There are books, and there is "Crackliture". That's what my friend Lula calls it when a book is SO good, you practically inhale it till it's finished and often have the extreme urge to read it again. (I'm pretty sure she stole the term from Tiffany.)
The Harry Potter series falls under that category. As does the Twilight Series. I'm re-reading them both right now. (For the record, I'm re-reading HP to Haven, and re-reading Twilight to myself)
I distinctly remember telling my friend Julie that I didn't have time to read and therefore couldn't participate in her book club. I obviously wasn't expecting to get sucked in by all this crackliture, gladly trading precious sleep for more reading time. Since Twilight entered my life, I haven't gone to sleep earlier than 2:30am without a little
Back to Lula. She and I have bonded over Twilight, Buffy, Dr. Pepper and too many other things to mention. We're literally emailing and texting each other several times a day. So when Lula announced to me that I must read this book "THE HUNGER GAMES", I thought to myself, "Yeah, yeah... after I read the Twilight series a few more times". But she insisted I get the book and start reading it ASAP. She told me wants it to be made into a movie and she wants Marshall to work on it. It was apparently so good she couldn't put it down, and she read the entire thing in one day.
Since I realized her frequent gentle reminders about the book wouldn't go away until I read it, I went ahead and ordered it.
It arrived in the mail and I decided to start reading that night, after the kids were in bed. I was fully prepared to not like it. I mean, how can you get into another book when you've so recently been sucked into the Twilight series?
Note to Self: When your friend tells you the book was so good, she couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting... it's probably not a good idea to start reading said book at 11:30pm.
My first impression was the book is like Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome meets The Running Man. But instead of Mel Gibson or Arnold Schwarzenegger, throw in a strong female lead character and a little romance into the mix.
So like I said, I started this book at 11:30pm. And I got sucked in. It's not a terribly long book... only 300-some pages. And so I kept reading. 2am, 3am... I couldn't put the book down. I figured since Lula loved the book so much, that it must wrap itself up nicely at the end. And I didn't want to go to sleep without finding out what happened to Katniss.... so I kept reading.
4am I was getting pretty tired but I didn't have too much longer to go... and I was getting toward the nicely wrapped up ending. At 5:08am I made it to the last page, in the middle of a cliff hanger, only to find four little words... End Of Book One.
WHAT? HUH? WHAT? I stayed up until 5am, promising myself a nicely wrapped up ending, only to be left on the edge of a cliff hanger... finding out this was book ONE? And book 2 hasn't been written yet? (and book 3?)
My bff Lula forgot to tell me that little detail when she insisted I read it.
I'm fully capable of reading books in an unfinished series. I devoured each of the Harry Potter books when they came out. I just might not have stayed up until 5am, finishing the book in one sitting if I had known.
Having said all of that... I LOVED IT. I really did. And I'm glad Lula told me to read it. And I also want it to be turned into a movie that Marshall works on. More importantly... I can't wait until book 2 comes out!
So if you like Crackliture like the Harry Potter and Twilight series... go out and get The Hunger Games.
Just don't stay up until 5am to finish it.