So I have finally succumbed to the media giant and decided to read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I would totally feel like a sell out if it wasn’t so damn good. I mean, seriously damn good.
As punishment, the districts are required to send two tributes, guy and a girl, to the Capitol every year to participate in the Hunger Games. Does this remind anybody else of King Minos and Theseus? Well if you know that story you know how book 1 goes, and likely the entire series, but I will have to read the rest of the story to confirm. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t read the book. I did say it’s damn good, right?
District 12 is perhaps the poorest of the 12 districts. Surly neither of their tributes have much of a chance to win even though Haymitch did manage to win it many years ago. Though that was many years ago and he has since become a drunkard but still charged with mentoring the two tributes, Peeta and Katniss.
Even after reading the entire book, I don’t think I ever got quite accustomed to the 1st person, present tense thing. I kind of learned to ignore it though.
But there are at least 2 big concerns that do not make sense and prevents this book from being absolutely perfect in my opinion.
1) If the parachute comes down to drop gifts, doesn’t it tell all tributes where you are? That seems odd when hiding out is the difference between life and death.
2) Okay, 16 year old female hunter turns into a killer in the arena, I can accept that. We’ve already seen that happen in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. But the romantic, gushy stuff in the cave? No, that doesn’t happen with a 16 year old girl and guy. No.
Now to make my sellout totally complete, I must watch the movie now before starting book 2.
edit: Ok, the movie is as bad as the book is good. I stopped watching after an hour or so.