The Hunger Games: Best of 2010 … Everything Else
December 26, 2010 § 5 Comments
Yes, it’s true: I devoured a three-part young adult series that prominently features a who-will-she-choose love triangle. I didn’t expect to enjoy it it nearly as much as I did, but I bought the first book in The Hunger Games trilogy on our first day in Hawaii. A few chapters in, I bought the second and the third because I knew I had to read the full story, fast — and I’d nearly finished all three by the time vacation was over.
When these start getting made into films, the comparisons to Twilight are inevitable. You’ve got a female character torn between two strong male characters, so yes, there’s that similarity, but the books completely diverge from there (I’m guessing; I haven’t actually read the Twilight books). The Hunger Games are one part reality TV (think Big Brother crossed with Survivor), one part On the Beach, and one part Star Wars — in a post-apocalyptic world run by the mysterious Capitol, the surviving Districts must send two Tributes into an arena where they fight to the death … broadcast live on TV. Katniss Everdeen has her moments of brooding inaction, but for the most part, she’s deep with emotion and she will kick your ass. I’m honestly not sure how they’re going to make the books into films — they are designed to be about the horrors and fallout of war, and so they are graphically violent and punishing. The ending of the final book left me sobbing, and so gutted that I had to take a weeklong break from reading.
Was it worth it? Yes.