Scrapbooking and The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games Scrapbook Mockingjay*spoiler spoiler spoiler spoiler spoiler spoiler spoiler spoiler spoiler*

If you haven’t read The Hunger Games, stop reading this post and go read the series (the movie doesn’t count).  If you’ve only read the first two books, stop reading this and finish the third book.  This post and the photo above spoils the very end of the series.

All right?  Are we clear on the above?  Okay.

I was finishing up Mockingjay, the third book in The Hunger Games series.  I was right at the end end and guess what?  Katniss talks about scrapbooking (the main character, but I shouldn’t have to tell you that because if you are reading this post, you’ve read the books).

At the end of the story, Katniss creates a scrapbook.  It’s a therapeutic way to deal with everything she’s been through and helps her get closure with some of her issues.  She is determined to remember the people that were lost in the story.

Katniss models her scrapbook after a plant book her family had where they “recorded those things that cannot be trusted to memory.”  In her new book, she records “all the details it would be a crime to forget.”

The way she describes the scrapbook really resonated with me.  It reminds me why I scrapbook.  It’s about remembering people and tucking away keepsakes.

Scrapbooking Hunger Games MockingjayIf you read this post and haven’t read the series, I’m so mad at you.

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4 thoughts on “Scrapbooking and The Hunger Games

  1. How did I forget this? I was probably already crying when I read this part and just didn’t remember. It is lovely – and exactly what scrapbooking is all about.

    I don’t know about you, but I make my scrapbooks for me. I don’t worry about what other people want or think. I think Katniss feels the same :)

    • Exactly! I like how you distilled the idea of how it speaks as to whom she scrapbooks for. I’m that same way after many years of questioning why I do it. I know now that it’s just for me.

  2. Yeah, I was too upset reading the end the first time so I may need to go re-read this part so I can get the full impact. I love how she puts it – it would be a crime to forget. I also feel like my scrapbooks are cathartic at times though I haven’t been through anything quite like what Katniss when through….

    • I think we can’t compare her story to ours because I think it would make us question why we scrapbook. I agree, I find it cathartic and I can’t really explain why.

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