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My Thoughts After Rereading ‘The Hunger Games’ Trilogy | Do I Still Like Them?

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Hi Readers!

Back in 2008 a book inspired thousands of teenagers to pick up a book and read. For me personally I read The Hunger Games for the first time in 2012. It was the year the movie was released but if I’m honest the only reason I was interested in it was because Taylor Swift was on the soundtrack!

Little did I know this would be the series that would help me find blogging and booktube and definitely sparked a whole new passion for reading.

Needless to say this is a very special series to a lot of us and I know I’m not the only one anticipating the release of the prequel next week. To prepare for it I just had to reread the trilogy, right? I was so scared going into them that they wouldn’t live up to my memory of it. But they did that, and more.

Rereading The Hunger Games trilogy only reaffirmed in my mind that it is the best YA Dystopia series of all time. It’s both tense and romantic. The symbolic Mockingjay which sparked the flames of a revolution is genius and I enjoyed every single page. Even the slightly more criticised final book.

I fell in love with all of the characters all over again. The twists and turns still kept me gripped even though I knew what was going to happen. It also made me appreciate how well the films are done. This whole franchise is a gift to entertainment.

Here are some random thoughts I had on each of the books whilst rereading them (SPOILERS!)

The Hunger Games ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

  • Katniss is so suspicious of Peeta it made me suspicious of him and made me not trust him either, even though I’m pretty sure he loves her from the beginning. I’d LOVE these books from his POV.
  • When they start bigging each other up to Haymitch. It’s so cute!
  • I love Peeta’s story of how he’s noticed and admired Katniss since their first day of school. He remembers how she had her hair and what she sang and it just doesn’t click with Katniss that what he’s saying is true.
  • Katniss plays up a lot more to the cameras in the arena than I remember. She literally tilts her head so they can get a good shot of her.
  • The movies did amazing at making the action more continuous. This book is quite stop and start which is why it’s 4 stars, not 5.

Catching Fire ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

  • Them writing the book whilst Katniss is bed bound.
  • How they comfort each other at night during the victory tour.
  • Peeta giving her the pearl.
  • Peeta rubbing Katniss’s back whilst she’s trying to work out what the spile is.
  • Their last picnic. OMG I love them!
  • Kind of wish Gale’s and Katniss’s relationship was platonic on both sides. I know she says they probably would have married if it hadn’t been for the games but she didn’t seem too thrilled about the idea.
  • When Peeta almost dies and Katniss is panicking.
  • I think I know why I love this book so much. It’s pure Everlark gold.
  • I love it when they’re meeting all the other victors. They’re nuts but I love them.

Mockingjay ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

  • I hate how responsible Katniss feels for District 12 being destroyed. Anyone else just want to give her a big hug?
  • District 13 is a lot more vicious than I remember. I completely forgot what they did to Katniss’s prep team.
  • Coin’s character is so well written. So quietly evil. So manipulative and controlling.
  • It’s actually heartbreaking what happens to Peeta.
  • Finnick’s wedding!
  • Finnick 😦
  • Prim learning to be a doctor!
  • Prim 😦
  • Gale really shows his true colours in his book. His District 2 plan was pure evil.
  • I definitely don’t think this book deserves all the hate it gets. I think it’s a great finale. 

We are now just one week away from the prequel, ‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,’ being released and I’m both excited and nervous at the same time. I’m going to try and stay positive about it. But could it ever possibly be as good as this trilogy? I guess we’ll find out.

Are you looking forward to the release of the prequel? Have you been rereading The Hunger Games to prepare for it?

Thank For Reading
Jess X


5 thoughts on “My Thoughts After Rereading ‘The Hunger Games’ Trilogy | Do I Still Like Them?

  1. I think you are really brave – rereading a series that has played such a major part in your personal journey as a reder and a blogger. I, too, absolutely loved the books when I first read them and that’s why I won’t be rereading them. I don’t want to take the shine off those golden memories:))

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  2. I was so nervous you wouldn’t like these on a reread (why am I so worried about people disliking books I love?!) but so glad to see they’ve held up for you! Loved this review, can’t wait for Ballads!!

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