1. The concept is ludicrous. No matter how deranged people get in the future, they'll never think it's cool to watch 12-year-olds claw each others' eyes out for entertainment value. And they certainly wouldn't think it's cool to watch 16-year-olds massacre 12-year-olds. If the competition's minimum age was 16 the story would have been less forcefully melodramatic and more believable.
2. "Katniss" is a stupid name. And now these books are probably inspiring others to name their daughters that, making our world more annoying and unlivable.
3. The writing is distractingly choppy, with horrible transitions between scenes.
4. Its biggest calling card is that it's "better than Twilight." So is dog excrement.
5. Too many people like it.
Although I can appreciate your 1st statement that the entire concept of the Hunger games was a little crazy, I also think that this is why the entire trilogy is so good. Yes, in reality, I think anyone in AMERICA would find the idea of a 12year old having to kill a 16 year old to survive in a game for pure entertainment absolutely outrageous. However, truth is, there are plenty of countries all over the world where this is actually a reality. Not the game part necessarily, but the whole concept of children killing children to survive in war ridden countries. I read the entire series and really enjoyed it for its entertainment value and it actually did make me think more about those countries where this kind of life is not so far fetched. Out of curiousity, did you find you were able to apply Lord of the Rings into your everyday life somewhere or did you just enjoy the book, movie, whatever, for its entertainment value? Despite all the weird names they gave the wizards and hobbits? :)
Katniss is the worst. And Peeta is also a stupid name. And I'm pretty sure she was in her kitchen when she made up half the names in the book.
Another reason it's terrible is because Katniss doesn't process thoughts like a normal human being.
Also, the books get progressively worse. Your post seems to relate only to book 1 -- numbers 2 and 3 are just as unbelievable but far, far less entertaining.
I think it is barely plausible to consider fight to death OK (even though more likely in a simulated environment, or when medical technology is advanced). Without those it would be plausible even at nowadays level, but with some rules (like age you mentioned). It's only annual celebration. So who really cares about 26 people a year? There would be certainly more volunteers, so no need for melodramatic forceful lottery. The aristocratic settings is plausible, but hardly shocking as it was here most of our history. So I don't consider this as shocking or dramatic as books/movies are trying to force us to believe. Just unbelievably boring, and very poor imagination. Don't get me started on kids' motivations and such.
I just heard of this crap and just tought... wow, little kids fighting each other to death... Just look at the older cultures, ppl want to watch strong men fight to the death, watch guys that could rip you in half, not little kids. In NO future this crap would ever be possible. Kids do die in wars, or from hunger, yes, but they DO NOT fight each other to the death to entertain ppl. Ppl that would enjoy watching kids fight would be much too retarded to form a society :P
Did you dumb ass's know that "Katniss" is the name of a beautiful aquatic plant..? Or you just want to talk shit because your parents have you a common name with no meaning like Amanda, Heather, Becky, or some shit like that..?! Dumb ass's..!
Jason, katniss just sounds like a stupid name in general. It sound stupid and I hate everything about the name. "yes, your katniss, as you wish. meoooow" NO. I have an interesting name or at least I'd like to think so as it's uncommon, but just because I hate the name katniss doesn't mean I have a normal or abnormal name, everyone has the right to their opinion, in my opinion katniss is one of the stupidest names I've ever heard of.
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