I have read countless books and I have to say that I seriously wish there were more writers like Suzanne Collins (for the Hunger Games series), Scott Westerfield (for The Uglies series), and J.K. Rowling (for the Harry Potter series). I read them because my daughter had them. Actually I read the Harry Potter series to her and in a British accent too, although for the first two books I was calling Hermione Hermeeown. I was meant to be reading her to sleep and instead we would go on for hours as we couldn’t put the book down. You should have seen me trying to read the part when D died! I could barely get the words out I was so upset. I don’t care that these series were sold in the teen book section, these stories were so amazing, engrossing, inspiring, and compelling, its unbelievable.
We often like things intensely for a reason and the explanation of why runs so much deeper than we often realize. First of all I love those stories because they truly capture how hard and daunting it is to fight the good fight darkness/evil/the bad guys/a society that has lost its damn mind. I love that the good guys manage to find other good guys and they fight together. Plus, love is always awesome.
I know that the authors have been labeled as writers for the ”young adult” market, and you might think that that is the main reason the “heroes” of these series are kids/teenagers. But what also makes sense to me is that it is far more likely that kids/teenagers are more able to see that the system in which they are trapped needs to be opposed and they have not learned yet to be as apathetic as most adults have learned to be. On the other hand we always have to remember that there were adults fighting the good fight too. It would be kind of cool to reread Harry Potter from the teachers/adults/dumbledores point of view. Can you imagine?
When is the last time you found such a powerful female protagonist in books, especially young adult books? Finally, a female role model worth looking up to for teen readers. I wish the world had more writers like Suzanne Collins. Awesome books, great movie!!
I can’t wait!!! I love the series so much. Why can’t there be a hundred writers writing books this good?
Jennifer Lawrence looks awesome in this role. I love when the character in your head somewhat matches the one in the movie. (Unlike Bella in Twilight. Who the heck cast her?)