Saturday, April 16, 2011

What Makes The Hunger Games Different

It's been a while (two weeks) since I've posted a blog post that was just about whatever I wanted to talk about, so that's what I'm going to do.
Today is the last day of the 30 day challenge I've been doing.  (It will also be the last one, but I'll talk about that more in my video on Monday.  Today I'm supposed to talk about what makes The Hunger Games different from other series.  I'm not sure what I'm going to say, so I'm just going to start writing and see what happens (in other words, this will probably turn into a long rant).

The first thing that comes to mind for me is the fact that a huge part of the plot is children killing each other.  Sure, things like that happen in other series, but I don't think it's ever been done quite like it is in Hunger Games.  I think that's the main thing that makes is completely unlike other series.  Their government is so corrupt that they put 24 kids in an arena and force them to fight to the death.  That's pretty messed up.  I've read a lot of dystopian novels, and none of them have ever effected me quite like The Hunger Games.  It's full of starvation, killing, etc.  The main character kills loads of people over the course of the three books, and *SPOILER* even votes to have more children fight to the death at the end of the third book.  I think that definitely makes The Hunger Games different from other series.  What do you guys think?

I actually thought of a lot of things to say while writing that last paragraph, but none of it really had anything to do with the challenge.  Maybe I'll save those topics for future blog posts or videos.  Most of the ideas had to do with politics (mainly politics today compared to The Hunger Games) though, and I don't want to say something that will turn into an argument or anything.

I quickly wanted to mention a site I found the other day that you should check out if you're a Hunger Games fan.  You can find it here.  You sign up (you can even sign up to get text messages) for "tesserae," and then they'll send you an email assigning you to a district.  I got District 1.  I'm not entirely sure what all's going to happen yet, but I'm assuming it's going to be sort of like this Harry Potter site since I found it through that site.  If you sign up, let me know what district you get.

Oh, and I'm being a bad Harry Potter and Twilight fan.  I have yet to get the Deathly Hallows Part 1 DVD or the Twilight:  Official Illustrated Guide yet.  I need to convince my mom to take me somewhere to buy them.  (Or, I could use my debit card to buy them online, but in the month or two I've had that thing I've only used it once.  You'd think I was slightly scared of it or something...  Okay, so I am...slightly...  It just makes it so easy to overspend!)

Days Until:
LeakyCon 2011: 88 (We're down to less than 100!)
Deathly Hallows Part 2 Movie: 90 (Same here!)
My 18th Birthday: 110
Breaking Dawn Part 1 Movie: 216
Breaking Dawn Part 2 Movie: 584

(New) Books Read in 2011: 12 (I've decided not to count books I'm re-reading anymore.)

Harry Potter Reread: Ootp 16 (I know, I know.  I'm extremely behind.  What's new.  I'll catch up (again) soon.)


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