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#1 Nov 28 2011 at 10:42 AM Rating: Good
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I read it this weekend. I'm kind of surprised they advertise it as a young-adult story. I found it incredibly disturbing.

I don't think I'll bother reading any more of the series now that I got the gist of the storyline. The writing was ok, but not spectacular.

My son says the story sounds like a copy-cat telling of Battle Royale. But I've not read the latter.

I hope my confidence that our governing bodies would never, ever resort to forcing kids to kill kids is well-founded.

Anyways, Hunger Games is coming out in movie form shortly.



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The fiance liked them a lot. I found them decent, but not spectacular. It definitely is young adult fare. Disturbing, but not as graphic as it likely should have been to really paint the intended picture, and the writing seemed to be deliberately simplistic to serve a younger reader.

I didn't like that the underlying themes and messages were hammered at so hard. It's probably suitable for a younger reader that needs a bit more help to pick out the deeper intentions, but for me, it just made for redundant explanations of things that I already understood. I also didn't like reading page after page of lavish description of clothing choices, but that might just be me.

The movie trailer that I've seen doesn't inspire much confidence. It looks like it suffered from an insufficient budget. It's being produced by Lionsgate, which might explain that.
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#3 Nov 28 2011 at 11:35 AM Rating: Good
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I wasn't all that impressed by it. Certainly not enough to go read the others. The story wasn't anything special and I don't think Collins is that great a writer in the first place (the Gregor the Overlander books weren't that good either.)
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I hope my confidence that our governing bodies would never, ever resort to forcing kids to kill kids is well-founded.
I wouldn't object to Geriatric Kombat.

It does sound like Battle Royale.
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I wouldn't object to Geriatric Kombat.


You will.
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My first impression of it was "Battle Royale Redux" as well, but it was different enough to be interesting.

My favorite variation on Battle Royale was the Azumanga Daioh! one, where Osaka whines "Why do I have to keep killing all my friends?" before defeating everyone with a letter opener.
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I hope my confidence that our governing bodies would never, ever resort to forcing kids to kill kids is well-founded.
I wouldn't object to Geriatric Kombat.


The question is just if they'd be allowed to take their canes/walkers in the ring with them or not.
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#8 Nov 30 2011 at 1:37 AM Rating: Good
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I actually really enjoyed the series. I'm stoked about the movie. :P
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I actually really enjoyed the series. I'm stoked about the movie. :P
The plot was gripping, no doubt, just too disturbing. I guess there are just some places my imagination doesn't like to go. It gave me a nightmare.

The movie trailer actually looks pretty good and typically stories told via movies are less 'real' to me than those read in books so I might actually see it.
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I liked it, other than the moment where I went "yep, saw THAT coming". I won't say when that was, not going to spoil for anyone else but I'm sure MANY of you know what I'm speaking of.
I will see the movie. And I just started to read the 2nd book. I usually read things FAR beyond this reading level, but lately been having alot of headaches, so this is a perfect easy read for me right now. =P
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#11 Feb 29 2012 at 2:15 PM Rating: Good
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I usually read things FAR beyond this reading level, but lately been having alot of headaches, so this is a perfect easy read for me right now. =P
I didn't know there were reading levels after the Sally, **** and Jane Learn to read books.

Anyways, if you're getting headaches from reading I'd have your eyes checked.
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I usually read things FAR beyond this reading level, but lately been having alot of headaches, so this is a perfect easy read for me right now. =P
I didn't know there were reading levels after the Sally, **** and Jane Learn to read books.


It's like he had to add a disclaimer, lest we think that he normally enjoys reading popular books.
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#13 Feb 29 2012 at 5:17 PM Rating: Excellent
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I enjoyed the series. It wasn't all that amazing literary-wise (as said, the writing is mostly for young adult audiences), but the plot was interesting for the first and second books. I didn't care for the third book, which is the general consensus among everyone who has read all three. Not because the ending was depressing (though it was), but because the entire book seems to pass in a blur as the main character is actually under drugs for most of it. The descriptions are lacking, and the action is way too uneven. At one point a character died and I didn't even realize it until several pages later when they mentioned the name again.

