April 2012 Fiction Book Club: Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games

(24 Posts)
CaramelTree Mon 02-Jul-12 17:52:56

Hello. Would anybody like to agree a date to discuss this book, as I really keen to discuss it and 24 has raised some interesting points. I will randomly suggest the 13th of July, but if anyone would like to choose another date that is more suitable for them, please go ahead.

24HourPARDyPerson Wed 20-Jun-12 23:44:35

Forgot to say what I didn't like

Was very disappointed at first - the first three female characters we meet are not edifying, whereas the men are.
Heroic dead dad vs 'weak' mum who needs protection rather than being a protector (fell into depression upon being widowed) the 'needing to protect Mother' thing continues throughout the series.
Effie Trinket - false tinkly Southern Belle type
Peeta's mother - a 'witch' vs Peeta's dad, a jolly sort you can do business with, soft hearted when it comes down to it

Things do improve though.

24HourPARDyPerson Wed 20-Jun-12 23:30:40

I am just going to throw my tuppence in now as I always forget the designated dates.

Very enjoyable reads. Gripping. Am delighted to see these take off as teen books for both girls and boys.

It's not exactly set in a post feminist world (post a lot of things, but not that) rather that a lot of the patriarchal nonsense has been stripped away in the struggle for survival. I suppose you could say that patriarchy has become almost obsolete, with just a few scraps of it clinging on the Capitol as remnants of a more pleasant past. Femininity is still performed there, having grown grotesque and exaggerated and a symbol of decadence and inauthenticity. To Katniss it's a ridiculous affectation and completely divorced from her life of usefulness.

If it's approved if in the capitol it's daft - and the Capitol is modelled on our world. So that's plain.

The love interest part of the story - while central - was not romantic. It was about mutual interests, sincere intimacy, couples catching each others backs and being an asset in each others lives. (that last part makes it sound colder than it actually comes across) fabulous to see a portrait of love aimed at teens with no Love Conquers All nonsense, no fluttering hearts, no moody misunderstood guys needing a womans' self negation to 'make it work', no servitude.
Sex is very obliquely referred to, as you'd expect from a USteen novel. So refreshingly portrayed - NOT in a porny way, NOT in a Great Romantic Mystery way, NOT as a shameful taboo, NOT as something that you have to give to boys, or withhold from them. It's in Katniss' way, HER body responds and that's the only reason to continue.
There was a fabulous passage where she was kissing a boy in a rather mechanical fashion. He withdraws because she's not into it - 'It's like kissing someone who's drunk' he says. Now isn't that just the attitude we like to see.

Possibly a coincidence but the Games Arena is such a central theme of this trilogy, and how difficult it is to retain ones' humanity within it.
Interestingly, the Arena of Games is one of the (many many) concepts thrown up in Daly's Gyn/Ecology (to be fair it's at the start - am not ploughing through Daly as quickly as I got through The Hunger Games. can't think why. hmm) I don't think it's a coincidence.

That's a bit long.

AbigailAdams Fri 25-May-12 00:42:01

Sounds good to me (middle of June I mean). There seem to be a few of us, which is nice smile

ooh please do! I never can manage a book club but I've read The Hunger Games over and over and I'd love to discuss it!

SweetTheSting Fri 18-May-12 22:16:51

SGM, do you fancy rescheduling for mid-June? I don't think there's a fiction book for June yet, correct me if I'm wrong.

NiniLegsInTheAir Thu 17-May-12 11:31:56

I'd like to discuss this one too if it does get rescheduled, I finished reading it the other day smile

chocladoodle Wed 09-May-12 22:49:15

I'd like to join too. What day do you meet for the Fiction books? Which one is it for May? Am I too late for that, if so which book for June? Thanks.

SeaHouses Fri 04-May-12 13:05:22

I'd like to discuss the book if it is rescheduled.

AbigailAdams Mon 30-Apr-12 16:00:11

OK read it! Itching to talk about it! Initially I thought bad thoughts about the person who suggested reading it, but now I've read it I can understand. Very glad I didn't read the synopsis before buying it otherwise I would never have bought and read it.

AbigailAdams Wed 25-Apr-12 21:14:52

Oh good as I haven't read it yet and would like to. I'll get right on to it (after finishing Eve was Framed)

BertieBotts Sat 21-Apr-12 23:49:53

Oh I'm sorry sad I hope you didn't think I was getting at you, was just wondering. Sorry to hear you've been having a horrible time. Rescheduling sounds good smile

StewieGriffinsMom Sat 21-Apr-12 21:02:57

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madwomanintheattic Fri 20-Apr-12 23:27:08

Aw.

Hope you're ok. Are you rescheduling?

SweetTheSting Fri 20-Apr-12 23:21:49

Aww, SGM, hope you are OK.

<<hugs>>

StewieGriffinsMom Fri 20-Apr-12 18:33:24

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BertieBotts Fri 20-Apr-12 18:07:29

How come this was in the book club newsletter which went out on 18 April? And there was no reminder on the FB page either...

BertieBotts Fri 20-Apr-12 18:03:39

Oh! I completely missed this, was looking forward to it... although looks like everyone else did too confused

SweetTheSting Tue 17-Apr-12 23:14:29

Tonight? But the OP says 11th April?

That'll teach me to go to bed with my Kindle without checking Threads I'm On first!

StewieGriffinsMom Tue 17-Apr-12 21:09:33

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StewieGriffinsMom Tue 17-Apr-12 19:52:44

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SweetTheSting Thu 12-Apr-12 08:54:56

Oh I came on to apologise for missing it but I see others did too smile.

I really enjoyed this book, it was a lot of fun. It was really well balanced with male and female characters, not just among the tributes but among the family and friends and helpers at the Games. Definite Bechdel test pass!

I also liked that it wasn't simple 'boy meets girl' , I haven't read the others yet but can't tell at this stage if K will end up with P or with Gale or stay with her family whereas other teen-girl-protagonist series are usually more obvious because the 'love interest' is the key focus rather than the rest of life.

SweetTheSting Tue 10-Apr-12 21:03:25

Oh my god, I have just finished this, it was gripping!

Hope to be on tomorrow night!

StewieGriffinsMom Sat 24-Mar-12 08:12:37

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