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About that set of books everyone's reading

I feel a (probably inappropriate) connection to the Hunger Games / Catching Fire / Mockingjay trilogy, because I really was the first one, at least of people I know, to read them.

When I got my invitation to the Vine program, this weird out-of-the-blue thing from Amazon, I had no idea what to expect. I accepted the invite and filled out my demographics and interests. A day or so later I got a link to a page with a long list of books to choose from. I could take two.

I didn't realize the whole mechanics of the program yet, I just knew there was this big list of FREE BOOKS. In retrospect, I should've expected that there wouldn't be anything familiar on the list. Vine books are always ARCs or prerelease copies of books publishers felt will benefit from promotion. Famous old bestsellers are not going to show up there.

Wasn't so much as a crumb of SF or F on the list. I was sad. Buuuuut. There was YA. And this one YA sounded awfully SFnal. Sure it sounded incredibly lame and stupid, too, but at least it was SF! That was The Hunger Games. I read it, loved it, posted my review, and recommended it whenever appropriate. So do publishing phenomenons begin.

(Got a review copy of Catching Fire, too. Nobody, of course, got an advance version of Mockingjay.)



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Aug. 26th, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
I totally understand the random connection-feeling to books like this. I actually feel the same way about HG, because tho I didn't read it in ARC form, I saw it at our bookstore and read it before I started hearing hype about it. And then started handselling it like crazy......
Aug. 27th, 2010 02:00 am (UTC)
That's neat. I didn't really have much opportunity to spread the booklove. It would've been fun to be able to refer HG to people actually looking for something to read!
Aug. 27th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
I can only relate to this in terms of music. I remember being in high school and hearing "There She Goes" (Sixpence None The Richer) and predicting it would top charts (it did for a month). I also predicted it for Blondie's "Maria", and quite a number of other songs I can't even remember anymore. Also in college, when I knew John Mayer and Norah Jones were going to go far.
Aug. 27th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
(I got exposure to those through the radio station. Being a college DJ was FUN.)
Aug. 27th, 2010 02:02 am (UTC)
Neat! Yeah, it's a special feeling to encounter something first, without any preconceptions, and realize it's going to be big. I suppose that's a lot of the appeal to being an agent, editor, or producer.
Aug. 27th, 2010 07:54 am (UTC)
You know, I wouldn't be surprised if that were so!
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Aug. 27th, 2010 02:07 am (UTC)
Aren't they pretty books?

Yeah, I read Mockingjay right away. It was only put off half a day from when I got it (2am on release day) because I was re-reading Catching Fire. I will post a review soon! Will take all my special anti-spoiler skillz, but it's okay, I'm a pro. :P

I know you were in progress, are you finished yet?
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