Banned Books #62- The Hunger Games

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Welcome to a very late September post for Banned Books. In September, we read The Hunger Games. 

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
First published: 2008
In the Top Ten most frequently challenged books in 2010 (source)
Reasons: sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence

Do you understand or agree with any of the reasons for the book being challenged when it was originally published?

BETH: It’s strange to think that it’s been over ten years since The Hunger Games was first published. I still count it as a relatively recent release but it’s crazy to see how the time has flown and how much has changed in the world since it first came out. The Hunger Games is an interesting one when it comes to banning books. One on hand, you can see why some people might have a problem with it – the theme of multiple teenagers fighting to the death in an arena with one survivor might not be to everyone’s taste. I have to agree that there is violence and of course, quite a few nasty deaths but when it was challenged in 2010 I don’t think this was anything remarkable or unique from what readers could find elsewhere, especially with the advent of the internet and social media.

CHRISSI: I can’t believe it’s been so long since it was released! This is one of those books where I can sort of understand why it’s banned. However, this book was never marketed as a child’s book. It’s in the Young Adult genre and I’m pretty sure that most young adults can deal with the content in The Hunger Games and much more besides. Sometimes real life can feel just as scary (although hopefully nowhere near as violent!)

How about now?

BETH: For the most part, I don’t think there’s any need to challenge The Hunger Games for the reasons that it is sexually explicit or unsuited to the age group. Firstly, Katniss lies down with Peeta (to keep warm I hasten to add!) and has a bit of a kiss and a cuddle. I really don’t see anything terrible about that. Particularly as this IS a young adult novel and a large proportion of that audience hanker after a bit of romance and a sympathetic male lead. Whilst we’re on the topic of young adult fiction I don’t see why it’s inappropriate for the age group. I agree the story is incredibly brutal and horrific in points but when are we going to stop wrapping kids in cotton wool and shielding them from all the bad stuff in the world? No, The Hunger Games isn’t a part of real life (thank goodness!) but that’s precisely my point. It’s a fantastical world that we can escape from whenever we like – we just have to put down the book or never pick it up in the first place. No one is forcing anyone to read it, it’s personal choice. It may be unsuitable for younger readers, that’s true but that’s exactly why it’s labelled as YOUNG ADULT FICTION.

CHRISSI: I think there are far more violent games, stories and films on the internet. Yes, the subject matter is intense and it’s not exactly ‘nice’. Yet I can guarantee that every young adult that reads this book will know it’s not real life and will be able to handle a bit of escapism. I mean, come on! In my opinion, although it’s not fluffy content and it is tough and violent, it’s fiction and people know that!

What did you think of this book?:

BETH: I loved The Hunger Games when I first read it and I still love it every time I crack it open again. It’s not just a tale about fighting, violence and terrible deaths. It’s a coming of age story about loyalty, love, friendship, family and justice and the lengths someone will go to in order to protect everything they hold dear. It looks at a regime that has frightening echoes of things happening right now across our own world and it’s about real people who go above and beyond in the bravery to try and survive. I’ll always be a fan.

CHRISSI: I really enjoy this book every time I revisit it. I love the story line and think the characters are awesome. It’s a story I can take something from each time. I’d highly recommend it, if you haven’t had the chance to read it yet.

Would you recommend it?:

BETH: But of course!

CHRISSI: Of course!

Ten Characters I’d Love To or Hate To Switch Places With

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week we are thinking about characters that we’d love to switch places with. What a fun prompt! I decided to split it and pick 5 characters I wouldn’t want to switch places with.

In no particular order here are mine

Let’s swap please?

  1. Luna Lovegood- Harry Potter– Luna is all kinds of awesome and I think it would be fascinating to be in her world.
  2. Jo March- Little Women– She’s one of my favourite March sisters.
  3. Lola-Lola And The Boy Next Door– I just loved her characters!
  4. Miss Honey-Matilda- I’m compared to her by my class and the parents of my class. It would be a good swap.
  5. Sara- A Little Princess- I love this story. Even though she has a hard life, it’s a sweet ending.

