Tuesday, September 15, 2009

From: Catching Fire

"This time, there is nothing but us to interrupt us. And after a few attempts, Peeta gives up on talking. The sensation inside me grows warmer and spreads out from my chest, down through my body, out along my arms and legs, to the tips of my being. Instead of satisfying me, the kisses have the opposite effect, of making my need greater. I thought I was something of an expert on hunger, but this is an entirely new kind."


Dear Suzanne Collins,

I think I speak for everyone when I say, More Gale. Seriously.

Thank you,

The Booknapper

P.P.S. Why didn't I write The Hunger Games?

P.P.P.S. In my opinion, yes, Catching Fire is just as tense and romantic as The Hunger Games. Readers, do you agree?


  1. I could talk about my love for The Hunger Games series all day. Seriously. I could also re-read the books all day and not grow tired of them.

    The tension and romance was definitely still there in Catching Fire (you plucked out one of my favorite scenes to quote here), but Hunger Games was still my favorite book.

  2. Oh, I loved Catching Fire! I finished it last week. I'll agree with Megan I still thing Hunger Games is my favorite, but I loved them both. And more Gale? Seriously? PEETA, PEETA!

  3. Oh, I do love Peeta too.

    Why can't I have them both?

    The Capitol makes everything suck.

  4. Oh that quote!!!! Im sooooo obsessed with these books-I think I loved Catching Fire more, but only bc I read it most recently. I cant pick between Peeta and Gale, Im not on any team, Im just dying and want to keep reading!

  5. As I hide in the corner I whisper, "I still haven't read either."

  6. That's okay, Karen. The great thing about books is they'll still be there anytime you do decide to read them. And I'm sure these will stay in print a long time.

    Marie, great post, as always. I love your letter to Suzanne Collins. I'd like more Gale too. But Peeta is definitely growing on me in this book. However, it's not the romance that makes these books so compelling. It's the voice. The character of Katniss. And the unique look at the future. Is Panem what we're destined to become? Will our future be this bleak, with its televised killing for entertainment purposes? Suzanne Collins makes you think. The romance is just a side story.

  7. Joanne, and other Booknapped readers, you should know something:

    I am a sucker for YA romance.

    I have thought a lot about this because I am a grown-up (theoretically) and should like adult romance, but I don't. Here's the reason I came up with:

    YA romance is more simple and pure. I guess I find it refreshing.

    I know in the Hunger Games series the love story is supposed to play second fiddle, but for me I think it's the other way around. I LOVE the way the HG world makes me think about the real world; I like the action; but I cannot get enough of the romantic triangle (specifically, I can't get enough of Gale).

  8. Good point. No one reads Gone With The Wind for the war scenes.

    Oh, I don't care for adult romance either. In fact, I never knew exactly what it entailed until some well-meaning friend convinced me to read a Jude Devereaux book and I was... um, a little startled. Apparently "romance" means "constant unbridled lust, graphic throbbing, pulsing sex,and lots of it."

    So, yeah, I prefer my romance in the YA version. Toned down. Nothing wrong with a little intimacy a la Shiver or If I Stay, but I don't need too much detail. I prefer to use my imagination. And I need something else besides romance in the book. Something to make me think. That's why I like Suzanne Collins so much.