Not, “Oh, that sounds interesting,” or, “Oh, that sounds like it would be intriguing.”
It was, “Oh, that sounds absolutely horrible. Why would a sweet person like you be reading such a terrible book?”
I knew when I told them I would most likely have a negative response. They didn’t say much else. I did explain about Suzanne Collin’s inspiration behind the novel, with war and the like. It didn’t seem to change their thoughts much. So, the conversation changed to other books.
It got me to thinking about it. To be honest, when I first heard of what the books were about, I was reluctant to read them. I am not the type of person to read (or watch, for that matter) anything in the horror genre, or anything with horrific events that are gory and disgusting or extremely disturbing. I am more along the lines of contemporary, coming of age, psychological, and the like. I do read some paranormal and have been reading other dystopians, but that’s about it. The Hunger Games has quite a disturbing premise. A government that forces people to send and watch their children get killed and mutilate on television. It’s really sickening when you think about it.
People in general don’t realize that though. They hear about a battle to the death and they instantly turn away. What gets me is that these are the same people who watch horror movies and television shows that feature violence for violence sake. What is so different from those things and The Hunger Games? (I mean, if all you’re focusing on is the killing.)
How about you?
Have you talked about The Hunger Games with somebody you know? Did you have a reaction similar to mine? Or did they accept the premise of the book/movie and not care about the negative? How about you--are you okay with the premise of The Hunger Games or do you find it too scary/horrible to try? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below!
PS: Pictures have been removed 08/03/2012, you can see some of them on The Hunger Games Facebook Page HERE and HERE.