I still stumble upon book bloggers who are just now getting into the series by Suzanne Collins, or some that haven’t read it yet. Those bloggers normally say it doesn’t seem like the book for them. But you know what? It is, it is, the book for you. And you. And you over there, with the messy desk and runny nose.
So I want to know, how’d you hear about it? When did you discover it?
I read Hunger Games when it first came out. I’m am proud to say that I helped build the band wagon, jumped on it and have been driving it all over the world trying to get people to read it since. I actually heard about Hunger Games long before I was a book blogger. Stephenie Meyers, yes the author of Twilight, mentioned HG on her website before it came out. It sounded like Battle Royale meets The Lottery, so I picked it up as soon as it was released.
Like in Battle Royale, kids must battle to the death, and only one can be the winner. BR was made into a movie, and later a series of manga. I’d definitely recommend it, although it’s even more violent than Hunger Games.
Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
Koushun Takami’s notorious high-octane thriller is based on an irresistible premise: a class of junior high school students is taken to a deserted island where, as part of a ruthless authoritarian program, they are provided arms and forced to kill one another until only one survivor is left standing. Criticized as violent exploitation when first published in Japan – where it then proceeded to become a runaway bestseller – Battle Royale is a Lord of the Flies for the 21st century, a potent allegory of what it means to be young and (barely) alive in a dog-eat-dog world. Made into a controversial hit movie of the same name, Battle Royale is already a contemporary Japanese pulp classic, now available for the first time in the English language
Of course Stephen King has covered this ground too- in a couple novellas like The Running Man and The Long Walk.
So even though I didn’t think Hunger Games was a unique idea, I was impressed at the dystopian world that Collins created. Katniss is a fantastic heroine, one that I believe will go down with the Scout’s and Elizabeth Bennet’s of literary history. Yes, like in Twilight, there is a love triangle. But it’s not the main focus, and it adds to story and it’s never really a full blown love triangle. Katniss, Peeta and Gale have other things on their minds than just hooking up. Like surviving. And while there were Team Peeta and Team Gale people (for the record I was Team Gale), it was pretty tame. It’s possible to like both guys, for instance even though I liked Gale it was mostly because I thought Peeta could do better. 😉
I am so excited for the movie, the previews are amazing. Tickets are already purchased for the 12:20 showing. My friend Kim from On The Wings of Books, talked me out of wearing an evening gown, dousing it with gasoline and setting myself on fire to achieve Katniss’ girl on fire look. Most movie theaters have pesky fire codes. And I’m not trying to die before the movie starts.
Maybe I’ll just wear gray clothes and skip dinner so that I arrive hungry. Dressing up for Hunger Games isn’t as easy as Harry Potter or Rocky Horror, that’s for sure.