HERE BE DRAGONS (OR PERHAPS TRACKER JACKERS!)
We all love The Hunger Games so damn much that any sort of criticism of it makes us go into kamikaze fan defense mode. This post points out some odd lines people have found in the series that make us tilt our heads and say “Huh?”
Just realize that this is not a serious critique of Suzanne Collins or the Hunger Games in general. This blog exists because this series of one of the best out there. We would never truly knock Suzanne Collins because writing something worth reading is really, really hard (to the 10th power) and she has done so BEAUTIFULLY.
So in the words of Conan O’Brien: BE COOL, MY BABIES!
Every now and then in every piece of literature, you just get an awkward line. The author has the best of intentions, but your brain still has to backpedal. It momentarily breaks you away from the story while you try to figure out who the hell would say that in real life. The Hunger Games trilogy is no exception. For instance:
“Probably the drawers hold any number of nightgowns, but I just strip off my shirt and pants and climb into bed in my underwear.”
Say that first part aloud. “Probably the drawers hold any number of nightgowns”. Do you know anyone that talks like this? It’s awkward central. How about “It’s likely there are plenty of nightgowns in the drawers”?
PK9 put this one up on the Mockingjay.net forum. I never caught this one, but apparently a lot of other people did.
“She comes back with a damp cloth and wipes my face gently then cleans the blood from a broken plate off my hands.”
Damn those blood-infused plates! They always make a huge mess when you break them!
Then there are descriptions that shouldn’t be awkward, but I make them awkward because I’m a bad person:
“The small white bird tinged in pink dives down, buries her claws in my chest, and tries to keep me afloat. ‘No, Katniss! You can’t go!'”
Any normal person would be struggling with the deep emotional trauma caused by an unexpected death and Katniss’ own life/death limbo… yet all I can do is visualize a talking Prim-bird.
I'M ON A BOAT!
But this, above all, is our personal favorite. District Thirteen. Annie and Finnick’s wedding. Peeta’s immaculately frosted cake is brought out. Haymitch tells Katniss that Peeta would like to see her. Her reaction?
“I’m on a frosting sailboat, tossed around by blue-green waves, the deck shifting beneath my feet.”
SHE’S ON A BOAT!
We kid you not. That is EXACTLY what popped into our minds, probably yours too. Don’t deny it!
But if you’re looking to find out which quote from the trilogy wins the grand prize for awkwardness held out over the longest stretch, click that “Read More” button!