Top 5 Reasons Why We Love the Hunger Games:
5. The villains? We LOVE to hate them. We won’t give names, but someone dies in Mockingjay and none of us were upset. The villains are so evil that we’re almost hoping they die grisly deaths. The ruthless Gamemakers who control the Hunger Games torture their victims with physical and mental attacks, all in the name of sport. They’re evil. And President Snow, whose breath smells like blood (gross), has got to be one of the cruelest leaders we’ve seen.
4. The fashion. The people of the Capitol are obsessed with luxury. They dye their skin bright colors. They tattoo themselves to look like tigers. Can you imagine a world in which a Marie Antoinette style gown goes well with WHISKERS? Clearly it’s a haven for creativity. Plus, don’t you think our intern Hannah makes a good tiger?
3. The books are seriously exciting. Collins’ writing is vivid and engaging. Readers are easily transported into the harsh world of Panem and are left hanging on Collins’ every word. Okay, maybe they’re more addicting than exciting.
2. They’re YA books that still appeal to adults. Yeah, there’s the romance and fantasy you’d expect from a young adult novel. But The Hunger Games grapples with some very adult themes – bloody combat, class warfare, extreme brutality, loss of innocence. Reading about teens forced to murder each other for sport is a harrowing task at any age. Teens may fawn over Peeta and Gale, but adults might think about Panem’s political structure and how that applies to the current international arena. There’s substance under the romance.
1. Katniss is a kickass heroine. She’s clever, resourceful and brave despite being an impoverished 16-year-old. She cares more about feeding her family than making friends or attracting boys. Her honesty and heroism make us want to be like her. And she’s relatable. She faces unimaginable horrors, but struggles with the incredibly normal pangs of conflicting loyalties and teenage love. Katniss is fascinating and dynamic, making her a great protagonist. We can’t wait to see her on the big screen, wearing her iconic Mockingjay pin.
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