Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Why The Hunger Games?

Why did you choose this class? What are you hoping to accomplish in the course? What is your favorite character of The Hunger Games?

Few book series have been as critically successful or had as large as an impact in popular culture as The Hunger Games has. Therefore, over the past few years I have constantly been reminded about the series and its success. In addition, in the past year my father and sister have raced through the series, this nearly made me read the books because my father and sister usually have very divergent book preferences but they both loved the series. I held out and have not read any of the books or watched the movies; I thought this class would present an opportunity to enter the world of The Hunger Games. Furthermore, dystopian novels such as 1984 and The Haindmaid's Tale intrigue me and this book seems to be in the interesting middle ground between books based in popular culture such as Twilight and dystopian novels such Brave New World.

 I hope to accomplish an understanding of the meaning and ideas behind the book as well as why the series has been so commercially popular. There are countless numbers of dystopian novels, what has made The Hunger Games successful while similar novels have failed? Where does the dystopian world of The Hunger Games fit, in the realm of dystopian worlds and novels?

 Hopefully I will be able to update the blog with my favorite character of the Hunger Games once I have read the books.