The Anger Games

This holiday season has passed just a bit too quickly for me. I don’t feel refreshed and rejuvenated and ready for another semester; instead, I feel downtrodden and slightly more exhausted than when I left Canada a week ago. But isn’t that what Christmas vacation is all about? Stress? The real time for relaxation is summer; always has been.

I have a few more goals I need to accomplish before this break is allowed to be over. Mainly those goals consist of reading books that are not required literature for my degree in English. So far I have read two mindless sappy romance novels, one book on grammar, and one book I actually liked: The Hunger Games.

the hunger gamesImage from here.

I had heard a little bit about this book over the past year, but not enough to convince me to read it any time soon. However, it just so happened to stumble across my path while I was being sick with the Swine Flu in the middle of the desert, and so, with nothing else to do besides wallow in my own pitiful existence, I picked up the book and started reading.

It was good. Real good.

But (and I’m sorry to admit this), despite the book being very wonderful to read, I reached the unfortunate point I always reach when I read a really good book: jealousy. I grew to hate the book; I hated the delicious words that I devoured with fervor—I hated it because somebody else thought to write it before me.

It always happens this way. If Jane Austen were alive today and among my circle of friends (well, I don’t have enough friends to complete an entire circle—more like a line segment of friends, if my Geometry serves me well), I am pretty sure I would claw her eyes out with sheer rage for thinking of Darcy and Willoughby and Emma and Elizabeth before I could. I’m catty like that. J. K. Rowling? C. S. Lewis? Roald Dahl? Lemme at ’em! Rawr!

That’s no way to live a life, I know. Not being able to enjoy the amazing works of art that people have created simply because of my anxiety that I will never be able to create something equally amazing? That’s petty. And foolish. But it’s me.

It is for this very reason that I have procrastinated the starting of the second book in the series. I just know that it’s going to be better than the first, and I don’t think I can handle that kind of intense jealousy in my life right now. I have enough to deal with trying to keep the Happiest Swine Flu on Earth at bay—I don’t need another author to hate right now, when I need to be preserving all my energy for staying alive.

Catching FireMy only consolation is that when I write my own book, I will have a way better cover than this series has. Judging by the cover alone, I am sure I would have never read it if I hadn’t practically been forced to do so.

So, any votes? Should I just suck it up and start book two? Or forget about it and put The Hunger Games behind me for good?

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15 Responses to The Anger Games

  1. The second one isn’t as good. But you still have to read it so just do it. And no clawing anybody’s eyes out!

  2. I have to disagree with Emily…”Catching Fire” is way better than the first! And I loved the first.

  3. lindsay says:

    i loved the second one. you must read it camille…for peeta’s sake!
    and i am happy to know i’m not the only freakish reader out there who has author jealousy issues! hahaha – seriously, i have major issues with this. Especially stephanie meyer. Not because of her fame, but because of the lack of effort she had to put into it! She dreamed about the plot and then just wrote it all down!!! I have weird effing dreams all the time, but do they become best sellers? no. No, they do not.

  4. jami says:

    Well emily is right. The first one is SO much better than the 2nd. That isn’t saying that the 2nd isn’t good…it is, but the first is so good that nothing can compare.
    I got a little frustrated with the 2nd. Thoughout the first part of the book, it felt like I was re reading the Hunger Games. BUT, then the ending comes, and you will die! It is such a great ending….but you will be dying for the 3rd book. I don’t know…maybe wait to read the 2nd till the 3rd is out.

  5. Freakin’ read the damn thing Camille.

  6. Oh, I guess I tend to agree with your jealousy. I however get jealous when people such as yourself write with great wit and flow (Loved the line about the segment of friends).

    Cannot wait to read your book when it comes out.

  7. Jen says:

    Go for it! Read it! Tell us what you thought of it! ;-)

  8. yep, so good. both of them. you should know right now that i am team gale, if we’re doing the lame team thing.

    also i hated the covers (no surprise there). hint: take off the book jacket! they look much better without.

    and camille, when you do start writing books, i think you should let me design the covers? it’s my very favorite thing to design.

  9. Camberley says:

    Remember when I said I would be a better blogger. Well, I lied. Next week I vow to be back full force. I hope all is well.

    Keep on truckin’
    Camberley

  10. Kimberly says:

    suck it up and read book 2 ;-) That is, if you haven’t already!

  11. stefanie says:

    im truly on board w/ you camille. i havent started catching fire either but i was dying to start it when i finished the first one. read it first. tell me how it goes. my husband said ill probably hate it because its amazing. good luck.

  12. READ IT.
    IT.IS.AMAZING.
    I WILL MARRY PEETA MELLARK.
    I like this series MORE THAN I LIKE TWILIGHT.
    And you KNOW how much I LOVE Twilight. So that is a STATEMENT.

  13. chelsie says:

    I kicked myself a hundred times on this trip for not taking a book, then I thought to myself, I don’t even know what book I would read. I am fazed out of the sappy romance novels and need a new lease on life. So, I can take this as a sign that I need to read this book.

  14. Shesten says:

    So… I *hated* The Hunger Games. I gave it a scathing review over at IHM. Then I succumbed to peer pressure and read Catching Fire, and actually liked it…

    THG was written in first person – that was a total spoiler for me. It was like, duh. That and there were several inconsistencies throughout the story that should have been caught. A+ for concept F- for world building. Just my opinion though :o)

    Just read Catching Fire. You’ll be glad you did.

    Oh, and I’m Team Gale.

  15. afton says:

    team haymitch! he’s too legit to quit in catching fire, which by the way is better than the first. although i liked them both immensely so take it for what it is.

    also, i realize i’m SO late on commenting on this post. i’m just getting caught up on my reader

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