Why Hunger Games sucks

As an avid reader, I make it my personal responsibility to find all the next literary phenomena. It started with all the Harry Potter novels and it continues with every single Rick Riordan novel currently published. Mostly I can understand why such books gain mass popularity. However, when it comes to The Hunger Games I am completely lost as to why people think it’s a good novel.

I first heard about the series from my mother. She called me one day while I was at college and asked me if I had heard of The Hunger Games series. I shrugged and said I hadn’t. She replied that my brother had gotten her hooked and that she highly recommended it. I tend to trust my brother’s taste in books, especially since he got me hooked on Percy Jackson, so I found a copy at Walmart and gave it a try.

First of all, can I just say that the concept is completely unoriginal? The entire time I could only think of Battle Royale, a Japanese graphic novel that was later adapted into a horror film. I first saw it when I was 13 years old, but it continues to haunt me to this day. And come on, who hasn’t heard of a fight to the death? The idea is entirely overused, so unless the author can breathe life into such an antiquated concept, it’s an idea best left alone. Suffice it to say, Suzanne Collins’ take was completely uninspired and unoriginal.

Second of all, WHO EDITED THE THING? Because quite honestly, he and/or she deserves to be shot. There were so many grammatical and style errors that the amateur copy editor in me wanted to take a red pen to the pages and cross out everything. And after all my journalism-major-induced copy editing classes, I cringed every time Collins:

  • Started a sentence with a figure, instead of spelling out the number (which is universally considered proper style for anything, not just AP).
  • Screwed up the difference between “lay” and “lie,” in addition to “nauseous” and “nauseated.”
  • Used a series of fragmented sentences in a transparent and ineffective attempt to be profound.

Additionally, her personal writing style left much to be desired. Her sentence structures were elementary at best, and my 14-year-old brother has a more varied vocabulary than her. On top of all this, she uses the present tense. Very rarely have I ever seen an author use present tense effectively. It might have helped if she didn’t keep switching tenses, but hey — proper grammar seems to be falling by the wayside nowadays. Why not good literature as well?

Not to mention, the main character pisses me off. Seriously, Katniss is the biggest idiot ever. She pisses me off even more than Bella from the Twilight series. She’s so completely unobservant and she’s flat as a drawing. I half expected a cardboard cutout to be cast in her role for the movie adaptation. Maybe Collins was trying to go for a strong female literary role model, but honestly I felt that Katniss had nothing going for her except for her ability to rock a fire suit without bursting into flame. (Though I wish she had. It would have made the book more interesting and shorter.) For apparently being a “hunter,” she couldn’t observe even the simplest things, such as Peeta’s love for her and the obvious mutual attraction to Gale, which was downright obnoxious. And to top it all off, her characterization was entirely inconsistent. It was like Collins tried to think up all the stereotypical qualities of every literary heroine ever and roll them up into one in the hopes that they might work. And guess what? It didn’t.

All in all, there are much better novels out there that deserve to be books and many more that deserve to be made in to movies. And rest assured, I will definitely NOT be watching that train wreck.

-UPDATE-

This post still seems to be getting a lot of reads and comments despite the fact that I wrote it a year ago, so just some posting FYIs. If you submit a comment, I have to approve it. I can’t figure out a way to make WordPress accept them automatically. But rest assured, I’m a first amendment purist. I’ll approve basically anything that isn’t spam, even if you’re criticizing my opinion or me. However, if you come at me with flawed logic, I reserve the right to make you look like a dumbass. Just a reminder to think before you hit submit.

Cheers.

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136 Responses to Why Hunger Games sucks

  1. Mary says:

    Thanks for your review. Now I know I am not crazy for hating the book. I have only read through the first 60 pages and find myself bored. I wish she’d get to the point already. I do not like the present tense writing. Often times I find myself trying to read it in the past tense – most annoying! Okay…and I am probably not the targeted age range for this book. I am 40 and I am certain I have read this book before…like back in the 80′s. And I am not talking Battle Royale. It’s driving me nuts.

  2. blah says:

    that the amateur copy editor in my
    <—–(dude, fix this because otherwise it is an apt review) wanted to take a red pen to the pages

  3. asdfgasdgsdfg says:

    I think it’s a good story, but a lousy novel. The book tells an adventure story. It’s thrilling, suspenseful, and a definite page-turner. However, claiming it’s “amazing” in any way is ludicrous. The characters are not particularly interesting or likable. They’re intended to get out of the way so you can experience the action. The story isn’t terrible interesting, either. It only serves as a reason for the action to take place.

    What I find most amusing is when people claim it has some deep thematic elements. The main theme of the book is that overexposure to violence can desensitize people to it so they don’t realize it’s wrong. I’m sure you see the irony that I recommend a book which is supposedly about excessive violence in entertainment being wrong because the excessive violence is so much fun. When a book serves as an argument AGAINST its own themes, I doubt very much it can be called great.

  4. Effie says:

    I liked the first two as a quick read during the summer by the pool but then Mocking Jay was just a cop out.
    -Spoilers-
    Katniss got progressively more stupid as the books continued. At first I thought that a female hunter would be great. She’d completely eradicate the damaged Bella Swan did. She may not be book smart but she can take care of herself and her family, she’s the bread winner and the head of the household. Finally a female character that isn’t helpless. Then she somewhat carries herself in the first Hunger Games- kind of, I guess… Then in Catching Fire she got a little more dependent on others, like Peeta and Finnick. Finally in Mocking Jay what is supposed to make her “sympathetic” turns her into a complete idiot. She doesn’t want to kill innocent passengers on the train so she ends up getting shot. Then she basically got worse and worse until the Epilogue that also made her seem like a wishy-washy character.
    I felt like Collins realized that she had to have someone close to the main character die and get Katniss with Peeta. It was obvious that Peeta and Katniss were going to end up together because that’s what the Hunger Games was about. However, Prim dieing at the very last minute seemed choppy and unplanned. Also, I never understood why people thought that Gale killed Prim. He came up with an idea to use against soldiers. It’s no different then coming up with machinery. He didn’t know that the president* was evil. In the end when Katniss killed the president instead of Snow I just stared dumbfounded. Really, the main antagonist chokes on his own blood? That’s the “climactic” death scene. I understood making the president power hungry as well, that was a good idea but in all fairness Snow deserved to die a proper villain’s death. It also angered me that Katniss simply went into a depression because she was going to die. That happened in all the other books yet she kept fighting but then she decides to shut down.
    Also Peeta and Katniss had a terrible build up. Within the first two books they talk off camera for around 30 minutes. I also felt that Peeta simply was interested in Katniss because his father had a crush on her mother. Gale and Katniss had a relationship, in Mocking Jay they can predict each others actions. That was a much better and more believable relationship. Peeta and Katniss barely talk to each other without a camera being around or him trying to kill her. It may be just me but Gale was the much better option.
    Also, the Epilogue was completely unnecessary. Why did she need to have children? Was that needed to progress the story or tie it together? No, by the last chapter they had won and established a better government, the love triangle was resolved. Everything was OK, but Collins needed to add the fact she had kids. Just for kicks I’d love a YA author to add an Epilogue saying “Yes, they got married and amazingly they didn’t have children!” It seems that’s what all YA authors feel the need for their female protagonist to have children.
    *I can’t remember her name because she didn’t register with me. I don’t feel like looking it up either.
    -End of Spoilers-
    In conclusion, I completely agree.

  5. Capu says:

    Thank you for this review. The first thing that irked me when I read this book was its unoriginality. Battle Royale was the first and most obvious parallel – a group of children who are put into a kill or be killed situation. Then there’s the thematic elements from Running Man (fight to the death game show) and even Rollerball (corporate sponsorship of death sport), Okay, lets be honest, a lot of stories have recycled elements, but the thing that makes me cringe when I hear my mother-in-law urge me to read the second and third books is not the story’s borrowing of ideas from other books/movies, its that its heralded as some great cultural critique of violence and media. Its an okay story if you are a tween with a thirst for violent, suspenseful love stories. That it has gotten so much attention is beyond me.

  6. Ester says:

    Thank goodness there are some intelligent people out there who can tell the difference between good writing and the banal crap that this book so obviously is.

    Want to make a million? Then write to the lowest common denominator. You’ll have a sure winner…

  7. Neena says:

    Thank you! This may be a little late, but thank you. So many people were telling me to read this series and I really expected more of this series. I was unimpressed and disappointed. I didn’t like Peeta but found him a bit sweet and forgettable. Katniss was annoying. And I liked Gale the most out of everything.

  8. I got here by Googling “The Hunger Games sucks” just to see if there was anyone else out there in this crazy world that thought this book was terrible!

    My friend and I are both in our late 20s and both aspiring writers. She told me I NEEDED to read these books because they were so awesome, and that they would make me feel like my writing was shit. So I bought the e-book and started reading. It was so-so for the first 20 pages, then I started to get bored with it. The POV is jarring and totally ineffective for a story of this type. The sentence structure, vocabulary and descriptions are amateur. Just because you’re writing for a young audience doesn’t mean you can get away with shitty writing (then again, maybe it does…). And the characters– what characters? Seemed more like cardboard cutouts to me. Then when the romance thing started in, I just wanted to puke. There was also that “we changed the rules– wait, no we didn’t– wait, yes we did” business. Terrible. This book is not better than Twilight– in fact, I’d say they’re just about on the same level.

    I returned the e-book to Amazon when I was done with it and got my money back. I wish I could get back all the respect I lost for my friend’s opinion on books and writing. I don’t feel any worse about my own writing than I did before I read this. In fact, I feel slightly better about it! Haha.

    I have a lot of other issues with the book, too, but I’ll spare you. I mostly just wanted to say that I agree with you, and it’s good to know I’m not the only one.

  9. Leah says:

    I as an avid reader and crazy fan of the book have to disagree with you on this.

