March 10, 2012

The Hunger Games



So who's on this bandwagon? I just read the first book, most of it in one day and it was so good. I'm about to start reading Catching Fire. It's not really the kind of story I  would think I would go for but it's such an amazing and entertaining book.

Basically, it's set a couple of hundred years or so in the future in a country called Panem.(Formally the US) To show they are in control, the capitol has a yearly event called The Hunger Games where a boy and a girl are chosen from each of the 12 districts to fight to the death. Themsetting is post apocalyptic and futuristic. Well, I don't want to give anymore info, but just trust me, it's a great read.

I look forward to the movie but not putting too much hope into it living up to the book.  Am I correct in assuming the movie only deals with book one?

I can't wait to see what Catching Fire and Mockingjay  have in store. PLEASE NO SPOILERS!!

23 comments:

  1. ...and in the end THEY ALL DIE.

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    1. NOOOOOOOOOO. You're just kidding right? RIGHT??! ;)

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  2. hahahaha ange

    i haven't read it yet, i was debating being one of the bandwagon fans... i guess we'll see lol

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    1. It's really intriguing and if you don't like the first book, you can just stop there.

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    2. thats true... is it in paperback yet? lol... I'm cheap. i really need to get a library card.

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    3. Anonymous1:10 AM

      Do it quickly and get on the wait list.One the movie comes out, it will be insane! Trust me, I'm number 47 or so on the waiting list for the second book at my library. Luckily I got a hold of a copy from a friend and finished it today. I'm trying to hold off on 3, but it is not easy!
      Lizze

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  3. 0oo0o Mona so glad to see another hijabi fan of The Hunger Games was beginning to think I was the only one. Im only on book 2 but am totally loving the story line. Cant wait for the movie ive even set the hunger games logo as my laptop screen saver lol

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    1. I'm on book 2 as well. I can't wait to see the movie, I saw the trailer last night. I didn't want to see the trailer until I'd finished the first book.

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  4. So I read it originally because my friend's 11 yr old daughter was given this as an assignment in her Islamic school for a book report. I loved it for myself but found it entirely inappropriate for young (hopefully sheltered) Muslim children. 15, 16, or 17 maybe but not at 11. Just my two cents. :-)

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book as did my older sis. We intend to see the movie as well. She even brought it to me to enjoy in the hospital as the first time I read it was cursory as a favor to my friends.

    I am curious if any of you had the same feelings I did, that it was just too violent and contained thematic elements inappropriate for younger readers. I am not a censor but I do believe in age-appropriate materials and see no reason to ask 11 year olds (especially at an Islamic school) to read this type of material when there are many many other very good books available.

    I would love to know what ya'll think, if you don't mind me hijacking your comments, Mona. :-) If so, please just delete my comment. Thanks sis. :-)

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    1. Well, I'm surprised that an Islamic school recommended it but I do think 11 year olds can hand it. The violence is ok for that age group and the love story only involves a few short, non graphic kisses. Did parents at the school have a problem with it? Your friend? Sheltered isn't always good in terms of literature and knowledge and it's nothing graphic. I wouldn't mind my 12 year old reading it.

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  5. I finished the last book a few days ago and absolutely loved the series. It's not a fairytale and I really do think this is the kind of stuff kids need to be reading [11/12 onwards]. The author has celeverly incorporated themes which are prevalent in our society right now e.g reality tv, wars, innocent children dying, poverty...I could go on. Definitely one of my favourite series of books. And yup, the movie is based off the the first book.

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    1. I too love how the story has many themes that are prevalent today. I also love the crazy fashion in the capitol.

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  7. Anonymous1:07 AM

    I was given an online copy of the second after reading the first a month or two ago and just finished it!! Omygoodness. Intriguing books. The thoughtful commentaries on modern society are done done very well. The author drew fairly straight lines of reference that a younger person could follow, but I am not sure some kids could get past the violence part. My niece for instance would have not been remotely mature enough at 11 to understand the series and deal with her questions and fears appropriately, but her brothers would have had no problem.
    Lizze

    I do understand how some parents might not be sure about some of the situations, presented, i.e., teenagers sharing a bed (even non-sexually). It is a book series that a parent should read before deciding if it should be read by their child. My bff referred to it as trash today actually..lol Not sure if she has actually read it, but may have heard some highlights out of context. She is extremely conservative with her children's exposure to some things.

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    1. I'm on chapter 7 of book 2 now. A kind friend emailed me the pdfs of all three books so I'm reading them on my phone.

      I do think that each child is different and each parent has to decide what is right for their kid. Trashy, not in my opinion, as far as I've gotten, but like you said, maybe they heard something about it out of context.

      Now I want a mockingjay pin!

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    2. Eszter1:09 AM

      Wow, there is a .pdf version version of the books? I just read book one, The Hunger Games, but I'm not even sure book number 2 and 3 were even published here in Hungary. It would be awesome if you could forward me the .pdf's of the second and third book (barokeszter at gmail dot com). <3

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  8. Awesome books! I feel it might be a bit heavy for an average 11 year old but a parent could decide for their child. I think it's a great book to read with school but probably not so young- I think it would be most appropriate for a 9th grade class or older. They'd probably get more out of it too from really understanding the themes better than most 11 year olds.

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    1. You're probably right, I've gotten more into the second book and yes, high school and up.

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  9. BTW, I tagged you on my blog!
    http://answeringlife.blogspot.com/2012/03/tagged-ray-of-sunshine.html

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  10. LOVED it! I'm still trying to find Catching Fire on paperback, but will probably cave and get hardcover...and yes, movie is just on Book 1.

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    1. Cool, then I can watch it :)

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  11. I haven't read it and only just heard about it a week ago through twitter, so now I'm intrigued! Not sure why I didn't hear about it earlier, feeling a little out of touch!

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    1. Lol, I'd only heard bits here and there but then I was like, everyone's talking about it, I need to read this.

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