{Safe & Sound by Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars}

Tuesday, March 20, 2012



I've been meaning to ask how many of you are looking forward to seeing The Hunger Games on Friday? Would you recommend reading the books? Girl Tyroch says YES but I'm still not convinced. I do, however, dig this song by Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars. Thoughts?

Safe & Sound (From

43 comments:

Michelle said...

Em,

Reading the books gives so much more meaning to this song. I'm not one to jump on book/movie fads like this, but I did this time. I'm really glad I chose to.

Abbey S said...

I highly recommend the books. They deal with eternal, classic themes and appeal to most everyone. My mom said she thinks the trilogy is almost perfect and that she hasn't wanted to reread anything since the Lord of the Rings trilogy until now.

jordyn said...

they're a shallow, fun read. i loved them. my husband loved them. it's a good airplane or beach read where you need something that you get really, really into and can finish pretty quickly. :)

Kristina said...

I would definitely recommend reading them. I didn't start reading them until Christmas and I couldn't stop putting them down until I was done with all 3 of them. I wasn't really attracted to them because they take place in the future and I found that really weird. But they are really really good and I would read them before seeing the movie.

Marcie Jean said...

Totally recommend reading them! I'm usually totally against book-series-made-into-movie fads, but these books totally changed my mind!! If the soundtrack is a foretelling of the movie, it's going to be incredible!

Erin said...

Read them!! Before you see the movie...they are amazing and you'll get sucked in immediately!!

Tiana Dean said...

You. Must. Read.
So so good. You know, the kind of good where you read one per day? Yeah. That good. :)

sadie t said...

Uh, yup. :) Everyone I've talked to who has read them LOVED them. Definitely read before seeing the movie!! :)

Kim Bowers said...

Read, read, read em! They will keep you up at night!

Alysa said...

I just read the first and FLEW through it. Definitely a fun read.

Mary said...

Hmmmm... I feel like you're only going to hear from people that recommend reading them. But, I'm in your camp right now, not really convinced it's worth my time (I am working on my graduate thesis so spare time is slim:). Let us know what you decide--and if you do read them, what you think!

Shae said...

READ THE BOOKS!! They are good. I read them about a year ago or so! Books always always give more details. Definitely going to see THG's this Friday!!

Team Todhunter said...

Oh you SO need to read the books!!!

jessica erin said...

Sister & I read them - we are both in the "Read Them" camp. They are fast and the characters are compelling. I'm also fairly certain girl Tyroch rarely steers you wrong.....

kilipohi said...

the books are so wonderful. Read them! Then see the movie!

geneva said...

Go ahead and jump on board. Well worth it. It will take you a day, or two, thats all you need.

Kym+Dustin said...

I didn't think these book were worth my time and a good friend kept telling me that i should read them. Im the kind of girl who typicaly reads biographys and non fiction type books. I dont do monsters, or robots, or wizards, or books about the future. Because my friend was so all about "The hunger games" and because she knew my stance with fiction books but was still trying to convine me and because it was a cheap nook book...I finally caved into it. The best part about reading these books for me was the fact that they got me thinking about something other than my life or about hard facts.....and they completly sucked me in. I couldnt wait to turn my brain off at the end of a long day and read! I say dive in and you wont regret it!

Unknown said...

I don't know what these commenters have against book turned movies!! I loved LOTR and Harry Potter and both movies interpretations turned out wonderfully!! (I do realize Twilight is painful to watch, but those too were decent, albiet ridiculous, summer reads)

That being said, I wasn't convinced about The Hunger Games at first either, and my boyfriend baught me the trilogy for Christmas. I decided to down the hatch and start reading... well, I read all 3 books in 3 days. Could not put them down. The Hunger Games rock. You won't regret it!! (Definitely read the books, at least the first one, before seeing the movie!

P.S.--I've been reading your blog for ages and this is my first comment, but I have to say you and your hubby are an inspiration and I adore your blog!

ashley s said...

