I first read the books a couple years ago. My friend, Beka, lent me her Kindle to read them. So I fell in love with two things. ;-)
The premise is odd. I wasn't sure about them when I first heard about the plot line and even as I began reading. A contest where teens are put into an arena to kill each other off....yeah. Totally screwed up. I know. But Collins creates this world where it fits. Her characters are wonderful. The storyline is gripping.
I recently reread the series, and it had me sucked it worse than the first time. I think it took me about 2 1/2 days to get through all three books. Of course, nothing else got done. ;-) It made me understand why my 11 year old daughter has read the series 8 times through already. It is just good storytelling.
Now it is a bit violent, like a PG-13 violent. There is a love story too, for people like me that are suckers for that kind of thing. If you do decide to pick up the first book, give it some time. They aren't terribly long books (300-400 pages). Just keep going and I promise, you'll have to keep reading.
I could go on and on about some of the characters, but I don't want to spoil it for any one who hasn't read them. They have made the first book into a movie. I hope it doesn't disappoint. The trailer looks promising though. Here are the two official trailers. I can't wait for the March 23rd midnight premier!!! :)
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PS - Sorry about my scarce blogging. I just haven't been feeling it or had much time. ;)