The effect of The Hunger Games

Who else is as excited for The Hunger Games as I am?! I read the series about a year ago, and I have re-read it since. These books got me started on every other dystopian fiction out there, including Divergent by Veronica Roth, Delerium by Lauren Oliver, Ashes, The Way We Fall, This World We Live In, and so many others. I think I’ve mentioned before how I work in a bookstore, and it isn’t uncommon to sell ten copies of The Hunger Games in one shift. At Christmas time, the box sets were flying out of our hands as they arrived in our shipment. This book is good. Right now, I believe the three books in the series are numbers 1, 2, and 3 in top sellers in the store. Let me tell you, my boyfriend does not read. He can convince himself to read the odd novel based on a video game, but that can take him months to finish those few hundred pages. He sticks with reading only a chapter at the most a night, as if any more than that would turn him into the anti-social bookworm I have become. I devour books, and I have never been able to strike up the same inspiration in him, until The Hunger Games. I had been begging him to give it a try for months, maybe even longer. Finally I got the book to at least sit on his bedside table. After more convincing, he read the first chapter, and then the second a week later. Until one morning, he admitted to reading four chapters the previous night! Since this is him we’re talking about, I felt like celebrating, “Today you are a man…” sort of thing, but I retrained myself. After that, he finished the book in a week. Although the book is only 370 large-font pages and a week is only an achievement for a 5th grader, it’s also a big deal for him. After all, this is someone who usually reads 1 book every 2.5 years, including any possible school novels.

Now that he’s on to Catching Fire, the second book in the series, I’m amazed at how this storyline can draw in even the most unusual of readers. The movie is also sure to get some new fans as well. I’m not one to enjoy comparison, but it feels a lot like it did when Harry Potter came out and it seemed like every kid and adult in the world was reading all of a sudden. Maybe Hunger Games can keep that going. I for one, am very thankful that my boyfriend now reads.

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