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Re: The Hunger Games Trilogy
« Reply #20 on: April 15, 2011, 06:07:39 PM »
Of course people also say Dan Brown and Stephanie Meyer are bad writers so what do people know.

Ummm....A lot.

I can't speak for Dan Brown, but Meyer is a horrible writer.
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Re: The Hunger Games Trilogy
« Reply #21 on: April 15, 2011, 07:06:33 PM »
I think for a young adult novel, The Hunger Games was great. I haven't read anything else in a long time that had me turning pages quicker or staying up later just to finish. I do agree that the writing probably isn't something you are going to stop and reread because the sentences are so well written, but the story and characters more than makes up for it.

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Re: The Hunger Games Trilogy
« Reply #22 on: April 17, 2011, 01:09:35 AM »
Of course people also say Dan Brown and Stephanie Meyer are bad writers so what do people know.

Ummm....A lot.

I can't speak for Dan Brown, but Meyer is a horrible writer.

I'll speak for Dan Brown - horrible.
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Re: The Hunger Games Trilogy
« Reply #23 on: April 17, 2011, 01:19:16 AM »
The problem with bad writing is that it makes a book harder to enjoy. The first book in the series doesn't suffer so much because the premise holds it together. But we see the same thing in many movies, where the movie really isn't very good, but the premise of the simple joy of seeing an explosion is enough to hold you or get you excited.
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Re: The Hunger Games Trilogy
« Reply #24 on: April 17, 2011, 01:21:29 AM »
Michael Bay = Dan Brown

This isn't to say that anyone should be taken to task for liking Brown, Meyer or even Michael Bay (I love The Rock and Armageddon) - I will even confess to certain mania for the entire Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. 8)
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Re: The Hunger Games Trilogy
« Reply #25 on: April 17, 2011, 01:32:10 AM »
I somewhat agree with that, but only somewhat. Dan Brown understands how to structure a book to hook the reader. Michael Bay often doesn't understand anything about good storytelling, but unlike a Dan Brown, I think his cinematic technique is actually very developed. You may not like it, but Bay knows how to put together some strong, almost pornographic images. He does what he does, and what he does he does better than almost anyone. I think the Transformers movies suffer in their action scenes because of the scale and design of the robots, but look at The Island, a film that was very much shat on and you'll see some pretty spectacular action with no story or character to anchor it all properly.

So in some ways Bay is like the anti-Brown.

Suzanne Collins is something else entirely. She doesn't understand technique, nor does she understand structure. In fact she's pretty terrible at both, but she managed to invent a premise that held strong for one novel and continued to hold for parts of a second. The minute she got away from the base premise in the third book it was all downhill.

Compare this to a writer like J.K. Rowling, who managed to write seven books that all showcase very good and even great technical writing, as well as some absolutely remarkable structure, both within each entry and through the series as a whole. And you can say that "well, these are kids books and we shouldn't always expect Rowling-level writing," but that's crap. I SHOULD expect good writing. Maybe not always right up to Rowling's level, but I shouldn't be fed crap and then just accept excuses.
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Re: The Hunger Games Trilogy
« Reply #26 on: April 24, 2011, 01:09:23 PM »
I finished up the last 150 pages of book 3 this morning. I think they were probably the best in the entire series. Took it to another level. Very satisfying but painful too. Overall, I now think of this as an excellent story that's spread a bit thin but finishes strong. Solid, very memorable. Would recommend and I'm glad people here turned my on to it.
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Re: The Hunger Games Trilogy
« Reply #27 on: May 19, 2011, 08:26:18 PM »


I actually think she looks too old. 
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Re: The Hunger Games Trilogy
« Reply #28 on: May 19, 2011, 08:50:42 PM »
Yea...she doesn't look like a kid at all.

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Re: The Hunger Games Trilogy
« Reply #29 on: May 19, 2011, 09:43:30 PM »
I just assume they are going for a Hunger Games world where only college students are picked and thus it loses its emotional weight entirely. >:(