    The Hunger Games, for me and a ton of other people out there, is an amazing trilogy. And while the fact that a fight to the death is often come across in many books and movies, so are vampires, wizards and love. Many novels we read are more or less the same but we still read and love them. I’m sure that many books on your bookshelf will have little similarities. If you ask me, Suzanne Collin’s purely showed the ugly side of humans and what we may or may not become in the future.

    The editing was not all that bad. There were only a few grammar errors but overall, the story still made perfect sense. I liked the fact that Collin’s used present tense as it gave the readers the feeling that they were going through the journey with Katniss.

    The main character, Katniss, was constantly having to watch her back (and those of her family and friends) as she could have been shot down at any moment. Her family were starving. In the Games, everyone was trying to kill her. Of course she couldn’t see Peeta’s love for her. For all she knew, he could have just been using his amazing acting skills to make her an easier target. After all, when you think someone loves you, you’re incredibly vulnerable. When she was in the arena, she was terrified, but she tried not to show it. Just as you would if you were put in her shoes, fighting for your life. I personally feel that the way Katniss reacted to her surrounding was perfect and realistic and I loved it.

    • Carla Jimenez says:

      I understand and respect the fact that you and a lot of other people like the book. And that is your opinion. There is no right or wrong answer about the likeability.

      But in all honesty, you’re wrong about the grammatical errors and style. It usually takes a more experienced editor and a critical eye to notice them right off the bat. I spent a year as a copy editor at a daily newspaper, and I took more editing and grammar classes in college than I really cared for, so I noticed them immediately. I suggest reading it again, and this time look specifically for those errors and style gaffes and I guarantee you, you’ll be surprised by how many you see.

      • Um... says:

        You have a clumsy error in the first sentence of your blog post (“the all the”).

        Just sayin’.

    • SteamPunk Diesel says:

      I liked the fact that Collin’s used present tense as it gave the readers the feeling that they were going through the journey with Katniss.
      ——————

      Okay, from what I understand, Katniss was telling the story from a future looking to the past perspective. Simply based on the epilogue in the last book. Meaning the narrative should have been in past-tense. If Collin’s took her overall story into consideration errors like the present tense descriptions and dialogue could have been avoid.

  10. Maddy says:

    I searched The Hunger Games sucks to see if any crazy people did not like it. The Hunger games is a great book. If your going to talk crap about the Hunger Games why did you read it in the first place. I think Katniss is an inspiration on people all over including people in the book…I do not think anyone is talented enough to write a trilogy as good as Suzanne Collins wrote the hunger games.. This is my opinion. Please do not be offended.

    • Carla Jimenez says:

      Clearly you didn’t read the whole review. I read it because I was curious, and you know what they say: curiosity killed the cat. In this case, curiosity killed my respect for the American public.

      But it’s cool. I didn’t think anyone was crazy enough to actually think Suzanne Collins is a talented writer, but I was wrong, too.

    • Jennifer says:

      People wanted to read it because of all the media hype it received, but I’m sorry, it did suck. It sucked so bad I had to skip several paragraphs in each chapter just to get through it.

  11. Kellt says:

    Ugh if you thought the first was bad, read the 2nd, and if you want to find the biggest load of crap read the 3rd. I just……..I just…….never mind, they’re just so……..ugh.

  12. Dalia says:

    Haha,
    I found this conversation looking up “The Hunger Games sucks” too :) totally agree.

  13. lian92 says:

    Its your opinion and it doesnt mean that it doesnt deserve the attention it gets you are not smarter than Stephen King and John Green and they liked this books . I respect your opinion but saying it so bad it doesnt deserve people to like it is not up to you and me, evry body has to deside for them selfs. Also most girl charecters in Battle Royal were cryful and falling apart so you like them and dislike Katniss, Katniss had her moments of weakness but she was always there and strong for her family also its , not that easy to see someones fealings and i understood katnisses confusion, dont tell me you woudve known peetas intentions because if i was Katniss i shore woudnt.

    • Carla Jimenez says:

      Who says I’m not smarter than Stephen King and John Green? How are you measuring intelligence? You’ve never met me. You’ve never had a conversation with me to determine my I.Q., and I highly doubt that you’ve ever met Stephen King or John Green in real life. Stephen King’s ability to write mediocre novels makes him famous, not smart, so you have no way to validate your claim. And honestly, I think I’m pretty smart considering I had to decipher this comment and it only took me ten minutes.

      Also, if you read the whole review (I’m assuming you didn’t because honestly, I’m not entirely confident that you CAN read), not once did I say that “The Hunger Games” doesn’t deserve a fan base. I said I was confused as to why it had one. There’s a slight difference, but it exists nonetheless.

      As for your assertion that Katniss was “strong,” you clearly haven’t met very many strong women. But judging from your comment, you seem very young. Don’t worry, you’ll learn.

      • J.G. Kelly says:

        Awesome. I know I’m smarter than John Green and probably Stephen King. I’m glad someone else considers that fame is not a marker of intelligence.

        Your snark is delightful Carla.

      • Facepalm says:

        I don’t like HG, but your replies are cringe-worthy.
        Not snarky, not intelligent – you have only managed to come across as a histrionic cunt.

      • Carla says:

        Aww. I’m flattered. It’s been a while since someone’s called me a “histrionic cunt.” You get points for that one.

    • SteamPunk Diesel says:

      Wow, the internet generation scares the beejeezus out of me when it comes to spelling and grammar. “shore,” “woudnt,” “charecters,” “deside,” “fealings,” “katnisses” when it should have been “Katniss’ confusion.”

      • indeed… I make this kind of comment all the time. 1. It scares me to see how the internet has changed our desire to be grammatically correct. It is one thing to be great at grammar, but still use bad grammar online (capitalization is a big online problem for me).

        It is a whole other thing to not know a thing about grammar and not understand how to spell without “right clicking” to check.(which is what is happening to this generation)

        2. When people flock to bad youth adult books like this (even adults which is even scarier) it makes me wonder where society is heading, when they can’t “flock” to something more intelligent or more deserving of their age range… It really does make you wonder…

  14. lian92 says:

    Sorry for sounding harsh but i saw your review as if triying to show that The Hunger Games are such crap evryone who likes them are idiots. But perhaps i interpritated it wrong, and any wy as long as we cnt write a better novel we cant judge Suziane Collins. And i think Battle Royal wasnt that good you complain about bad editing in HG but Battle Royal hd a terrible trnslation where charecters were niting there eyebrows all the time , and also for me Takami falls flat when you compere him to the ginius of Murakami my favorit japonise writer

  15. lian92 says:

    Sorry for mistakes i was typing very fast.

    • Ah, then perhaps I should have read on. My mistake. This does not negate the fact, however, that you say my opinion is invalid because I can’t write (which is moderately true), yet you dislike Battle Royale and have a completely valid opinion despite not being a Japanese author, which has completely different standards than English novel writing.
      My basic point is this; do you need to be a cook to know which food you like or dislike? Do you need to be an interior decorator to know what furniture you like or dislike? Do you need to be a director or scriptwriter or even an actor to know what movies you like or dislike? No? Well, then why should I need to be a writer to know what books I like or dislike?

  16. KRISSYROBINSON says:

    SO DID I,I MEAN I STARTED READING THE FIRST COUPLE PAGES YESTERDAY AND I ALMOST WANTED TO KILL MYSELF AFTER THE FIRST 15 MINUTES.
    THE SERIES IS SO FUCKING OVERRATED,AND IT’S LIKE HOLLYWOOD IS DESPERATELY TRYING TO PIMP IT OUT SO THAT IT WILL DO BETTER THAN TWILIGHT,WHICH WILL NEVER FUCKING HAPPEN.

    I AGREE THAT TWILIGHT WASN’T REALLY ALL THAT SUBSTANTIAL BUT AT LEAST IT CAPTIVATED MY FUCKING ATTENTION TO READ THROUGH ALL FOUR BOOKS IN ONE WEEK!

    LIONSGATE IS JUST TRYING TO MAKE MORE MONEY THAN TWILIGHT AND HP DID,BUT LET’S FACE IT TWIHARDS RULE AND THESE LITTLE HUNGRY CREATURES ARE NOT OUR TASTE!

    AND WHAT THE FUCK IS THE WHOLE DEAL WITH THEM PUTTING THE BD 2 TRAILER IN THE HUNGER GAMES PREMIER!
    THEY’RE REALLY FUCKING TRYING TO SELL OUT!

  17. Bianca says:

    First of all, can I just say that you win one free internet for this review? ;) Everything you wrote about is just so spot on, and I’m glad there are at least some sensible people in this world who find the flaws in this book series. Personally, I also found it boring, unoriginal, and poorly written, topped with a Mary Sue character made to fit the “strong female” stereotype who eventually became a very annoying, sociopathic character whom I never could find sympathy for in the entire series.

    I personally think with a little tweaking, the story could have been executed more. As overdone as the premise is, there was at least some creativity that could have translated into a good book series had Collins not written as poorly as she did. That’s just my two cents…

    • Aaron says:

      I don’t disagree, I don’t like the series either, but what is the meaning of the first sentence? I don’t want to sound dumb, but what does that mean?

      • Irken says:

        One free internet, it’s just like an internetters way of saying. BRAVO! you know, you won 1 free internet so therefore you did something awesome

  18. Nicole says:

    I think the Hunger Games is fantastic… if I was still in sixth grade. However, I have yet to understand why my friends who were in sixth grade 10-20 years ago are so impressed with this trilogy. I’m glad I’m not crazy. Thank you for your review and witty replies to the comments above. Much better reading than this trilogy :).

  19. Jeff says:

    Note to “Um…”
    The fact that you are using a blog post as defense against the horrible editing in a published book only illustrates how bad the editing is in this book. I mean, shouldn’t the literary standard be a bit higher in a book than a blog?

