I really think something needs to be known! The Hunger Games should NOT be allowed in elementary schools!! In fact, I don't even think it should be allowed in middle school either!
This is the whole point to this post!
I read the series last year, and enjoyed them. I thought the story was definitely very original. I am going to be making a few lists in this post, and here is my first...
Pros about The Hunger Games :
-details were great...sometimes a bit too much actually
-metaphorically speaking, the message I got out of this book is people are selfish and that they would do anything to survive, and while this isn't a great message, I think it is true about people (at least quite a bit around the world...NOT all!! but quite a few)
Cons about The Hunger Games:
-I think my #1 con about this book, is that it is very psychological series. This series, really stuck in my head. It's scary to think about, but in a way this series is the most realistic sounding dystopian novel I've read so far...I mean think about it...people moving to another planet (I mean I guess it could be possible...???) (Across the Universe by Beth Revis), a world where everyone gets surgery to look a specific way (The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld), a world where every gets a surgery to remove love (Delirium by Lauren Oliver), or even a world where everyone is Matched (Matched by Ally Condie), these are ALL things that the chance of them happening are like what...1 out of a billion??? First off, do you know how many people are against plastic surgery??? (Uglies), or how many people love LOVE (Delirium)??
Now let me make one thing clear before I continue...I LOVED all of these books!! In fact Delirium is by far my absolute favorite dystopian I have read so far!
But seriously think about it...The Hunger Games...in a way, that could be our future!!
I'm not saying our world is going to start an event where children are killing children, but imagine if the world as we know it would really end, and the few people are left alive, need to find a way to survive. Imagine, if only a limited amount of resources were still available.
Money=POWER, unfortunately that is our world. People who have the resources can get their hands on pretty much anything they want. That's life!
But the people who do not have the money? What happens to them?? They are the ones who get left in the slums. They become the slaves, and they become the people who actually have to WORK for what they have.
Do you sort of see my point??
Now to the REAL point of this post...
So I volunteer at an elementary school. I go there once a week for an entire day and help with whatever I can.
Some of these kids...OH MY GOODNESS!! I just want to shake them sometimes with frustration!! I had one kid ask me what my favorite TV show was last year, and when I told her, "Glee", DO YOU KNOW WHAT SHE SAID???
"That show is gay. I watch Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Jersey Shore". I AM SERIOUS!! Completely NOT kidding!!
When I was their age, do you know what I was watching?? I watched the Disneychannel! Lizzie McGuire, Boy Meets World, Sister Sister, Even Stevens. I loved these shows! They dealt with REAL issues that teens and younger deal with everyday!!
How am I supposed to relate to someone who goes to shopping everyday, and her job consists of making up names for her new line of Nail polish??
So here is another disturbing thing that's been happening lately at the elementary school, I have had a number of 5th graders come up to me and be like, "I REALLY want to see The Hunger Games!" "I am going to read The Hunger Games soon!"
THIS IS SCARY!!! I do not want these little children reading those books!! That is just going to make that generation even more vulgar then a lot of them are already becoming!
So, this has been on my mind for quite some time now...I've actually contacted Scholastic complaining that they SELL THIS SERIES IN THEIR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BOOK ORDERS!! I'm sorry, I may sound like a total loser to some of you, but seriously?? How could you let your child read this series?? This series is 100% not for anyone under the age of 14!
This is NOT a children's story! Children should be reading things like Junie B Jones, Ramona, Magic Tree House, or if they want something scary then read Goosebumps for crying out loud! Are those not scary enough anymore?? What is up with children now a days?? I know of a 6 year old who plays Call of Duty and his parents don't care! They think it's funny!
You know what? I DON'T! I think it's sick! How are the children who are playing these games, reading these books, at such a young age, going to turn out in the future?? I mean, some of them may be fine, but what about the ones that WON'T??
Sorry about my LONG schpiel, but like I said, it needs to be said, in my opinion.
I would love to hear some of your thoughts on this subject. If you don't agree, and have read the books, answers are welcome, as long as you have reasons, same with the people who agree, but if you HAVE NOT read the series, and do NOT agree with what I have said, please don't bother commenting.
I found this picture and loved it because this explains exactly how I feel about this series...
|"The Fans who wish the games were real make me weep for the future of humanity and our future"|
Talk to you all soon!
The Romance Bookie :)