Collins Suzanne. The Hunger Games. Scholastic Inc. 2008.
The reading of novels is a relatively recent addition to my reading ‘hobby’. Friends have loaned me their copies. This novel was recommended and I got a copy from the library after waiting several months for my request. So it is a very popular book. I have heard comments about the movie version.
The reading of this novel was endurance for me and upset me more than I would normally be prepared to admit. I abhor violence. Commercials for horror movies are muted immediately. To have violence as a major theme is bad enough but to have children at the centre of that violence and have the viewing of that violence mandatory for the general population is a totally unacceptable plot for me. This is taking the immorality of the Roman arena slaughterhouse to an insane level. My guess is that the movie is an animation. (I don’t need to know.) That raises my level of concern. Children are being conditioned (brainwashed) to violence through video games and that should be a concern for parents and grandparents. Killing should never become a spectator sport no matter what level of communication.
So there you have it! It is very unlikely that I will read the other books of the series. Now if there is someone out there that is exercised about helping me with my “prejudice” I welcome your responses.