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Initial post: 7 Apr 2012 12:39:40 BDT
Paddles says:
Just reading Hunger Games. So far, so good. However Very disapppointed that the end of the first 2 books is given away in the advertising for the third book in the trilogy. not a good move.

Posted on 7 Apr 2012 18:08:11 BDT
I Readalot says:
Definitely not a good move - fortunately I read them as they were published so didn't have that problem, really enjoyed them all. When you have finished Hunger Games you should take a look at 'The Maze Runner' trilogy, last one has just been published by James Dashner.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Apr 2012 18:14:49 BDT
Raven says:
I have succumbed to colleague pressure and am halfway through the first one! I am reading it in a bit of a vacuum as I have managed to avoid all the hype and didn't even know properly what the premise of the story was. In the midst of some very depressing reads that I need to review, I am going with the flow and quite enjoying it as a bit of light relief!

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Apr 2012 18:19:50 BDT
Paddles says:
Yes definitely light relief but well written , grammatical light relief

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Apr 2012 18:34:12 BDT
I Readalot says:
Best way to read them Raven. My son hasn't read the books but he did go to see the film and enjoyed it, from what he said they seem to have kept quite close to the book. I recommended the books when I read them and we sold quite a few, but thanks to the film they have really taken off and unlike the Twilight books (which I tried but gave up on for various reasons) I am happy to sell them.

Posted on 8 Apr 2012 16:10:25 BDT
If I am reading a series of books, I never read the blurb further than the first book, as I hate getting spoiled. As soon as I finish a book, I read the next blurb immediately. I thankfully read the first 2 before the 3rd book was published, and I absolutely loved them. The film is excellent too.

Posted on 9 Apr 2012 20:46:53 BDT
I loved this trilogy and recommend the books to everyone I know regardless of their preference in genre, very easy to read but manage to suck you right in. I must admit that I was slightly disappointed with the third book, as I felt the author was trying to bring it to a neat close but that may have been more due to the constant action throughout the series. The film is good but as always, not as good as the books.
Enjoy!

Posted on 9 Apr 2012 20:59:37 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Apr 2012 21:00:24 BDT
monica says:
Saw trailer fr. film on advert & thought 'hmm, this is like "The Lottery" '. Probably not, but today I read that HG was so clear a rip-off of a book called Battle Royale, by a Japanese author, that it's surprising there's been no law suit. Has anyone read them both? and, if so, are they very like each other?

Posted on 9 Apr 2012 22:46:59 BDT
Kritz says:
This can't be backlash syndrome because I live under a rock, and wasn't aware of the books until my brother mentioned them a couple of weeks ago. He really liked them, but I just couldn't get into it. It all felt hollow and wishy washy to me. I just didn't believe the hardship, and there were too many cop-outs. The only character I actually cared about was the sister Primrose, but she was only in danger for like 4 seconds before she was spared. If that girl had been made to suffer at least a bit, it would have had me. It continued in that flimsy way so I gave up. Was all a bit naff. It felt too much to me like a half-hearted attempt at a hard-knock life. We're given the impression that the whole community relied on a 13 year old girl and a bow and arrow to provide them with meat.... what? Do me a favour. Too much 'I'm not buying this' for me.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2012 00:25:25 BDT
Lots of reviews from The Hunger Games say that it's a rip off of Battle Royale. I am yet to read it but would like to. I think lots of stories are not 100% original but it doesn't stop them from being made the author's own and being brilliant regardless.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2012 00:39:52 BDT
Did you finish the first? I'd recommend the second book based on what you've said. Might be wrong but I think you may enjoy it more..
I don't disagree though - I found very few of the characters likeable and could not warm to them easily. I cared about Prim and found the 'I volunteer' part really emotional and moving. I also cared about Rue in the arena (not sure you got that far?)
Fair enough if they're not your kind of books, I enjoyed them a lot and would recommend most people give them a go.

Posted on 10 Apr 2012 00:42:55 BDT
I liked the trilogy - felt it was gripping and more of a homage to 1984 or Brave New world for teens! Collins cleverly incorporates the celebrity reality tv syndrome that we are all affected by. You can apply her novels to any capitalist/communist society and see the relevance! Additionally the female protagonist is believable and authentic - I like her vulnerability, uncertainty and hardness. Collins almost attributes stereotypically feminine characteristics to her male lead Peeta! Yet he is seen as the strongest character for retaining such compassionate qualities! Insightful and deep! Loved it - read all three books in a week!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2012 12:55:11 BDT
Lemainy says:
If you'd have read on you'd have seen how gritty it gets and Primrose actually dies! It does get pretty brutal. I loved them. Shame they have to tame the films down so more people can see them and they can make more money!

