By Nancy Parker
I have to admit, I did not read the books until after I saw the movie. I was confused by parts of the film and hoped the books could give me some insight. I had heard nothing but great things about the books, so what could possibly go wrong? After all, they were originally written for young adults, right? Was I ever wrong!
First of all, the Hunger Games series is three books: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. Truth be told, Hunger Games is the least violent and disturbing of the three. Now that is a scary thought. The book is pretty much like the movie - a lot of background detail and personal introspection with some death and fighting. The second book, however, is more about fighting than anything else. You are introduced to a bunch of new characters and there is a long battle sequence in an arena. There is lots of death and grossness in this book.
The third book is even worse, if you can believe it. Not only is the whole love interest angle virtually wiped away (the only thing I was really interested in) but Katniss is almost suicidal by this point and it is an end of the world scenario all over. There are lots of main character deaths and torture. Sheesh. Not an uplifting series by any means.
Oddly enough, the author seemed to want to end the book series on a positive note, but I think she missed. To me, it sounds miserable and lonely. I guess there is a little light shining through, but still the series is very dark. I do not plan on watching the rest of the movies after reading the books. It just gets too violent and depressing, almost fatalistic.
Nancy Parker was a professional nanny http://www.enannysource.com/ and she loves to write about wide range of subjects like health, Parenting, Child Care, Babysitting, nanny background check tips etc. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org