I avoided The Hunger Games for a while; I assumed it was just another Twilight-esque teenage romance. Finally, after hearing enough people tell me that it was really good despite the young adult label, I decided I’d give it a try. Honestly? Regardless of the lack of conservative Mormon politics and Katniss Everdeen’s ability to use a weapon, it was still terrible. It’s not quite as damaging as Twilight, in my opinion, but it is damaging that people see this as a significant improvement to the young adult genre. It isn’t.
I finally got around to reading The Hunger Games last night (the first book, not the whole trilogy), and I agree it’s not as good as I thought it would be, but I disagree that it’s even CLOSE to being as bad as Twilight. But, it is definitely not the next Harry Potter, or Lord of the Flies.
In fact, I agree with a lot of points raised in this post in regards to grammar and just general plot. But, I don’t think the entire point of the book was to represent a post-apocalyptic version of North America, but more a commentary on the state of our society as it stands right now.
TL:DR: The Hunger Games isn’t a love story, and can’t be taken as a post-apocalyptic story either. It should be read as a commentary on today’s society and what popular culture deems entertainment.
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