    In any case, I completely agree with all of the criticisms of the Hunger Games. To me it’s a bit like eating at McDonalds; mildly satisfying but it won’t fulfill you. You might even regret it a bit afterwards.

  20. Silvia says:

    I am so, so happy that there are sensible, smart people out there. I am a young adult (the audience the book was intended for) and all the people in my class were reading the books and saying they were great. I trusted their opinion since most of the people who reccomended them are dedicated Twi-hards ,like me. So I picked up a copy from the library, since I have a policy of not buying books until I read and like them. SPOILERS!! I read the first maybe 7 chapters? Maybe it was 5. I just remember it was the part when she shows her “skill” to the judges. END SPOILERS!! I wanted to kill myself just reading that far. It was boring, unoriginal, and Katniss was annoying. She had mood swings all the time, being nice to Peeta and feeling respect for him one day and ignored him the next. I immediately returned the book, disgusted just looking at it. I now reccomed all my friends who havent read the book and all my family members to not even pick it up. Twilight is so much better than this fucking crap and I cringe everytime I see a classmate reading a Hunger Games book or (ugh, double cringe and eyeroll, plus frown) saying a line from the book. A girl actually said “Primrose Everdeen” in a grand voice ot of nowhere. I can’t even believe people are comparing this to Twilight and I am not even going to see that shitload of movie they are making. Team Edward!

    • L says:

      THANK YOU!!!! I’ve been looking for someone that didn’t hate Twilight. I mean, it’s my favorite and there is nothing wrong with Bella. Anyway, I cannot stand The Hunger Games! I die every time someone reads it, watches it, or even mentions it. One teacher of mine is in love with The Games, and it is the most annoying thing. She’s constantly making references to the books. The books are unoriginal, as many people have said. I also cannot stand her style of writing and the fact that she wrote in present tense. You just….. You just can’t do that! The author is horrible and talentless and the story makes no sense!

      • since we are comparing HG to Twilight, of course twilight is probably better. I have never read the books, but I am assuming from Carla that it is a better written book. That is as far as I can go about it being better. I am dissatisfied with the current trend of “female is the focal point of 2 or more guys”. If a female likes it, then fine, go ahead and like it. Just don’t expect your opinion on relationships to be heavily considered in an argument. Twilight is very immature, and at best meant for people under the age of 21. That is what Young Adult stands for I think. Now for guys liking Twilight… wow, are you that crazy for girls to like you that you will “join the bandwagon”?

        Just the whole of Twilight annoys me since I think people should spend more time reading something that is helpful in your maturity growth. Especially at such a young age

        Read it/enjoy it/but please don’t fantasize about it or focus on it like it is a holy book that explains life’s relationships to you.

        Suggestions: Ender’s Game, Dune, LOTR and most of all, anything that your friend’s aren’t talking about at school. Broaden your horizons :)

  21. Cleo says:

    I’m glad that there are people out there that don’t like the hunger games, I did not find the book boring but rather traumatizing. To what level will authors go these days to sell books. It is disgusting how books about child slaughter are sold to young kids!

  22. Books have different genre’s and it really depends on people’s taste. Hunger games is a Dystopian story (to which “child slaughter” is really part of this type of genre) which is very much different to “Harry Potter” or the “Chronicles of Narnia” series which are classified as High fantasy stories.

  23. cnsquinon says:

    Books have different genre’s and it really depends on people’s taste. Hunger games is a Dystopian story (to which “child slaughter” is really part of this type of genre) which is very much different to “Harry Potter” or the “Chronicles of Narnia” series which are classified as High fantasy stories.

  24. Jicoby says:

    U r soooo wrong. 95 percent of people love the hunger games but you r entitled to your opinion.

    • Carla Jimenez says:

      You seem to be contradicting yourself, friend. Opinions are opinions. There’s no such thing as a right or wrong one. So if I’m entitled to my own opinion, I’m not “soooo wrong” after all, am I? But if I am indeed “soooo wrong” as you claim, then it is not an opinion and I am not entitled to it.

      So which is it? By the way, there is a right or wrong answer to this question. I suggest thinking REALLY hard about it before getting back to me. You wouldn’t want to look like an idiot for the second time.

  25. Jacob says:

    I always thought of the Hunger Games (the actual games, not the book) was just a main lead-up to what was actually going to happen, i.e. Collins just using them to symbolized the incoming rebellion. Even if it was a cop-out from Battle Royal (never heard of it) I wouldnt think it would matter too much because I feel like the main story of the Hunger Games (the book) was the rebellion, not the Games themselves. I thought it was a great book, but I also thought Avatar was cool too lol

    • Carla Jimenez says:

      Is it sad that I recognized you from your email address? :)

      That’s a really interesting interpretation, and one could definitely make that argument. You and several others pointed it out, and I agree that the book has literary potential. Unfortunately its potential was snuffed out by its poor planning, writing and editing.

      And I liked Avatar, too, so I don’t hold it against you for liking “The Hunger Games.” You’re still a good guy.

  26. Louella says:

    Thank you for your thoughts on The Hunger Games. I’m glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t find this book as “great” as other people are raving it is. I feel I’m an avid book reader myself, and I’ll give any “great” book a chance to catch my interest, but this was not one of them. I hear other readers have finished reading this book in a “day”; totolly engrossed in the story, which they “cannot put down”. As for me, I stopped reading at page 72–bored and not interested.

  27. Santa's Baby Counsin Daryl says:

    To the moron fangirls and fanboys. Just because someone has an opinion doesn’t mean that they are wrong. This was a rather good review for The Hunger Games. Your criticism of the book were rather well thought out, and pretty logical.

  28. B says:

    Thank you!!! Now I know I’m not alone in thinking these books are complete crap. I’ve had so many discussions with people that love these books that it makes me sick that they think this is good literature. I looked up “The Hunger Games Sucks” just to see if anyone agreed with me. I had the exact same critiques as everyone else, mainly sentence structure/ style, horrible character developement/depth, and the unoriginality of it all. Why why why do people think this is good writing? Sure, maybe you think it’s a good story(I don’t), but to say this is good writing just shows that you have no clue what good writing is. Read a real book.

  29. Zenzi says:

    Omg! Thank you sooo much! I just found this and woopwoop! Couldn’t be happier. My friends are obsessed with the series. I, since I trust my bud had to check out the series. I read the whole series in a night and it was complete crap! Why would she like, I don’t even know. Her writing was bad, the characters were flat. I could easily figure out what was going to happen through the books and Katniss was worse than Bella (twilight), and Bella was a whiny, annoying weirdo.

  30. Mishy says:

    I did not think the first book was bad, just not very good. Twilight was worse I only made it half way through that one. I am part of the way through the second and I am really not interested in it at all, but I will read a little more just to be fair. The hype for this movie is insane really. People are claiming that it will be the biggest franchise ever and I think it will do well, but I don’t know if it will do that well. I mean in order to become the biggest franchise ever it would have to make over 7.8 billion dollars over all and I don’t see that happening.
    I thought your review was well written and thought out. I really like that you were not rude and hateful about how you felt, like some people tend to be. Though one point I disagree with you on is the fact that I actually enjoyed the first book, it’s just not that special in my opinion. I am a little interested to see the movie for some reason though, but I will not see it opening night if I see it in the theater at all. All that said I say good luck to it and its stars.

  31. Thank you for realizing that shitty series of books. Read to about page 10. Fuckin’ hated it. I agree about the present tense, and the character was dead flat. The grammar and such couldn’t be worse. Yet everyone I know says “Read The Hunger Games! They’re so good! The movies gonna be great!”. While all I want to do is go to the theater and throw a rock and the screen. Thank you for realizing the difference between good books, and bad books. +Horrible Series’.

  32. Clare says:

    I disagree. In many ways. I will start off with Katniss. I don’t know how you could compare her to cardboard. I don’t even know what you mean by “cardboard”. I don’t think “cardboard” would volunteer to save her sisters life. Or break the law to feed her family. And obviously she couldn’t see Peeta’s love for her because she thought he was acting. Like she acted to get supplies from sponsers. And who really gives a shit if theres one little grammar mistake… Just stfu

    • Carla Jimenez says:

      She’s a cardboard cut out of stronger and more popular literary characters that came before her. Suzanne Collins stole the personality traits of more successful authors because she couldn’t make an original one for herself. Which I guess kind of makes sense, since Katniss doesn’t seem to have a single original thought for herself, either. If she’s so strong and “independent,” Why was she constantly being swayed by others? Why did she always have to go along with people who were making decisions for her? You could make all sorts of arguments that she was trying to help the cause, help other people or whatever, but she was still an idiot for not realizing the whole time that she was being used as a pawn in the rebellion. So which is it? Is she an unoriginal, flat-as-cardboard Mary Sue, or is she an idiot? Personally, I think she’s both.

      And I wouldn’t have cared if there was ONE grammatical mistake. Unluckily for Suzanne Collins, there were a great deal more than just ONE. Besides, is that really the literary standard that we’re going to uphold from now on? As a so-called “author,” Collins has a responsibility to use grammar and proper spelling. She also has a responsibility to push the bounds of writing style. If you’re content to read garbage, then your brain will start to emulate what you consume. But in your case, it seems like it already has.

      So no, I will not shut the fuck up. The great thing about the Internet is that you can disagree with me, but I can keep talking whether you like it or not.

  33. Same as a previous poster, I typed in “Why Hunger Games sucks” into google. Granted, there probably is a better title such as “Why Hunger Games is Meant for Those 15 Years of Age and Younger”, but that wouldn’t have gotten me to this post. Seriously though, I was trying so hard to google a somewhat respectable title, that really showed that the article would be a good critique, and not just some idiot blabbing lame reasons why the books were not good. I finally gave up and just typed the aforementioned google search lol. I am so thankful to find people out there who think that this book is so immature in so many ways (not just in grammar/rip-offs, but the whole “feeling” that this book is meant for someone at around age 15, not even close to 18, let alone the 21+ year olds that go on and on about how great this is). Obviously I am no grammatical genius (look at this post…), but I am definitely a somewhat intelligent person, that views this book (as well as the movie that just came out) as the biggest waste of your time in life. I keep shaking my head as facebook statuses fly through about how awesome it was, and I realize these are people that are older than me… (over 22) This says a lot about what is happening to literature, as well as the reader…

    In conclusion, definitely sharing this post on facebook to see how many people I can piss of :) I agree with you wholeheartedly. I hope you don’t tear apart my grammar….

