Okay, I don't know why this has been bugging me so much, but it has. Last week I bought "The Hunger Games" and read it in one day. I'm not exactly sure why I thought it was a good idea.
If you haven't read it, basically it's like Survivor, except with kids and that they have to kill each other to win. A group of kids aged 12-18 are put into an area and the last one alive wins. And it's all on live television to their villages.
I know there is a ton of hype around the book and movie and so many people seem to love it. But, I don't get it. Maybe it's the topic of death is just too fresh for me. I finished the book feeling disturbed. The idea of an author using the death of children as entertainment leaves me very unsettled. I know, I may be overreacting a little, but it just really troubled me. And so many people let their kids read it, too. And they are buying tickets for a midnight showing to go see the movie the day it comes out. I don't know about you, but there doesn't seem like anything worse than going to see a movie where children are put in an arena to fight each other to the death. I just don't think I could stomach it. And also, this just seems like a "let's imitate this" situation waiting to happen. I know there are (obviously) tons of people who loved the series. Maybe someone can explain to me what I'm missing? If you read it, what did you think? Did you let your kids read it?