I really meant to like it--I was excited to love it--but I just couldn't. Within the first page, all I cared about was who she ends up with.
(I am such a Peeta fan, it's unreal.)By the end of the first part, I just hated her. Incessant whining, constant complaining, self-important plotting. Ugh. It was awful, actually.
(That almost sounded british.
I think it was the combination of ugh/awful.)
I think I have always disliked Katniss, not only for her silly name, but her determination to be uninspiring. She has a flair for dramatics and a knack for disobeying orders, constantly questioning and having a forever lack of faith in people. Then there is the tired cliche of love triangles, hers even more determinedly cliche because of the players--Strong, fiery, handsome Gale versus the quiet, sweet, charming Peeta.
You have to have opposites, it seems, because
when it comes to a love triangle,
the girl never seems to have a general "type."
Or, really, any sort of decisive characteristic whatsoever.
It's forever a nauseating back-and-forth:
the friend, or the lover?
the rescuer or the defender?
the expected or the unexpected?
And it is like a law
that the girl has to be annoying
and obviously unworthy of attention from either man.
I was actually so mad that I didn't like the book. I loved the first one, even with her simpering nature. The second one was predictable and a bit lacking, but I thought the third--the final--could pull it all together. But I found myself rewriting it as I read.
Here's what I would have wanted to happen:
Katniss should be determined to have Peeta back,
she should hatch some sort of ridiculous plan to rescue him.
And when she gets there to save him--
he tries to turn her in, he says she's wrong,
he says he's one of them.
So she hates him
and Gale rescues her and she almost kills Peeta.
Except she can't.
The next part is all about destroying the government,
turning the districts on the capital,
make the president go mad.
Then it's full-out war.
Her mother should die, her sister should die,
she should kiss Gale while wishing Peeta was back.
she should be caught, brought to face the president
and Peeta should come in the room like a faithful servant.
She should be crying,
insisting the country could be saved,
that the games were wrong--even the problem.
And the president should say something about how he turned Peeta.
He should ask Peeta to kill Katniss.
Peeta should move to do so, and then he should whisper
something only she would understand,
and he would go after the president, and they would fight the guards
and in that intense moment, she should scream at him
and they should kiss.
Gale should see, realize he lost and be heartbroken,
and then the president would still be alive,
and Gale would die fighting him.
And Katniss would kill the president
on national television.
And the war would be over, and things would be fixed
and Peeta and her would live happily ever after.
I think I really could have liked that sort of book, instead of the altogether-unexciting events, journal-style moping, determined hopelessness and all-around randomness that the finale was.
It was such a disappointment.