March 31, 2012

The Hunger Games Leaves Me Hungry For More

I have just finished Books 1-3 of the "Game of Thrones" and "The Help" this first quarter. I enjoyed the "Game of Thrones" but it exhausted me so much that’s why I took a break from the series first and read "The Help".  

Anyway, I thought I should go easy first after all these heavy books in the first quarter so I grabbed “Remember Me’ by Sophie Kinsella.  I enjoyed reading “Confessions of a Shopaholic” so I thought I could enjoy this, too.

Alas, I couldn’t get past the first page.  Too much ditziness already on Page 1, I’d say, so I immediately concluded I wouldn't get beyond two pages without retching.

So I gave up on chick lit and moved on to the hottest Young Adult read, “The Hunger Games”.

Since it is for YAs, "The Hunger Games" is a love story and in Book 1, there is already a hint of a love triangle (but of course).  But there are a lot of good things going about this book.  One, it is at least honest about its intent. It does not have any pretensions of literary grandeur.

Two, ironically enough, it is a literary delight. The pegs and inspirations for the story are very obvious (reality show “Big Brother” plus 1984 plus Romeo and Juliet with a futuristic angle) and the author, Suzanne Collins, does not even attempt to hide it.  In fact, she unapologetically milked it and packaged all of this into a great page-turner of a novel.  I couldn’t put the damn book down.

It was an easy read so I finished it in two days afterwhich I started checking out the trailers of the movie. I was kinda disappointed at the casting because I thought the character of Katniss should look more intense and kick-ass than the actress who played her in the movie. The guy who played Peetra also looked like an ordinary Hollywood pretty boy versus the vulnerable, not-cute-at-first-glance-but- with-a-charm-that-grows-on-you-type of look which is what I have conjured on my mind when I read the book. I heard though that the movie was good so I’m looking forward to watching it on the big screen.

That’s all for now. The second book, “Catching Fire” is waiting for me.


Kymmie said...

Since the movie came out last week, I have to admit, I'm keen to read the books! So glad to hear what you think of it. I must say I'm not a fan of chick lit, but have just started The Help. Loved the movie, and know I will love the book too!

I've just finished reading the Millenium Trilogy and couldn't put it down! Then Atonement, and then The God Of Small Things. All fantastic reads!

Seems to me you have pretty awesome taste in books ;)


ally said...

Loved all three books - the Doc and I fought over them all last weekend - ended up with a double of the second one on the kindle so we could read together!
Looking forward to the film too