signature Katniss braid (although I think hers was down her back), a bird pin like the mockingbird pin she wears, and fake leather boots and a belt to hark more towards her huntress side.

I bought this dress last year to wear to my wedding rehearsal, yet I think this is only the second time I’ve worn it on the blog. And now, since it’s stretchy, it’s joined the other dresses in my closet that will work during pregnancy. Until, that is, my belly gets so big it causes the front to rise up too far. It’s already a length that is on the shorter side for me, so I’m not sure how long it will work.89
And of course: bird pin! I think fall is the time when I start wearing brooches more– cold months seem more appropriate for brooches to me– and I thought this bird pin was actually a pretty good twin to the bird on Katniss’s pin. Minus the arrow and the ring, anyway. 1011

These boots have been my sole pair of heeled boots for about two years now, and I love them to death. The heel actually separated from the sole a few months ago, and my hero of a husband figured out how to fix it… but I really need to find a good new pair of boots. These won’t last forever.

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Modcloth Dress
Thrifted belt, boots, and pin

This morning, when I woke up I felt this immense pressure on the right side of my stomach. Well, lo and behold, the baby was pushing so hard against that side that there was at least an inch difference from side to side! I wish I could have taken a picture. It was both precious and hilarious. I can only imagine that when I get bigger, I will always be lopsided.

Today, I am off to make pickles with my mom, out of the Canning For A New Generation book. I’m SO excited! My mother-in-law makes her own pickles, and I feel comfortable now admitting they’re not my favorite (great ON things, but not as good to eat alone) since she admitted she’s not fond of them either. The pickle recipe in Canning For A New Generation sound amazing, though, and I think they’ll turn out fantastic!

Do any of you have fun plans for the weekend? And what about you, have you read The Hunger Games? What did you think?

Also, don’t forget! If you’re a Washington blogger, you need to link up on the Washington Bloggers page. Haha! Or, you know, I hope you do, anyway! Let’s show everyone what a great plethora of Washingtonians there are out there!

I hope you all have an absolutely beautiful Friday!

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