How excited the fandom is. I mean, I’m sure it’s a good series, don’t get me wrong, but it’s about children KILLING EACH OTHER. Now, I don’t have much context, I haven’t read it (and it’s a three month waiting list at all south suburban libraries) but this, to me, is a disturbing concept. And the fact that people are “fangirling” over it also disturbs me.
Another book had kids killing each other- Lord of the Flies. I hated that fucking book. Everyone I know who’s read it hated it. It was a terrible book. (not much of it’s awfulness having to do with the kid on kid murder, more the bad writing.)
I’m just a little concerned. That’s all. Especially since the movie is coming out soon, and I know how the media does things….
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Just pointing out the relevant obvious: people die in media all the time! People are so desensitized (I’m not saying it’s a good thing, it’s merely a thing) that death? It’s no big deal.
What people really typically like or appreciate are the characters and the thoughtfulness of the plot. In a world where Twilight is kind of a literary norm, Hunger Games isn’t even equivalent to Lord of the Flies. It has decent writing and good
side characters, and if you asked readers, most wouldn’t call the deaths their favorite part of the book. It’s a plot you don’t see in much modern (past ten years) literature that’s popular, and that’s good! It’s good to have variety that kids can read!
It is about games that children die in, yes. But it isn’t three books of children dying with no plot. Katniss isn’t just The Girl Who Lived (that’s sort of Harry Potter’s thing!), she’s a protagonist in her own right within her own setting, and she has her own problems to face and conquer. I can’t speak for the movie, but if it’s anything like the book it doesn’t treat death like something you can brush off. Katniss is confronted again and again with people dying because of her, and she has to build herself up again to keep more people from dying. Death isn’t confined to Hunger Games; look at the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, or Adventure Time, or any other thing you can think of! The difference with Hunger Games is that it addresses death and violence directly, and the protagonist’s feelings about it. That’s really all.
But, like you said, you haven’t read it. I’d recommend it, personally, if you’re going to see the movie. It might add some context for you.
(Also, I loved Lord of the Flies! So there you go, some people actually do like that dusty old relic.)