I am broadening the scope of Bloody Monday to include some things from the Darker Side. Without vampire nominations and with my reading time fairly limited, my vampire creativity is fizzling.
So I'm going to talk about more than vampires.
I'd like to bring in some of the surprisingly dark works that have been spinning through pop culture - the Harry Potter/Twilight/The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo/The Help/The Hunger Games/50 Shades of Grey... and whatever might be coming up next.
I'll welcome discussion and suggestion.
I live and write outside the mainstream. In some respects, my life is quiet and abnormally isolative - the life of a writer. In others, I am bold, and daring, and surprisingly non-traditional. I hate reality television, and, in fact, most television. Oh, I like Bill Maher, and I'm attached to some Showtime/HBO dramas - Californication, The Big C, Shameless, Nurse Jackie, Big Love, Treme... and I've recently fallen in love with The Vampire Diaries. But overall I'm not much of a pop culture participant.
Here's my recent track record:
I enjoyed the first 3 Harry Potter installments, and found the others to be, quite simply, much too long. Nothing ever seemed to happen between fall and spring except Harry whining a lot.
I intensely disliked Twilight, which I talked about on Edward's Bloody Monday, so I won't cover that ground again.
I loved The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. In fact, I thought it was one of the most satisfying trilogies that I've ever read.
And The Help - OMG, where to start? Of course I loved it, I mean, it's about a writer and a best selling book - what's not to love?
Once again pop culture has my number.
Grr, I hate that.
The Hunger Games is a deceptively simple, barbaric little book. It is a book that is quick to read, and then damn near impossible to forget. In fact, last night I went to bed after having read 86% of The Hunger Games. This was a terrible idea, because I did not sleep. I dozed. I dreamed. I woke up. I stared at the ceiling and battled anxiety.
I probably should have just got up and finished reading. Only it wouldn't have helped. Because the winners of the Hunger Games can never really win, and the story certainly doesn't end when the book does.
Sure, Katniss and Peeta win the Hunger Game in the arena, but then a whole new game begins. I mean, no wonder their mentor, Haymitch, spends as much time as possible intoxicated - even when the nightmare ends, it doesn't end. Let's pretend to be happy about winning, let's pretend that pitting human teenagers against each other in a fight to the death is good, healthy entertainment.
Yeah, let's pretend, shall we? Let's pretend forever.
I mean, my God, talk about dark fiction!
But in the meantime, answer me this -
What do you all think of The Hunger Games? Have you seen the movie? (I haven'tand I don't know if I will - if I've loved the book, I usually don't care for the movie). But if you've read the book AND watched the movie, how does the movie measure up to the book?
Or if that's a boring topic - tell me this - what shocked or disturbed you the most about The Hunger Games?