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 ;-)

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