Well, I haven't quite finished Mockingjay just yet, but I'm at the very end. The whole series is quite enjoyable, but I'm slowing down though, both to prolong this first-time-around enjoyment of it and because I'm a bit nervous about how it will end.
It might end well; it might not. I remember this feeling the first time I read Atlas Shrugged--I was convinced it would all end badly, that Rand wouldn't be able to finish it off the way she started. Thankfully I was wrong. :)
By the way, the whole world has seen the trailer by now. I thought it was meh-to-okay. I was not blown away by the trailer, but that's fine, really. Sometimes I'm blown away by a trailer and then the movie is a big letdown, and my life would have been better had I just seen the trailer. I'm not even all that worried about the movie the way many people seem to be. The movie will not be as good as the book. That is almost a universal truth!
I'm hardly ever disappointed in a Harry Potter movie, for example, because they are never as good as the books. I don't judge their value based on how true they are to the exact events of the books. I judge them according to how true they are to the themes and general plot progression (it's really okay if they make some changes to the plot as long as the movie plot furthers the theme in a logical way). So I won't know about AS until I see it. I'm skeptical that the themes will be treated the way I'd treat them, but that's what people get for not asking my opinion about such things.
So I'll just have to see. I'm going into it the same way I went into the HP or LOTR or Narnia movies.
And no matter how good or awful the movie turns out to be, it will only generate more interest/buzz/publicity for our local group and the ARI, too. I can only see that as a Good Thing. If the movie sucks, then ATLOS can promote our events with--Wow, did you see that awful adaptation of Atlas Shrugged? Well we (or some of us) thought it was awful, too! Come and meet us and we'll talk. :) I was no marketing major in grad school, but I believe this falls under "all publicity is good publicity" and I am utterly confident that we can exploit this to meet our own ends and grow our ranks.
Oh yeah, the Book Fog. I got a little sidetracked by this AS thing, which I hadn't even planned on writing about. But I HAD planned on writing about ATLOS's first Atlas Shrugged Reading Group which launched on Sunday! We've got an awesome moderator and the first discussion was fun and enjoyable! We're using the format designed by Diana and outlined here, and so thanks to her for her work on that project.
My in-laws were here this weekend and the weather was just gorgeous, the way the weather is supposed to be in February (finally!). We went hiking and met Brendan for lunch at PDK Airport and went to the Chattahoochee Nature Center (more hiking!) and everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) helped put Ryan's new loft bed together. A very enjoyable weekend marred only by some of us coming down with a cold yesterday.
So now that my Book Fog is (almost) gone and our visitors are gone, I'm getting back to work on my many projects. I have a ton of things I'd like to write about here on the blog, so I hope to churn out something new and interesting soon. How was your weekend?