Fashion Book: The Hunger Games
I finished reading The Hunger Games early last week. I read this book for maybe all the wrong reasons–mainly because I was tired of being left out of conversations about other popular books I’d avoided despite their vast crowd appeal (ahem…Harry Potter). I was afraid that like Harry Potter and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I’d be disappointed instead of drawn in like everyone else I knew.
However, I was pleasantly surprised with The Hunger Games. Suzanne Collins does an excellent job at portraying Katniss, a strong female hero who’s almost too perfect–but not so perfect that we hate her. We actually kind of love her. She’s resilient and brave and talented and beautiful, yes, but she’s also stubborn, oblivious, and seems almost patently unable to accept others’ affections for her.
Admittedly, the concept of teenagers killing each other for sport and entertainment nearly stopped me from reading the book as well. However, this is another area that Collins excels with–she is able to draw the reader into the action while also amping up the futuristic and nonrealistic aspects of this scenario. So even though you’re fascinated by what’s going on in the arena, your brain is telling you it’s not real.
I haven’t dived into the next book yet, but I’m looking forward to the rest of the series…and being in on the conversation, for once.
One of the facets of the book I found myself enjoying (perhaps too much) was the descriptions of the “tributes’” outfits. Beyond the game of primal survival, the tributes (which is what the participants in the games are called) are made into celebrities before the games officially begin–they are even assigned a team of stylists to make them over and style their looks. The book emphasizes the importance of clothing and style on image and public perception, which is a hugely fascinating concept.
While she’s not a girly girl in the least, Katniss finds herself in some pretty spectacular outfits during her stint in the games. Due to her stylist’s concept for the opening ceremony, she was known as “the girl who was on fire.” I tried to recreate her look for one of the big scenes in the book (trying not to give too much away!) where her look must illustrate a message of innocence and purity, but also one of her fiery nature. Here’s what I came up with:
Have you ever read a book because everyone else is? Have you read The Hunger Games? What did you think?