Meh, worth reading, but I like Battle Royale better for a survival story.
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#14 Feb 29 2012 at 7:35 PM Rating: Decent
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Sped read the first. Lazily written, lazily imagined, no real redeeming features. Do people like the characters? I despised them all.
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Sped read the first. Lazily written, lazily imagined, no real redeeming features. Do people like the characters? I despised them all.


I agree with all of this. I didn't read, but listened to the audio books. I listened to all 3 hoping something great would happen and it didn't.
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Other than a slightly different backstory, isn't this basically Running Man? Not saying that makes it bad or anything, but it's not really a new concept.
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Other than a slightly different backstory, isn't this basically Running Man? Not saying that makes it bad or anything, but it's not really a new concept.


It's closer to Battle Royale than Running Man (both novel and film), but yeah same difference.
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#18 Mar 18 2012 at 3:21 AM Rating: Good
Just finished the first book. Wasn't bad, but I was disappointed it didn't quite go to the dark, psychological, places that Battle Royale went too.

I'll have to finish the rest now, because I'm O.C. in that way when it comes to a series, but I'm thinking if they stick to the material it could be a pretty entertaining flick.
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#20 Mar 21 2012 at 7:33 AM Rating: Good
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The movie's rating 90% on the tomato-meter.

Maybe I'll take the kid to see it this weekend. We've both read the book and have conversed about it a couple times - so it should be interesting.
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I liked the movie. Smiley: smile

I was pleasantly surprised when Haymitch was first introduced as I had no clue the part was being played by Woody Harrelson.

They took some liberties from the book by giving the President a story. I thought it was a good addition.


I might have to read the next book now.
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#22 Mar 24 2012 at 3:56 AM Rating: Good
Didn't like the 3rd book. Not because of the ending, but because most of it was boring & I don't know if Snow was lying or not. The ending actually didn't bother me & was happier than I thought it would be.

But it seemed, to me anyway, that the author just gave up, resolved the love triangle in a couple of pages, and ended it.

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Didn't like the 3rd book. Not because of the ending, but because most of it was boring & I don't know if Snow was lying or not. The ending actually didn't bother me & was happier than I thought it would be.

But it seemed, to me anyway, that the author just gave up, resolved the love triangle in a couple of pages, and ended it.

Edited, Mar 24th 2012 5:56am by Omegavegeta

I felt the same way, though really my major dislike was the writing style. Because Katniss was drugged up, emotionally traumatized, or in hectic combat most of the time, it just didn't have a good flow. Two parts really stick out as being poorly done: First, I didn't even realize when Finnick dies because the action just briefly mentioned it. I was four pages past when I realized, "Wait, what happened to Finnick?" and had to go back and carefully scan the pages to figure out where he bit it. And second, like you said, the ending. The end of the book just comes suddenly; bam, it's 20 years in the future. The end. What? No. Lame.

In other news, I'm finding it disconcerting how many people in the twitterverse seem upset to find out Rue is black. It specifically says in the book that she has dark skin, so I'm not sure why it's such a surprise. But man, you'd think the author had made her a three-legged mutant from a bunch of the tweets you see online.
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In other news, I'm finding it disconcerting how many people in the twitterverse seem upset to find out Rue is black. It specifically says in the book that she has dark skin, so I'm not sure why it's such a surprise. But man, you'd think the author had made her a three-legged mutant from a bunch of the tweets you see online.


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In other news, I'm finding it disconcerting how many people in the twitterverse seem upset to find out Rue is black. It specifically says in the book that she has dark skin, so I'm not sure why it's such a surprise. But man, you'd think the author had made her a three-legged mutant from a bunch of the tweets you see online.


