First I need to say that maybe if hadn't read Battle Royale first then maybe I would have loved this book more. But unfortunately**Contains Spoilers**
First I need to say that maybe if hadn't read Battle Royale first then maybe I would have loved this book more. But unfortunately for The Hunger Games I've read Battle Royale first and loved it to death! So when I was reading The Hunger Games I just couldn't hold myself back from comparing it with the above mentioned book. I know that these two books are different in their style and the way of narration but because of their theme you just can't not to compare them.
There were more things in this book that I disliked than those ones that I liked. First, it's Katniss. She is strong, decisive and firm, but when it comes to her relationships with guys it just can't get worse! When she was debating in her head on the topic of Peeta saving her once, twice, thrice and she was always like "Why, why he saved me??!!! Oh, he wants me dead, he so wants me dead but he keeps saving me. WHY??!!" "He pretends so well to be in love with me, then he does-something-that-I-consider-strange-or-dangerous-for-me and then he saves my life! I can't decypher his actions!!!" Even before the Games, when he had helped her and after he had confessed his feelings for her, she repeatedly questioned his motives. Katniss! If he wanted you dead you would be dead! And not saved by him!!!!And the fact that until the very end of the book she was sure that he was just pretending...pfff..are you really that blind??!! And my favorite part of her not knowing which one of the boys would be blessed with her love attention just made me laugh, though it irritated me greatly as well! Decide on the spot! Don't run from one to another and back! Though I'm almost sure this will be exactly the case with her and her boys in the next books.
Then there are these Games themselves. They are broadcast, right, but...all that preparation (that actually occupied one of the biggest parts of the book!) and..hair removal??!!Really??!! It just gave me an impression that Katniss looked like a monkey before coming to the Capitol and to make her presentable enough they just had to do it! I understand it that it was made for the interviews and to present the players as best as it could be done, but..why going to such lengths if the players are going to end up dirty and totally spent during the process anyway? For the biggest effect of "before-in the process-after"?? And this preparation lasted for so long because it helped spectators to know their "movie stars" better?? Wouldn't it have been more engaging if they had been just thrown into the Arena and left there for a bigger interval of time? Then there would have been real affections, alliances, emotions, and etc. The way is was done in the book, this whole thing was waaay too staged. The reader (and even the audience) couldn't enjoy the purity of hatred and the hunger to survive because everything was prepared and worked through before the Games! Nothing new throughout the Games! Predictable emotions, predictable alliances, predictable winners...
Then there was cannon fodder (read - all the characters except for Katniss and Peeta). One or two of them stayed registered in my brain but others..And there were 22 of them. They were a great background on which the relationship between the main two characters was developing. Nothing more. I had a great pity for them, because I just couldn't understand why the author had to kill 22 men just to show two other persons in a better light?!
And the question of food. Ok, the book's title is The Hunger Games, but I thought "Hunger" here was related to something other than just FOOD! Looks like no. So much attention was devoted to food description (esp in the Capitol) that I constantly found myself at a loss - what am I reading?! A cookbook??!! Why then the main characters talk?!
And here goes a Battle Royale spoiler: (view spoiler)[And I laughed so hard when the last opponent appeared to be wearing a body armour! It soo reminded me of Battle Royale! But - it's addressed to the author - if you take the same idea just don't use the same tricks in the same places! (hide spoiler)]
I may be too harsh on this book, because it isn't actually that bad. It has some unpredictable twists and some interesting scenes, but if you want to read about pure emotions and not staged ones, I'd recommend Battle Royale. That's where the stakes really go high! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more