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Stephenie Meyer recommends it? I have my doubts based on that. I'm not trying to sound like a prude or anything but I've also yet to receive a male recommendation of the series.


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I absolutely hate Twilight and it took me a long time to be convinced to read The Hunger Games simply because Stephanie Meyer recommended it. But trust me it is amazing! My dad read and liked it and he dosn't read anything!


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Stephenie Meyer recommends it? I have my doubts based on that. I'm not trying to sound like a prude or anything but I've also yet to receive a male recommendation of the series.
It's definitely not just for girls. A lot of my guy friends have read it, and they love it. Just give it a try, and I promise it won't disappoint. I have yet to meet someone that read it and didn't like it. Stephenie Meyer is just another person that read it and loved it. I've heard that Stephen King read it too! It's a good read for anyone.


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It's definitely not just for girls. A lot of my guy friends have read it, and they love it. Just give it a try, and I promise it won't disappoint. I have yet to meet someone that read it and didn't like it. Stephenie Meyer is just another person that read it and loved it. I've heard that Stephen King read it too! It's a good read for anyone.
Thanks so much for understanding what I meant. Stephen King liked it? That's a clincher in my book. I'll have to give the first one a read sometime.


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Stephenie Meyer recommends it? I have my doubts based on that. I'm not trying to sound like a prude or anything but I've also yet to receive a male recommendation of the series.
I was very surprised that SM recommended it - but then I realized that they picked her for a quote only because of her popularity (even though it had the opposite effect for me). I learned about the books from the Hogs Head podcast. Travis Prinze - the host, who is well read in Potter, LotR, Narnia books and Wrinkle in Time - raved about it and that is what sent me to the bookstore. I think you can pick up on the love story and focus on that, or you can enjoy the dystopian society aspect of it as well as the survival skills and mind games.

I was very surprised at how much I loved both books, and how quickly I wanted to re-read them.

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Hmmm, idk, some people might read THG and come straight here because they liked it so much before they read CF. So I think if we decide to post openly, we should at least edit the first post and put a spoiler warning, if there isn't one there already. I do want to start posting openly, though; putting spoiler tags in is getting annoying.
Good point - since the books are still catching on, we should keep the thread going with spoiler tags. On the social group I have in the description that it is a spoiler filled place to chat, so we can squee and discuss freely in there.


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Stephenie Meyer recommends it? I have my doubts based on that. I'm not trying to sound like a prude or anything but I've also yet to receive a male recommendation of the series.
Almost everyone in my Humanities plus class has at least read the first Hunger Games, including the guys, and everyone loved it. I think anyone can read THG, you would think males actually enjoy it more due to the frequent killing...

But anyway, it's a fascinating concept. I normally am not a fan of science fiction books, but this is a thrilling read! I would definitely recommend it to a more mature audience since it's kind of gory at (a lot of) times, but it's well worth it. I can't wait for the third!


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I would definitely recommend it to a more mature audience since it's kind of gory at (a lot of) times, but it's well worth it.
Yes, it's definitely gory. I've only read the first one (I'm getting Catching Fire on Thursday I'm going crazy with the waiting ) and I had the bad idea to read it while I was eating meals, just to get through it faster. Some parts, especially near the end of the Games, made me want to be sick. But it's a great read, I'm on my 3rd re-read in a month.


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I posted this in the Social Group a while ago - but Suzanne Collins made Time magazine's 100 Most Influential people this year!

Mockingjay is getting closer to publication. I can't wait for August 24th!


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I read both of the books and absolutely loved them. I can't wait for Mockingjay to come out! I read that Collins did a preview of the first bit of the book, but I can't find it anywhere. Good things come to those who wait I guess...


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Like a few people, I wasn't so sure about reading the Hunger Games, given Stephenie Meyer's recommendation. But the synopsis in the blurb was intriguing and the first few pages pulled me in. It really is the kind of book that lingers after you've read it, and I made sure to get hold of Catching Fire shortly after finishing the Hunger Games. It's a fascinating concept, a thrilling storyline and well crafted characters. The idea of the Careers is quite creepy, even taking into account the twistedness of the Games themseves.


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I read Hunger Games a few weeks ago, and HMN told me to make sure to reserve Catching Fire from the library too.

I finished Catching Fire on Sunday.

I cannot wait til Mockingjay comes out. My favorite part was Cinna and the wedding dress transformation. I can't really believe that the Haymitch has been such a mastermind. And unlike most of the comments I've read, I actually want Katniss and Gale together.


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Yay BBB, I'm glad you liked it! It seems like Mockingjay won't be here for ages.

So here's a question for all of you: Both books have a fair amount of manipulation going on. The capitol manipulating the districts, the gamemakers manipulating the tributes, Peeta and Haymitch manipulating Katniss (albeit in very different ways).

What do you think of all this - is one type of manipulation better because of the outcome (for example: Peeta's public announcement of love for Katniss vs. Pres. Snow making Katniss live a charade even though he knows it is pointless) or are they the same?


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I know that I don't like the manipulation that the Capitol does. Peeta, I think that he's trying to do whatever it takes to keep Katniss alive and safe. Even manipulating her. But I think his manipulation is more that he is manipulating the public than he is her.


