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Not well written and consequently unconvincing
on 30 December 2014
A ripping yarn and great page turner but unfortunately not well written. It is written in the first person as a teenage girl who was brought up in extreme poverty but pretty soon, for example, she is talking about 'taking a shower' when she has never even seen a shower in her whole life. There are many such examples where she just does not talk like the person she is supposed to be. And neither does she consistently talk like a teenage girl. Sometimes very much so but other times not. It is perfectly possible to write extensively as the character being portrayed. Read the astonishing 'A Tale for the Time Being' for example; at least half of it is written as a teenage girl and utterly authentic in the style and language a teenage girl would use. But I would concede that some readers might not be bothered by this.
Another much bigger problem though, possibly because it is poorly written, is that the juxtaposition of extreme vanity with extreme savagery totally lacks credibility. I know it is fantasy, but there are many fantasy writers out there, such as Philip Pullman or Neil Gaiman, who are utterly convincing.
But The Hunger Games is redeemed because it is a great story and because it gets better with each book in the trilogy.