Thursday, March 22, 2012
On February 22, tickets for The Hunger Games movie went on sale. I had a plan, my daughter’s friends’ parents had a plan—as soon as the midnight premiere tickets hit Fandango, buy, buy, buy!
We logged on, we saw midnight showings in neighboring cities, midnight showings everywhere EXCEPT for my city! What?! I was depressed the rest of the day, snapped at one too many students, actually I think I really did cry at one point. Why? Um…because I’ve waiting for this movie to come out FOREVER and I really wanted to see it at midnight and I’d gotten my daughter and all her friends super hype about going and I was seriously toying with driving an hour to Wilmington to see it at midnight and…
Thank God my movie theater FINALLY put a midnight showing up that afternoon.
Obviously, Alison is a wee bit excited for the movie. Last week, I watched the live streaming of the red carpet premiere. I’ve spent hours chatting and tweeting about it. I haven’t posted regularly in three months, except for posts like this. I’m reading every article that falls into my laptop, including math activities linked to the reaping.
I can’t stop watching trailers even though I have fifty-three thousand other things to do. Have you seen these? No? Here. I’ll probably double my current number of page views just coming back here and watching them.
I even got my book club to read the first one. And then my fair-weather reader friend (she’s Team Gale—I don’t know if we’re actually still friends) devoured the rest of the series almost as fast as I did, and when she hosted the next book club meeting, she served food District 12 style (blackberries and strawberries, day old bread, goat cheese/apple tarts—yeah, this redeemed her—we’re totally still friends)
I’m not dressing up, but I am wearing this to the midnight premiere.
My daughter made this one.
I even bought this.
And secretly steal away with my daughter’s copy of this.
I know there’s something wrong with me, but
I CAN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT THE HUNGER GAMES
WHY? I didn’t get like this for Harry Potter. Not even Twilight. And I’m a veritable book snob. Book-to-movie adaptations typically make me cringe, make me scream WHY DO YOU TRY? They can’t possibly condense hundreds of pages of awesomeness into two hours!
But I REALLY feel like this movie will. I’m totally on board with the chosen cast and if the tissues I exhaust just watching the trailers are any indication of the emotional outburst I’ll experience Friday, ohmygosh, my popcorn bucket will be full of tears and soggy kernels.
I haven’t been this excited for a movie since Star Wars (yes, I was one of those kids)—opening day, standing in epic long lines that spiraled out of the theater and literally wrapped around an entire shopping plaza, collecting trading cards, buying every book, magazine, toy available. I couldn’t get enough! This movie transports me back to my tween/teen years. And you know what?
I love it.
I love getting this excited about The Hunger Games, this crazed for a franchise. This passionate about SOMETHING.
And I think what makes it exponentially more awesome is that I get to share this with my daughter (and fifteen of her friends). We’ve read (and reread) the books together. I share the latest trailer. She and her friends, their crazy excitement, get me that much more amped about March 23.
One day, people. ONE DAY!!!!!
I’ll be watching. The world will be watching. Will you?!