My daughters both loved THE HUNGER GAMES books, so when they first heard about the movie coming out, they couldn’t stop talking about it. With their friends. With each other. Even, on occasion, with me.
I thought I’d probably see the movie but not in the theaters. I’d let my kids be the guinea pigs and if they sold me on it, I’d watch it at home when it became available.
Truth is, up until the movie previews, I hadn’t even considered THE HUNGER GAMES books as reading material for me. I have so many unread books in my Kindle, and people are always recommending other books that I then put into the cue, so a book that my daughters oohed and ahhed about in middle school wasn’t about to make the cut.
Then, daughter #1 told me about how she’s never been to a midnight opening night showing of a movie and she’d really like to go to THE HUNGER GAMES movie opening. Since opening movies are usually on Thursday nights (THG is), I usually have the excuse that a midnight movie on a school night is unacceptable, but both of my daughters are on school vacation this week. A part of me wanted to let them go to the opening as a special vacation treat, but since they don’t drive yet, if they go to a midnight movie, either my husband or myself goes to a midnight movie as well. I don’t know about you, but midnight is late for me. Two a.m., when the movie is over, is beyond late for me.
But I was feeling generous when my daughter asked if we could at least find out if they had any tickets left. So we checked. The midnight movie near us was sold out, but the 12:10 a.m. movie had some seats left. The movie theater woman whom I spoke with actually sounded excited for us that they had tickets left. I got caught up in everybody’s enthusiasm,and before I realized what I’d done, I had bought five tickets: one for each of my daughters, one for one of their friends, one for my husband and one for me.
With a few days left before the opening (tonight!), I picked up a copy of the book and began to read. I could not put it down. I finished it in less than 24 hours, and after getting a few things done that I’d ignored while reading THE HUNGER GAMES, I started in on CATCHING FIRE, the second in THE HUNGER GAMES series. I haven’t been able to read continuously with book two, but when I’ve had to put it down, it has been difficult for me to do. I’m loving it as much as the first one, so far.
So now, instead of three girls excited about tonight’s movie and two parents questioning their sanity, four girls (yeah, I called myself a girl) can’t wait until midnight comes and one parent is feeling a little lukewarm. But even he can’t help but be a little excited about going with us simply because of all of our enthusiasm.
I’ve decided that I’m going to take a nap after dinner tonight. There is no way that I am going to fall asleep in the middle of this movie. If I am gung ho enough to go to a midnight show (the last one I went to was ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW and that was 20 plus years ago), then I refuse to even yawn while watching. I know I didn’t yawn during ROCKY HORROR. Not that my memories of THAT night are clear.
I know there are others of you out there who can’t wait to see THE HUNGER GAMES movie. Anybody else catching the midnight opening show? How about the 12:10?
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