While spending a rom-com-montage day out in the park with her X-Men/Personal co-starÂ Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence got spotted readingÂ Mockingjay. You know, the third book in theÂ Hunger GamesÂ trilogy. This wouldn’t be newsworthy for any other reason than the fact that she playsÂ Katniss EverdeenÂ IN ALL THREE MOVIES. We can only spend all our time today, huddled in a prayer circle, hoping that this isn’t the first time she’s opened the book. And I’m not saying this as aÂ MockingjayÂ fan, I’m saying this as a non-MockingjayÂ fan. I’m one of the few people who thinks the trilogy only got worse as it went on.
WhileÂ Hunger GamesÂ kept me up at night,Â MockingjayÂ barely kept me awake.I’m pretty convinced that Suzanne Collins wrote it in her sleep, because I don’t know how else to explain away the laziness of it all. After spending two books building up this amazing plot, she kills the momentum with her 900 pages of “then Katniss whined, then Katniss moaned, then Katniss fell asleep during the climax of the novel.”
I can only assume that the following was Suzanne Collins’ thought process when writing this horrible brick of a book.
“Okay, here’s what will happen when Katniss gets knocked out during the big fight scene: everything. Despite bringing readers on a billion page journey to get to this moment, I’ve decided to cover it using tell not show. Oh wait, did I get that backwards? I did, didn’t I? I was supposed to show, not tell. Oh well, it’s already going to be a movie anyways. Scratch that, two movies. Mwhahaha”
Hence you can see my concern with the fact that J.Law’s just reading this now. If it’s her first reading of the book, she’ll surely hate it as much as I did. Then she’ll back out of the project and will get replaced with someone like Brooklyn Decker or a sock puppet or Miley Cyrus and everything will be ruined. Then again, maybe I’m getting ahead of myself here. Perhaps she’ll hate the ending so much that she’ll force the movie producers to change it to something that makes sense.Â As someone who liked the movie far more than the book — because we can all agree that the plot’s far better than the writing — this would be a very welcome change. I’m usually on Team #SticktoTheBook, but in the case of this trilogy I think changes can only improve it.
So in conclusion, read on Jennifer Lawrence. Then, when you’re done, let’s compare notes on how we can makeÂ Mockingjay One: OoooOO MoneyÂ andÂ Mockingjay Two: Let’s Make More MoneyÂ better movies.
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