No thanks…

  1. Amy Dunne- Gone Girl- She’s a psycho character. No.
  2. Katniss- The Hunger Games- She may be good at the games but I don’t want to live in her world.
  3. Dobby- Harry Potter- Poor Dobby! 😦
  4. Lou- Me Before You– I can’t imagine going through what Lou did. Will… 😦
  5. June- Paper Butterflies– June has horrific experiences. I don’t want that life.

What did you do this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

 

The Nope Tag

I first saw this tag over on The Cozy Pages blog, but it originates from The BookTube Book. Check out the video here. It looked like fun so I thought I’d give it a go myself.

Nope: Book ending:

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Mockingjay. I don’t want to spoil the ending for anyone that hasn’t seen the films/read the books and intends to. I just questioned the choices that Katniss made.

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Nope: Protagonist

I have more than one, sorry. Alex, Veronica and Mollie from Those Girls. 

Nope: Series you didn’t enjoy or won’t continue with

I don’t see myself continuing with the Throne of Glass series. I got to Queen Of Shadows and didn’t feel compelled to continue.

Nope: Ship I don’t support

Meg and Laurie from Little Women. Not a fan.

Nope: Plot twist

We Were Liars. I didn’t enjoy the plot twist in this book. I felt a little underwhelmed.

Nope: Protagonist decision

Bella in Twilight. Why did she ever fall for Edward? He’s creepy!

Nope: Genre

Horror- my imagination is way too overactive to cope.

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Nope: Book format

Black covers that get fingerprints all over them that you can’t get rid of.

Nope: Trope

Love triangles- I’m just bored of them!

Nope: Cliche/Pet Peeve

Anything to do with females being described as a ‘goddess’

Nope: Recommendation

Most recommendations I get are tailored to my reading tastes so I don’t have one for this one.

Nope: Love Interest

Ron and Hermione- I’m sorry, I just never really bought it!

Nope: Book

Blood and Chocolate- I read this for a Banned Books feature recently and I wasn’t a fan…

Nope: Villain

I think one of the worst villain’s is Dolores Umbridge. She terrifies me just as much as Voldemort.

Nope: Death

Dobby- 😦 There are many characters that met their demise in Harry Potter that I often think… why?!!

Nope: Author

I don’t think there’s an author I wouldn’t try. Some I guess I wouldn’t go back to, but I’ve never had one I wouldn’t try. I wouldn’t read another book by E.L James if she wrote another.

Have you had a go at this tag? If you have link me to your post so I can check out your answers. Or feel free to give it a go!

Top Ten Tuesday: All About The Villains!

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list it’s all about the villains! I loved putting this list together. I love a bookish villain!

Voldemort and Dolores Umbridge- Harry Potter

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Voldemort has to be one of the ultimate villains in children’s literature. He’s so evil, I love to hate him. Dolores Umbridge also drove me mad but I loved it. J.K. Rowling sure knows how to write a villain!

Miss Trunchbull- Matilda

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I used to be terrified of Miss Trunchbull when I was younger. She scared my class too, but they loved it at the same time.

The Grand High Witch- The Witches

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The Grand High Witch is such a fantastic character. I really wanted to read this book to my last class but I think it would have scared them.

Amy- Gone Girl

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Amy is a messed up character. She freaked me but I LOVED it.

The White Witch- The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

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Ooh, The White Witch was evil and powerful. Loved to read about her.

Mrs Danvers- Rebecca

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I found Mrs Danvers to be so creepy. She got under my skin.

Queen Levana- The Lunar Chronicles

Love Queen Levana. I felt like Fairest helped to get to know the character more. I think she’s a fantastic villain.

President Snow- The Hunger Games

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You have to have a great villain in a series like The Hunger Games. I think President Snow was a perfect villain.

Ty- Stolen

Ty got under my skin because he was so awful yet somehow you ended up feeling sorry for him? How does that work!?

Who are your favourite villains? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten post and I’ll stop by!

Ten Characters I Love To Hate

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. I got really stuck with the prompt today, so I decided to put my own spin on it and write about ten characters I love to hate!

