The Hunger Games and What is it About Books for Kids?

The Temperamental Kitchen is now on Facebook! Somewhere on the right side of your screen there should be a little button to “Like” it, which you really need to do right away before it turns into the Low Self Esteem Kitchen.

 I don’t have a recipe for you today, but I DID just start reading The Hunger Games. Have you read this yet? If not, here’s my advice. Don’t get half way through the first chapter and then decide to start flipping through the front matter looking to see if there are any sequels only to read the Library of Congress summary, which gives away the first major plot twist of the book. You have to be kidding me. Then again, I’m the one who didn’t know it was a trilogy until just now when I Googled it, so maybe the plot twist is actually some commonly held information. Anyway, a lot of smart people whose taste I trust have liked it, so I’m willing to give it a go.

 

I say this with hesitation because it took me 6 years to finally finish the first Harry Potter after I started it. I could not get over that it was a kid’s book. But when I found myself sans employment one summer and the weather was nice and pool was beckoning, I decided to give it another try. Once I got by everything I hated about it, I kept going with the series and by the fourth or fifth book I finally was able to fully give myself over to the pleasure of the experience. And I’m going to put all of the blame on JK Rowling. The first few books were for kids. I don’t know what caused the change—if she became a better writer, or the Harry Potter world became so interesting that the books themselves were more interesting, or if the older the kids got, the more sophisticated the language and story lines became—but without a doubt the first book and the last book were for very different readerships.  

I do read a lot of YA and Children’s books for work, but most of the time it’s as an adult looking at the potential marketability of the book. Yet, there have been a few cases in which I found myself completely swept away by a book or a series. A lot of the times this is caused by the Twilight Effect. No matter how cheesy, how painfully adolescent, how horrible over-dramatized it’s portrayed, there is something about a teenage love story that it’s incredibly endearing once you get over a certain age. I don’t know what that age is, exactly. I don’t even know what that “something” is, but apparently I enjoy reading about it. I’ll have to see what The Hunger Games has in store.

I have some cool entries planned for next week including another photo shoot with Sylvie and a potential Guest Blogger. Have a great weekend!

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2 responses

  1. Have to say I’m hooked – finished book 1 the other day and will start book 2 this weekend – not so sure I’d want a kid reading this though

  2. I have read them all and they are definitely good, but the first was my favorite. I’m psyched for the movie – but it will probably leave me bitter and disappointed, as most movies from books do. I’m kind of ashamed to admit this, but another decent (but very teen) series is Vampire Academy. Yes, my name is Erin, and I do have a YA vampire book problem. The Sookie Stackhouse novels are like crack – I finished 9 of them in 3 months (but not YA).

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