I’ve been meaning to read them for a while, but I figured I should get around to “The Hunger Games” trilogy now that there’s talk about a movie.
I hate muddling up my reading world with images from a movie. I want to imagine the world and characters I’m reading about in my own way.
Of course, I’ve caught news here and there of casting for the movie, but I’m glad I’m reading the books now.
I’ve gotten through “The Hunger Games” and “Catching Fire”. The only reason I haven’t started on the final game, “Mockingjay,” is because I’ve stayed up for two nights getting through the books since I didn’t want to put them down. I can’t do another sleepless night, so I’m going to have to find a day where I can finish the book.
The story is engrossing, and Katniss, the main character, makes a great role model for girls. She’s self-reliant and pretty no-nonsense.
The plot is jarringly disturbing: In a dystopian future where the former North America is run by a controlling government intent on keeping order, children are forced to participate in the annual Hunger Games, where the last person alive wins.
I can see why the book caught on in the Young Adult arena: Although it’s gritty, there’s the usual love triangle thrown in. And Katniss might now live in a world that we’re familiar with, but she navigates it in a way that any 16-year-0ld would — besides the arrow slinging and ability to hunt without being detected.
I have to say, I’m excited to see how the book ends and am now anticipating the movies to see how they interpret the Hunger Games world.
Pop Culture Hijabi is a weekly column by Nadia Malik. Malik is a former newspaper reporter based in Chicago who’s now making her way as a freelancer. She spends entirely too much time watching TV and reading pop culture, fashion and TV blogs. She also occasionally consumes serious books and news. No, really. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org with “pop culture hijabi” in the subject line, follow her at www.twitter.com/nadiamalik or simply leave a comment below.