I realized after pondering on my last post that I haven't shared any of my thoughts on "Hunger Games," nor the link that I supplied (Misfit Cygnet). Here goes:
Overall, HG was a page-turner for me, so in that respect the author wrote well. I was completely drawn into the story, and read each book in one sitting, I think. (Meaning three different sittings, one for each book, not all at once.) I could never decide if I liked Katniss's character, and it bothered me how unrealistic Peeta's character was. I mean, who really loves a person no matter how that person treats them? Too idealistic for me.
The whole premise of the first story is horrid, but I thought the story line of the first book was the best of the three. I loved reading the Katniss and Gale interactions; they were my favorite, I think because they seemed the most real to me.
The books are incredibly violent (for me). I am a very sensitive reading/media viewer, and I don't think that this material is suitable for the age level they're written for: 5th and 6th graders. I've read just a couple of reviews of the books, and the reviewers criticized the superficial depth of the characters and events in the stories. I don't think that the depth level is inappropriate for the reading level, but the subject material is, and therefore the books seemed incongruous. I appreciate that there wasn't any sex, though major make-out scenes were mentioned.
From an LDS perspective, I've been thinking a lot about the level of violence and sexual content in the books I read, meaning I've been questioning what I should let into my brain/thoughts. The violent scenes don't really stick with me, but I don't think this should be a justification of my reading violent material. The last two or three books I've read have had at least one "seductive" scene - nothing too graphic or lengthy, but enough to affect me. I went to the temple on Friday and had something not temple-worthy jump to the forefront of my thoughts. Ugh. Not what I wanted to have happen, yet I put that material into my head.
Regarding the Misfit Cygnet post and blog, I think she did the best job she could to inform readers of her biases and what she believes to be right and wrong. I think that she challenges LDS and Christians generally to live to a higher standard, but I worry that she condemns those who choose differently than she. That is something I want to stay away from. I choose to watch mostly PG- and G-rated movies because there is so much junk in so many movies that I don't like to watch, but I try not to judge those that make different choices, my husband included. We have standards about what we let into the home, because I believe that media with inappropriate content can affect the spirit of our home, but if my husband, or even I, want to see a movie that isn't "home worthy," that's our choice.
In summary, Hunger Games is a page-turner, violent, easy to read, and may get you thinking. Don't forget who you are, and don't let it get you down.