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The Hunger Games Darth_Katie Send a noteboard - 04/03/2012 07:53:10 AM
Now I've been gone for a while, but the movies are coming out soon, so some of you may be wondering about the books. Idk if you've already had posts about the Hunger Games, but I'm going to offer up my review anyway:

I love the irony of that they're making a movie of this book. That's all. It's just so ... perfect. And let's be honest, they can pretty much take the book as it is written and slap it up onto the screen and everything would work out perfectly because that's THE ENTIRE POINT! It's a dystopia that is distinctly modern, a beautiful almost satire-like twist on "reality" television. Survivor on crack-cocaine. Everything that happens falls into a wonderful story, and that's because the characters want it to be so. That's the whole point of the Games: to make a story, a horribly, horribly violent story of forcing small children into desperation and murder. The fun part is figuring out how our heroes are going to not only stay alive, but keep themselves from falling into that violent mindset.

What I'm trying to say here is that I really liked this book. It was a very fun and fast read, quite enthralling. The story is told in the first person present tense, which I often don't like but I think worked very here to heighten the urgency and immediacy of what was happening. Naturally, we get to know Katniss the best, and she is the roundest and most developed character. She is also a very interesting character. Her strength, tenacity, and cunning are refreshing. I've heard her described as "the anti-Bella" which while completely true, kind of also belittles Katniss a bit. But at any rate, most of the other characters are pretty flat, which is fine because they do their jobs. I think mostly what fits this book into the category "Young Adult" is the relative simplicity of the plot and the characters (as well as their ages). Nothing wrong with that! Though I am left really itching to know how the mechanics of the government of Panem really work. But Katniss doesn't know, so we won't know. I have high hopes for Catching Fire ... the Games are over, but the REAL games are maybe just beginning?

The second book only gets better, and then the third book really takes a radical shift in tone. I will post my review later if there are people who are interested in discussing it.
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The Hunger Games - 04/03/2012 07:53:10 AM 1901 Views
I have got to read these. - 04/03/2012 11:46:49 AM 912 Views
Oh yeah, they're super easy to read - 04/03/2012 06:58:03 PM 994 Views
Interesting you say the second one is better. - 04/03/2012 01:00:39 PM 1120 Views
I actually really liked the third book - 04/03/2012 07:05:28 PM 1176 Views
I heard they were awful... - 05/03/2012 01:11:07 AM 870 Views
I intend to read them at some point... and the government's name is pretty clever. - 05/03/2012 11:28:09 PM 929 Views
Where's the divided opinion? - 06/03/2012 05:48:47 PM 946 Views
That's not true - 07/03/2012 12:41:06 PM 1030 Views
It's anything like twilight only in the sense that it has a lot of fans. - 07/03/2012 03:36:43 PM 943 Views
What about the fact it plagiarizes a better book and movie? - 10/03/2012 04:38:15 PM 806 Views
Which plagiarized Dune and so on and so forth. [Battle Royale plagiarized the Lotterry, etc, etc] - 12/03/2012 06:29:35 PM 919 Views
You can't improve on perfection - 12/03/2012 06:36:38 PM 830 Views
Hmm. - 30/03/2012 05:12:24 AM 1004 Views
More. - 06/03/2012 07:45:15 PM 960 Views
First person present tense sounds horrible for me - 07/03/2012 12:42:12 PM 950 Views
Even before reading on wikipedia, I thought, "this is a rip-off of Battle Royale." - 10/03/2012 01:33:55 AM 847 Views
Definitely can vouch for the movie. *NM* - 10/03/2012 07:55:32 PM 394 Views
Perhaps you're doing it an injustice... - 23/03/2012 09:03:45 PM 892 Views
Possible explanations. - 23/03/2012 10:50:36 PM 1022 Views
Re: Possible explanations. - 24/03/2012 01:11:19 PM 921 Views
The movie was just released on Blu-Ray. - 24/03/2012 05:20:51 PM 866 Views
They were okay - 25/03/2012 12:58:30 PM 887 Views
I have a question re: difference to the film - 29/03/2012 09:51:57 AM 1146 Views
(way too detailed) Answers. - 29/03/2012 06:02:38 PM 991 Views
You know what I was thinking, watching the movies? - 30/03/2012 05:16:11 AM 917 Views
You wouldn't make it out of the initial bloodbath. - 30/03/2012 03:50:08 PM 797 Views
Ha! - 10/04/2012 04:32:19 AM 941 Views

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