October 26, 2010


This might be a bit of a tangent, but I've recently found myself taken in by Suzanne Collins' YA novel The Hunger Games. Perhaps this doesn't come as a shock. It's been on best-seller lists for years. It has adventure, dystopia, survival, love--all tried-and-true thematic elements that glue together a good read. But what it also has that many other books do not is a narrator who is connected to the land. 

Katniss Everdeen. She loves the woods and all things in them without ever saying so--without even thinking it (no fancy camera in her hand)--because trees and berries and topography are her way of life, like breathing. Aside from the whole "you-must-kill-other-kids" thing, and the game-makers who start forest fires, and the overall threat of starvation and imminent death, I almost envy Katniss her nights in trees. Going for walks in the day time is one thing. But to have one's limits truly tested. To lean so completely on the natural world for life. I imagine it feels heartening to find both the earth and your inner strength abundant.

Yes, as long as Katniss was out of the arena and I was not another tribute whom she was required to slay, I think we'd be good friends. We'd go on hikes, leap streams, learn the names and characteristics of all living things, and occasionally meet up with Bear Grylls when we wanted to get crazy. 


  1. Sounds like a wonderful read, I'll have to check it out. Interesting topic, "What fictional character you'd like to hang out with". The first one that comes to mind is Uncas in "The Last of the Mohicans", such an interesting fellow and he knew so much about the forest.

    Thanks for the post. It really started me thinking about fictional characters.

  2. I love Uncas! And if you haven't seen the film, the cinematography is gorgeous.