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Rene Rodriguez Thumbs Convention in Excellent “Catching Fire”

In response to Rene Rodriguez’s 747‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Miami Herald

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Rene Rodriguez’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ (PG-13)” is a sight for sore eyes. Like a dip in the ocean in the middle of a South Florida heat wave, Rodriguez’s review of the latest entry in the wildly popular young adult franchise refreshes with cool prose and invigorating critique that will make you go, “ahhh.”

Rodriguez deserves kudos for doing something that sends chills down the spines of other, more cowardly critics: he sums up the premise in one concise sentence. It’s a slap in the face to lazy convention, but it’s the best kind of blasphemy.

While most critics hide behind exposition and offer cursory critiques, Rodriguez isn’t afraid to do the sometimes tedious work of teasing out his opinions, turning them over and over again in his mind until they come out as beautifully refined nuggets of analysis.

The prose is a sort of pedestrian poetry; it’s not flowery or overly artsy and the vocabulary isn’t steeped in eloquence, but it is artful in its efficiency and purposeful in its flow. Rodriguez moves deftly through his thoughts and knows when to make a clean exit.

Catching Fire deserves a look for its critic’s work ethic, solid writing and incisive critique.    

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