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I think that all types of manipulation are bad because you're forcing someone to act against how they think they should act, if you get what I mean. You are essentially taking away someone's free will and determining how they will act, so even though some types of manipulation are less bad than others, it's still wrong. President Snow's manipulation in Catching Fire is worse because he isn't letting Katniss choose her relationship with Peeta and threatening all of her friends and family, so she had no choice but to do as he says. But Peeta's declaration of love isn't as bad because Katniss chooses to play along with it to stay alive - she didn't have to join him but she chose to because she thought it would help her survival. Although Peeta could be said to be just as bad because he's manipulating her feelings, not just her actions


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Stephenie Meyer recommends it? I have my doubts based on that. I'm not trying to sound like a prude or anything but I've also yet to receive a male recommendation of the series.
Stephen King loves The Hunger Games, though. That should make up for any reluctance you previously had.

I'm rereading the books again because I forgot a lot of what happened and the characters. Suffice to say I'm in love again. I was up until 2 am reading it yesterday!

I wish this series had Twilight's fame instead. It's geared towards young adults (I presume) but has the same mass appeal that HP has. In addition, it has some political and moral undertones that make the reader actually think. Such an intelligent, gripping story deserves more recognition.


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I wish this series had Twilight's fame instead. It's geared towards young adults (I presume) but has the same mass appeal that HP has. In addition, it has some political and moral undertones that make the reader actually think. Such an intelligent, gripping story deserves more recognition.
I couldn't agree more. The Hunger Games has so much depth to it, with such an original concept. That the author was combining Roman history with reality shows like Survivor is pretty genius to me.

So I found some discussion questions for the books. Would anyone be into discussing them until Mockingjay comes out?

How does the fact that the tributes are always on camera affect their behavior from the time they are chosen? Does it make it easier or harder for them to accept their fate? How are the "career tributes" different from the others?


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I think that it hopes to give the tributes a martyr image. In some ways, especially for Katniss, it makes it harder to accept their fates. Because they know that yes they are being martyred but who will take care of their families?

The careers. Well, it's like these kids were trained from birth to be tributes. Almost as if they are the "extra" kid and needs to be done away with and this way they can make their families proud. Also it seems like the districts with the careers are sorta like how the old Soviet Union would train potential Olympic athletes to be experts in one sport.


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That the author was combining Roman history with reality shows like Survivor is pretty genius to me.
I had to research Greek Gods in Philosophy the other day and I came across one called Artemis and it reminded me so much of Katniss - she was the goddess of hunting and wilderness and protector of the young (Katniss looks after Prim and Rue). Artemis is also usually depicted with a bow and arrows. I don't know whether Suzanne Collins meant to make them sound so similar but I think it's interesting.

How does the fact that the tributes are always on camera affect their behavior from the time they are chosen? Does it make it easier or harder for them to accept their fate?

Well, I'm re-reading the books now to prepare for Mockingjay and Katniss is always very aware that there will be cameras following her, but we don't know whether the other tributes think about that as much. I'm sure some of the younger ones that care that there are cameras following them and they just act as they would, but I think older tributes would be more aware that they have to act all of the time so that they don't appear weak and can get sponsors. It probably makes it harder to accept their fate because they constantly have to play this role where they are confidant that they're going to win so that their families don't over worry about them, so then they probably would begin to believe that they will win.

How are the "career tributes" different from the others?

The idea of the career tributes is actually one of the most horrendous things in the books - these children are being trained from the moment they're born to fight in the Games and win. They also make alliances with the other tributes and earn their trust, just to end up having to fight to the death at the end So it would seem that the Career tributes don't have any real friends even outside the Games because they might end up with a friend of the opposite gender as the other tribute.


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Also it seems like the districts with the careers are sorta like how the old Soviet Union would train potential Olympic athletes to be experts in one sport.
I had this thought too. It seemed to me that the Careers were hand picked for their build, skill and potential. It didn't seem like just any kid could be a Career because they were highly trained to be killing machines.

I think from the kid's perspective it was probably an honor - they would see so many former victors in their districts with all their wealth that it would be incentive to win - like chances are on your side.

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They also make alliances with the other tributes and earn their trust, just to end up having to fight to the death at the end So it would seem that the Career tributes don't have any real friends even outside the Games because they might end up with a friend of the opposite gender as the other tribute.
This is a really good point. I wonder if they are just raised in such a dysfunctional way that they don't see killing as doing anything wrong. Like it's ok to make friends and allies but when it comes down to it, go for the kill. I think they would actually be encouraged to make friends and allies so that they can get to know their prey better.

It also reminds me about how Haymitch, Peeta and Katniss never really get over what the do and see in the arena. I have a suspicion that the Careers have a better time of adjusting to their role in the carnage.


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It also reminds me about how Haymitch, Peeta and Katniss never really get over what the do and see in the arena. I have a suspicion that the Careers have a better time of adjusting to their role in the carnage.
Yes, that sounds right. At the end of the first book when Katniss and Peeta have to re-watch the games Katniss mentions that "some are triumphant, pumping their fists in the air, beating their chests." I think it's likely that the ones who do that are careers and shows their lack of morality as they're proud to have won and killed at least another child (because they are really - at 18 you don't have that much life experience).

I thought it was interesting that the victors are haunted by their time in the arena. I hadn't really thought about the way the Games affected them once they got out and I guess that that could be one of the reasons why the other victors joined the rebellion in CF - because they know how horrible it is in the arena and how it haunts them afterwards.


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