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? 🙂