    • Carla Jimenez says:

      Haha, your grammar wasn’t too terrible. At least I could understand what you were trying to say. Plus, I take it easy on people who agree with me. :) And good luck with your Facebook friends! Glory in the fact that you are clearly more intelligent than they are.

      • ah good. I normally throw grammar by the way side when I talk online anyways… It’s easier, and I can get my point out more quickly :) (at least I hope I do)

        I was just curious if you had read/reviewed the movie and/or the other 2 books in the series? I just have so many reasons not to like Hunger Games… The thing that gets me annoyed is that all popular YA material is focused on romance in such a way that it is “cheesy” not realistic. I felt Hunger Games just tried to “force” you into seeing “love” when in reality, my mind is set on “kill or be killed” mode.

        Another issue I have with popular literature (this is where you might not agree) is the idea of making a female heroine that “crushes everything in her path”, is impervious to emotional stress, and is perfect in every way and “shows up” all the men in the room. All of this in the name of “we want females to look better than men”. (I also am tired of the “teenager disrespects/laughs at adults like they don’t know anything, and loves to shock and awe adults into being amazed at such a young persons’ prowess” motif btw)

        Based off of that (bear with me), even if you are in love with the idea of turning every female into a “Mary Sue” just to gain the attention of females over men, my problem is that this book completely, and utterly failed to do this… So it doesn’t matter what side of the fence you are on, this book didn’t deliver. In fact gave me the impression that young females are whiny and clueless…

        Would love to hear your thoughts (even if you don’t agree with me)

      • Carla Jimenez says:

        I did read the other two books in the series in the hopes that they might be better than the first. The second was marginally better because there was more bloodshed (I’m sick like that, I guess), but the writing was still poor and Katniss became even MORE stupid. Most everyone I know (even fans of the series) hated the last book, and I include myself in that group because “Mockingjay” was like one gigantic exercise of deus ex machina. Collins tried way too hard to tie up all the loose ends and it felt so unnatural and manufactured. In all reality she should have developed the story more, possibly with another installation. I don’t know why she didn’t. It would have made for a slightly better series, and it would have made her and her publisher more money. I’m sure I still would have hated it, though.

        I totally understand what you mean about cheesy romance, though. There’s a lot of good YA novels out there, but there are too many contrived plots that involve unrealistic romances. I honestly believe that if there was no love story in “The Hunger Games,” it would have made a much better story. The love triangle between her, Peeta and Gale was what made “Mockingjay” suck so much monkey balls. If Collins hadn’t tripped herself up by trying an almost “Twilight”-esque love plot, she wouldn’t have had to tie up so many loose ends, and the bigger plot line (of the rebellion) would have stood out more.

        Your point about the new stereotype of the female heroine is interesting. It’s almost like we’re moving toward a de-feminization of female literary characters, isn’t it? In making women act like stereotypical, macho male heroes, we’re going the opposite direction. When you think about it, it’s almost a form of reverse sexism; the idea that a women has to act like a cliched male action hero in order to be strong is perhaps doing more harm than good. I agree with you that this book gave a negative impression of young women, and it’s a trend that’s been going on since “Twilight.” The heroines of both novels come off as complete idiots.

        As for the motif of teenagers disrespecting adults, I haven’t really seen and/or noticed that trend. I suppose that would just be authors pandering to their audience, which sells them more books, but tends to have an adverse effect on youth.

      • Wow… you are so amazing! People get so upset with me when I make comments like I just said. They call me sexist, misogynistic, you name it. They don’t understand that I am trying to tell them that we have gone from one extreme in the 40′s (women very very subservient to men) to now, where in order for a female protagonist to be good, she has to be what you said. “Macho man” “Male Action hero” “you name it”, as a “leading” role model for females… I however don’t see that as uplifting in any way, shape, or form for ladies… In fact, most of the time it makes me look at them as stupid…

        What happened to letting a character have a “natural” leading role? Not one that is forced onto us by society’s standards of feminism?

        Take a look at River from Firefly (don’t know if you have seen it). I absolutely loved her character if not for anything else, but that she **earned** her “skills” so to speak. She was the product of scientific engineering, that she really didn’t want any part of. But throughout the series she begins to cope with this, and accepts it. In the end saves the crew a few times. I look up to her as a great female heroine because of this.

        If you took that last paragraph, and put it into the “feminist sieve” so to speak. You would have River, kicking ass from day 1. without any regard to her thoughts about what happened to her. She would be saving the crew almost every episode… That is so sad… why can’t they just learn to let writing talent “flow” through themselves?

        Your comments on the love triangle in Hunger Games are spot on with what I figured they would be… I instantly thought “great, another love triangle” when it came up. And it was so cheesy/fake, I had to literally, skip some of those parts… You are right. It would have been a fairly decent story if you had taken out the “twilight-copy-attempt”. Even then. I have read so much Arthur C. Clarke, and stuff like Ender’s Game, that (please don’t see this as being arrogant) I am leagues ahead of people who love this series…

        Yes, the whole ‘disrespecting’ adults thing, stems from what you said. Teenagers want to rebel. Thus authors know EXACTLY what the kids want. A place where principals, teachers, parents, and elders, are all mocked and laughed at. Let alone the love of “showing off” in front of elders to get their “attention” because parents these days don’t do that so well imo. So writers do stuff like “Katniss shot the arrow at the turkey that the elders were eating. They all were so shocked at what she had done. And they were amazed at her nerves to do such a thing”. Really? That is so much teenage rebelliousness that I can’t even take it in… Don’t know if this last paragraph made sense to you.

        I don’t know if I love more bloodshed… I think I just enjoy the ‘meaning’ behind bloodshed more.

        Thank you for taking the time to talk with me about this. It means a lot… So far, no one has bit on my facebook post yet lol… They are afraid?

      • Carla Jimenez says:

        Haha, don’t worry about it. I understood what you meant, and I don’t think it’s sexist at all. In my opinion, I see it as another branch of sexism; why do women have to act like men in order to be considered strong? There are different kinds of strength, and I don’t think the kind of macho kind usually associated with male action stars should be the standard.

        I’ve never seen “Firefly,” but you make an interesting point regarding writing natural characters. And it goes back to the whole concept of a Mary Sue. There are too many Mary Sue characters in YA literature today. Perhaps authors don’t think that audiences want to read about imperfect characters, but heroes and heroines should always have flaws. It makes a story much more relatable. (I’m assuming) River from “Firefly” has flaws, but she overcomes them. That’s what makes her strong. Perfection is not strength. Perfection is boring.

        I tried to skip the love triangle parts in the series, but there were too many. Among one of the more negative effects “Twilight” had on the YA genre was this notion that every novel with a female heroine has to have two love interests. As a woman, I like to indulge in an interesting love triangle every now and then, but not every single book should have one, especially if it’s clearly forced like it was in “The Hunger Games.” But I guess having a love triangle is almost a predictor of whether or not a novel is going to be a hit nowadays.

        Youth rebellion has always been prevalent in literature, though. “The Catcher in the Rye,” anything by Jack Kerouac, even Romeo and Juliet. It’s not necessarily always bad, but it’s a way to relate to audiences, and it’s almost like a cathartic release. I’ve dreamed about being a vigilante, but I’m not going to go out and actually do it. So I’ll just watch “The Boondock Saints” for the millionth time instead.

        As for the bloodshed…I guess I was more excited for it in “Catching Fire” because that meant I didn’t have to read more of the stupid love triangle.

        And about your Facebook post…maybe your friends were too busy attending the midnight premiere? I don’t know. Maybe it’s because they already know that you’re clearly “leagues ahead” of them. :)

      • Yah, perfection is indeed boring.. Clarke has some great literature dealing with that subject :)

        I tried to skip the love triangle stuff in the first book, but failed to because like you said, it is everywhere. Like trying to avoid all the hay in a haystack just to find the needle…

        Since I haven’t ever had a gf before, I don’t know how I would feel being apart of a triangle. I think for sure I would be upset, but I don’t know how I would handle it. Obviously this book was designed for young females, but I feel that more and more YA caters to girls, than to guys… If there is anything to do with guys, it has nothing to do with romance… Why can’t they write a book that truely shows what a guy goes through? (I probably wouldn’t read it as I can’t stand literature that doesn’t have difficult ideas to grapple with for weeks on end, but hey, at least young guys can have something to turn to)

        Thinking about it, (as well as your provided examples) you are right that teenage rebellion has been a theme throughout history. So I shouldn’t say “this new trend”. I should say that in both movies and films, they are pushing this “rebellion” thing so hard, that it comes across as forced.

        THAT, right there is the theme of this generation in arts. If you don’t have a gay person in your show, then you are frowned upon. If you do have a gay person in your show, then he must be talked about almost every episode… There must always be a “scene” that shows how wonderful gay couples are… While I don’t agree morally with gay people, I can’t help but see stuff like this become so “forced” so as to make a show non-watchable….