Absolutely yes- the books are so worth reading. The movie has given me something else to look forward to now that I am finishing the last book. They are all definitely they are cracked up to be.

Rachel Maeroff said...

After recommendations from some friends I got the trilogy, and proceeded to read the whole thing in less than a week (had to stop to sleep, eat and work). Talked my husband into trying it before we see the movies and he knocked off five chapters, while at work.

DO IT!

Han said...

I really liked the Hunger Games books - you read the first and before you know it your through book three as well lol. Though I did get withdrawal like I did at the end of Harry Potter. I'm excited for the film

SD92 said...

READ THEM RIGHT NOW!! Haha! I read them a couple months back, and am now trying to convince everyone to read them. picked up the trilogy in a thrift store. Holla! :) But seriously, go read them.

ps be prepared to be sucked into Panem and not emerge for a few days. can be potentially disorientating. But well worth it.

J.E.Raley said...

I think reading them would definitely be worth your while! While I'm sure the movie will be wonderful, the books offer a type of intimacy and intricacy that I don't think the movie will FULLY be able to capture, especially with this type of subject matter.

And yes-this song is wonderful!

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anne said...

love the song. love the books. but...not sure about the recommendation :) definitely depends on who i'm talking to! love taylor swift too, but that's a whole different conversation!

Ellie Kornexl said...

I do recommend reading them so I have to mention that "worth my time" isn't necessarily a good reason not to. Out of all the people I've recommended them too, almost all of them have devoured the books. My sister read all 3 in two days. (it was a weekend, but still) They are quick, but very good, reads. So if you find yourself on a plane or a lazy weekend, highly recommend it.

Jennifer K said...

I loved these books and I'm so excited for the movie! I really like dytopian books (like The Handmaid's Tale), so this was right up my alley. READ THEM!!! :) Then let us know what you think

dhhargrove said...

While it is NOT a typical "fun" tale, it is definitely a good story and a fast read. It's told from a first person perspective, so once I got into the rhythm of the main character's head I was hooked.

If you are not sure about the books, I suggest this: read the first one (borrow it, or Sams has been running the paperback for less than $6) then make your decision on the other two after that.

As to the song, it fits the story beautifully...even if it were not for the movie.

Emily Hornburg said...

The books are phenomenal. Intense though - if you are an emotional person be prepared to have a box of tissues with you as you read. It really makes me think about our world and where it's going, and it breaks my heart. The characters are wonderful and it's such a great story. I also downloaded the soundtrack last night and I AM IN LOVE. They really put together some great music for the movie.

Amanda Jenae said...

Read the books! Read them!! They may not become your favorite books ever, but they are definitely worth the read.

Mindy said...

With three little kids I find it hard to get off to see a movie so i always check if there is a book. Then I can feel like I got to watch the movie in my head. I read all three books in one weekend. And thats with a 4, 2 and 2 month old.

Erin W. said...

So I've found in reading most of these comments I'm gonna be the "negative nancy" here but honesty (and often times the truth) work that way.

I'll say 2 things:
1. the first book is completely fantastic. amazing. you will NOT put it down and because of how good that book is and the way it ended you will be forced to read the 2nd one, it BEGS for a sequel -- and here's where it gets bad. The second book is good but it's not great. It will peak your interest enough to start the third one but the third book is really pretty boring. I think that Collins grasped at straws for any sort of plot to make this a trilogy and in doing so produced a poor ending to a series that started out so fantastically.
and
2. I've come to a place (since I read A LOT and see A LOT of movies) where I've just had to realize that books and film are two different mediums. Films are adaptations (at best) but in reality they are their own entities separate from books. So while with some stuff I can't help but compare (Harry Potter mostly) I usually do a pretty good job at keeping the two separate.

Hope that helps!

Nats said...

Read the books first! I'm hoping they don't screw up the movie, but if they do, you should be able to enjoy the reality of the books without the bad taste of a poorly adapted movie. They're so addictive that you can get through the series in 24 hours. My sister and I are so into the series that we've pledged not to watch the movie until we can watch it together, but seeing as she's halfway around the world. . . I don't know if I can take the waiting!

