I’m trying to be very, very patient for NaNoWriMo to start. I’ve been cleaning — you would not believe how many things were expired in my bathroom — and cooking new things to keep me distracted. Also, I’ve started in on the second Hunger Games book. The girly part of me is very curious about the romance aspect of it, but the other part wants to know what’s going to happen next in the land of Panem. I swear, if it’s only about who’s going to be Katniss’ boyfriend, I’m going to be ticked off.
Now, a friend of mine who has already finished all of the books told me the other day that she didn’t like Katniss, that she saw her as too cold-hearted and indifferent. I have to admit that I was a little surprised at this. I’d only read the first book, but I hadn’t really pictured Katniss as such. My friend told me to tell her if I saw anything as I was reading that said otherwise, and so I agreed.
So, I thought about it a little and as I was reading last night I had a few thoughts, the first being that my friend might be believing everything that Katniss says. What does that mean? It means that these books are in first person and therefore the narrator cannot be reliable. The parts that I had been considering to be moments of self-denial and self-editing on Katniss’ part, my friend might have taken at face value. There are moments when she describes how she honestly feels, but her character isn’t the type to fully understand or want to fully understand her own feelings. Her character has many faults, but being cold-hearted is not one of them.
And that’s it for my character analysis. If I say anymore, I might start writing in circles. For those who have read the books, what do you think? For those who hate the books, please make your way to the nearest exit. I admit that it’s not my usual read, but it’s a whole lot better than Twilight. Sorry if I offended any Twilight fans.
Eat. Sleep. Read. Write.