Bella SwanTwilight– I can’t help but enjoy complaining about Bella. She’s just so dull and moany. I don’t think I ever identified with her when reading Twilight. I don’t think I ever will like her!

Dolores UmbridgeHarry Potter-Ooh, she’s a bad one. I loved hating Umbridge. She made my skin crawl.

VoldemortHarry Potter– He truly is one of my favourite villains. I adore hating him.

Lucius MalfoyHarry Potter– Lucius is a great character to hate. He’s smarmy and irritating.

President SnowThe Hunger Games– As you might have guessed by now, I do love to hate a villain and in The Hunger Games it was President Snow who I loved to hate.

Estella HavishamGreat Expectations– Miss Havisham is a pretty good character to hate as well, but I loved to hare Estella more. Her attitude towards men was despicable and I hated the way she treated Pip!

Amy Dunne Gone Girl– I’m always surprised how strongly I hate Amy. She is one of the best written characters in a thriller. It’s weirdly fun yet equally creepy to be her mind or at least try and understand her.

Amy MarchLittle Women– Amy always irritates me. She’s so selfish. Yet I don’t mind reading about her selfishness.

Daniel CleaverBridget Jones’ Diary– He’s a player. He’s horrible. However he’s fun to read about and I can’t help but love to hate him!

Holden CaulfieldThe Catcher In The Rye-I definitely have a love/hate relationship with Holden Caulfield. I find him insufferable, but at the same time love him for it!

Who made your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Favourite Heroines From Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are our Top Ten Favourite Heroines From Books. I have completed a list similar to this before with strong female leads, but I’ve added some new additions since then. So here is my revised list in no particular order…

(Book images go to Goodreads!)

Jo March- Little Women –

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She doesn’t conform to the ‘usual’ female roles. One of my favourite characters in literature!

Katniss- The Hunger Games-

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Strong in every possible way!

Tris- Divergent-

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Definitely her own person. Very headstrong.

Matilda- Matilda by Roald Dahl

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She faces awful parents and a terrible headteacher. I love the little bookworm that is Matilda!

Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny- The Help

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I absolutely love these ladies from The Help. I especially admire Skeeter for trying to make a difference.

Juliette- Shatter Me trilogy

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Juliette’s strength as a person grows so much throughout the series!

*New additions*

Celaena Sardothien- Throne Of Glass-

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She’s a kick ass book loving character!

June- Legend-

Legend (Legend, #1)

A fiesty and intelligent character!

Poppy Sinclair- Dead Jealous/Dead Silent-

Dead Jealous (Poppy Sinclair, #1)

Likeable and real!

Rowan- Me Since You

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A heroine in different ways to others in this list. Strong despite terrible things happening to her.

Who are your favourites? Feel free to leave a link to your posts!

Top Ten Characters I Wish Would Get Their OWN Book

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week the list is the Top Ten Characters that we wish would get their OWN book. This was quite a tricky list for me, but here is what I have come up with.

In no particular order… (Click on the book image for the Goodreads page!)

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Luna Lovegood- Harry Potter- What’s not to love about Luna? I’d definitely want to hear more from her side of the story, no matter how strange it may be!

Neville Longbottom– Harry Potter- I always wonder what the story would’ve been like from Neville’s point of view!

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Kenjii– Shatter Me trilogy- I absolutely love Kenjii and would love to know more about him.

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Cinna- The Hunger Games- Such a fabulous character!

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Tris’s mum- Divergent- I loved Tris’s mum. She’s an amazing, strong character.

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Wendy– Unearthly- I would have liked to have learnt more about Clara’s friend Wendy!

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Daniel– Mara Dyer- Mara’s brother Daniel was so protective over her! I’d love to know more about what’s going on in his head!

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Iko– The Lunar Chronicles- Yes, I’m totally putting her on my list. I loved Iko. I would love to see more from her!

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Toby– Geek Girl- Toby is a great character. I thought he was adorable!

Susannah- The Summer I Turned Pretty- Susannah may not be there in all of the books, but she’s definitely want brings the families together.

So who would you like to have a book of their own! Let me know in the comments or feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!