Hungry for the Hunger Games

Monday, March 19, 2012

Forgive me for the corny and probably overused title, but it's all that I could come up with in the short amount of time. I'm writing a quick blog post about The Hunger Games, since I literally just finished it, five minutes ago. (Also forgive me if I am incoherent at times.)

rushed on the editing... you can barely see the "H" and the "G"

I never really wanted to read The Hunger Games. I first saw the book around three years ago when I saw it at T.J. Maxx. It's a weird place to buy novels, that's for sure, but I wanted to see what the books were about. Even then, one of my friends was really into the books, so I was curious about the plot. The plot of a dystopian future society, and a girl who fights in a game, where to win, the players have to kill each other was extremely... unappealing. I don't like dystopian novels, and this setup was a little too violent for my taste.

Fast forward three years, and the movie for the book is about to come out. (More specifically, this Friday, March 23.) There's been this hype about it everywhere- the book industry, the fashion industry (a bunch of Hunger Games related things  came out and also because the main actress for the movie is a fashion darling), and even, Time magazine. Well, I dislike hypes about books because the books and the movies turn out to be lackluster.

I ate my words, since a classmate of mine had all three of the Hunger Game books. I asked her if I could borrow the first book. It's not too late to find out what the hype was all about, right? Plus, it'd be nice to read the book before I go see the movie (I'm seeing it with friends.).

The Hunger Games was so intriguing. It's a fast paced book, and I couldn't stop turning the pages. I had just gotten the book today, and I finished in three hours. I did it in mostly one sitting, which says something. Despite my deep love for books, I have enough self-control to stop myself from reading further when I have a lot of homework to do. (Currently, I am staring at my pile of homework wishing that there's no school tomorrow...)

Katniss Everdeen, the heroine of the novel, is not your run of the mill maiden in distress. She's strong and has skills. Weak is not something that comes to mind when you think of her. Yet, with such a strong heroine, the novel has a strong romantic theme to it. Fight to the death, but could you really kill the one you love? The reader goes through the novel thinking this, and hoping that there's a some weird twist that allows them to survive. The novel a nice combination of strong heroine and love, since the main character doesn't suddenly become weak when it's revealed that she's in love, like so many YA novels.

While I can't speak for how the movie will be, please read the novel before the book. You won't regret it!


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