        The same goes for almost all teenage drama… From what I saw when I was growing up, there was just so much of the “attitude” from the actors, that I couldn’t stand to watch it…. Balance, my friend, balance is key… But people don’t seem to use that these days.

        ha, in Hunger Games, I was scan-reading the boring stuff, and then paying attention (as well as I could for the first-person/flashback perspective) when she was fighting or battles were going on. That is sad if what you are looking forward to is more violence… (i actually only read the book on a promise that a co-worker of mine who was 17 would read ONE short story from Clarke… I don’t think it was a great deal but oh well)

        You are actually right to an extent about my friends… Almost all of them saw this movie and all say “amazing!” or some other crap… My god, even people older than me were loving this… I just don’t understand… Only one person liked your article, and that was someone in their late 30′s…

        I will just keep sharing until someone can come up with a solid case against it. *cough *cough, that would be never.

    • I never liked the whole “you must be an action hero to be a feminist character” thing. It just seems like replacing one shallow standard of subservience to subservient only when I feel like it.

  34. Stormblessed says:

    Ha got here by searching “Hunger Games sucks” on google. I somehow stumbled on the book a month after it game out at barnes&noble, and liking the premise I bought it and promptly read it over the following week. I ended up being disappointed, as I not only could predict every part of the plot long in advance, but the characters were flat, and the love triangle made me laugh.

    Imagine my surprise when a little less than year ago, I notice that literally every girl in my high school was reading it and its sequels and obsessing over them. The book’s reviews on amazon and the facebook noise about it have made me feel like I read a different book or something, or was just flat out wrong about it.

    Glad to know I’m not alone.

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  36. AL says:

    Some people say that this book shows where our society is headed. Popularizing the book and the movie (and the plot) just speeds it up. I am so disguisted that this sick-minded plot is being fed to so many young people and they like it!

  37. Bob says:

    HUNGER GAMES SUCKS

  38. Big Kahuna says:

    Haven’t read it, haven’t watched it. And judging by the people I know who have, I have no desire to. That is my two cents.

  39. Nixie says:

    It IS young adult literature, it’s aimed at children who don’t have advanced vocabularies. It’s a good story, not the best written I admit, but better written with better characters than many other books my friends are into these days (Twilight, romance novels, etc.). If it was intended as an adult novel, I would completely agree with the above, in that it isn’t complex enough vocabulary wise. Many kids just don’t have the knowledge base to understand a densely written novel. I think it’s good to have a good female role model in kids’ literature, as opposed to Twilight’s Bella who goes catatonic because her boyfriend leaves her.

    • Carla Jimenez says:

      The fact that it’s young adult literature is not an excuse. There are plenty of YA books that are well written, both with varied sentence structures and elevated vocabulary. Saying that kids are too stupid to understand a well-written novel is insulting. You can’t and shouldn’t write for the lowest common denominator just because “some kids” won’t understand your vocabulary. If they don’t understand they will either A) look it up or B) put the book down. And besides, the whole point of literature in general is to push the bounds of knowledge for any audience. Why would we make young adults read classic literature in school in the first place? What would be the point in assigning them works by Shakespeare and the like? We assign it to them because they’re well-written classics, and because it pushes the bounds of knowledge. If they don’t understand it, should we stop assigning them to read these books? Should we stop making them try to learn? No. Your argument is bullshit.

      As for Katniss being a good female role model…really? Do young women really need a sociopathic killer as a role model? Do young women really need to emulate a young girl who can’t make an original thought or a single decision for herself? Do young women think that a new brand of macho idiocy is better than going catatonic during a break up? If so, then I fear for the future generation.

  40. tomb says:

    The book suxs, movie I won’t see. We (as in all of us who do not like this book, or are not tween girls) should stop giving so much attention to the crap that they are mass advertising. That way alot of the other good writers would get their book published, and it would be alot easier to find In smaller bookshops.

  41. Ray says:

    I’m 13 and I read the hunger games about a year ago give or take, around the time it first came out because my friend told me it was very good and would always talk about it.
    The book wasn’t that good and I would never consider Katniss any type of female role-model. I felt all she would do was complain and look to other people to make choices for her. Like your review said.
    There are many books especially manga’s that have the whole children fighting to the death scene. It also seemed half the series wasn’t even about the games at all but more about Katniss and her stupid thoughts.
    I really enjoyed reading your review because I always get looked at for “Being Crazy” for thinking Hunger Games sucks and that it’s not any better than Twilight.
    Five claps for this review.

    • OH THANK YOU LORD ANOTHER THIRTEEN YEAR OLD YOU DOESN’T LIKE HUNGER GAMES. I felt so alone… And for the record, Battle Royale was a novel adopted to a movie which was made into a manga. Just saying.

  42. Mishy says:

    I am not trying to compare THG to anything else and I do not know if any one will agree with me but I have to completely disagree with this statement by Nixie

    “in that it isn’t complex enough vocabulary wise. Many kids just don’t have the knowledge base to understand a densely written novel. ”

    Harry potter has advanced vocabulary that I myself at 21 had to look up, the novels are also complex with many literary devices in them. It had a lot of reference to politics, wars, myths, abuse, and genocide. Many people felt it had a lot of references to World war II, Hitler and the Nazi party. Growing up with this series, I did not know a lot of these things untill I was much older, but I had not had any trouble reading and understanding some of the deeper meanings in these novels, such as; love, friendship, bravery and strength. Many of the characters where also complex with deeper feelings such as Snape’s character who happened to be a double agent. They were also full fledge characters even the minor ones you could feel a connection to and had their own stories which were untold in the story, but they were well written enough you could imagine their stories. Anyways what I am trying to say is HP had all these things and more and children fell in love with them all over the world and read themselves as well as making their parents read them for them. These books were marketed towards children. I have heard so many people (Adults) talk about them reading the books with their children and then having intelligent discussions using the books. Teachers have done the same thing they were even broken down and studied by college student and their professors at college university. The point I am trying to make is that the notion that children can not read a book with complex vocabulary as well as themes is not acurate in my opinion.

  43. my dog is a jerk says:

    thank you so, so much.

  44. Jeff says:

    I love you

  45. Beth says:

    Thank you! I read all three books and have felt so much confusion regarding their popularity. Your blog post and the supportive comments above are reassuring and relieving. That will probably be the last time I ever read anything that is marketed so dramatically.

  46. Cayla says:

    I sense a Grammar Nazi…..Nah, I’m kidding. I;m a grammar nazi myself, but I LOVE the Hunger Games…and seriously, tell me 10 popular books out there today that are completely original (excluding Twilight because well….it sucks.) I can understand why you guys wouldn’t like it though, but it’s really pointless to keep comparing it to Battle Royale…I mean, that’s Japanese (I love it, but it’s from ANOTHER COUNTRY.)

    • Carla Jimenez says:

      You make a valid point about originality. I guess what I’m trying to say is that “Battle Royale” did it so much better. If people are intrigued about kids killing themselves, they’d be better off reading it than “The Hunger Games.”

  47. Ernie says:

    I never believed in book burning until I read (or tried to read) the garbage that is the Hunger Games.

    The whole concept of pitting 10 year old girls in a battle to the death with 18 year old men is ludicrous. I mean who in the world wants to see that?

    And the likely winner of such a contest would be a criminal… the worst kind. One who wouldn’t give a second thought to killing defensless children. Collins needs mental help.

  48. myke says:

    another kid lit garbage. Fuck kids are stupid these days. First harry rip off JRR Tolkein potter. Then constipated teenage sexually repressed vampires, now this gladiator meets 1984 backdrop bullshit. Kids are in fact getting more stupid.

  49. madisonx22 says:

    I agree, The Hunger Games sucks. I really tried very hard to get into it, but I just couldn’t. I got to chapter 6 and I just couldn’t take the boringness anymore. I don’t know what other people see in this book that I don’t.
    I mean, it’s okay, but it’s not amazing. I never felt the need to read more or finish the series.
    Everyone says that it’s better than Twilight, and that Twilight is poorly written, but at least Twilight interested me and made me constantly want to read more.
    And honestly, Suzanne Collins writing skills are pretty horrible. She uses the vocabulary of like a fourth grader.
    And the romance is just stupid, it’s almost exactly like Twilight. Gale was the only character in the book I actually liked, and then she doesn’t even pick him.

  50. Bob says:

    Went with my little sister to watch the movie .I knew it would suck from the get go.The actors and the story line (script) was lame.Reminded me a Steve Austin movie can’t recall the name but the only difference is that kids are killing themselves instead of criminals.If you want to watch a awesome movie 21 jump street is the way to go.

  51. Boo says:

    I’d just like to say books are all a matter of opinion. While I cannot argue about grammatical mistakes because whereas I was not purposely searching them out and didn’t notice many, it seems a large quantity of people did. So I trust all you who say so. But I have read a couple of comments saying how Twilight was much better written and quite a bit more enjoyable. This is where I happen to disagree. I absolutely abhored the twilight series. I thought the writing was completely mundane and boring and that Bella was an incredibly weak willed and weak minded, sad portrayal of a stone age women. It’s 2012 we no longer need our prince to save us, we are also highly capable of looking after ourselves (whereas Bella was not at all, at least Katniss was. You may argue this point: that really she didn’t ie: Gale and Peeta, but really in the book Katniss protected both of them. Or at least Peeta, everything she did in the hunger games ultimately protected Peeta. Peeta wouldn’t have survived 2 seconds without her. Yes he was cunning with his wording and charm when faced with an audience but in the ring? Katniss saved his life millions of times. But I will assume quite a few of you will disagree with this point. And she did make sacrifices which protected Gale as well, doing stuff to appease President Snow etc.) While this is all a matter of opinion, that would be mine. Maybe these opinions are due to my age, as a teen I find love stories/violence/present tense/first perspective extremely invigorating and captivating. And to all you who say she is a crap writer? Then go write a book and prove that you’re much better than her. Oh and the fact that it’s similar to other books? Twilight is a theme even more overexpended. Vampires? Werewolves? So overdone. Also if you’re into reading history books, and famous literature, modern day literature might appear light dry and fluffy to you, but compared to most books (ie: girl meets boy, boy meets girl etc.) the hunger games is actually quite deep and interesting. Dystopian fiction will appear again and again throughout our lives and they will always be reminiscent of other literatures, similar to how 1984 contains themes alike to Brave New World. It is entirely impossible to create something totally new which is a beautiful thing, books can be so different and yet so similar at the same time. If there were no differences/similarities than reading would be absolutely no fun! And the last thing I’d like to point out is while it is incredibly likely that I have perfect grammar in my post, I think I have valid arguments so just because I’m younger doesn’t imply my opinions don’t matter. I loved the hunger games. While it may not appeal to all it certainly appeals to many, otherwise the books would not be so famous. If you liked the hunger games or are interested in more novel-debate I’d recommend reading Divergent. It’s quite similar but also quite different. Read it and see.

