posted by [identity profile] atreic.livejournal.com at 08:04am on 25/11/2013
I think I'm quite good at suspending disbelief in books, and not just in a 'oh, ponies don't fly' kind of way, but in a 'I am living in the moment, not trying to look ahead and see what the author is doing' kind of a way. (I'm not sure if this is a talent or a weakness. It's one of the reasons I like re-reading things) So maybe I just didn't get this.

But actually (Mockingjay spoilers, obv.) I assumed Mockingjay was YA, and when Katniss dashed off to the capitol to Get Snow, and overcame a series of increasingly ridiculous defences, I thought she was going to Get Snow. I thought the author's decision to have her impulsive plan _not_ have a positive outcome but just to be dangerous and pointless was unexpected. I was also fairly convinced Katniss would end up with Gale, again I think because of the YA tropes of a Firey Passion and a Loyal Best Friend who you kind-of-love with a crush on you (have you read Mortal Instruments? It's good, but _very_ cliched). I completely didn't expect the (IMO very well done) chapters of PTSD Katniss - novels where you can have a strong female lead _and_ show her not being strong are few and far between. And while I was expecting a Strong Ending, I didn't expect them to kill major-spoiler, because the author pretty much has a forcefield of narrative protection around major characters for the first two books. I don't know, maybe that was me being naive, Rue in the first book is clearly very strong forshadowing.

Anyway, I could go on. But I didn't think Mockingjay was a very obvious book. You're obviously cleverer than me ;-)

Reply

From:
Anonymous( )Anonymous This account has disabled anonymous posting.
OpenID( )OpenID You can comment on this post while signed in with an account from many other sites, once you have confirmed your email address. Sign in using OpenID.
User
Account name:
Password:
If you don't have an account you can create one now.
Subject:
HTML doesn't work in the subject.

Message:

 
Notice: This account is set to log the IP addresses of everyone who comments.
Links will be displayed as unclickable URLs to help prevent spam.

May

SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
  1
 
2 3
 
4
 
5
 
6
 
7
 
8
 
9
 
10
 
11
 
12
 
13
 
14
 
15
 
16
 
17
 
18
 
19
 
20
 
21
 
22
 
23
 
24
 
25
 
26
 
27
 
28
 
29
 
30
 
31