I read a lot of popular fiction. As a writer, I need to know something about books that are extraordinarily successful – i.e., what it is about them that makes millions of readers clamor to buy. It was on that premise that I read “Twilight,” and loved it enough to read all four books more than once. For the same reason, more recently, I read the “Fifty Shades” trilogy, and you all know how I feel about these.
I initially resisted “The Hunger Games.” Actually, that’s not entirely true. I tried to read it, but stopped soon after Katniss volunteered to take her sister’s place as the Tribute from District 12. The plotline upset me. I mean, children fighting to the death? I have trouble watching reality TV, and this is reality TV taken to extremes.
But my son read all three books and loved them. And my daughters-in-law read them and loved them. And my BFF read them and loved them. And there were all those millions of readers – and then the movie!
So I picked up the book again and pushed through it this time. I’m not sure if I can say that I loved it. I’ve never been a big one for dystopia, and violence just isn’t my cuppa, so to speak. I do think it was very well written, and it certainly has action and drama.
But I’m still unsure. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Why on either score? Please tell me; I need to know.
And the movie, should I see that? Have you?