Friday, May 04, 2012

exploring Suzanne

My boxed set of Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games Trilogy arrived yesterday. Last night, as is my wont before I go to sleep, I cracked open the first book and set to reading. On the second page of text, I encountered this:

I swing my legs off the bed and slide into my hunting boots. Supple leather that has molded to my feet. I pull on trousers, a shirt, tuck my long dark braid up into a cap, and grab my forage bag.

Anyone else find it strange to put your boots on before you put your pants on? Perhaps the universe of The Hunger Games operates according to different physical laws. That, or Katniss likes her trousers super-baggy.



SJHoneywell said...

It's reminiscent of the moment in Robinson Crusoe when he strips down naked and swims out to the ship. There, he fills his pockets with food and swims back.

Elisson said...


In Robinson Crusoe's case, he apparently must have had a bad anal fistula that he was able to use as a pocket.

John from Daejeon said...

I believe that she is referring to hunting boots along the lines of moccasins of true, prey-stalking, hunters and not the humongous hiking/hunting boots that today's Rambo-types like to wear as they ride their four wheelers/gators out to their deer stands as they wait to ambush their prey from inside heated/air-conditioned cabin-like stands.

And as a country-raised kid who used to wear moccasins growing up, I remember them sliding very easily in and out of my jeans without having to take them off, and I had/have no problems imagining Katniss doing the very same thing.

Charles said...

I'm with John on the moccasins--that was the first thing I thought of as well. Although I'd like to pick another bone with Collins: if the leather is still supple, it hasn't molded to her feet yet.