I'm sick. Head cold and chest cold. Yuck, yuck, yuck. It's manageable, now. In fact, I'm getting energy back, which is good, because tomorrow my list is loooooooong. Not too long. In fact, I think the only thing on there is laundry. Long enough for me!
I made a mental list in my mind the other day about how my life would be easier if:
1. I had no asthma
2. I had no Depression
3. I had no allergies
4. We had no debt
5. We had a really nice house that wasn't falling apart
6. Brandon was done with school
7. I actually followed through on my desires to stay at a healthy weight
8. I had children who liked to obey willingly
I told Brandon about this list. Like a good husband, he just listened. He knew what I would say next. I said this:
If I didn't have those things, then I wouldn't have any trials. I wouldn't learn anything. I wouldn't have sympathy or empathy or experience or be able to learn more. Without them, there wouldn't be any point, eh? So, I shouldn't wish them away...
My smart husband just nodded.
I still kind of wish the bad stuff would just go away, though. Even for just a couple of years.
Brandon and I are now addicted to Firefly. Anybody seen it? I feel dumb we haven't seen it up until now! Thank goodness for Netflix.
Speaking of great shows, I am looking forward to:
The Biggest Loser
Psych (which is already going! Yay!)
Parks and Recreation
The Amazing Race
If I have any time to watch them, of course...
MOCKINGJAY SPOILER! DON'T READ! UNLESS YOU READ THE BOOK!
Some people are not liking it. Many are feeling let-down, betrayed, deflated... But moi? I loved it. I thought she got the ending just right. Why? Get ready for the list...
1. It's a YA trilogy. For YOUNG ADULTS. Too many adults reading these books are fascinated with them (including me), but I think they are holding them to standards YA fiction aren't supposed to be held to. Making commentaries upon our own socio-economic-political-world views that meet our long-life experiences aren't supposed to be in YA fiction. Again, they are for the up-and-coming adults. You know? The ones who haven't experienced everything, yet?
2. People want mind-blowing results and endings. I blame Hollywood for this because we are all continually and consistently desensitized to anything that isn't mind-blowing. Take the most recent movies. Biggest complaint against Inception? Not mind-blowing enough. I know this because it was mine. There's something sad in that, people. The fact that we have to have everything played out for us. Whatever happened to imaginations? To pondering/wondering/hoping/coming up with our own satisfying end? People accuse Collins of lazy writing because she leaves too much to our imaginations --that it's unprofessional. My response: What the?
3. I think the ending was appropriate because war sucks. It hurts EVERYONE. If the book had ended up with roses (haha! Not primroses --you know what I mean) and cheerfulness (rather than lifetime nightmares and the loss of pure joy), then it wouldn't have been realistic. What Katniss experienced would have broken anyone, let alone a 17-year-old girl. I'm glad she lives with the pain of the people that died. I'm glad she and Peeta end up together. It kind of goes with my empathy post (a few back). There's something to be said for mourning with those that mourn and misery loving company. I don't think she and Gale would have made any sense. But I'm glad he didn't die --I mean, it's like real life, almost. When I broke up with boyfriends (or was dumped) it wasn't because either of us DIED... (yeah, yeah, bad analogy)
4. The book is written in first person from Katniss's POV. I really doubt a real-life version of the girl would want to keep talking about life after the war. She's barely living it as it is (for a few decades, anyway). Thus the shorter ending --the vast amount of time mourning in silence. The quickness to move on. Three or four pages worth.
5. I think Collins got her point across very easily without beating it to death with a stick: War hurts, corruption is easily attainable, and the things that matter most have to do with love and relationships. In fact, when Katniss assassinates Coin at the end, I'm not surprised --nor thrilled --but I'm glad. Because it's just another cycle of repression/suppression/abuse about to begin (revenge by making another Hunger Games!? Really!?). Katniss realizes that she's been manipulated her entire life --from the Hunger Games to the Rebellion to the War to the Assassination of Snow/Coin. I think her going back to 12 and marrying Peeta and writing the book of memories is the only foregone conclusion. What else would she do? How could she ever trust anyone again? Where else could she live? Who else could she live with?
6. I just really like her writing!
What did you think?