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Deep in the meadow, under the willow
a bed of grass, a soft green pillow 
lay down your head, and close your sleepy eyes
and when again they open, the sun will rise.

Hear it’s safe, here it’s warm 
hear the daisies guard you from every harm 
hear your dreams are sweet and tomorrow brings them true 
hear is the place where I love you.

Deep in the meadow, hidden far away 
a clock of leaves, a moonbeam ray
forget your woes and let your troubles lay 
and when again it’s morning, they’ll wash away.

Hear it’s safe, hears its’ warm 
hear the daises guard you from every harm 
Hear your dreams are sweet and tomorrow bring them true 
hear is the place where I love you.

― Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games, The Valley Song

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The Hunger Games

Deep in the meadow, hidden far away
A cloak of leaves, a moonbeam ray
Forget your woes and let your troubles lay
And when it’s morning again, they’ll wash away
Here it’s safe, here it’s warm
Here the daisies guard you from every harm
Here your dreams are sweet and tomorrow brings them true
Here is the place where I love you.

― Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

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First, a confession: I haven’t read a single one of the books in the trilogy, despite the badgering of my friends, and I decided to watch the movie last night without having a slightest idea of the premise. That’s probably why I was so scandalized when I found out the concept behind the movie: Umm, did you know the entire plot revolves around a televised game where two dozen poor children have to fight to the death, merely for the entertainment of rich people? I had a conversation with my friends that it was an accurate observation of modern society. Apart from this point – and I’ll get back to that in a minute – the movie itself was suspenseful, brilliantly made and captured my attention from the very first scene to the climatic, sequel-alluding final one. I didn’t look at my phone once. 

Some other notes: Liam Hemsworth – he is cool. And Jennifer Lawrence is such a pretty and talented actress. And who doesn’t want to see Lenny Kravitz in a gilded eye liner?

Final thoughts: It was a good movie, and a tense, enjoyable way to spend 140 minutes. The thing which I didn’t like: there were so many kids actually killing other kids. One boy in the film, who doesn’t look old enough to legally buy cigarettes, is a trained assassin and snaps another child’s neck in broad daylight. Look, I know adolescent murder isn’t a new concept or anything but between the school shootings and all these anti-bullying campaigns being shoved down my throat, this seemed shocking. We live in a society that says violent video games and heavy metal music are responsible for spurring kids to go into their high schools with shot guns under the trench coats – but no one is batting an eyelash when Hollywood makes a glossy film that shows a beautiful teenage girl getting speared in the heart by another child? To be clear, I’m not complaining. I liked the movie. I guess I’m just scared that the premise is too on the nose. 

P.S. And I promise to read The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. We all know that books are better than movies. 

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“But his arms are there to comfort me, and eventually his lips. On the night I feel that thing again, the hunger that overtook me on the beach, I know this would have happened anyway. That what I need to survive is not Gale’s fire, kindled with rage and hatred. I have plenty of fire myself. What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again. And only Peeta can give me that. So after, when he whispers, “You love me. Real or not real?” I tell him “Real.” 

― Suzanne CollinsMockingjay

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