I recently read this exchange on Facebook.
GRAD SCHOOL FRIEND 1: I have struggled through portions of this first Hunger Games book. The story is decent enough, I suppose, but the writing is trapped in the young adult mode that, unfortunately, feels all too obvious for me. I enjoy it, and I may read the sequels, but I would not have picked this up if it had not been so strongly suggested to me. Also, the present tense is a little unusual.
GRAD SCHOOL FRIEND2: Kinda like Fanta for the brain.
GSF1: It has some very compelling elements, but none feel especially new to me. It is an example of great pacing though. I’ve said that to everyone I’ve spoken to about it because it stands out so well. That’s why it’s so consumable. I don’t know, though, if I can go without reading the remaining on my completionist drive (which rears on occasion).
GSF2:I had the same problem and ended up reading them all. I think you’ll be ok with just the first one. I’m dealing with the OCD once again: book 2 of Game of Thrones.
GSF1 I won’t touch a series that isn’t complete if there is no assurance it will be.
This is the perfect example of people being unable to appreciate any kind of writing after grad school. This kind of elitist crap makes me want to scream. I, of course, will not state my love for Hunger Games to these two unappreciative readers because they will look at me and think, “This, from the girl who likes Britney Spears.”
I think it’s sad that people can’t just shut up and enjoy a good book. The whole thing about wanting it to have more depth and not so much in the Young Adult voice makes me want to scream. It’s a book for young adults. It’s supposed to be relatable to the audience that it’s intended for. Get over yourself. I swear.
I will admit that it took me a couple years from graduating to actually be able to sit down and enjoy a book, but I do think that the whole super or should I say pseudo intellectual bull just makes me want to gag. You’re not a professor at Harvard nor do you have literature training from Yale. Cut the crap. Enjoy the pacing and the teenage love story. Also, instead of hating on the young adult voice, appreciate the layers that Collins makes available the adult readers.
Never did I think I’d be so defensive over Hunger Games. Wow.
What do you think? Am I overreacting? Or is this conversation not rubbing you the wrong way?