Why teens are obsessed with The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games trilogy is a HUGE hit with everyone really, but especially its target audience: teenagers.  We all love it and can give an endless number of reasons why we do.  That being said it does lack some of the classic elements that are often staples in YA literature like an overt romance. Yes we know there are romantic themes through out, but they are secondary to the main struggles the characters are enduring.  The Examiner has provided a cohesive explanation in a recent post, check out an excerpt below.

The teens portrayed in The Hunger Games are not only strong and intelligent, they take control. They find subtle ways to ‘stick it to the man.’ It is in fact this very defiance that creates the tone of the tale  for the next two books in the series. During the games themselves, the players (or ‘tributes’ as they are called) are trying to take control of their own destinies. It is the Gamemakers who in reality control how the game plays out. The heroine however, flips the script; a very empowering moment. The Hunger Games provide themes to which teens can truly relate. Suzanne Collins develops characters filled with the passion and emotion that are often characteristic of the adolescence years. Her story provides her characters with a firm purpose and intent. As they begin to define their identities answers about life and love become more certain. Collins provides a story that reflects an understanding about what it feels like to be a teenager transitioning into a young adult. The heroine’s ability to evoke change is not only admirable but inspiring. The Hunger Games connect with teens because it clearly communicates how they think and feel, put simply, Collins seems to ‘get it.’

The world can seem complicated and confusing. The Hunger Games is not only a great read, it offers an opportunity for today’s teens to escape the trials and tribulations of their own lives and immerse themselves into a dark and lonely world in which what the teens do and say really does make all the difference.

Read the entire story HERE


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