Recently, I have delved into The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I always tend to see a movie first before picking up the books. This usually happens by accident. Whenever a studio decides to make a film based on a book, I tend to not be aware of a book’s popularity until after a film has been released. After seeing the film starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, I was vastly interested in picking up the book series.
I’m absolutely in love with this series. As of this post, I’m still in the process of finishing the final book of the series which is Mockingjay. What made me devour this series like everyone else? It’s the strong female protagonist Katniss Everdeen. Between Katniss and Bella of the Twilight series, Katniss is a preferable role model for young girls. Katniss is a take charge kind of girl who doesn’t wait for Prince Charming to whisk her away. Bella, on the other hand, spends a good majority of Twilight needing to be rescued, or being a useless main character who doesn’t do much other than pine away for her immortal vampire lover.
I suppose I understand Bella’s appeal. Her story is an escapist teen romance. I admittedly got caught in it too (but found the final book difficult to finish). The Hunger Games has a romance and a love triangle, but Katniss’s choice between Gale or Peeta isn’t what is important. What is important is how she navigates the dystopian world of Panem, and the horrific corruption of the Capitol. It’s about survival as well as being confronted with heavy moral dilemmas.
What’s great about this book is the many themes one can easily pick out and analyze. While this book series is targeted for young adults, there is plenty going on in the series to appeal to adults too. I think it also speaks to the times we are living in. People are struggling and there is a dissatisfaction with how the government is dealing with the economy and the aftermath of Sandy. The world of The Hunger Games is just as bleak as our own world––only the world of The Hunger Games is much more frightening than ours is times one hundred.
There is something very haunting about this book series as I devour each book one by one. The world and the characters are clinging to me like glue, and there is a lot to be said about them. Stay tuned for possible future posts about my thoughts on the book series. For now, I shall go back to reading.