One of the reasons why I haven’t been updating my blog recently is because of a little trilogy of books called The Hunger Games. I had virtually no interest in these books at all. I thought, Fantastic! another “Twilight” rip-off that will sink its teeth into the American youth. I was so wrong. The trilogy is tense, thoughtful, satirical and badass. Author, Suzanne Collins, deserves any award that acknowledges awesomeness in the arena of getting people to read.
I won’t go into too much detail but parts of the book remind me of the famous Japanese novel, Battle Royale, yet only in the sense that children are forced to kill each other off in an arena. Although that is pretty specific, this book is wholly original and I found myself being moved by every word skillfully articulated by Suzanne Collins’ hand.
There’s a film version of the first book coming out in March and I pray that it translates to the screen. The cast includes some of my favorite actors right now: Jennifer Lawrence as protagonist Katniss Everdeen; Woody Harrelson as Katniss’ alcoholic mentor, Haymitch Abernathy; and the freaking hilarious actress, Elizabeth Banks, as the kind of kooky and somewhat deranged Effie Trinket.
Everyone should seriously read these books. I mean, there is a reason why it’s on high school summer reading lists. In fact, a website exists that’s devoted to lessons one can learn from the books… Yep.