5th, May 2015
MockingJay Response Paper
Mockingjay has been receiving some generally positive reviews from critics ever since it came out in both book and movie form. Some noted that there was a suspense change between Catching Fire and the start of Mockingjay. Nicole Sperling of Entertainment Weekly gave the book a B+ and said, "Collins has kicked the brutal violence up a notch in an edge-of-your-seat plot". Publishers Weekly gave the book a starred review, calling it "the best yet, a beautifully orchestrated and intelligent novel that succeeds on every level". The review went on to praise the "sharp social commentary and the nifty world building". Kirkus Reviews gave Mockingjay a starred review, saying that the book is exactly what its fans are looking for and that "it will grab them and not let go". Susan Carpenter of the Los Angeles Times compared the battlefield to Iraq and said that the book is every bit as original as the first in the series, ending the review with "Wow".
The Baltimore Sun Nancy Knight commented that the book "ends on an ostensibly happy note, but the heartbreaking effects of war and loss aren't sugar-coated" and that it will have readers thinking about the effects of war on society. Katie Roiphe of The New York Times said it is "the perfect teenage story with its exquisitely refined rage against the cruel and arbitrary power of the adult world". However, she criticized that it was not as "impeccably plotted" as The Hunger Games.
When I read Mockingjay the first time around, I did not like the book at all and did not get how popular the whole trilogy was. After reading Mockingjay this second time around, I have a new respect for Suzanne Collins but I still do not like the book. I also do not like the movie because the movie does not include the little sensitive moments in between the violence like the book does.
MockingJay Part 1 was a fantastic movie but for a film meant for...