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My Honest Opinions on: 'The Hunger Games'

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PagesofAngels Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm not one for fads. Usually if everyone else is doing it, I'll avoid it at all costs. This is exactly what I've done with 'Twilight' and I would've done the same with 'Hunger Games' had it not been for my 8th grade English teacher who was a flipping fangirl for the stuff. She made us read the first book cover-to-cover in class. I wasn't comfortable with being forced to read a book I had sworn to avoid, but that didn't stop me from being open about it. I remember opening the cover and thinking "This shouldn't be too bad. Heck, I'll give it a shot." Well I gave it a shot, read it completely through, and I've hated myself for it since then!

Now before you start flaming me, let me point this out: I don't hate Suzane Collins. She is a good writer and I'm happy for her that her book has done so well. All I'm saying is that I despise the 'Hunger Games', not her (how can I hate someone I've never met). Ok, moving on. Like I've pointed out, the book was not badly written. It had good descriptions/word choice/detailing/etc. but there was one tiny little thing that crawled under my skin and gave me a rash from first chapter to last chapter (there were other things, but this is what it all boils down to): Melodrama. I cannot STAND melodrama in books or in real life!

Basically I felt that the whole thing was played a bit too seriously. The poor characters didn't help much either. Peeta, good gosh! I can't even name a personality trait from him! He's just the pretty boy who's simply there to be the love interest. Katniss has one personality trait and one only: she's brave. That's it. She's never scared, sad, lonely, or anything. She was very monotone throughout the whole thing and I don't ever recall her having any other emotion besides brave/determined. Even if she changed emotions at some point it was not stated/described enough for me to pick it up. I can name several moments were the emotion of fear could've/should've been present in her character: when she volunteers as tribute, when she goes live on camera for the interviews, when she's sizing up the other tributes, when the countdown to the game starts, when she sees someone die...should I go on? The only moment I recall where her demeanor changed just a bit was when she was hallucinating from the bee stings, all the rest of the time her emotions are flat lined on brave. Because of this, she came off as totally over-the-top to me.

Speaking of over-the-top, I found myself literally laughing out loud when *SPOILERS* Rue kicks the bucket. ... Oh. Boy. Where do I begin? First off, none of the other tributes have a big dramatic death scene. Rue having a death scene is understandable, as she knows Katniss better than they do. But by how much?! They know each other for like a day and as soon as they meet they become "insta-friends". Don't get me wrong, I know it's human psychology for someone to build a bond with a person they've known only a short time in an emotionally charged environment, but I swear they meet and they're like "you're my BFF!" Not only that, but Rue is barely in the story and she only serves as a plot device to get the story moving by upsetting the crowd with her death. This is why she's only in the story as a character for about three chapters (mentioning her once at the very beginning does not count) and while she's there she and Katniss do absolutely nothing. They meet, they're insta-friends, and then Rue gets a spear to the ribs. The fact that she's described as little and cute, has a best friend instantly, and that everyone in the flipping country is upset when she dies reminds me of something.....*cough*Mary-Sue*cough cough* They play up her death as big and dramatic as well, with Katniss holding her in her arms and decorating her body with flowers before sending her away. These aspects I have no problem with in any other book, as they can make for good drama...but having these things done for a character we barely know just makes me roll my eyes. Having a dramatic death scene the scale of Rue's is perfectly fine...if we actually give a crap about that character and as long as it's not blown completely out of proportions.

As I was saying, when this scene popped up I was wetting myself with laughter. I remember thinking "This is silly, but at least it can't get any worse." Then Rue asked Katniss to sing to her and I lost it. How cliché can you get? Even if this scene were for a character I cared about, it still wouldn't fly. This made the scene so over-the-top and unrealistic it was hysterical and made me lose what little (oh, so little) hope I had for the rest of the book. Bottom line is this: I found the book to be so melodramatic it was humorous and the characters all annoyed me.

If you like the books then good for you, I'm just sharing my honest opinions. This, in all honesty, is how the story came across to me. Everyone has different interpretations of creative works of art; this is mine. My only lament for being open with my opinions is that no one else seems to despise the 'Hunger Games' like I do. Oh well. Thanks for letting me share my opinions with you.

