Don't hate me, but I finished Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins this weekend.
And it's good. Really good. Better than The Hunger Games. And the ending definitely leaves you longing for the next book. In the best possible way.
In a world where instant gratification rules, it's nice to know that there's still something to wait for. To wish for and long for.
I like to watch my television shows on DVD. I will absolutely binge on them. For example, over Christmas break I watched the entire first season of Mad Men in two days. It was, of course, that compulsively good but I like the instant gratification of being able to see what happens next right away.
And while it can be really fun to watch this way, you totally and completely miss out on all the fun of waiting.
Waiting...fun? You say. Well, yeah. The anticipation. The build-up of excitement. The fan community. It works really well for certain shows. Like LOST. 24.
And I think the same can be true for books. Since the loss of Harry Potter, we're in a serious void of books that bring readers together. It makes me sad to know there will never be another Harry Potter book, but it also makes me sad to think we have no other books quite like it, that bring readers of all countries and ages together to celebrate a story...in eager anticipation, scouring the internet for details, going to release parties, and befriending total strangers when we see them with a Potter book. So yes, of course we have the movies (I will so be there opening day) but it's not the same.
For me it's fun...fun to anticipate the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy even though I felt a bit emotionally traumatized after Catching Fire. Fun to see other readers eager to get their hands on the book. Fun to be part of something..part of a community of readers. And I hope it spreads a bit more. I hope it truly catches fire.
I hope and wait for another series that will remind us how fabulous it is to simply love a story...to lose ourselves in the pages, to carry it outside of us and to let it bring us together.
As far as the third book in The Hunger Games trilogy? Well, I'm going to savor the anticipation.
Have you read The Hunger Games? How about Catching Fire?
(This post was inspired by Natasha's suggestion that people wait to read the books until all three are available.)