Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Mockingjay Countdown: Mini Challenge 3-5 (Day 3)

Thanks to Morgan at Smitten With Books for hosting this awesome Mockingjay Countdown challenge! It made the wait go by so much faster, and I've loved thinking about my favorite characters in new and different ways!

Here are my responses to parts 3-5 of today's challenges:

Challenge 3: For the third mini challenge of the day, I want you to name your favorite Hunger Games character and why you like them or admire them the best.

I'm going to skip over Katniss as my favorite character and head for someone else. I do love Katniss, but I'd like to give someone else a little more limelight right now. 

One of my favorite characters through out this series has been Peeta. I know that I always say that Katniss should end up with Gale, but I need to give Peeta some credit for how brave and reliable he's been to Katniss. From the time they were children, Peeta seems to have had a love for Katniss that has just grown and grown. Though I don't know that they'd make the perfect couple, they certainly make the perfect team. And that's why I love him. 

Challenge 4: For the fourth challenge, I want you to state which one of the hunger games books you liked the most. All you need to do is put the title of the book (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, or Mockingjay).

I'm a little torn with this question, but I think that I'm going to say that my favorite book in this series is the first. I only bought this because my local bookseller promised that it was going to be the most fantastic book that I could possibly read and share with my students. So, I bought it. I didn't really want to, but I did.  I will forever trust that man!

I think that I'm choosing the first as my favorite because it was the one that hooked me initially. If it hadn't been so provocative, so profoundly different from any other YA I'd read, and has included such a strong main character, I doubt that I'd have read the others in the series. The first is where my love for the citizens of Panem formed, and that's why I'm choosing it as my favorite. 

Challenge 5: For the fifth and last challenge, I want you guys to state the one thing you love most about Katniss. I know everyone has a special spot in their heart for the character, and I want to know why. Please explain your answer.

I actually realized why I love Katniss so well this afternoon as I was reading Mockingjay. She's been threatened, attacked, almost killed, used as a pawn, lied to, and put on an impossible pedestal, but she genuinely cares about people. She'll come to the aid of anyone who is suffering and does not take her own well-being into account when she does. It's like she doesn't think--she does. Others around her might be playing some sort of game, but she's not. She's all about helping others and keeping those that she loves and who she feels are innocent safe. I admire this. 

And, she kicks some serious butt. 

Thanks again to Morgan at Smitten With Books; this has been a fun set of challenges!


  1. Hattie, I bought and devoured Mockingjay today. When you're done we should chat about it!

  2. @ Bridget: Of course! And, there is a Mockingjay supprt group next Tuesday at 6pm at Devaney. I'll be there if you're interested!

    I've read about half of the book at this point... I'm trying to savor it, as it's the LAST one. I'll facebook you once I'm finished1

  3. i agree peeta's such a great character - which is why so many people are torn i think. i am definitely a gale supporter, but peeta is so outstanding with his motivations and actions and you can see his ethics and emotions so well that you cant help but love him.

    (well, i like both the guys, but personally i'd go for gale if i was katniss)


  4. Choosing one favorite character from this series is hard to do and Peeta has some awesome qualities so I am glad you gave him his due. I am still team Gale, but I guess that could change after I read Mockingjay. Hope you are enjoying it.

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  6. AH! I don't have my book yet!!!! Did I tell you Suzanne Collins is coming? So I had to pre-order my book through that bookstore to get the ticket to meet her and the bookstore is over an hour away. I have to figure out how I'm going to get there...somehow loading both boys into the car and driving that far doesn't really sound like fun. I did get to read a few pages while Jordan was playing with trains at B&N on Tuesday. I can't wait to read more!

    I'm so glad that you realize the Gale/Peeta situation. It seems like everyone I ask about it had never even thought about it. I'll say, "So, do you want her to choose Peeta or Gale?" or something like, "Are you team Peeta or team Gale?" And they look at me like I'm crazy. I'm totally team Peeta, I love Peeta. I balled at the end of book 2 and it still makes me sad when I think about Peeta. The things books do to me!!!! :)



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