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Kind of spoilers, I guess? You’ve been kind of warned…

I have warm fuzzy feelings for Suzanne Collins – or at least her writing ability. I finally watched Mockingjay Part 2 yesterday.

Everyone else in line waited for Will Ferrel or Harrison Ford while I waited for Jennifer and Josh.

I never go to that theater up north, but it happened to have the movie. Also, the seating and screen combination has no nearby rival. Not only does it offer 3D, but also something called RPX which promises an IMAX-like experience.

We saw Mockingjay in 2D, on a regular screen.

That was enough for me, thank you.

The seatbacks were so high, no one’s head ever got in my way, no matter how tall they were. Even the couple in front of us who couldn’t shut up during the film didn’t really bother me. I was lost in analyzing details – expressions, scene cuts, tone, and gesture.

Would I have directed it that way?

Would I have acted it that way?

Would I have written it that way?

The most haunting parts for me are those between Peeta and Katniss.

“Stay with me!”


“You love me – real or not real?”


These are the moments I intend to focus on in STAKES and THE CHANGELING TREE (heh heh…yeah. That’s still a thing.). These are the moments that show intimacy, history, vulnerability, evil, and beauty. These are the moments we remember in our own lives.

Moments like waking up to my son crawling on top of me, “Mama! Hi! I want give you hug. I want give kiss!”

Or when my husband stares at his hands, the weight of gender and role crushing him, and he whispers,

“I don’t know what to do.”

“We’ll figure it out,” I say back, and we hold each other in silence until the words begin again.

That’s where the story is for me. That’s where the heart is – those moments where it doesn’t matter if the setting is in the future, or an alien galaxy, or down the street. It doesn’t matter if there’s magic or demonic robots.

All that matters are those moments – real or not real?

#TuesdayCoffeeTalk: Real Moments
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