This question is part of the GRAB(ook) Club, an online book club open to anyone and everyone. It contains more than a few spoilers for Catching Fire, so read at your own peril. No, really, stop reading this post if you plan on reading the Hunger Games trilogy.
So, Catching Fire managed to shock the shit out of me at the end. I’ll admit that I had Hunger Games ruined for me when the press people started sending me Catching Fire movie images while I was reading the first book. I inadvertently saw who was still alive, and therefore knew who would be the winner, though not how. Still, I was a little annoyed that it was inadvertently ruined even though the book was still enjoyable.
On the other hand, I went through Catching Fire wondering how the hell they’d get out a second time, and… wow… that ending. Blew my little mind. I don’t know why I didn’t consider it, but I didn’t.
I have a push-me-pull-you relationship with spoilers. On one hand, I obviously dislike them since they ruin the author’s story telling effect. Catching Fire wouldn’t have emotionally affected me if I knew what was going to happen at the end. I was thrilled by the surprise. And, for me, it was that surprise that made the book. On the other hand, I have been known to sneak onto spoiler sites or read articles that I know will ruin a movie or book. I also sometimes flip ahead a page or two in the middle of intense action to get a sense of where things are going. I can’t help myself. I’m like someone who breathes too heavily next to someone else’s birthday candles. On one hand, I don’t want to blow them out, but on the other hand, I’m certainly saying a lot of words with drawn-out, heavily inflected “H”s.
You can’t have it both ways.
Do you like spoilers, or do you like to go into books knowing nothing?
And were you surprised by the ending?
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