Posted on 10 Apr 2012 13:04:47 BDT
Lemainy says:
I absolutely loved this trilogy. To the point I'm gutted I've finished. Can anyone mention anything similar? I've seen a couple of mentions of Battle Royale, anything else? Taa

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2012 14:32:13 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Apr 2012 14:33:26 BDT
Fiona Hurley says:
I've read The Hunger Games trilogy and I looked at the summary and reviews for Battle Royale (may get around to reading it sometime). I don't think THG is a "rip-off"; there are plenty of differences between the two. They both have similar influences (The Running Man, Lord of the Flies, reality TV, Roman gladiators), but that doesn't make one a "rip-off" of the other. Basically, if THG is a rip-off of BR, then Harry Potter is a rip-off of The Worst Witch and every romance is a rip-off of Pride and Prejudice.

Even if THG was a blatant rip-off, the author/publisher of BR would be mad to sue. BR is getting a lot of free publicity from the popularity of THG, and if the publishers are smart then they'll be cashing in.

(I'm also hoping that this dystopian craze will get teenagers reading 1984, Brave New World, Farenheit 451, The Handmaid's Tale and other such classics.)

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2012 14:37:20 BDT
Fiona Hurley says:
There are a lot of teenage dystopias out at the moment, of varying quality. Divergent has been getting good reviews.

I also can't resist a plug for Fahrenheit 451 (Flamingo Modern Classics), one of my favourite books as a teenager.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2012 18:50:12 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Apr 2012 18:56:52 BDT
I Readalot says:
Take a look at James Dashner's trilogy starting with 'Maze Runner', different scenario but just as violent as well as being well written. Also 'Variant' by Robison Wells, it is the first in the series.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2012 19:19:50 BDT
Dave Jeffery says:
I have read both THG and BR. My preference is the latter. Just personal taste, I guess. Then again, BR is aimed at an older audience. I agree that dystopian fiction such as 1984 and Farenheit 451 deserves to be read by today's youth. Classic books, both.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2012 21:09:04 BDT
monica says:
Taking optimism too far in last paragraph, Fiona. This best-seller-as-gateway-drug approach coincidentally mentioned in blog at excellent www.complete-review.com yesterday, and questions similar to these were raised: How many people who watch Eastenders are tempted to go on to watch a televised Shakespeare play? How many who dote on boy bands are because they do so going to find Mingus or Bach irresistibly attractive? God knows that I'd like to think you're right, though, and doubtless there are exceptions . . .

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2012 10:50:06 BDT
I Readalot says:
Have to say that I agree with you Monica, I think it is often the writing style that puts the younger generation off reading the classic dystopian fiction, in the same way that it puts them off reading any classics in fact. Also 'older' is not necessarly 'better', in fact literature would be in a sorry state today if the pupil never surpassed the master.

Orwell crops up regularly for GCSE but studying a novel for exams can be a double edged sword, some may become hooked on his work whereas others may never want to hear his name spoken again!

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2012 19:14:38 BDT
monica says:
I think a unfamiliar style might put off some readers, too. But it goes beyond that (not speaking only about dystopian books): I've seen many reviews of good solid books on this site criticising them because the reader couldn't identify with any of the characters, because the protagonist wasn't likeable, or because the book was called (for example) a crime story but wasn't like other crime stories. Such reviewers mightn't be terribly clever, or leading such awful lives that they've a craving for nice characters and happy endings, or they might be readers whose previous reading has mostly been of best-sellers and the like who've come to believe that a book that's not formulaic and readily-digested is a literary failure. I wonder is someone whose early reading isn't quite varied doomed to be unable to ever appreciate books of a different sort. How likely is it that someone reared on junk food will become a gourmand, never mind gourmet?

Really hope I'm barking up the wrong tree, though.

Posted on 11 Apr 2012 20:40:22 BDT
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Posted on 12 Apr 2012 08:40:07 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Apr 2012 08:44:44 BDT
I Readalot says:
Why? As in why should fans of Hunger Games read it and why are you spamming?

Posted on 12 Apr 2012 11:46:05 BDT
I have to say that I don't need to like the characters or relate to anyone or anything in a book to enjoy it, otherwise I would not be able to read very much! It does help, but your imagination can work beyond these things to appreciate how the book is written, the plot etc. Especially when you read a book like the Hunger Games. I commented on FB the other night that I had really enjoyed the film, and one of my best friends, who has seen the film but not read the book, asked was it teenagers killing each other that I enjoyed ??? I will be having words with her, think she has gone off her rocker a little.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2012 12:49:17 BDT
Fiona Hurley says:
Well, we are talking about teenagers, whose tastes have presumably not yet been formed. Probably the majority of young Hunger Games readers will go no further. But it's nice to think that a few intelligent and curious adolescents will ask their teachers or librarians about something meatier and will be pointed in the right direction, depending on the kid's reading level and interests. For example, a girl with an interest in feminism might like The Handmaid's Tale, a teenager who's read Little Brother might be interested in 1984, someone looking for a YA book with deeper issues might try The Giver, etc.
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