Wednesday, February 29, 2012

THGReadAThon Part I “The Tributes”

When I signed up for this read-a-thon my main plan was to buy the actual book, seeing as how I have a Nook you would think I'd have done that by now. But no. Not really sure why I haven't, but here I am listening to the audiobook once again. I knew this while listening to it the first time around, but I really think I'd enjoy it more if I was actually reading it and it wasn't someone's voice I was hearing. 
So far I've come to the conclusion that I originally gave The Hunger Games 4 stars because it has:
1) Too many flashbacks
2) Too much talk about food (although I do get it)
3) Just too much talking in general

 I'm also starting to think that I'm going Team Gale.

1. Imagine one day waking up and finding yourself in Panem. What district would you be in and why? 

I think I would be in District 11: Agriculture. Not sure why, I think I would fit in with the plants.

    2. The Reaping Day was one of the dreaded days by District 12. If you were picked that day as one of the tributes, what would be your initial reaction?

    Um...This isn't happening. She didn't say my name! (which by the way would be Bethmet J. Skipiris).
    I think I'd be one of the heartless few, in a public scene like that I'd usually try to hide any emotion. Then break down when no one was looking.

    3. You are a tribute and your mentor is planning the best strategy for you to win. What do you think will be your best selling attribute and/or skill?

    Mind games! And thinking back to all those flag football games I was forced to play where I was always discovered as being the weakest link, clearly lulling everyone into a false sense of security. My reflexes are pretty good and so is my aim... at times.
    I'd love to say I'm awesome with a bow and arrow but sadly I've never gotten to use one, totally on my list though. Also on my list was fencing... it was like my younger self was trying to prepare me if I ever did get sent to the games.

    4. You were not picked but your sister/father/mother was, would you sacrifice yourself for them a la Katniss or would you keep your ground a la Peeta’s brothers?

    No, they're the reasons I never learned archery or fencing!
    I can't say I would, I know a lot of people would probably say yes they would but really thinking about being in the situation I can't see myself doing it.

    5. Time for the first impression segment. What is the first thing that came into mind when you think of:

    Just a disclaimer, I'm going to try and base my opinion mainly on their actions, since I have the audiobook the tone used has most likely altered my views on them a bit.

      1. Katniss Everdeen: Awesomeness. Also paranoid but I guess I can see why she would be like that. Hey, I act like that sometimes and no one is planning my death.
      2.  Peeta Mellark: Sweetie. And I say that not liking him so much in this one. He's kind of annoying, what's his game? You know other than "stay alive".*
      3. Gale Hawthorne: Security.
      4. Cinna: Lenny Kravitz. I'm pretty sure I liked him when I first read the book, but I can't come up with much now.
      5. Haymitch Abernathy: Stereotype drunk. At least until he punched Peeta, I tend to lean towards jerky characters like him, you know you can usually count on them at the end.
      6. Effie Trinket: Annoying. With her I can't tell if she genuinely is that annoying or if it's just the tone Carolyn McCormick used for her. Ignoring the tone, I'd say naive.
      7. Primrose Everdeen: PASS
      8. Caesar Flickerman: Scary. You know that guy following you around the store?
      9. Rue: I'd fight for her.

    6. Look up. Who is the character that leaps out to you the most?  Why?

     Well having already read the trilogy once and knowing the outcome, everyone is standing out now because I can't help but wonder what their plans are. 

    7. Do you think Peeta ever thought of winning The Hunger Games even if it means killing Katniss in the process? Why or why not?

    Sure he probably thought of winning, but killing Katniss I'm not so sure. Maybe if she tried killing him first then yeah of course.
    I can probably write a whole post for this question and get in a heated debate about it.

    8. (Refer to p. 40)  Fill in the blanks: The Peacekeepers are back too soon and Gale asks for more time, but they’re taking him away and I start to panic. “Don’t let them starve!” I cry out, clinging to his hand.

    “I won’t! You know I won’t! Katniss, remember I ______” he say, and they yank us apart and slam the door and I’ll never know what it was he wanted me to remember.

    Alright so we all want to say "love you", but why does he say "remember"? "Remember I love you"? Maybe. I'll admit that's what came to mind when I got to that part, but now that I've over-thought it, I want to say it was in the realm of affection just something else.

    9. Most memorable/favorite scene in Part I “The Tribute”?

    The reaping when they call Prim's name. And when Peeta gives her the bread, coincidentally I was eating a piece of bread at the time. I didn't do it on purpose I actually laughed when I realized I was.

    10. I know it’s too early to say, but if there was something you want to know more about or you would want to be more elaborated, what would it be and why?

    Peeta's game! I'd just like to get in his head. Quick someone tell Suzanne Collins to rewrite it from his point of view!

    *It's those fickle emotions that make me love these books!


    1. Love your answers! Especially the last. I would totally reread the entire series from Peeta's point of view. I know it would be incredibly interesting. Especially all that happened in Mockingjay. Just getting inside his head.. oh man. Yes, she definitely needs to write them in his point of view. Or at least a short story or something!

      1. A short story would be awesome especially for Mockingjay.

    2. That's so funny that you were eating bread during the bread scene! I love that scene. I never really like audiobooks because they can be confusing and drag on.

      1. I originally liked audiobooks for when I am multitasking but I end up having moments when I'm listening and have no idea what happened.

    3. I hadn't thought of the importance of remember--but you are right. He hadn't really ever said that to her before so he can't be reminding her of something. hmmm now I will have to think about my answer again. :)


    4. Mind games! That's very tricky. I think you have a chance to win if ever! :D