The Hunger Games
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We told you last month that — whether you like it or not — Mattel is turning The Hunger Games ‘ Katniss Everdeen into a Barbie doll . Now, EW is happy to share the exclusive first look at the iconic heroine after being filtered through Mattel’s Barbie-making factory. This Katniss isn’t wearing her reaping dress — instead, and rather fittingly, she’s wearing what she wore into the Games and comes complete with a miniature mockingjay pin, bow and arrow, forest-tromping boots, and that one, plump braid. You can find a full-body shot of the Katniss Barbie — as well as further details about the doll’s creation from its designer, Bill Greening — below.
I'm one of those people who can't take things at face value. No book is just a story . Every author has a purpose in mind, some kind of an agenda. There are definitely times that an author wants only to entertain, but they generally do it with another motivation in mind. Stephen King, for example, wants to arouse fear or horror in his readers.
If you're a reader, and familiar with young adult fiction, there's probably a part of you that's already groaning. Not another young adult series! After all, the reaction to Twilight was fierce. Love it or hate it, you have to admit that there has been a strong reaction to the Twilight Saga . The majority of adults, including those who love it (like me!) have to admit that Twilight isn't the greatest example of writing ability.
Very often, when I tell people that I am a fan of The Hunger Games , they say something like "Oh, that's not for me. I don't play video games or do any of that kind of stuff!" It's always a little bit disappointing to hear this, particularly when I've done my best to illustrate what The Hunger Games is all about.
Can you imagine living in a world in which there is never enough food to eat? A world in which the children are sent off at a very young age to work to support their families? A world in which you cannot go where you want, when you want, because the government controls everything? What if, in that world, children were annually chosen by lottery to go into a great arena to fight to the death on live television? This is the world of Panem, where Katniss Everdeen lives in "District Twelve" with her mother and sister, following the death of her father in a mining accident. It is a world in which Katniss and her best friend, Gale, sneak under the fence to go out hunting daily and then sell their contraband game at an underground market.
Katniss and Peeta have survived the 74th annual Hunger Games together, making it out of the arena alive, much to the displeasure of the President of Panem. Although the Capitol is obsessed with the "romance" between Katniss and Peeta, the president is on to their fraud, and believes that they have gamed the system. Katniss and her family, as well as Peeta and Gale's families, are in grave danger from the president.
Mockingjay is the exciting conclusion to the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Just like with the first novel in the series, Catching Fire ended very sharply, leaving the reader needing to plunge straight into the conclusion in order to find out what happened. I cannot imagine the stress that I would have been under had I been reading this series when it was still being written, and had I needed to wait until the final novel was released! I think I would have gone crazy!
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