Okay,so maybe Flowers in the Attic is the literary equivalent of drinking wine from a cardboard box. Have you ever had wine from a box? It can be quitOkay,so maybe Flowers in the Attic is the literary equivalent of drinking wine from a cardboard box. Have you ever had wine from a box? It can be quite tasty. In fact I've heard that in Spain, wine is commonly sold in boxes. Not only that, but apparentley it's very common to find little tetra paks with sippy straws filled to the brim with wine instead of juice.
And maybe Flowers in the Attic is just about as classy as a plaid belly-top and a roll in the hay--you can't say that the thought of romping around in a haystack doesn't excite yo.
This book has been the bane of mothers and librarians, and it's easy to see why. There is so much in this book that can tempt young ladies into thinking very, very, nasty thoughts. V.C. Andrews does play around with some very,very nasty subjects here--sexuality, incest, and abuse are just some of them. However, underneath all of these very, very nasty subjects, there's a very, very well-conceived plot. If you can look past the trash and the evident love affair that Andrews has with overusing adverbs, I think you'll enjoy this book very much.
I devoured it. Just like an overcooked bowl of Kraft Dinner....more
The Hunger Games is a book that takes place in post-apocalyptic North America, otherwise known as Panem. Panem consists of an affluent Capitol, and 12 The Hunger Games is a book that takes place in post-apocalyptic North America, otherwise known as Panem. Panem consists of an affluent Capitol, and 12 poorer districts. After the Capitol quiets an uprising by the poorer districts, they create The Hunger Games-- an arena battle between twenty-four "tributes" in which the winner is the last boy (or girl) standing. Collins takes us to the seventy-fourth annual Hunger Games, where we are introduced to our heroine, Katniss.
Katniss makes a great heroine for the novel. She is from one of the poorest districts of the novel, yet she is able to provide food, and income for her family. In the arena, she uses her intelligence, and her knowledge of hunting and gathering to guide her. She makes a nice contrast to some of the other heroines presented in other YA novels (ahem....Bella Swan).
Collins also does a great job of criticizing the modern media and how easily it can skew the audience's perception of reality. I was reading about her inspiration for the novel and I laughed when I read " The mythology about Theseus and the minotaur, fearing the loss of loved ones, and flipping through reality TV." The book was action-packed and I was engaged from front to cover.
With all of the good, juicy action going on, I think that it could have been improved. For instance, Haymitch. I loved him. I wish that his perspective was shown a little bit more. It would have been great to have seen the perspectives of the other tributes in the arena as well--other than just Katniss. Also, the ending was just really abrupt.