Sad. I don't find the number of people saying stuff like that surprising, though (as I've said before, play some CoD online for about 5 minutes, and you'll be convinced that about 50% of the population are card-carrying KKK members).

What's interesting is how so many of them can say stuff like that, while clearly believing that there isn't anything racist about it. The old "I'm not racist, but [something incredibly racist]." Yeesh.
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I had watched the trailer to the movie while I was reading the book, so had envisioned many of the characters similarly to how they were portrayed in the early trailers. My son, however, said he had envisioned Rue as oriental.

Regardless of skin color she was adorable.

Her death in the book was the most disturbing of all as she was entrapped in that net. It was just so primal and animistic. One small change to the story from the book to the movie though changed all that. In the book Katniss didn't have time to cut her out of the net before the thrown spear took Rue down. In the movie Katniss did get her out of the net. Rue was standing, no longer a trapped animal. Funny how such a little thing can make such a difference - to me anyways.
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Well, I started reading this yesterday per my fianceé's request, and I'm finding it a fairly quick but decent read. Already 20% done after a couple hours. Not too bad, but no action yet.
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I've noticed that a lot of my friends have read the book because of a girlfriend's request. With others having mentioned the similarities to Battle Royale, I'm wondering if this is the ladies' version of the story concept.

Edited, Mar 27th 2012 5:07pm by Allegory
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I've noticed that a lot of my friends have read the book because of a girlfriend's request. With others having mentioned the similarities to Battle Royale, I'm wondering if this is the ladies' version of the story concept.

Edited, Mar 27th 2012 5:07pm by Allegory

Kinda sorta. It's Battle Royale with a female protagonist, a love triangle, and more of a focus on how crappy life is and how much hated the government is than just survival. I mean, BR had the geopolitical background too, but maybe only half of the first book is actually part of the "Hunger Games." Heck, maybe only a third. Most of it is describing tasty food and fashionable clothing.

... Oh God. It really is the ladies' version of BR Smiley: eek
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#30 Mar 28 2012 at 7:45 AM Rating: Excellent
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Allegory wrote:
I've noticed that a lot of my friends have read the book because of a girlfriend's request. With others having mentioned the similarities to Battle Royale, I'm wondering if this is the ladies' version of the story concept.

Edited, Mar 27th 2012 5:07pm by Allegory

Kinda sorta. It's Battle Royale with a female protagonist, a love triangle, and more of a focus on how crappy life is and how much hated the government is than just survival. I mean, BR had the geopolitical background too, but maybe only half of the first book is actually part of the "Hunger Games." Heck, maybe only a third. Most of it is describing tasty food and fashionable clothing.

... Oh God. It really is the ladies' version of BR Smiley: eek
And you just further convinced me not to bother reading it. I appreciate it.
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I've noticed that a lot of my friends have read the book because of a girlfriend's request. With others having mentioned the similarities to Battle Royale, I'm wondering if this is the ladies' version of the story concept.

Edited, Mar 27th 2012 5:07pm by Allegory

Kinda sorta. It's Battle Royale with a female protagonist, a love triangle, and more of a focus on how crappy life is and how much hated the government is than just survival. I mean, BR had the geopolitical background too, but maybe only half of the first book is actually part of the "Hunger Games." Heck, maybe only a third. Most of it is describing tasty food and fashionable clothing.

... Oh God. It really is the ladies' version of BR Smiley: eek
And you just further convinced me not to bother reading it. I appreciate it.


The 3+ page lavish descriptions of clothing choices were particularly unwelcome. Smiley: snore
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I've noticed that a lot of my friends have read the book because of a girlfriend's request. With others having mentioned the similarities to Battle Royale, I'm wondering if this is the ladies' version of the story concept.

Edited, Mar 27th 2012 5:07pm by Allegory

Kinda sorta. It's Battle Royale with a female protagonist, a love triangle, and more of a focus on how crappy life is and how much hated the government is than just survival. I mean, BR had the geopolitical background too, but maybe only half of the first book is actually part of the "Hunger Games." Heck, maybe only a third. Most of it is describing tasty food and fashionable clothing.