    • Carla Jimenez says:

      You do have valid arguments. You’re also respectful in your comment and you actually use logic. So good for you.

      I’m not saying “Twilight” is better in terms of plot. Personally, I think the premise of “The Hunger Games” is a much better one than “Twilight.” But when it comes to the technical aspects of writing, such as vocabulary, sentence structure and personal writing style, Stephanie Meyer surpasses Suzanne Collins by miles. Granted, the first installment of the “Twilight” series was elementary at best in writing, but “New Moon,” “Eclipse,” and “Breaking Dawn” were far superior. The use of imagery, simile, and metaphor was almost poetic. Overall, I think both series suck, but Meyer has a much more elevated writing style than Collins.

      As for Katniss being strong: sure, she was strong physically. I’m not arguing that. But I kind of liken her to a dumb jock. She had no critical thinking skills whatsoever. She can’t see that she’s being used as a pawn for the rebellion AND a pawn for the Capitol. She can’t recognize Peeta’s love for her, nor can she acknowledge that she’s attracted to Gale. It’s not until the end when her life is crumbling around her when she realizes how stupid she is.

      • zeroshoofly says:

        I don’t understand why people cannot tell the difference of level between Stephanie Meyer’s and Suzanne Collins’ writing. One sucks and the other sucks more, despite the latter having the more interesting premise.

  52. Boo says:

    Sorry I meant incredibly unlikely! (about the grammar. mine sucks)

  53. Emma Eea says:

    I, as well, very strongly dislike the “Hunger Games” series.. However, I won’t go on to thoroughly describe why, seeing as many others have done so for me..
    Also, although I try not to compare a series with another WHILST I read them, once I have officially completed them, I attempt to rate how satisfying the books were for me in general.. And as far as I’m concerned, the Harry Potter series has yet to be outdone..
    However, if you would like to read another YA adult series that I found quite enjoyable, I recommend “A Series of Unfortunate Events” by Lemony Snicket..

    • Definitely a better YA series. I remember listening to the audio-book with my friend when I was younger. Granted, one of my biggest issues over Hunger Games, is the widespread love and adoration being received from full-fledged adults! I mean really? Why are so many older people stooping to this level? Are they just tired of ‘stretching a brain cell or two by reading books at your level or higher’ like my old teacher use to say? Or is it this weird thing, where adults wants to be a “kid” again, and will do anything to fit in with the younger generation? Or the last and saddest option of them all, are they just plain stupid, and ignorant to what age level these books/movies are meant for? I am thinking it is a combination of all of these, with the majority percentage going to the latter… As the OP said, this is sadly the road to our future generations… and I too, am scared of it…

  54. legumepod says:

    I agree with OPs opinion on this novelette. I would also add “trite” and “sophomoric” to the long list of negative adjectives that make this novel mediocre at best.

  55. legumepod says:

    Personally, I think you were being kind. I would also add “trite” and “sophomoric” to the long list of negative adjectives that would describe this novelette.

  56. hayden says:

    This is so disappointing to me, because I really enjoyed the book. However, I’m not as educated as you are, so I suppose I wouldn’t be able to identify such mistakes. To be quite honest, I didn’t really notice that she wrote everything in present tense. What is the big deal with present tense? I don’t get it.

    The thing that really sucks is that as much as I dislike what you wrote, and how you speak about Suzanne Collins and the characters, you’ve got a point. Many points, actually. :/

  57. hayden says:

    Also, it may be extremely similar to that Japanese movie you were talking about, but I think that ideas are so overused these days that it is hard to come up with something original. I mean really, look at all of the vampire books. It’s a theme, and in my opinion, it doesn’t have to be that original, as long as I can follow a book, and the story is interesting, and it is something that is new to me, then I enjoy it.

  58. Bex says:

    I agree, (Carla). I have read all the Twilight Saga and the Hunger Games. (Ok, I only read all of the Hunger Games because my friend loves Hunger Games and hates Twilight.) says that I cannot judge it because I haven’t read all of the trilogy. So I read it. Aw. I hated it. I prefer Twilight by miles. Yes, Hunger Games was so boring, seriously. I don’t get why people are suddenly so caught up about it. :). I don’t think Hunger Games could ever beat Harry Potter. Back then, not many people were intrested in books, Harry Potter came out and everybody loved it!!!. I heard of Harry Potter since I was young. When Twilight came out, I was still quite young and I heard of it and the movie hadn’t come out yet, but everybody was all twilighted. Hunger Games has been out for…(5 years), I hadn’t even heard of it, then the movie comes out and its all about Hunger Games. This is my opinion.:).

  59. James says:

    I just read the book (finished it last night), there are some good elements in it, but I just can’t shake off the sensation that what I liked of it (mostly at the beginning), belongs to George Orwell’s 1984: The terrible future, the big brother watching, the idea of making people not trust each other for the party’s sake… But as I read, I felt most of it belonged to Battle Royale and Death Race… and I have to be honest, in the end I felt I was reading Twilight, and that… that, really sucked.
    PS: I also found this post googling ‘hunger games suck’.

  60. Acies says:

    Haha, funny you should compare Katniss to Bella. That was exactly my first thought too. Her making a point of informing the audience how “unique” she is for not caring about fashion and cute boys. Her making a point of informing people that she’s not friendly, but somehow attracts all the “good guys” anyways. The only people who hate her are the “bad guys”/popular bullys in school/Careers. And does her ambiguity towards Gale and Peeta remind anyone else of Team Edward and Team Wolf Boy (forgot his name, sorry ^^; )? I also agree she is the most self-centered, unobservant, and predictable person that ever lived (in a story). Although I think she DID “observed” that Gale and Peeta liked her. In the book, the first time she told the audience about Peeta being the Boy with the Bread, she already mentioned how she thinks Peeta may have burnt the bread intentionally for her. She just chose to dismiss this little detail for her own convenience. Her redeeming character is that she knows exactly how horrible she is, and other characters, even Peeta, at some point points out her flaws as well.

    I also agree full heartedly with you on the grammatical mistakes and use of present tense. It took me 5 reads to get through the 1st sentence because it felt so jarringly out of place. I got over that by telling myself that this supposedly came out of the mind of a 16 year old in real time. Where do you find an editor in the middle of fighting for your life? :p

    HOWEVER, I still found the books interesting. I know there has been countless stories written about fight to the death before, but they can have different details about how it works. I’m not an expert on the topic, but this is the first time I’ve encountered the idea of sponsorship in real time. This adds a new dimension for me in why the tributes had to put on a good performance, making the games quite multi-dimension to me, making up for the cardboard characters. Maybe that is only because I haven’t read enough “fight to the death” stories.

    Another point I liked is how it makes me think about truth and illusions. How the rebellion started because of the POSSIBILITY that Katniss did the berries thing out of rebellion. As a reader following her thought process, we know that probably wasn’t the case. She didn’t do it out of love either. She just did it to save her own dignity. She tried to put on a show to say that it wasn’t rebellion. She tried to put on a show to convince herself it wasn’t just a selfish act. But it doesn’t matter. People believe what they want to believe. The rebellion would have started anyway.

    This theme comes out again with the mockingjay. Everyone with a mockingjay symbol thinks they’re on “Katniss’ side.” But that’s also all illusion. The truth is, there is no “Katniss’ side.” Katniss didn’t have a side. She just did whatever pops into her head, and it usually only pertains to saving her own hide/pride. No one cares what Katniss wants though. If they’re not on Katniss’ side, then Katniss better come over onto their’s.

    And also, the more obvious truth/illusion of who’s a friend and who’s a foe? What makes you a good guy and what makes you a bad guy? Is District 13 successful for surviving for so long against the odds? Or is District 13 just as bad as the Capitol for being so ruthless? Katniss and Gale can be pretty ruthless too when it comes to survival and revenge. Are they just as bad as the Capitol? Is killing Coin and Snow enough? Or will this just start up again? Why DO we like Effie and the prep team so much when they made their living by endorsing the Games? Can we really say they were ignorant of the suffering these Games causes? Is it better to be found guilty of atrocious crimes, or to be excused on the basis that they were as ignorant as “pets?”

    I think the series did a pretty good job of making me think about these issues… though I guess some other books may have already done the same, I just haven’t read them yet :P

  61. Noura says:

    “When you think about it, it’s almost a form of reverse sexism; the idea that a women has to act like a cliched male action hero in order to be strong is perhaps doing more harm than good. I agree with you that this book gave a negative impression of young women, and it’s a trend that’s been going on since “Twilight.” The heroines of
    both novels come off as complete idiots. ”
    This is odd! when did Bella “act like a cliched male action hero”?

