Why I’m Not Reading The Hunger Games

Three reasons.

1) I don’t want to.  I’m quite literally just not interested in the premise of the books.  A game of survival among teenagers just doesn’t sound interesting to me.

2) The last two books where I have felt this way about and was  convinced to read the books anyway were Twilight and Redeeming Love.  And I was right then.  (Oh how right I was!)

3) I have so many books I want to read, so why should I relegate those to the bottom of my to-read pile in lieu of books I don’t want to read?

I’m not saying that everyone who likes these books is an unsophisticated reader.  I’m not even saying these books are bad.  My friends know how annoyed I am that Suzanne Collins doesn’t know how to use who vs. whom, but that’s a forgivable offense.  From the time I did spend with the first book, I did get the impression that they are not exactly the most well-written books ever.  But there you have it.  Thoughts?  Want to convince me otherwise?


24 thoughts on “Why I’m Not Reading The Hunger Games

  1. I think I liked them because Collins does a fairly good job of showing the parallels between what we would call barbarian cultures (namely, ancient Rome) and society today, as far as values/morals. I think the comparisons were subtle enough where I enjoyed almost stumbling onto them.
    And I agree that the books aren’t that well-written, but I forgive that only because the book is written in first-person.

    • I am with Stacey on that- I could forgive the less-than-perfect writing skills because of the difficult first-person perspective she pulled off.

      I also found the ideas behind the book redeeming- Katniss’ love for her sister and Peeta’s undeserved love for someone who becomes a very messy, very broken girl. I think I fell in love with the characters, and that was what persuaded me to keep reading. I think you would probably end up liking them.

      Oh, and I agree with you about Twilight and Redeeming Love. :p I can assure you that The Hunger Games is quite a bit better.

      • I don’t know why I’ve been such a stick-in-the-mud over these books. As I said, I did sit down with the first book and spend some time with it and decided I wasn’t interested enough to actually buy it or read it. In the past, a good skimming (and I am a very thorough skimmer!) has usually accurately shown me if I’ll like it or not.

      • The third book doesn’t exist. 😉 That’s my take. Completely ruined the series for me. I’m still rewriting the third one in my mind.

      • I thought it was horrible; it doesn’t exist. 😉 I think the part I really didn’t like was that the characterization of Katniss through the first two books pretty much back-slid in the third book, and she acted so annoyingly out of character and was pretty much useless. She transformed from a strong character into a helpless, bratty one, which is something I never would have expected from her.

  2. I agree with the above two comments! The writing is horrible but you eventually forget about that because of the way Collins captures your attention with Katniss’ thoughts and point of view. The characters are pretty great. I’m very glad I read the books (and at the same time can feel pretty indifferent about them!).

  3. I thought the same as you – there was no way I was going to read a book about a bunch of teenagers killing each other, but then I got to borrow a copy and I thought I might as well give it a go, see what all the fuss was about, and I fell in love with it. I couldn’t put it down and went out and bought all of them straight away. It is about so much more than teenagers killing each other; it’s about rising above oppression and doing what is right and surviving. And I’m a sucker for the romantic element in books, and the romance in this was understated and develops very slowly, making it more realistic than books like Twilight. These books were brilliant in my opinion. Katniss has had to look after her sister ever since her father died and her mother went into a deep depression. All she was trying to do, has ever tried to do, is look after her family, and the ones she loves, doing whatever it takes to do that. I’m a big fan of dystopian, too, so that might have helped.
    And it’s a quick read so it won’t take up that much of your time if you do choose to read it.It is so much more than the synopsis, and I really think it is worth the shot, though I understand everyone tastes are different.

      • Everybody has different taste, and i don’t believe in reading books just because everyone else is, read what you like, just thought i’d give you my opinion because I had the same thoughts about not wanting to read them. I didn’t realise how much i like action/adventure until I read these, and that’s one of the things I like about dystopian.Read books you like because there are always too many books and not enough time. .

  4. At a very surface level the book is indeed about teenagers killing one another, but the real themes of the book are so much deeper. I avoided reading them for years because I didn’t think I would be interested in the books. I read them the first time almost a year ago, and I read them in under 3 days. They were AMAZING. I’ve re-read them again and found them even better:) I actually love the story even though the basic idea is pretty crazy. Just my opinion though:)

    • Also- I forgot to say. There’s no reason you HAVE to read the books, so if you don’t want to, then don’t! Especially if there are things you want to read more:)

    • Your opinion is valued here! I’m so glad that you liked them and found the themes so deep! Some of what people are saying about these books I feel is true of, say, The Book Thief, which is both an incredible way of looking at history AND one of the most beautifully written YA books I’ve ever read.

  5. JLS-
    I love that you are going against the grain….but you cannot, I repeat CANNOT compare Twilight to The Hunger Games. 😛 I purposely avoided Twilight (and I still avoid it!! I laugh so hard at the previews…they’re so fake!) I heard about The Hunger Games from an English class I was subbing in. This was before it was made into a movie, so no one had really heard of it yet. All the students were raving about it and convinced me to read it. I will warn you (IF you decide to read it) that the first several chapters are very slow and uninteresting. I almost didn’t keep reading, but I’m so glad I did. I don’t see it as a romantic book at all; it is an adventure/survival book. 😀
    PS If you want to avoid it, good for you. I avoid Justin Bieber like the plague. 😀 😀 😀

    • Jess, whoops! I never meant to compare the two books! I was only saying that I had the same “I-bet-I-won’t-like-this” feeling about both of them!

      Adventure/survival books in general don’t sound super appealing to me. I lean so much more on the philosophy/art/ideas side of things. I’d rather just read a giant book of people’s conversations than an action/adventure type of story. I feel the same way about movies!

      I guess Harry Potter is the exception to all of what I just said! 🙂

      • Lol no problem. I was just light heartedly bashing twilight. 🙂 I don’t think you would enjoy the Hunger Games if survival doesn’t interest you. 🙂

  6. Twilight is a book I also was convinced to read in spite of healthy skepticism. It was terrible in every respect. (Understated. I’m leaving it there.)

    Suffice it to say that Hunger Games is not terrible at all. It’s not superlative anything, but it’s an absorbing youth fiction adventure with some “food for thought” themes that deserve a nod.

    I think the “morality police” reactions to Hunger Games are akin to the “witchcraft!!” accusations tossed at HP: anything that is very successful is going to have detractors, some of them immoderate.

    • Oh how interesting! I guess I hadn’t really even thought of it in terms of “morality police”! It’s certainly not a reason for me. Are some people reacting to the Hunger Games books that way?

      • Oh yah, I heard about significant conservative backlash in this vein. Very reminiscent of the HP kerfuffle in my opinion.

  7. I love the books because I’ve seen how they have captured so many of my reluctant readers in 7th grade. The second book was my favorite…I was VERY disappointed with book 3.

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