I did it. I jumped on The Hunger Games bandwagon…how could I not? This was not a trilogy based on frivolous love that made teen girls swoon (Twilight, anyone?) but a tale of a corrupt society about which both children and adults can enjoy reading. Sure, maybe the book was meant for thirteen-year olds, but I decided to embrace my inner thirteen-year old. It’s not too hard for me to lower (raise?) myself into a middle school mindset. With all the hoopla of the new movie coming out, I wanted to make sure I was an expert on the new fad du jour.
One day. That’s all it took for me to read the 374 page book about the horrific Hunger Games and the fight to the death that kids aged 12-18 must witness and participate in every year in the fictional world of Panem. Think of it like Congress…only the kids are more mature. Author Suzanne Collins doesn’t use sex, drugs or rock and roll to entice the reader. She started the Hunger Games trilogy with a simple concept: give the reader an underdog who must constantly overcome unthinkable obstacles to survive. Heroine Katniss Everdeen is different than most protagonists and not just because she has a weird name. Perhaps the author got the idea from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. She has no desire for fame or money. If only I could be so noble. And on top of all of this she has two handsome hunks completely in love with her. If only I could be so lucky. Where can I sign up to be in this book? On second thought, I’ll skip the battle to the death part. Now if only she could make up her mind. I admit the love triangle becomes a bit exhausting; but enough twists and turns of adventure occur along the way that my frustration becomes frequently interrupted.
No matter what your age, find a way to buy or borrow (but preferably not steal) this book. Sit back, relax and read. It’s a fascinating concept of a society that is not so foreign to some people in this world – think Congress again. Plus any book that has been on The New York Times bestseller list for over three consecutive years has got to be good. Be sure to read it soon though. The huge blockbuster movie comes out in theaters March 23rd. You can catch Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks and even Lenny Kravitz bring the characters to life on the big screen.
Go ahead; jump on The Hunger Games bandwagon. Everyone else is doing it… after that, follow me off the bridge.