Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
The Topic This Week Is: Reasons Why I Love The Hunger Games Series
I’ve been thinking about The Hunger Games a lot lately, probably because A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes hits the shelves TODAY!!!!
Who pre-ordered it? This girl right here!
So, in honor of Suzanne Collins’ new release, I decided to list the top ten reasons why I love The Hunger Games series.
Here we go!
- It’s a dystopia. I love dystopian novels, and this series is one of my favorites. It contains all the classic dystopian elements:
- governmental oppression,
- unfair social castes,
- propaganda, technology and violence used as a means to control,
- citizens who live in a dehumanized state,
- harsh punishments for lack of conformity,
- a society that presents the illusion of perfection.
2. Katniss Everdeen. She is fierce, smart, selfless, compassionate, and flawed. She also questions the rules and expectations of society and fights for a better world. Basically, she’s a bad-ass with a bow and arrow!
3. The villains. Snow, Coin, the games, the people who sit idly by, Cato, the mutts…there are so many antagonists, and they are all fun to hate.
4. The setting. Panem is a fascinating futuristic society. It includes 12 districts, and most are deprived and overworked. These districts stand in stark contrast to the capital which is obnoxiously opulent, decadent, and lives in excess.
5. The arenas in the first two books. They are amazing and horrifying all at once.
6. The action! There are so many suspenseful and action-filled scenes to keep you on the edge of your seat! This is especially true in the arena and when they travel to the Capitol in Mockingjay.
7. Haymitch Abernathy. He’s sarcastic and biting, but he’s also sharp and brave.
8. Finnick Odair. Poor, sweet Finnick. Oh, how I love him! He was done so wrong!
9. The love triangle. I know this is a trope that many dislike, but I am a sucker for a good romance, and this love triangle intrigued me. Does Katniss go for the best-friend or the boy with the bread?
Team Peeta forever, by the way!!
10. The fact that this book series got millions of people to pick up a book and read. That’s amazing to me. I had students who hated reading fly through this trilogy to my utter delight! That makes a book great, in my eyes!
There you have it. Those are the main reasons why I love The Hunger Games series and why I’ve read the trilogy at least a dozen times. What do you think about the series? Do you plan on reading The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes? Comment below!