A new website calls for a new 30 Day Book Challenge. Hopefully this time I’ll be able to complete it. So I’ve scrapped everything have already done and have picked up a new list of questions.
So here we go:
The Best Book I Read Last Year: The Hunger Games
Over the summer one of my friends took it upon herself to convince me into reading The Hunger Games. I may confess that I love teen fiction, but I had been a little wary after the world had exploded with the Twilight fandom (I’ll talk about that later). I had heard a lot of talk about The Hunger Games. I had heard it was the new Harry Potter and the new Twilight. Someone even had the gall to say on a forum that Katniss was a strong female role model like Bella. Yeah, I know. I shouldn’t trust everything I hear on the Internet… But can you blame me? That was just down right terrifying.
So after much begging and pleading, my friend shoved the books into my hands and I sat down and read them.
First off, to that person who compared Katniss to Bella had no idea what thy were talking about. Where Bella has no personality or purpose, Katniss explodes with it, over the course of the trilogy the Reader gets to see Katniss grow and develop (not always in a good way) in response to everything around her. Katniss is strong but she does have her faults making her seem believable. You know that she has skills and she can hold her own. You want her to get through the Games. But that being said, this was one of the books where I was scared that the main character was not going to survive. The danger Katniss faces almost seems too much for her. If I hadn’t known that The Hunger Games was the first book in a trilogy I would have probably been even more squeamish about it. Teen fiction loves its happy endings, the death of the main character is not a happy ending. Off the top of my head I can only think of a couple of teen books where the main character dies. Normally if someone is going to die in a teen book it’s the love interest or a family character. Death of main characters would be something interesting to look at.
The best thing about The Hunger Games is how it handles teen romance. Romance as we all know is one of the crutches that teen lit can’t live without. The Hunger Games knows this and gives Katniss two love interests, but this is not the focus. Katniss is always aware that there is something more important then the boys in her life and doesn’t spend all of her time trying to choose between Gale and Peeta. After the rise of the girl needing a boyfriend story, this was extremely refreshing. It’s about time we got back on the track of giving girls strong role models.
I expect I’ll hear it from people claiming that Katniss is too violent. But when it comes down to it, it’s what Katniss stands for that makes her such an attractive character.
The Hunger Games movie comes out in a few weeks. So expect to hear from us on what we think of the movie. I expect Read and I will flood the website with videos and blog posts as we get closer to the date. Right now I’m pretty hopeful for the film and have my tickets to the premiere bought already.
So all in all if you haven’t read the book. Give it a read. It’s totally worth your time and the nightmares you might have afterwards.