Friday, December 6, 2013

FaceTime Friday | Catching Fire Edition

Last week for FaceTime Friday, Christie & I discussed the phenomenon that is The Hunger Games.
This week, we are discussing Catching Fire! We waited two weeks after it’s release to give people some time to see it or perhaps see it again and again. 😉 

But real quick, for those of you who are new to Turning Pages, FaceTime Friday is a weekly feature Christie & I do to keep in touch and discuss books, movies, and more!
And for the record – we really do FaceTime one another so that visual mayhem can ensue. We also take really embarrassing screenshots. “It’s like SnapChat revealed…”- Christie

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In two weeks [December 20th] we will be discussing our favorite reads of 2013.

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 For starters, out of the three books in this trilogy, Catching Fire is by far our favorite, and it lived up to its name, our underpants were nice and toasty. 😉 One of our favorite things about this book was that we felt as though the story line of being catapulted back into the Hunger Games because of President Snow’s vendetta against Katniss, was the perfect vehicle to display amazing depth of character not only for the primary players, but for the secondary characters as well.
We not only get to see new facets from Katniss, Gale, and Peeta, but we get to better understand how characters like Haymitch and Effie feel at their core despite the roles that this caste system forces them to play.

These are a few of our favorite quotes from Catching Fire – the book.
[Christie & I both simultaneously started singing These Are a Few of My Favorite Things...]

Insert picture of Peeta…because we can and we want to. 

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You’re welome. 🙂

“I wish I could freeze this moment, right here, right now and live in it forever.”

“My nightmares are usually about losing you. I’m okay once I realize you’re here.” 

“I realize only one person will be damaged beyond repair if Peeta dies. Me.”

“I just want to spend every possible minute of the rest of my life with you.”

“Remember, girl on fire,” he says, “I’m still betting on you.”

Annnnnnndddd another picture of Peeta..

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They just keep popping up like land minds.

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Let’s Talk About the Book. . .

As you can see from our numerous quotes from the book and as mentioned above, Catching Fire was our favorite book out of the series. And here’s why:
– We preemptively got a taste of our dream for happily ever after with Katniss and Peeta because of the facade they had to uphold (the secret wedding & the fake pregnancy) to maintain appearances for Pres. Snow and the citizens of Panem.
– We were delighted to have a closer walk with Haymitch and Effie and to get to really appreciate their parts in this journey.
– PEETA. ’nuff said.
– We get to see Prim grow up and see the beginnings of the woman she would grow to be.
– Our hats were off to Suzanne Collins for the wonderfully intricate weaving of subplots within subplots. The camaraderie among the tributes to seemingly keep Peeta safe because of Katniss’ request, when in reality it was to buy Katniss’ cooperation in playing the role of the Mockingjay.

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And now some more Peeta porn…
[Insert Christie singing and I will always love you…in her best Whitney Houston voice]

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Let’s Talk About the Movie [SPOILER free]..

In any book to movie translation that we’ve seen thus far, Catching Fire was one of the best we’ve had the pleasure to witness. As we are firm believers in the book is always better, we were delighted that this movie ran such a close second. Unfortunately, we were unable to see it in theaters together, but you can bet we called one another to discuss immediately.

Of course, Heather dressed as Katniss (as did her friend Hannah, whom you briefly met in our discussion about The Hunger Games). They ran into someone dressed like Seneca Crane, which you can see below.

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The visualization of the clockwork arena was spot on. And Finnick was one of those charming, cocky devils that you love in spite of yourself. And Jena Malone as Johanna Mason was the embodiment of a quintessential of the b*#$% you love to hate. Of course we have a celebrity crush on Lenny Kravitz which is further fueled by his gold Capitol eye-liner. The costumes in the film were phenomenal and Effie’s were among some of our favorites.

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We both have our favorite Katniss and Peeta moments in the movie, making it extremely hard for us to pick just one.
Christie’s favorite KP moment is Katniss’ emotional reaction to Peeta almost dying the arena. She felt like this was a precursor to Katniss realizing some of her deeper feelings for Peeta, that she refuses to admit to herself.
Heather’s favorite KP moment would be when they are sitting on the beach in the arena and Katniss admits that she would need him if he were gone. This scene squeezed Heather’s heart and made her fall even more in love with KP.

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They look goooooood. 

This concludes our Catching Fire discussion for this particular blog post though thoughts of Peeta never stray far from our minds.

So, what are your thoughts? Have you seen the movie? If so, how many times and what did you love most about it?

Happy reading! 

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