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4 Responses to "Book News for Wednesday, September 2, 2009"
September 3, 2009 at 09:47 AM
Right on, Dot! I love the way the violence works in
, where Collins implicates the reader for being equally as voyeuristic as the spectators in the book... because, after all, aren't we also excited for the main event to begin? Leading up to the start of the Games, I wondered if Collins was going to get squeamish (like in the '80s
cartoons, where somehow no character ever got killed despite the volleys of laser blasts hurtled back and forth). She lets you know right away that the kid gloves (so to speak) are off.
September 3, 2009 at 09:46 AM
I jest, Kelly, only jest!
September 3, 2009 at 09:36 AM
Umm . . . I caught that little threat. LOL You're not allowed to leave the blog. No matter how sensational your fictional memoir turns out to be.
September 2, 2009 at 01:32 PM
A pox on everyone who tries to make the popularity of the Hunger Games somehow dependant on a wave of newly violent children. I think the whole point of the NPR article is to remind us that mythology has been just as bloody as these modern stories, but the commenters are either hyperfocusing on the fact that no one mentioned Battle Royale, or they're still fixated on these kids today and their "Coursening of American culture". ARRRG! Yes, there have been stories with people fighting to the death before. Young soldiers and their stories pepper the Newbery winners, and yes, Lord of the Flies and Battle Royale and the Running Man all had vaguely similar concepts. What separates them is how they deal with the subject matter and what constitutes their story, and, of course, the characters. Having just finished Catching Fire, reading comments like that make me want to pull out a wee bit of violence myself. Whoever mentioned Social Science is right on the money. It's not a gratuitously violent book, it's a book where real people are plunged into extreme circumstances, just like every other "thriller", except there is a very real societal message involved about terrible dystopian government and the forced complacency of the tyrannized. If we were going to throw stones at any of the violent YA books out there (and that stone throwing is a whole 'nother conversation), there's so many other titles that I've read that keep the killing but lack the amazing heart that the Hunger Games has. Michael Grant's Gone, Ness' The Knife of Never Letting Go spring to mind immediately. Their books were well written and interesting enough, but can't come close to the Hunger Games in terms of moral spirit.
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