So I haven’t posted in a few days. Kind of unusual. Okay, wow, so it’s been more than a few days – it’s been a week. I’ve been doing a lot of writing, though, and a crap ton of rewriting, and I think it’s going well. But I’m still dealing with that book hangover. I just can’t get those books out of my head.
I’ve spent far too much time the last couple days on Tumblr and ogling all the pretty pictures and listening to pi while thinking about The Hunger Games and America and analyzing the series and thinking about how I can’t remember being stuck on a book like this ever and I finally decided something:
I don’t want to forget. And I think these characters, and these books, are going to stay with me for a very long time. I think the reason I can’t let go of them is their relevance to current events (see the article from TIME that I linked to below for one example). I want to remember how important books are in shaping the consciousness of a culture, of shaping the worldview of millions of people, and I want to remember how these books made me feel when I read them for the first time. I want to remember the look on Miss Tadpole’s face when I asked if I could borrow her copies.
And yes, I want to fangirl a little bit. Because, really, how can you not? I mean, this says it all right here:
I hope that someday, my books will make people feel the way these books made me feel, or at least that they’ll make people feel. Strongly. Whether that passion is positive or negative doesn’t really matter, so long as people feel something (although I think one sign of a great work is that it divides people into one camp or the other and both sides vehemently defend their position, and I wouldn’t complain if that were the case with my own scribbles).
Of course, first I have to finish scribbling before my writing makes anyone feel anything (other than overwhelming guilt on my part for not finishing because I’m overly prone to such feelings). So, back to work! Meanwhile, what have you been up to?
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- Book Rec’s: The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (auraborealiswrites.wordpress.com)
- Beyond the Blood: What The Hunger Games Can Teach Tweens (entertainment.time.com)
- Hungover (suddenlytheyalldied.com)