May the Odds Be Ever In Your Favour…

Well, I’m one of those rebellious people that won’t do something just because everyone else is, and usually go out of my way not to do what everyone else is.  When I started hearing all the raving over the Hunger Games, this was no different, I was determined not to like it or be involved in any way.  Then more and more people got talking about it, and unlike Harry Potter, Twilight, or Lord of the Rings, all of which seemed to have Christians debating over how wholesome they are, this is something that Christians and non-Christians alike seemed to really enjoy.  Curiosity got the better of me, and I picked it up at the library, just to check it out for myself, definitely not because I thought I’d like it…determined NOT to like it!

Well, that kinda went out the window a few chapters into the first book, when I found I just couldn’t put it down.  Then I had to read the next book and the next book to find out what happened!  I don’t even know why, but the books are so gripping.  So I told Sam he just had to read it and plonked it on his bedside table and he, who was even more anti than me, also could not put the books down!

While the plot seems crazy at first, after reading I can actually see that while the books are extreme, it’s not that far from reality either.  The struggle for power, and what happens when people actually get it, the fact that killing people isn’t something that just happens and you move on from, it has a deep affect.  Even the Hunger Games themselves–created as a punishment but enjoyed by all the residents of the Capitol–not completely unlike the days of the Gladiators, and even some horrific things that happened in Bible times just for enjoyment–people in those days did view some pretty graphic and gruesome things!

Anyway, all in all I enjoyed reading!  Sam and I have watched the movie together now and are looking forward to the next installments  🙂

My cousin Elizabeth wrote a nice and articulate little blurb on her blog here.  I agree with what she said.  Just pretend that’s what I said, ok?  🙂


15 thoughts on “May the Odds Be Ever In Your Favour…

  1. Carla says:

    Are you serious??? I thought you’d stick with me! 😛 I am SO not interested, even though Meaghan keeps saying I should read them…

    • amhornsey says:

      Hmm, I’ve crossed over to the dark side then…why don’t you just read the first one, just so you can say you’ve read it and it still doesn’t interest you!? 🙂

  2. Danielle says:

    You already know my more-than-enthusiastic feelings on this subject 🙂

  3. Danielle says:

    Also, I approve of this post title.

  4. BushMaid says:

    Loved the first book, liked the second, hated the ending; pretty much sums up my opinion of THG. 😉 They are very thought-provoking and well written, I’ll give them that. 😀 I can’t count how many discussions I’ve been parry to over the past year concerning them, and the different opinions are pretty interesting. I wrote a blog post on why I didn’t see the movie over on my blog which got some pretty lively chatter.

    Now if you liked The Hunger Games, wait till you read the Uglies trilogy by Scott Westerfeld… 😉

  5. Oooh I’m even more motivated to read them!
    Great post 🙂

  6. Glad you were able to finish the books! We watched the movie on Tues, too – I was so excited to finally see it! Looking forward to talking more about it next time we chat. PS Thanks for the link 🙂 PPS Caught up on your other posts last night – on my phone – and enjoyed every one! PPPS Pls don’t place Twilight and Lord of the Rings in the same catergory!! 😛

    • Danielle says:

      Lol, Twilight and Lord of the Rings are only in the same category because Christians get up in arms about both of them. No one’s questioning the fact that LoTR is of WAY higher literary quality than Twilight. I don’t think even Twilight lovers would argue that!

  7. Meaghan says:

    I’m so glad you liked the books AND the movie! 🙂

  8. Catherine says:

    Lovely to read your book review. The ending is an ending….and no-one will ever be the same again.

  9. Jeyna Grace says:

    HG could be debated among Christians too.. if they want to. IF they want too.. they could bring up violence and all that.

    • BushMaid says:

      You’re right, it’s already been done. 😉 You just need to know where to look. 😀

    • amhornsey says:

      I agree, I was merely commenting that most Christians that I’ve heard talk about it really enjoyed the read, and focused on that, rather than pick at it’s negative qualities. And it doesn’t seem (to me) to have a massive group of boycott-ers. 🙂

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