@Ruth or child-based reality shows, Idol comes to mind.
@Lynn, all the lobbyists in Hunger Games got killed, though ... everyone who stood up for the kids, anyway.
I know it's a young-adult book, but did anyone else think the writing could have been better?
The writing could have been better, but I thought the pacing was excellent.
@Eric, you should have read Twilight first. It would have made Hunger Games look like Pulitzer material.
This is much better than Twilight. Although I hear talk of Team Gale and Team Peeta
@Ruth, I have been involuntarily exposed to Twilight. It's a sore subject around the house.
@jen, great point that kids go off to war in our world. It's easy to forget that when we have the cushion of a relatively safe country to live in.
Peeta - love him, hate him, feel indifferent about him? To me he was background, except for the loaf of bread he gave Katniss. Which, to me, was the one kind thing someone had done for her in her life. To me, that one move by him as a little child, trumped any move Gale made toward her.
@jen, I agree. I finished the book in just a few days. I like the overall story.
Effie reminds me of someone from Whoville. I think Peeta is stronger than we know.
@Heidi, I am a journalist and do not take sides in such matters.
@Claudia, I was torn between them through the first book. No comment on later developments.
What, in our world, do you think the Capitol represents? The government, the super wealthy, the idiotic and mindless?
Maybe all of the above. I kept wondering which districts related to which areas of the country. Which one would we be in and what would our lives be like? Was the Capitol around Denver?
@Claudia - the people who ignore the evil under their noses. All of us, at one point or another.
@deanna, yes - Denver IS the center of the universe, after all :)
I assumed the capitol was Denver for some reason
I also thought they were the people who succumbed to Groupthink.
Speaking of the quality of the writing -The character development of Prim was seriously limited. Do you think that was intentional?
One last note from me, and keep in mind that I ended up really enjoying the books: When I first started reading this, I was a little grumpy. I really felt like the author had taken Shirley Jackson's 'The Lottery' and exploited it.
@Claudia, I also hear the book is quite similar to a Japanese book/film that was released a few years ago. Can't remember the title, though.
Any final thoughts from folks before we wrap up the live chat?
I had a hard time telling if Prim and other underdeveloped characters were written that way intentionally. I gave the author the benefit of the doubt, assuming the important characters would be fleshed out in the sequels.
Anyone planning to go to the movie?
Yes! I have a friend dressing up as Effie for it.
Yes, if only to see Lenny Kravitz as Cinna.
We have chosen our next book. The March selection is "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot. Scientists knew Lacks as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer whose cells — taken without her knowledge — became one of the most important tools in medicine.
Thanks to everyone who participated. And if you haven't read the Henrietta Lacks book, please do. It's amazing. We'll see you next time.