I just don't get it..why is everyone so enthralled with the Hunger Games? I've invited GHS, my non-fiction reviewer to dissect it, and who knows...maybe I'll be a convert.....maybe.
Here's what GHS had to say about THE HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY......His next stop probably will be the movie theater..It opens this weekend.
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The Hunger Games
The HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY by Suzanne Collins has all the makings of a successful franchise—and rightly so! The story takes place in the future, somewhere on the continental U.S. in the aftermath of an apocalyptic event that created a new country ruled by ‘the capitol’ and 13 surrounding districts.
Each year, as a reminder of their subservience to the capital, each district is forced to send 2 ‘tributes’ to compete in a televised event where the tributes fight to the death. It’s all very similar to the hit reality show ‘Survivor’—except the contestants die until there is a victor.
The residents of the capital anticipate the games like we anticipate the ‘Super Bowl’ and they can wager on the contestants—while the districts are forced to watch their children suffer. Since the contestants in the Hunger Games are technically children (young teenagers), the story introduces a very controversial topic—children killing children.
However (I think) that because the story takes place in a fantasy future world, the deaths in the games give way to a larger story of love (yes, there is a love triangle) and basic human instincts or morality, freedom and truth.
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A BLOG READER FROM MASSACHUSETTS WRITES:
JSS: "You are just sooooo hibrow!!!!! Get down in the trenches with those of us who love books like Harry Potter and Dungeons and Dragons and Game of Thrones!!!
I have just finished the 2nd of the 3 books and can't wait to start the last.
The themes are just teenage melodramas with simple but moralistic thoughts about life and fairness. A book can be finished in a few hours by skipping over segments of these sidetracks and focusing on the story that captivates your interest.
Get down here with the rest of us and enjoy the thrills!!"
A BLOG READER FROM NORWAY WRITES:
"The big deal is that kids are killing kids. Is such literature to be recommended? Then dangerous and the prohibited can be irresistible. Fiction has always been a playpen and a laboratory where nerve-wracking experiences can come close without any risks. Generations of kids have loved stories about torture and death.
Hunger Games is more brutal than anything we have seen so far, and I can't see any other motive for writing and putting such stories on screen than profit. It might be well written, but I can't find a single good reason to recommend reading stuff like that, especially to young people."
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