I was hanging out with some guy friends last night over cigars and libations and mentioned that my wife and I had seen “The Hunger Games” the day before and how awesome it was and how you should read the book first and you’re going to love it and gush, gush… At which point my friend asked “Isn’t that a teen book?”.
So, I submit the following question: Is it okay for middle-aged people (like me and my wife and several friends we know) to be totally into “The Hunger Games”? To which I reply a resounding “yes!”.
I think young adult fiction is some of the better stuff out there. (With the exception of the Twilight series–oh, poo gag!). The writing needs to be concise and the plot needs to move, which makes for a fairly quick read. And they generally don’t “go there”–you know, get gratuitously sicko weird. I’m noticing lately that more “adult” fiction authors are writing shorter books too. We’re all busy people and don’t have time to get mired in a long book. I’m an avid Dean Koontz fan and his later works are a lot shorter. You simply have to check out his “Odd Thomas” series.
The misconception out there is that teen fiction is not very deep. “The Lord of the Rings” was generally considered to be for younger readers since it didn’t follow the conventions of what was considered adult fiction at the time it was published. Themes such as courage, loyalty, and fighting against oppression permeate the “Hunger Games” trilogy too, and all without elves, orcs, and wizards.
Another good young adult series to check out is Scott Westerfeld’s “Uglies”. Like “Games”, it features a dystopian society that young people get to rebel against. Rage against the machine! There are plenty of cool sci-fi elements and some real bitchin’ hover boards.
By the way, if I didn’t say it before, the movie rocked!! It was very faithful to the book. I wasn’t sure I was going to like Donald Sutherland in the role of President Snow but he was quite convincing. Jennifer Lawrence was perfect in the role of Katniss.
I must say that one drawback of being middle-aged is that I’ve heard enough music to know that the theme song from the movie is totally unoriginal. It reminds me of “Bus Stop” by The Hollies, as well as a few other songs. Now that’s how you know you’re middle aged, if you remember the 60’s, assuming you didn’t partake of too many recreational substances in the 70’s.