  62. we brave few people who dare to call out Hunger Games on its flaws need a facebook page :P

    Acies you made a few great points about Katniss. The one that I thought instantly of when reading, was that she is “attracting” all the good guys, even though she is someone who ‘hates fashion’ or ‘isn’t a likable person’ If you haven’t heard the term, I feel that Katniss was a “Mary Sue” that had so many negative traits, that somehow “magically” make her the most awesome girl in the world… Reminds you of Bella much? (except Bella didn’t have any traits from what i could tell… just a piece of flesh sitting there doing nothing)

    And also, there are TONS of books that aren’t filled with YA romance, or dumbed down ideas like this book portrayed. I am glad that it made you think, but these same ideas are summarized in a few sentences in more complex books. I highly suggest you read some TRUE science fiction like Dune, Ender’s Game, or anything By Arthur C. Clarke…

    @Noura, I believe that she meant twilight “gave a negative impression of young women”. Not that Bella was a cliche male action hero. In the case of Bella she was just a straight up idiot with no skills whatsoever, other than her *cough cough beauty? that she uses to torment 2 guys into fighting over her (which she obviously enjoys, whether or not the audience thinks that). THAT right there is something that many books/peers pressure girls into thinking. That being a manipulative female in regards to males, is the BEST thing you can ever do with your teenage years.

  63. Brittany says:

    This…is interesting.

    I’ll go ahead and put this out here – I’m a senior in high school. I probably have not read too many amazing books. (I have read Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton, and a few of Anne McCaffrey’s dragon books, and they were… also interesting.)

    My senior Lit. class is actually reading dystopian literature, rather than the usual stuff like Twain’s works. We’ve read The Veldt by Bradbury and Those Who Walk Away from Omelas by Le Guin. We’re currently analyzing The Hunger Games, and I have to say, I’ve enjoyed it.

    I enjoyed it when I first read it and didn’t have an eye for basic grammatical mistakes, such as comma splices. I enjoyed it this second time through, even though I noticed those. I’m probably not going to enjoy searching for symbols in it, now that I’ve read this review; you have some very valid points.

    Katniss is manipulative. Yes, my class gives her some slack because it’s all for survival, and felt that her ignorance of Peeta’s affection was due to her suspicion and inner conflict about “owing” him. But she is very manipulative, and it’s almost sickening when I analyze it all. (It’s almost like trying to read Twilight; Bella is one of the most manipulative characters I’ve seen in a while.)

    Katniss is young. She is forced into responsibility for feeding her family, and strictly does not want to have children (I firmly disagree with Collins on the third book) – so, naturally, she instinctively avoids situations in which she could end up having children. These include relationships, as in with Gale. She doesn’t notice him in that way because she doesn’t allow herself to; something that I can understand.

    I’m not sure what other problems you have with Katniss, but I can safely bet I wouldn’t disagree once I know what to look for. As for Battle Royale, I have not seen or read that; aren’t all ideas merely recycled, in the end? They’re all pieced together from previous ideas in slightly different ways. Nothing is new. Although yes, blatantly copying something will win a story no favors.

    I have also enjoyed Incarceron; what is your opinion on that book? (I have not analyzed it yet.)

    The one thing I do strongly like about the Hunger Games is that it gives me hope that I can be published. If first-person narration and grammatical errors can easily be glanced over in favor of mindless violence, then I should have no problems writing something violent but without those flaws. Rest assured I will actively pursue advice on my characterization.

    (P.S. The movie ruined it. It tried to fit too much into too little time, and made the characters even more flat and the story even more incomprehensible – but I really wasn’t expecting anything different.)

  64. Andrew says:

    I commend you, your arguments were very logical. I find this series highly overrated. From a literary standpoint, this series is trash. It consists of stolen elements from other works compiled into one series, which literary morons perceive as an ‘amazing’ series. The concept us both idiotic and repulsive. Now although one is entitled to their opinion, I believe that there is a fine line between opinion and a series/book being truly bad. This is were I see that this series is truly bad. What really gets me is when the series is compared to and accepted as better than other literary masterpieces. Charles Dickens and Ernest Hemingway were geniuses, but Suzzane Collins is not.

  65. Sid says:

    I found this page while googling “why the hunger games sucks” as well.
    First off, I am a teenage girl, I’m fifteen. I read these books, all three, in sixth grade, long before the movie was ever conceived and when people barely knew what this book was. Now, I have annoying friends who go around chanting like cultists:
    “The hunger games is the most incredible book ever written, Collins is a total genius”
    Oh. My. God. Shut. Up.
    Firstly, the plot is not original. I’d be okay with that if she put something new to it… I mean no plot is 100% original period. And I can sympathize with other writers, because I have actually written two novels of my own, one of which is published and the other along the way. So yeah, I get the whole process. Really frustrating, but all worth it in the end. I digress, you get the point. I know how it all goes, how hard it is to keep up a good story. Collins should have done something, long Chapter, I don’t know, One to freaking fix this mess!
    Three things:
    1) Plot overdone and exhausted
    2) Virtually no likable characters
    3) Virtually no realistic character interaction with other characters and the environment.

    I know about Battle Royal. I’m not going to beat the topic to death. I admit I was a little bit ticked off, but I told myself:

    Hey, she had to have done something to make this story her own if it’s published.

    Wrong, and one day I did ask my friend why in the world she thought the author was, quote on quote, a “genius”. She said something along the lines of how symbolic and deep it is. I stared at her. Yes, we get it, Collins. Overexposure to death so much that it seems okay. Stop killing US with this theme. And despite this being pretty apparent considering we get it beat into our heads every other sentence, Katniss still faces no moral decisions, her growth as a person is simply not present, or poorly executed.

    Anyway, point two. I have never, ever disliked a main character more than Katniss. If this wasn’t told in first-person, I would say she should have died. And Peeta and Gale were about as interesting and developed as a hamburger bun, then again, so was Katniss. I mean, what the heck? And some of the dialogue was just PAINFUL.
    “The salt reminded me of my tears.” LOL
    “….Family only went so far on the reaping day…what I did was the radical thing” Way to give yourself a hearty ego stroke, Katniss.

    And point three, oh god. I know it’s sci-fi. I write fantasy, just straight fantasy. But even in a fictional setting, the people have still got to interact and react somewhat human! Katniss, Peeta, Gale, you name it, they are all cardboard cutouts and could easily be replaced by some random person off the streets. That’s not good for a character. And as far as the environment goes, I almost forget they’re in a fight to the death, because after awhile, all the story is are Peeta’s grossly contrived pick-up lines and Katniss’s pouting and laying on his arm and kissing him while he’s unconscious. All this, and then the games themselves are nothing but recounts of all this death we don’t see.

    I went and saw the movie, with said friend, it was her birthday. Not going to bash it, but it was still based off the book. Enough said.

    Btw, the only characters I ever liked in the entire series were Rue and maybe Primrose. But, shock, they both die. Everyone does. Gale becomes a reporter of some kind? What the heck is there to report on? Everyone is dead, places razed and wiped off the face of the earth. And yet Peeta and Katniss settle down and have children in this less-than-bittersweet series ending, despite him having to fight the fact that he still wants to kill her. How lovely for them.

    Well, that’s about it. To everyone who goes around telling the world the hunger games is the best book series ever, take a good long look at it and ask yourself why you like it. Maybe even read it again, really reading instead of just mindlessly taking in the contrived action. Let me know how that works out for you.

    Yes, I am incredibly critical of other authors, including myself. I started a new novel, a new series, with a cruel government. Fair enough, right? I took the first six chapters to school to show my classmates. I only heard:
    “This is such plagiarism of the hunger games”.
    I find it scary that my generation thinks Collins invented the idea.

    I find it scary my generation thinks the hunger games is amazing.

    • agree with you wholeheartedly. There isn’t any way to prove your gender and age (and I don’t want to), but if you truly are who you say you are… Thank everything that is good in this world because we need more girls like you… Thanks for the great comment :) It encourages me to come back to this blog once in awhile, to help me through “tough days” when it seems like everyone I watch/listen to is worshiping the Hunger Games…

  66. Calling this true just wouldn’t do it justice.

  67. Aaron says:

    Thank you. Now I know I am not the only one who thinks that The Hunger Games sucks.

  68. Ivan says:

    Agreed. I have developed a newfound disliking for Young Adult Fiction due to The Hunger Games. May Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings lore remain as the pinnacle of YA Fiction, and may all contenders refrain from soiling LOTR’s legacy (in its own genre, that is).

  69. pop culture reference says:

    FINALLY! Someone who agrees!

  70. andrea says:

    thank you. the books are seriously terrible. the movie’s not much better, casts a white girl as a character deliberately described as olive skinned and dark haired, and you can tell the reading comprehension of the average hunger games fan from all the racist tweets about two supporting characters being cast with black actors, after both of their characters were distinctly described as a) being dark skinned and b) coming from a farming district (collins is as obvious as a historical allegory biting a chunk out of your ass, and yet some people still like to insist that the agricultural district that’s treated worse and not fed as well as the others isn’t gonna be full of black people).

    • indeed… I couldn’t help but start laughing (don’t get me wrong, it is sad what it represents) when I started to read about the agriculture district… I just shook my head because at that point I found NO characters/settings that were actually interesting. They were all cardboard cutouts. I barely made it through the book as everything was a stereotype. I mean, even in a dystopian society, the government doesn’t HAVE to be the “evil big bad government”…. It is over used (trite a better word?) and I am sick and tired of it being used as a crutch to make the plot move along.

  71. Alicia says:

    after finishing the book, i felt compelled to google “hunger games sucks” to seek out other sane readers who still appreciate real style and substance. found your blogpost immediately. love and wholeheartedly agree with your succinctly written review.

    the seemingly arbitrary nature of the mass’ craze over utter mediocrity is truly depressing.. and somewhat puzzling considering the mountains of superior YA material that don’t get a fraction of the attention this series received.

  72. Kzxkx says:

    The main character is card-board. I can’t stand the way she easily glides through the games. Sure there’s one or two moments where she’s in slight danger, but what do you expect? She’s the main fucking character.

    Nearly five chapters into the book and i tossed it. I couldn’t stand the overblown nature of it all. Does Katniss ever have an opinion on anything BUT the capitol? She goes from card-board to useless in the third book. I can’t understand why this series is as popular as it is.

