The Hunger Games. Love it or hate it, this trilogy is now one of the hottest books of the year. Browsing through the book reviews in Goodreads, it’s interesting to note that most of the reviews are positive. (The book got an average of 4.51 stars) However, it’s the negative reviews that really caught my eye–and it made me think again. Despite my initial liking for this book, I began to nod and think , “Oh well, what the reviewer said does really make sense. I felt the same way too.”
Okay, I’m not saying that reading the reviews totally made me hate this book. No, I do like it, despite several disappointments and confusion. There were parts where I could not put the book down, and parts where I read on out of sheer willpower. If I were to rate it, I would give it a 65/35. 65 for the things I liked, and 35 for otherwise.
What I liked about this book: Katniss. I like Katniss. The author has created such a compelling lead character that gives the book much of it’s spirit. For a start, Katniss is a girl. Okay, I know it makes me sound like a feminist or a sexist (I only admit to being the former), but I’ve often bemoan the lack of strong female characters in action/fantasy novels. The lead of Harry Potter is, obviously Harry. The same goes to Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Twilight was from Bella’s point of view–and oh, please don’t get me started on Twilight. To be fair to the author, I have to admit that I’ve never really read the book. Thus, I have no right to criticise it. However, the reason to as why I have never read the book is that I could not even get past the first few chapters.
Forgive me for detracting from the main topic. My point is that I’ve noticed that many books and movies feature guys as the main heros, with girls as the sidekicks/
whiny-wimps /love interest. Hence, it was interesting and refreshing to have such a popular book which features the main character as a strong, independent and sometimes wilful girl.