The Book Wasn’t the Author’s Fault

I’ve heard rants against Mockingjay, saying, “It is such a letdown” and, “I hated it”, or “I vowed never to read the Hunger Games again”. I just have to say that I disagree with you completely. Mockingjay was NOT a letdown, it was NOT worthy of your hate, however freely given it may be, and I, personally, know that I will be coming back to Suzanne Collins, just as I did after I almost disowned Gregor the Overlander. There are a few things that I’d like to say in my defense, and in that of Mockingjay and Suzanne Collins, before you completely obliterate me and my blog.

As I read Mockingjay, I was immediately reminded of Queen Coffee Bean’s blogging. It seemed like the same voice telling the story. Of course, there is a huge difference between her bubbly (or highly caffeinated) personality and Catnip’s rather depressed one. But, overall, it seemed the same. (I hope I didn’t offend the Queen.)

At points I noticed where the author interjected with her own thoughts, realizations about where the story was going, and then tied it in with what was happening in the story. It was interesting to discover where Suzanne Collins’s personality poked through, then was smothered by Catnip’s.

There’s a certain important person in this book that the author seemed to make into a beast with no morals, only cruelty. I’ve heard rants against this as well. But, unfortunately, that character wasn’t made into a beast in the last book; he was only described. They hadn’t really gone into much detail about the guy before, but now that the author described him, it seems like she changed him. But she didn’t.

I also noticed that there was someone named Soldier York. It was a woman, but in Gregor the Overlander, I think in the last book, there was a man named York, also a soldier. A little bit funny, I think.

Then about the ending. I just have something to say about that, but it’s going to have a music reference or two:

Suzanne Collins is like Vivaldi. Let me explain. In the Sonata I’m studying on string bass, there is a first ending and a second ending. This kind of double ending is meant so that the musician will repeat the previous phrase after they do the first ending, then finish with the second ending. Now, that isn’t what I’m talking about here. My bass teacher doesn’t do repeats, so he told me to just finish the song with the first ending. The first ending of a piece is NOT supposed to finish the song– it’s supposed to lead into the repeated section. But nevertheless, he told me to finish with the first ending, just because it sounded better. Now, the first ending did sound better, but the second ending finished the song. Which would you rather have? Obviously, my teacher wanted the better sounding ending to finish the song, even though it sort of left the audience hanging. An author has two choices when he/she writes a book. He/she can do a first ending, which might seem good, but leads into the sequel. Or the author can do the second ending, which ends the book. In the first two books, Suzanne Collins did the first ending to lead into the next books. And no one can deny that they were the right endings, because everyone was waiting for the next book after they read those endings. But now, with the final book in the trilogy, Suzanne Collins cannot possibly go with the first ending, because it doesn’t end the story. She must go with the second ending, which might not sound quite as good, but does end the story. And I think she made the right choice. What would you rather have had, let me ask you? A happy ending? It is a happy ending! You just aren’t happy with it! There were only a few times that Katniss was actually happy in all three of the books, and the biggest one was at the end. Don’t tell me it wasn’t a happy ending. Of course, it was bittersweet, but everyone expected that. But if you look back at the books, Katniss has had a life of destruction and despair. It’s depressing, and she is depressed through the whole trilogy. But she’s happy at the end. She sees hope. And what could the author really have done about getting a happier ending? Nothing, that’s what. The story was leading into that direction from the start of the series.

I hope you see my view of this book by now. I don’t think it was the author’s fault, the way almost all fans hate it– it’s the fans fault for not seeing the forest for the trees. They each had different opinions, and not each of them could be satisfied– almost none were satisfied! But that isn’t the author’s fault. I’d like to read your reviews of Mockingjay as well, so please comment if you have something short to say, and blog about it if you have something longer (but tell me where it’s going to be posted; I’d like to read it). What do you think of the book?

Oh, and I got Inheritance yesterday.

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  1. Dear, you didn’t offend me at all. ❤
    What I did want to say, though, is that I haven't read Mockingjay yet. I read the first Hunger Games book; and I didn't identify well with the character. I though she was a depressed, whiny, inconsiderate person. But I kept reading about her, because I loved to hate her.
    I think I should read Mockingjay. So that I can give you an accurate opinion. ❤

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    • Well, I hope I didn’t spoil it for you…

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      • Nah. If I *really* want to read a book, I’ll be able to finish it whether or not I know the ending beforehand. It’s fine<3

      • And I don’t think I gave anything away. I hope not. I think you should read the books, though.

      • Nah, not much was given away…
        And I’ll add it to the list of other books that I should read but haven’t yet. Starting with the entire Eragon series. >.<

      • Read Eragon. Get past the part that’s covered by the movie and immerse yourself in it. Don’t imagine the movie as you read, just follow his descriptions and imagine it yourself. The Ra’zac aren’t maggoty zombies. Just saying.

  2. hithere298

     /  February 18, 2012

    Great review, I agree completely. Sorry it took so long, I was really busy and completely forgot about this. I’d love to hear your thoughts about Inheritance, since I’ve never actually read the last book except for a couple of pages before the book’s actual owner yelled at me.

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  3. Another blue question mark!

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