August 15, 2012

RTW: Favourite Sports Book

Road Trip Wednesday is a 'Blog Carnival' where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.  

This week's topic:
In honour of the end of the Olympics, share your favourite sports book.
(And in honour of Team Canada, I added a couple of Canadian 'u's to a couple of words. Bam!)



(*crickets chirping*) Um... (*gears grinding and the smell of smoke in the air*). Yeah, I have no clue. I'm a super big fan of inspirational sports movies, but sports books? Not so much. I read a biography of Sidney Crosby one time, and it was pretty good, but mostly because it was about Sidney Flipping Crosby. I mostly read it for the Awww moments and the really pretty glossy pictures. So, long story short, the best answer I could come up with for this topic was:


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Say what? Come on. I'm sure you've heard about the recent surge of interest in archery following the release of The Hunger Games movie in theatres. Let's have a look at some of the sports and sort-of-sports in the book and/or movie:

I'm taking the risk that Lionsgate won't sue me for using this.

As already mentioned, archery played a role in the book and the movie version of HG. Katniss has some pretty sweet bow skills (now she just needs to buff up on her bow staff and nunchuck skills and she'll be a triple threat).






Again, thank you, Lionsgate for this image. Don't sue me.



Looky what we have here. Is that a spear I see before me? Isn't spear-throwing sorta kinda like javelin? And javelin's definitely a sport, so can't we call this a sport too?








We love you, Lionsgate. :D Look, free advertising!




And then there's the running. Lots and lots of running.






If we wanted to, we could even call Foxface's little hop, skip, and jump routine over the land mines kind of like triple jump. Of course, in all of these cases the stakes were a heck of a lot higher than a mere medal count, making one's nation proud, or whether or not the victor would get to run laps donning his/her nation's flag like a cape. So I guess that takes it out of the realm of sport and into survival, but hey, I did my best.


Do you have any favourite sports books? Care to share?

28 comments:

  1. Well, that's a neat choice. Archery sure seems cool. I bet I would be an epic fail on it, though.
    On my post I mentioned Harry Potter and Quidditch lol
    Great post!

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    1. Quidditch is definitely a sport lol. :) I wasn't sure if I should use HG because I don't want to make light of the fact that it isn't sport, it's kids killing kids. I hope people understand what I was going for here.

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  2. I don't watch any sports, which might explain why I have little to no interest in books centering upon a particular sport. That said, I really loved reading Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand.

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    1. I loved the movie of Seabiscuit, so I might actually enjoy the book. I just don't tend to flock toward sports books. :)

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  3. I saw the prompt and drew a total blank--I'm not much of a sports person. Although later this afternoon I realized that I loved The Art of Fielding, which was a baseball book.
    I think this is a great and very clever response!

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    1. I drew a blank too. I even took a good look at my contemporary shelf thinking there might be something there. Nope. So I had to get creative, though it made me a bit nervous using HG. Like I said to Juliana, I don't want people thinking I'm making light of kids killing kids or something. O_o

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  4. When I read the topic, I actually looked at Hunger Games and thought to myself, "No...I can't use that." I love your reasoning!

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    1. This was a really tough subject for someone who really doesn't read (or like the idea of) sports books. Not that I want to make light of the killing in HG or anything.

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  5. Hey, it's not cheating.=D The Hunger Games is practically a sport. Brutal but a sport. Definitely not one I hope to to see at the Olympics though!

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    1. Well, it's hard not to make comparisons between the televised Hunger Games with districts sending representatives to compete and the Olympics. I agree with you: I really don't want to see an Olympics like that!

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  6. The Hunger Games counts! As a side note, it drives me insane how my laptop doesn't like when I add u's too words like "favourite". Spell check, get your act together.

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    1. I feel like I'm bilingual in a way lol! I write my WiP using American spellings of words, but in real life (including this blog) I use the Canadian spellings. It's weird that my brain is able to recognize the difference without much effort. But yes, it is a total pain in the bum! :)

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  7. I'd have to say the Slapshots series by Gordon Korman, which I read to my son this past winter. Totally funny, totally Canadian and Gordon Korman is the author who first made me want to write waaaaaaay back when I was a kid :)

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    1. Ah yes, Gordon Korman. My favourite book of his will always be I Want To Go Home. Many laughs were had while reading that book years ago. :D

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  9. Great choice! I actually gave a little thought to Hunger Games for a sports-related book, as well. DVD is out soon - can't wait!!

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    1. I can't wait either! It comes out the day before my birthday, so I think it'll make a good birthday present for myself. :D

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  10. I love your photo captions :D Love them! (a sports book I enjoyed was CATCHING JORDAN but the romance there was also very cute :P)

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    1. Oh and FORGET YOU by Jennifer Echols, also steamy and it does have sports (Sara mentioned it :-))

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    2. I totally gambled that Lionsgate wouldn't come after me. These pics are on SOOOO many blogs that I figure it's probably safe. I really need to get around to reading CATCHING JORDAN and FORGET YOU. People keep mentioning them and I'm sure I'd love them. :)

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    3. Yes, the photo captions cracked me up! I feel paranoid using pinterest after all the recent hub-bub over copyright infringement, and now I see it was just opened up for ipad and an Android app; even more potential for crazy copyright infringing pinning.

      Anyway, Catching Jordan was the book that came to mind for me. I read it soon after finishing up the Friday Night Lights TV series, which I LOVED despite it being about football(since it's not really about football). :)

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  11. Excellent, Jaime! (Like I expected anything less from you.) And there's wrestling and boxing in HG... well, sort of... not with gloves and protective helmets... and the loser may be punched to death... but in principle anyway! And I agree with Elodie--LOVE the picture comments! :D

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    1. Thanks, Colin! :) I totally forgot about the whole hand-to-hand combat thing! I meant to include it, but somehow forgot. Ah well. I kind of went out on a limb using HG in the first place, hoping that nobody would be offended by the choice. I don't want people thinking I'm making light of the kids killing kids aspect of the story or anything. At least nobody here was offended. :)

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  12. Haha! GREAT choice! Why didn't I think of that?!

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  13. So true! It made me want to try archery, which has never happened before. :) Great pick!

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  14. I didn't think of this one either, but you're right, it's definitely a sports book...also, historically/culturally sports are a form of war games/practice, so Hunger Games brings that back full circle.

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  15. No seriously. There aren't many times I read one of your posts, that I DON'T fall out of my chair laughing. This post? Yeah, it didn't fail either! The photo captions alone, not to mention the supporting paragraphs - "Is that a spear I see before me?" Still laughing, Jaime!

    And I'm sorry, a sport is anything that would require someone to be in shape to participate in. And I? Yeah, I'm not sure I would've made it out of the tube in THE HUNGER GAMES. And like that eCard funny said, "I workout because I would've been the first to die in THE HUNGER GAMES." Couldn't be more true.

    What other books would I pick? Well, there's the mess that's FIFTY SHADES OF GREY - I don't think I need to point out the sport in that series. Okay, seriously - there's BITTERSWEET by Sarah Ockler. Filled with none other than gorgeous hockey boys and the MC Hudson, is a competitive ice skater. And I agree with some of the above comments on HP and Quidditch. Always a sport in my book.

    Excellent post, Jaime. You made my Tuesday here at the office. :)

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  16. This was funny. 1. We watched HG last nigh,t as it happens! 2. I miss the Olympics. 3. During the Olympics my son said, "If I am going to achieve Olympic greatness, it will have to be in archery." He's 9. :)

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