Top 5 Things We Love About ‘The Hunger Games’
Only three more days until the premiere of the Hunger Games movie, and I’m so excited I might actually be peeing right now! After waiting three years for my beloved Hunger Games to be brought to life on the big screen, it seems only fitting that this week’s Top 5 Tuesday should celebrate the occasion, so here are our top 5 favorite things about The Hunger Games. (We’ll keep it to the first book in the series to avoid spoilers for anyone who hasn’t read past book one.)
1. Katniss is a total badass. In a vast landscape of male-dominated series and franchises, it’s refreshingly awesome to see a huge phenomenon like The Hunger Games that features a strong, independent female protagonist who also happens to kick ass. She hunts, she climbs trees, and she’ll drop a tracker jacker nest on you faster than you can say “girl on fire.” She’s definitely worthy of being any little girl’s (or boy’s) hero.
2. It’s wildly fun and addictive, but it also has a great message. Suzanne Collins’ best-selling trilogy may be a quick and easy read, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in depth. The Hunger Games is a critique on the exploitation of violence, and our society’s obsession with reality TV voyeurism. What better themes for kids and teens to be gobbling up than ones so important and relevant in today’s world?
3. It’s got something for everyone. As a bookseller, I can tell you how difficult it is to recommend books for adolescent boys, and The Hunger Games is my go-to book for young male readers because it’s universally adored by boys and girls alike. And despite being classified as “young adult,” it holds massive appeal for readers of all ages. When people ask me what the book is about, I always feel like the grandfather in The Princess Bride when Fred Savage asks him if the book has any sports in it. I tell them it’s got everything: action, adventure, archery, a corrupt oligarchical government, romance, genetically engineered hybrid animals, plant names, and so much more.
4. Peeta Mellark. Katniss’ fellow tribute/love interest is my number 2 choice for fictional characters I would like to marry (Ron Weasley being number 1). First of all, he’s a baker, so you know the house would always smell like fresh baked pies and cakes and delectable pastries. Second, he has a wonderful self-deprecating sense of humor. Most importantly though, he has a strong sense of self. From the very beginning, Peeta makes it clear that he wants to show the evil Capitol that he’s not just a piece in their games. And he succeeds, more or less, in doing just that during his time in the Arena.
5. Suzanne Collins is a fabulous human being. The reclusive author shies away from the spotlight (despite being the best-selling Kindle author of all time), choosing to live quietly with her family in Connecticut while working on her next project rather than exploiting her extreme wealth and power (she was named one of Time magazine’s most influential people of 2010) and swimming around in a pool of money á la Scrooge McDuck (at least not that we know of). But do you want to know the coolest thing about Suzanne Collins? She used to be a writer for Clarissa Explains It All. How blown is your mind right now?
So how about it, fellow Hunger Games fans? What’s your favorite thing about the book? Is it the lamb stew from the Capitol? Because that almost made the list. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it. How many people are going to the midnight premiere? See you there! Also, if you’re wondering where I bought my life-size cardboard cutout of Peeta, I got him at FYE. And he was worth every penny. Thanks for reading! And may the odds be ever in your favor!