If I’m being completely honest I’m lagging in my book completion game. I count at least 7 books on my book shelf and in my nightstand that have bookmarks stabbed somewhere between pages. At the moment the two books I am focusing on knocking out before they are adapted into films is Kevin Kwan’s “China Rich Girlfriend” and Suzanne Collins’s “Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes”.
China Rich Girlfriend
I fell in love with Crazy Rich Asians by the end of the first chapter. Believable characters you can sympathize and be irritated with. Witty and humorous dialogue. A plot many of us can relate to. A great visualization of another culture. The details of certain phrase/ words and what they mean were a bonus.
I am always open to reading; watching; and learning about other cultures/societies. I think a certain former US President did the Asian community dirty by coining the coronavirus as the Chinese Disease, putting Asian Americans as risk of harassment and assault. America needs to stop blaming its own shortcomings on people overseas and different people who were born in America like any other person. Let us please educate ourselves on all people of the world.
Back to the book. Poor sweet Rachel Young. She just can’t seem to catch a break. Mrs. Young- Nick Young’s mother- is the absolute worst! By far the most infuriating fictional mother I have seen/read about so far. Parents, just let your grown child have his/her way, especially in terms of who they choose to spend the rest of their lives with. If you yourself have ever struggled with your future in-laws I highly recommend you experience Kevin Kwain’s “Crazy Rich Asians” as well as its two follow up books.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.
Much like the Disney + series Obi-Wan, this a piece of fiction didn’t think was needed, but that I’m glad is here. If Star Wars can give us the origin of one of the most iconic villains ever- Darth Vader- the so too can the Hunger Game franchise give us the story of Katniss Everdeen’s adversary Coriolanus Snow. It seems like it was just yesterday when I was in awe in of the film adaptation of Catching Fire. With this prequel book set to be adapted to the big screen come 2023, best believe I’m trying binge this book on weekends and after long days at work.