KB said...

Yes, Read them! I wasn't excited about them at first either. But a friend of mine and I vowed we'd give it a try and we both loved them! Its not something I'd typically read (especially the last book) but they are so engaging that you just can't put them down. I am stoked about the movie and can't wait to re-live the book again.
This is the first I've heard this song and I LOOOOVE it. Best Taylor Swift song ever. And i'll agree with previous comment that the video has more meaning after reading the book.

Anonymous said...

So, I'm probably the only one who thinks this, but I was super disappointed in the books. As a mom of two, I found it really weird that everyone was reading books about teenagers killing each other and enjoying that. I thought the book would be about changing the system and refusing to participate. It was actually about working the system. I had to put the book down and stop reading when the main character was mulling over how to kill someone, her justification was they were "stupid." I'm not really sure I want this message to be sent out to our teens, that some people deserve to die and some don't. I believe that God loves and values everyone, and everyone has hope for redemption. This book contradicts everything I believe about that. I really don't want to be offensive and I love a good read as much as anyone, but I just wanted to speak up about the other side that I've been convicted about.

LibertyBelle said...

Um, while I liked them, the non-conformist part of me a) wishes I hadn't read them now and b) would tell you to wait as well. Haha. I read them before I knew they were a fad. They're gripping books, but I was a bit disappointed with the ending and how it didn't necessarily have a strong right/wrong moral. But that's just me. :) Worth the read, I think, but perhaps not such classic material as Harry Potter.

Molly said...

The books are great! Such an easy read plus they know how to keep your attention. I'll be at the midnight showing tomorrow and can't wait for the next saga!

H said...

The books are INCREDIBLE!!! Couldn't put them down- highly recommended! xx

Alyssa:) said...

The Hunger Games are AWE - to the- SOME!!!!! I read the first book in two sittings. I have tickets to the midnight showing and am totally dressing up as Katniss. And my boyfriend can't decide between being Peeta or Gale.To all those who know about this predicament.... he better choose wisely!

Alyssa:) said...

The Hunger Games are AWE - to the- SOME!!!!! I read the first book in two sittings. I have tickets to the midnight showing and am totally dressing up as Katniss. And my boyfriend can't decide between being Peeta or Gale.To all those who know about this predicament.... he better choose wisely!

CelestéMarie said...

My little opinion:

Read them. Definitely. I'm a 9th grade English teacher, have been for 6 years, and quite surprisingly do not read much Young Adult Lit. I teach my kids the classics, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lord of the Flies, Romeo and Juliet, The Importance of Being Earnest, etc. However, at least 80% of my students have read the series and always seem shocked I hadn't.

My husband is an aspiring graphic designer and video director. He seemed totally excited by the trailer for the film and I thought this would be the best way to achieve something I always want for him--more pleasure reading. I bought the paperback of the first book at Target on a whim and introduced the idea of reading aloud to him while he practices drawing and painting for art class. We've nearly finished--3 chapters left as of this afternoon--and poised and ready to see the film this Saturday (buying tickets ahead of time and arriving early of course). I think you two should definitely read them... Maybe take turns reading aloud to each other a chapter or two before going to sleep--could be pretty fun :)

Anonymous said...

Personally I thought the first book was great, but the second and third became increasingly dark and political. Still wonderful, but the first book is definitely the best. Read it alone if you're in a time crunch!

Noah said...

Hi everyone!

In honor of the Hunger Games and how much she loves Safe & Sound, my friend just made this cover and posted it this morning! I'm helping her spread it around and get people's opinions. What do you think of this cover?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfVjv4CVlwM

Anonymous said...

Some of THE best books I've ever read. Don't listen to anyone who says otherwise. Set aside 3 days, grab a blanket, and park on the couch because once you start you won't want to stop. They're not "feel good" books so don't go in expecting that. You'll fall in love with the characters!
-Joc

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