~~PagesofAngels
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Starlit-Sorceress Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I didn't care for the romance, and it was weird in the later books when Katniss started going crazy.

I agree that Rue's death scene was a little manipulative. I almost felt the author reading over my shoulder going, "OMG isn't this so SAD???"

But if I was Rue, I would have wanted Katniss to sing to me, so I can't blame her for that.
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Karvick Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I feel the key to this is simple:

Battle Royale was actually trying to make a point, regardless of it being the book, the manga or the films. Hunger Games just has that feeling of bad knock off and franchise money grabbing attached to it. As a result the core message of the story gets lost.

If your too young to have heard of BR and you like it then good for you but I think most people will agree that there are many other books out there that deal with these themes so much better; BR being the one that stands out the most due to cult status.
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trivialtales Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
I watched the movie... With rifftrax on...

I might read the book someday, but probably won't.
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ToxicKittyCat Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
High Five! I've read entire trilogy, because each ended with a cliffhanger (anger), and trust me, book I is better than 2 and 3 (book 3 is most poorly written and characterised book I had read recently).
It's fine, but narrative is painful it takes me 2 weeks to finish this thin book (while completing 600 p Deathly Hallows 2 days). Peeta is pain in the... And Gale was NEVER described. And you call this love triangle!
There's action in 1,2 but 3... No. On contrary entire book is about Katniss in hospital. There's no subplots, depth to other characters, 3 and 2 have terrible pacing, no descriptions of environment, world building is shallow and there's no conclusion what so ever. It's overrated.
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Rjnox Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I finshed the first book of 'the Hunger Games', I couldn't wait to get the next one. In my opinion Suzanne Collins' writing style was/is really exciting. But the second and third part of this triology aren't nearly as good as the first. And sometimes the plot became pretty implausible. Nevertheless, I think it's worth reading them.
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I just finished the audiobook, and it may have been the style the narrator used, but I too found things a bit over dramatic or just straight up unbelievable.

But then there were words or descriptions used that just felt like they were there to sound smart.  Or something.  I'm not that big of a fan of Suzanne Collins, and less now after reading the book.  She just doesn't strike me as that great of a writer.



But, the movie seemed pretty faithful to the book.  So plus there, but that's another matter :lol:
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ragin227 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
I thought the hunger games were good, but like a lot of people here they didn't completely blow me away. Maybe they should have but they didn't, I wouldn't read them over and over again. But with the kind of attention they've been getting I thought I would want to do that. I agree that Peeta was a very annoying character, and the whole thing got a bit too into the love triangle for me. I mean seriously, am I just unromantic, or does Katniss have more important things to worry about than who's hearth she breaks? I only really liked the first book, and even that I wouldn't read again
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twipplestoast Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013   Writer
The writing for me felt much too basic for someone older to really enjoy. It felt directed more towards the 12, 13 year olds. To be honest, I had a bad taste in my mouth from it's announcement simply for the fact of children killing one another to apease the adults. However, I gave it a shot, thinking because of all the buzz it must have been a great series. But I was left feeling like I had wasted my time reading it. The deaths seemed meaninless and it didn't leave you feeling any better about yourself. It was quite the oposite; it made you feel depressed. At least me.

If you're going to kill a character at least get the audience attached to that character, and for goodness' sake, give their death meaning. I didn't shed one tear when any of the characters died, and please, don't get me started on the love triangle. We have way more than what need be told. Overall, it's just a very overrated series.
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knoire Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahem. Battle Royale
did it way better
the end

Seriously, though, I agree that the Hunger Games made itself much more important than it really was. WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL ABOUT THE BOOK? I read it, vaguely enjoyed a chapter or two, but mostly was bored by the whole thing, and never thought about it again.

Also, the characters in Battle Royale were all given backstories. I mean, ALL OF THEM. It really made you think about the value of life as you see these characters, these PEOPLE, being mercilessly killed off. THG doesn't give a shit about any of its characters.

Ok, rant over, but I'm glad to see someone who's not oggling over Peeta *shudder*
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AprilMcGuire Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
BR, eh? I didn't know BR was inspired by Spartacus. Hmmm.......
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