This trilogy has sat on my shelf for at least a year. I’ve meant to get to it. Really. My oldest daughter grabbed it off the shelf during the winter break holidays and devoured the first two books in 6 days. She usually doesn’t read big books in English. She’s a manga fan, and she reads them in French. She had to hold back not to talk about the details of these books because I didn’t want her to spoil it for me. So, here I am finally getting down to it. Frankly, it was worth it! I started the second part Catching Fire today….
The Hunger Games is the story of Katniss Everdeen and she lives in the US in the future which has been turned into something other than what we know today. People are maintained in districts, which they are not allowed to leave. They are controlled by the Capitol. In the Capitol, people are wealthy, eat well, and essentially live easy frivolous and much too comfortable lives. Every year, twenty-four youths between the ages of twelve and eighteen are chosen to fight to death for the good of their district. The good is food and other things that some districts are lacking, but most of all it’s to keep the districts from rebelling. Katniss decides to take the place of her twelve-year-old sister who is unfortunately chosen the first year her name is put in. Primrose is young, small, and is utterly ill-equipped to compete in such a competition. Katniss and Prim come from District 12, where there are coal mines. The majority of District 12 citizens are very poor and don’t have enough food to satisfy their hunger.
The Hunger Games is a very suspenseful well written story. The anticipation of how the game will continue is more interesting than who wins in the end. Katniss is a very likeable and clever character who is a gifted hunter with a bow and arrow. She also knows how to gather herbs and set snares to catch rabbits. The other contestants each have their strengths and weaknesses that bring lots of intrigue to the major events of the story and you just can’t stop reading until the end. Trilogies sometimes tire me out but I’m looking forward to discovering the end of part two and to eventually finish part three.
Suzanne Collins has managed to construct a reality show with a twist. It’s quite violent but I guess it’s no worse than what adolescents watch on television and internet these days. The movie opened in France last Wednesday and I was unsure about seeing it. With all the complexities and things to explain, I really couldn’t see how they would do this movie correctly. Needless to say, we decided to see it last Sunday afternoon. We were only fifteen minutes into the movie and my daughter and I were already disappointed. Even though, I tried to enjoy the escape of the movies, anyway. One major default with this movie is that it’s mostly from the point of view of the Gamemakers where the book is from the contestants’ view. I think that’s what keeps you wondering what’s going to happen next.
Collins has written on children’s television shows since 1991. She’s also worked on the staff of several Nickelodeon shows. She met writer, James Proimos while working on a children’s show called Generation O!. He convinced her to begin writing books for children. She first wrote a five-part series called The Underland Chronicles, a fantasy/war series. From there she wrote The Hunger Games Trilogy, which was on the USA Today’s bestseller list for over 134 weeks. The question is: What will Suzanne Collins write next to top that?