Help! The Hunger Games have stolen my life…

3 Apr

You know you’re quite liking a book when you wake up at regular intervals in the middle of the night, reach for your iPhone, open the Kindle app in a panic and carry on where you left off an hour ago… before you mistakenly fell asleep at 3am with your phone on your face and a little bit of drool threatening to seep through the cracks of your only link to Panem and ruin it forever. Goddam FOOL. How could you be so careless?!?

My life has literally been put on hold for The Hunger Games over the last week or so, and I know I’m not alone. I’ve never before rooted for a place like I currently am for District 12, or Panem. Not even England, where I’m from. There were riots in London last year. I watched litter bins blazing from the TV screens in Bangkok, shrugged my shoulders, thought “frickin bunch of baffoons” and went back to my Magnum ice creams and five dollar massages… well, what can I do, all the way over here? Not my fault they’ve all gone mad.

With Panem though, holy shit. I can’t eat. I can’t sleep. Entire mornings have gone by with my ass cheeks pressed into a hard wooden chair at my Ubud homestay and my eyeballs stuck on my phone screen. Cups of coffee have been poured and then gone cold. I’ve barely opened the lid of my laptop, even though I have the Kindle app on there too… there just hasn’t ever been a good moment. Even though it would make it easier. Even though the font would be bigger and I might save my eyesight, thus reducing the need for laser surgery and preventing miscalculated steps into walls and glass panels.

But what if I shut the Kindle app on the phone and it won’t open on the laptop, and I lose my place, and then a giant bird swoops down and steals my phone, and then shits on my laptop, so I can’t finish my book on either device?? What if they’ve run out of the actual books at all the book shops in all the world and I can’t ever get another copy? What if all the cinemas catch on fire at the same time and I can’t even watch a high-res movie version, instead of the one I just watched in Bali, which was clearly filmed on someone’s phone, from someone else’s phone, in a makeshift movie theatre on the moon. YOU JUST DON’T KNOW.

Writing deadlines have come and gone and prior to this I’ve never missed a deadline in my life. Not even when I was in Forks for over a month with Edward and Bella. I was able to tear myself away from them; especially in New Moon when there was hardly any Edward and lots of yawn-inspiring stories about wolf packs. But Katniss. I need to know how she is, I need to know if Peeta’s OK, and if Gale’s going to win her heart over the boy with the bread. I’m only up to the start of Mockingjay so far… so I literally do not know how this will end. I’m surprised I’m writing this blog actually. They’re still there, in my iPhone, on a tiny screen in a tiny font, walking the remains of District 12. I hope they’re alright.

This morning I woke up to a loud banging sound and for at least a minute I thought I was in The Hunger Games arena and one of my so-called-friends was trying to shoot me. I felt a mild pang of relief and then disappointment when I realized it was just a motorbike engine backfiring and that the world I live in doesn’t actually need my help in order to survive. I’ve never felt so useless in my life.

Right. Enough. I need to get back to the Capitol. It’s been at least 20 minutes. Hope the Kindle app still works…

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6 Responses to “Help! The Hunger Games have stolen my life…”

  1. shauna825 April 3, 2012 at 6:24 am #

    The Hunger Games are awesome! I need to reread them again ASAP. I’m wanting both of the other movies to come out right away too. It’s hard to be patient and wait.

    Which book are you on?

  2. Becky Wicks April 3, 2012 at 6:27 am #

    I know… eeeek, I can’t wait for the other movies, haha! I’m right at the start of Mockingjay! I’m worried. I don’t want it to end! What will you read next??

    • shauna825 April 3, 2012 at 6:33 am #

      I’m a huge Stephen King fan so I’m currently reading both The Stand (which I’ve kinda set aside for now) and Under the Dome. I also read on my Kindle! Best reading invention ever. And I started out by using it on my iPod Touch. It’s amazing. Under the Dome is really starting to get good and I’m about 40% in. I need to find another good series though. I’ve heard good things about King of Thrones (the show and the series) and I’m thinking about picking up the book set. I think there are four books total for that one.

    • shauna825 April 3, 2012 at 6:34 am #

      If you haven’t read The Passage by Justin Cronin yet I highly reccomend it. Seriously one of my favorite books. The author is currently writing the second book now (should be out soon) and there will be a third one two years from now too. I’m really excited for those!

  3. Becky Wicks April 3, 2012 at 6:35 am #

    Never heard of The Passage but it’s now on my list to Google and download, thanks! Yeah you can’t beat the King. I love him, and the movie adaptations are always really well done too. Especially “IT”, eeeek, couldn’t sleep for weeks!!

  4. visit for more info September 5, 2012 at 6:32 am #

    Aw, this was a really good post. Finding the time
    and actual effort to make a very good article… but what can I say…
    I hesitate a lot and never manage to get nearly anything done.

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