... Oh God. It really is the ladies' version of BR Smiley: eek
And you just further convinced me not to bother reading it. I appreciate it.


The 3+ page lavish descriptions of clothing choices were particularly unwelcome. Smiley: snore
And suddenly I find myself wanting to read it.
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I've noticed that a lot of my friends have read the book because of a girlfriend's request. With others having mentioned the similarities to Battle Royale, I'm wondering if this is the ladies' version of the story concept.

Edited, Mar 27th 2012 5:07pm by Allegory

Kinda sorta. It's Battle Royale with a female protagonist, a love triangle, and more of a focus on how crappy life is and how much hated the government is than just survival. I mean, BR had the geopolitical background too, but maybe only half of the first book is actually part of the "Hunger Games." Heck, maybe only a third. Most of it is describing tasty food and fashionable clothing.

... Oh God. It really is the ladies' version of BR Smiley: eek
And you just further convinced me not to bother reading it. I appreciate it.


The 3+ page lavish descriptions of clothing choices were particularly unwelcome. Smiley: snore
And suddenly I find myself wanting to read it.


To each their own. The message, I believe, was that fashion could be used to further a political/rhetorical agenda. I'm down with that, but, like many aspects of the book, felt that the message was hammered on too hard for my tastes. I also felt that the clothing descriptions were excessive enough to indicate that the author was just indulging a personal side interest. But I know that the fiance enjoyed them quite a bit.
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I've noticed that a lot of my friends have read the book because of a girlfriend's request. With others having mentioned the similarities to Battle Royale, I'm wondering if this is the ladies' version of the story concept.

Edited, Mar 27th 2012 5:07pm by Allegory

Kinda sorta. It's Battle Royale with a female protagonist, a love triangle, and more of a focus on how crappy life is and how much hated the government is than just survival. I mean, BR had the geopolitical background too, but maybe only half of the first book is actually part of the "Hunger Games." Heck, maybe only a third. Most of it is describing tasty food and fashionable clothing.

... Oh God. It really is the ladies' version of BR Smiley: eek
And you just further convinced me not to bother reading it. I appreciate it.


I'm 1/3 through the book, and have yet to see any action (it's about to start though). Frankly, despite the lack of action the book's been decent so far. And it's taken me... 3 hours of reading to get to this point. So it's a pretty quick read, which is nice.
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The book certainly "enhances" the movie, as the movie left quite a lot of basic descriptions out. Maybe the director's cut will have it added, idk, but little things like the name of Elizabeth Banks' character are completely left out of the movie. As a movie, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't all that good either. I really, really tried to take the movie for what it was & not compare it to the book, but Rue's death was WAY more powerful in the book because you got to know her.

While movie Rue might be on screen for all of 10 minutes.
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Finished the first book, enjoyed it enough to read the others at some point. Though I am slightly annoyed at how the first book ended.
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I honestly do not like the hunger games and yer u I have to go see the movie tomorrow with my school :L
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#39 Apr 09 2012 at 4:00 PM Rating: Good
I just finished the trilogy last night, and overall I really enjoyed it. At the end of the first book, I wasn't overly impressed but that might have been because I saw the movie first. Who knows? The last couple chapters of the third book had me with tears streaming down my face, and I'm not normally one who cries because of a book or tv show/movie. I'll agree that Collins is not a fabulous writer, but overall I think the books were really good. I got to know the characters, identify with them, and generally like most of them and I thought the plot was interesting.

As far as the complaints about the clothing descriptions go, I don't quite follow. They didn't seem to drag on that much to me, and I'm not someone who particularly cares that much about fashion. I feel like she spent an appropriate time describing outfits when they were relevant, but she didn't get over the top. She certainly didn't drone on about the outfits for pages at a time. But to each their own.
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