Mockingjay or, Crazy Bread

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5 comments for “Mockingjay or, Crazy Bread

  1. Cory
    September 9, 2010 at 1:40 am

    Really enjoyed the thoughtful analysis of Mockingjay. I read it over the Labor Day weekend and, though I was more satisfied than some of you, I thought that you raised some valid questions about the plot.

    Where did the pearl go?

    Did Collins allow politics to rule her story?

    Wish I could answer the first question, but to the second, I will add my opinion. Writers, like all artists, are going to project their views onto their work. If someone feels strongly about something, that will come through. One thing I love about Suzanne Collins’ work is that she creates a real picture of war and its horrors. I did not know that her father was a veteran, but this seems to explain her paradigm to me.

    I feel that her ending was as hopeful as it could have possibly been. She seems to have a consistent theme not of war’s irreparable damage, but of the irrevocable changes it creates in those who see it. The fact that there is some chance for recovery, shown through District 12, Peeta, and even Katniss, gave me hope as the reader.

    Thanks again for the scintillating commentary.

  2. September 9, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I would agree that your commentary was thought-provoking, and deeply analytical. I really appreciated you thinking critically about the book and not just fan-girling out (sorry Karl.) However, I do think your analysis was inconsistent. I think a huge problem in the three novels is Collins telling instead of showing. It is a drawback of working in the first person. However, in the first book it helped build a sense of tension, and maybe heightened the violence for some readers. Most of the deaths aren’t directly seen by Katniss. She just hears a cannon shot, and has to imagine who has died and how. It is very unsettling as a reader. Often Katniss gets knocked unconscious and then when she wakes up, “Surprise, she’s the symbol of a revolution.” So I agree that Collins should have shown more than told, especially if she wants readers to be emotionally affected by Prim’s death. But, Karl made a great point about Katniss being post-traumatic, and some of you wished Collins had told you that, instead of shown you. I think Karl’s point is valid. I was disappointed by the book also, but I thought Katniss rang extremely true. Think about if you had been put through the things she’d been put through. You would be pretty messed up, maybe even checked out. I am reminded of that scene where she is trying to get away from Haymitch, and gets herself caught in some silk in a closet; maybe she has some crazy dreams. Anyway, I thought it was a great metaphor for the book. She was just trying to stand up for her family, and get them away from the horror of The Hunger Games, but she has instead become trapped in the show of it all. Also think about how one decision, to take her sister’s place in the 1st games, lead to the deaths of hundreds, thousands of people. That is a lot for a teenager to deal with. So, yes, I think she would check out. I think she is post-traumatic, and I was glad that Collins didn’t spell that out for us. Good job Karl!
    Also good job everyone else! It really was a great podcast. I had a lot of fun listening to it, and you made some great points.

  3. Karl
    September 9, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Hey, I can totally be a fangirl. You should hear me talk about Graceling! Glad you enjoyed the podcast, and we really appreciate your feedback. Tell your friends. :-)

  4. Emily
    October 22, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Karl recommended Graceling to me and I loved it so hard. My only beef with it is that the sequel didn’t deal with Katsa at all. Bummer.

  5. adrienne
    October 26, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I enjoyed Graceling and Fire. I wasn’t so bothered that it didn’t have Katsa in the sequel. It was a little disconcerting because that’s what I’m used to. I’m really interested in how she is planning to end the series. My ideal book would be a inclusion of both women, but I’m probably dreaming…

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