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Friday, March 23, 2012

The Hunger Games: Situations that Require Action

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At midnight last night (this morning?), Mr. Wonderful and I joined his youngest daughter and her cousin at the premier of The Hunger Games.  Yes, I'm paying for it as I sit at my desk this morning and I'll be catching up all weekend, but it was worth the excitement, the buzz and the fun of a late night.  I had fun making a memory with Mr. Wonderful's daughter, too!  I think this is called bonding.

I knew I wasn't going to have time to read the books prior to seeing the movie, so I read as much as I could about the plot and characters.  It was easy to root for the protagonist as she is forced to make choices she never wanted to make.  Life is that way - we all find ourselves in situations that leave us with choices we wish we never needed to make.  I think it is those very moments that often define us. 

Jennifer Lawrence did such an excellent job of conveying that mix of emotion and determination.  She allowed Katniss to be a mix of strength and vulnerability while retaining the optimism of youth and the grittiness of challenging times.  While watching, I could tell there were subplots not fully developed and so now I'm going to have to borrow the books and catch up.  I'm looking forward to it!

Do you enjoy any pop culture trends?  Are you going to see The Hunger Games?  Have you read the books?  Are there choices you have made even though you never wished to?  How have these choices defined your life?