    My final thoughts on this disgrace of a book series and take on distopia are that, teenagers atleast in the movie are just as ruthless as the capitol. While they are forced to fight to the death, why the fuck couldn’t they all work together and figure out a way to start the rebellion without offing one another? Human nature goes as far to want to look out for number one, rather than looking for another way to solve a huge problem.

    One last thing. In the movie; why couldn’t Peeta just have killed cato and the others? Much less than convince them to all wait under the tree in which Katniss was on. :/ The movie should have been over in ten minutes.

  73. Steve says:

    Battle Royale was way better. The Hunger Games just copied elements from that and dumbed it down so preteens would understand it. I used to like The Hunger Games, but after re-reading it, I realized it was pretty bad.

    • Kzxkx says:

      No shit man. It’s like Suzzane Collins mocks people dying and strife down to petty bickering. It is funny to piss off Hunger Games fans by saying it’s exactly like twilight. xD

  74. brad says:

    ok i will say it if everyone wants to just go with the rest of the crowd but i think the hunger games is the worst possible idea of a movie i mean lets face it cmon so the government makes them fight to earn food but the players aka citesiens are too stupid to realize that there just saying that to watch them kill eachother for no reason and no one thought hey lets rebel until prety much everyone was dead its called common scence anyone could be smarter than that the makers of this movie were smoking weed if this is all they can come up with

  75. brad says:

    ok i will say it if everyone else wants to just go with the rest of the crowd but i think the hunger games is the worst possible idea of a movie i mean lets face it cmon so the government makes them fight to earn food but the players aka citecens are too stupid to realize that their just saying that to watch them fight and kill eachother just so they can be entertained and no one ever thought hey there lying about the arena or games whatever you want to call it i mean if your starving that bad either rebel against the government immediatly or saw your own foot off and eat that you know how long it would have taken me to see that were fighting for the governments entertainment about 7 seconds then i would tell the people next to me to rebel that they are lying and if anyone noticed there are about a total of 100 security guards and about 2000 citesens rebel its that easy think about it this way would you rather kill eachother your brothers cousins sisters friends for their entertainment or get them to helpyou rebel and riot against the government and security its that easy please tell me if i am wrong!

  76. Eric Mann says:

    I just saw the movie last night with my gf and I was bothered by how terrible it was. So bothered in fact that I looked it up to find this blog :)
    I would like to point out that I completely agree with you. Although I do have my specific tastes in movies, I am always open to anything with a solid story, so this is in no way a bias opinion.
    I was ESPECIALLY dumbfounded by someone way up stating that they don’t think anyone is talented enough to write a better trilogy. WTF? Please try The Game of Thrones, even if you require a dictionary…you won’t regret it.
    How and why my friends in their late 20′s and 30′s loved the books or movie, and are only mildly interested if at all in Game of Thrones for example, is lost to me…
    It also bothers me to have to defend myself intellectually as to why I did not like the movie…but that’s my own personal issue between me and my “friends” -.-
    It felt like I watched a needlessly extended tv show. The story was lacking big time, there’s no character depth, what people did/said/acted seemed immature for the most part, I didn’t grow to care at all about a single character, except maybe that little girl who was spontaneously killed by a spear or whatever in a terrible attempt to change the mood of the viewer. Actions and locations were as random as a dream, differences between settings were so spontaneous it felt like the movie didn’t know how to get where it was going, it felt like there was no climax, everything was predictable and the ending was catastrophically uneventful and boring; all characteristics of a tv show you just started watching in the middle of the series when you never saw the first season. It felt like I watched a “part 1 of 5″ tv show for children…
    My time would have been better spent trying to grasp quantum physics in under 2 hours…

  77. Kzxkx says:

    @Eric

    I know! My GF and I watched it with similar distain for it. We both knew it was going to be bad just not as bad as it was. Seems all mediums of entertainment now-a-days only care about money rather than making people think and question.

    I guess George Orwell was right; the minds of the people can only get stupider and stupider.

  78. Hi says:

    Finally, someone who doesn’t like the hungergames! I love reading, and so when a friend recommended the book to me i decided to give it a go.(since this is the same person who reccommended twilight i don’t think i’ll be asking for book suggestions again)

    I don’t see why everyone obsess’s over books like this. It’s like popular YA books must be rubbish, and if you complain it makes you a “book snob” i call it being able to tell a good book from a piece of badly written rubbish.

    The world makes no sense and the idea that by killing children you will stop rebellion makes SO much sense.

    (sorry for bad grammer, I cannot write to save my life)

  79. Janet says:

    I understand the utopian government is an overused style of writing but the writer,whatever her name is,should have at least TRIED to introduce something new,I mean is that not what being a writer is about???Anyway,the girl,whose name my brain failed to register cos she was insignificant,is a great role model for a guard dog.Me fight,beat,kill,me conquer,me no think,that’s our darling main character,sounds like a dog right?I thought so too.She doesnt think or feel as far as I’m concerned and the fact that she married the other dude was too much like an arranged marriage the writer made up cos THEY WERE BARELY EVER ALONE!!!When did they fall in whatever it was?The whole thing is a disgrace to the writer.I’m a Nigerian and my first language is not English but even I know the book was crap.Btw,I got here by typing “hunger games is crap.”I think I should be praised cos I read the hunger games trilogy,endured the twilight books and went through the agony of 50 shades of grey only to realise I’m reading the same bloody book!Finally,I wrote this wothout autocorrect or an editor,still better than that crap.

    • Kzxkx says:

      But – what she introduced wasn’t even at all reasonable. How in the flying fuck is there a bakery in a coal mining area that can barely feed its people? Why? The author had no sense of what it means to live in a dystopian world. She could have made the book a thousand times better by focusing on why the world, regardless of her crappy worldbuilding, works as it does.

      Why not focus more on the Capitol? It would have been a hell of a lot more interesting to see why exactly Capitol citizens act and think the way they do instead of just….reasons. The districts don’t need the Capitol, yet, the oppressed people are apparently too stupid to figure that out.

  80. Emmah says:

    I googled “Suzanne Collins sucks” and this popped up. I gotta say, I agree whole-heartedly with what you’ve said. The Hunger Games has definitely been overrated. So many plot holes, so little development of the novel’s society, and on top of all of that- her writing. Christ. I forced myself through the first book, told myself I’d never put myself through that torture again, then bought the next two out of pressure from the hype. There are no words for how ridiculous the fanbase of this series is. It’s basically Battle Royale thrown into a blender with Twilight, then pissed on by some animal.

  81. Luca says:

    I really can’t understand all the hype surrounding this series; maybe it was the first time someone used such a gloomy litherary theme (people fighting each other for survival) in a YA fiction. However, I wouldn’t even know where to start from…mediocre writing style, cheap love triangle, major plot holes, authorial laziness, flat characters, no hidden meanings or subtle explanations. Just an entertaining YA fiction, that’s all. I can’t stand hearing people saying “Battle Royale is just useless killing and blood, The Hunger Games actually has a message and it’s about revolution”. Oh God. Battle Royale’s world building is 100000 times more realistic and disturbing than THG which, sorry, I still believe is a major rip-off of BR.
    And I’m not talking about the general theme, but about the details: think about it, birdcalls and fires, main character shot in the leg, older winners helping the protagonists to survive, ecc.ecc.

  82. I’ve read the three books. This is entertainment, for kids. If an adult is actually enjoying these books, there is a serious problem of education.
    I agree with all that you wrote, i would ad that everything in this book is flat, not only Catniss. Flat, empty. No litterary style, no character depth, no context..12 districts, and what? where’s the world, what is the damn economic/politic/social context? the justification for the games is given as a fact, but…there’s nothing in the book to really help us understand why would all these people accept them in the first place. How a sacrifice would help people to stay submissive?

    This is the biggest scam of fast food litterature of the last ten years..hell, i even believe twilight books might be better. And Harry Potter…is way, way beyond.
    Pisses me off when i read enthusistic comments about this book.

    oh, and also, before being a graphic novel, battleroyal was a proper novel. Quite awesome. A must read for all those who dont understand why we are so disappointed by hunger games.

  83. Zim says:

    I find it hard to forgive myself for watching this really bad movie. This movie is more like a violent video-game/movie. I kept hoping the young people would all stick together and find a way to overthrow the “superior” idiotic race that’s oppressing and setting them up. I am so disappointed and upset at the writer and director. Upset of their lack of morals, upset at the fact for something so idiotic they pocketed hundreds of millions of dollars. Really within a few minutes teenagers can stab and heartlessly kill one another with knives, swords? Teenagers are no different than brutal savages? It seems in their small pathetic imagination, the producers don’t see any higher calling in humans versus any other savage conscience-less animals killing each other for survival.
    Horrible movie! Horrible thinking.
    All along I thought the girl would somehow turn the whole game thing into an attack on the brutal opressors and just turn them “off” somehow. Maan, the so called superior race, did you notice, all so crude, merciless, senseless. Looked like demons from hell.
    Come on, what a disappointment. I know teenagers take killing video games so lightly, but I don’t think they’re that stupid and senseless. Gosh, how low society’s gotten. I really think these writers, producers, etc, should all be held responsible for their dark, disguisting and vile lack of imagination.

  84. Red Noob says:

    I absolutely agree and I’m glad that I am not the only one in my school to realized this. The Hunger Games is nothing, but a shameless forgery of Battle Royale( same plot, weak vocabulary etc.)and the movie bores me to death despite my classmates and friends praising like a bunch of hyped and pumped fans. To make matters worse, We were forced to read this book and use the book as HOMEWORK. Sorry if I made typos. I am too lazy to correct my spelling and grammar.

  85. Boobs says:

    I’m drunk enough to tell that you must have been drunk when you wrote this. Heh, cool. Hunger games sucks. C2H6O for the win.

  86. Penis says:

    “he and/or she”

    Who talks like this? You don’t. Who writes like this? Morons with Pelosi’s cock up their buttgina. Jump off a melting iceberg.

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