Why We Like It Episode 2 – The Hunger Games

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10 thoughts on “Why We Like It Episode 2 – The Hunger Games

  1. Anon says:

    Would be cool if you guys do Death Note!

  2. Landon H. says:

    READY PLAYER ONE:

    Thanks for the good read. I completely procrastinated work/school for the two days it took me to burn through the book.

    There are a lot of fantasy books I would reccomend, but two come to mind that are really unquie and very vivid for those of us with active imaginations.

    #1. Foudling Series by D.M. Cornish:

    This is a trilogy that has a Harry Potter feel to it, except it’s darker and more gritty. No magic… but it’s a world where people live in the cities, and monsters roam the wilderness. There is alchemy and stuff like that. A young boy sets off from an orphange to join this world version of the army, and a series of unfortunate events occur.

    #2 Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix:

    This focuses on a world where magic exists north of “the wall” and the dead can cross into the land of the living as long as they haven’t passd the “7th gate”. There is a lone ranger type figure called the “Abhorsen” who crosses into the land of the dead and keep the schemes of the “greater dead” at bay. A series of event’s unfold and a young girl learns her father (the Abhorsen) has fallen and she must take up his mantle.

    Let me know if you’ve read these already or not. I think you would really enjoy them.

  3. Mary VP says:

    Finally managed to get internet in my new apartment so i could watch this! I love The Hunger Games a LOT so it was fun to watch.

    Also, Ready Player One is one of my favorite books of all time. When i started reading it, I was worried I wouldn’t like it since I’m too young to remember the ’80s, but I have enough love for geek culture that it didn’t matter. And it’s just such a good adventure story.

    I have to agree with you, Tristan, about audiobooks. I have tried to listen to several before, but I never get through them because they’re so plodding. When they get to parts that I usually read through quickly, like action sequences, I get bored and zone out so I miss things.

    I also just started the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson and am really enjoying it. It’s a very interesting magic system. I, too, like rules even though I wasn’t a math major.

    • Sorry for the delayed reply, Mary. Thank you so much for your continued support, and glad you enjoyed the Hunger games episode. A third episode should be up soonish (this weekend, hopefully).

      Audiobooks are tough for me, but I want to give them another chance some time. It’s been a long time since I really tried to listen to one.

      Glad you’re checking out Mistborn – it’s just wonderful, and has one of the best magic systems ever.

  4. Jay says:

    Tristan!

    In the video at 43:48 you completely misunderstood the scene with Peeta and the bread! He wasn’t being malicious bro, he was supposed to be getting rid of it but he throws her some because he knows her Dad just died and she’s struggling to provide for her family.

    Also the reason he asked to be trained separately is because he wanted her to not get attached to him – he wanted her to WIN bro, that was his entire objective from the get-go.

    Since it’s from her perspective I guess I can kind of see why you construed it that way but she’s so incredibly dense when it comes to how much Gale and Peeta love her.

  5. dharmaturtle says:

    Hunger Games was a massive, incredible disappointment for me.

    First of all, it had a ridiculous, unrealistic premise. Forcing a community to kill their ~25 of children every year is not going to quell their fighting spirit, what idiot politician thought that up? People don’t work that way.

    Katniss is a Mary Sue. She can sing, she’s good with the bow and arrow (like every single female protagonist out there), she adequately clever (correctly interpreting the “messages” she gets from Haymitch), and she has no flaws. None. She’s graceful, pretty, smart, resourceful, imaginative, driven… but has zero faults.

    This goes into the trilogy as a whole, but the books get stupid. I read the first two books and the first ~25% of book 3. However, the stupidity of the books grew as I progressed through the series. From an adequately intelligent girl, Katniss transforms into a raging retarded bitch when she realizes that her boyfriend was not rescued from the arena with her and fucking attacks the deliverer of the message, scratching his eye. Then in the third book, the President decides to leave a flower in her freshly napalmed village, just to deliver a vague threatening message? He’s the goddamn President, and there’s a fucking rebellion going on! What idiot would dedicate resources to send a vague message of “I’M WATCHING YOU LOLOLOL” to a girl that has zero military power? What is that supposed to serve, other than to piss her off/make her angry/make her more cautious? Stupid premise, stupid characters, stupid villains.

    Plot was stupid, particularly in the second book. They’re going to send them back to the Hunger Games? Because we haven’t already experienced that already? There’s a reason authors explore different plots and settings through a series of books: because they’re intelligent enough not to rephrase the first book, because it just won’t be as interesting the second time through.

    There’s a love triangle. Really? You’re in the fight for your life, and you have time to worry about how much you miss the boy back in your hometown? Love does not blossom when the subject of the love isn’t even there. Let me stress this: HE’S NOT EVEN THERE. Nevermind the fact that you’re about to die, or about to kill people in 1 week.

    Last, and most importantly, ***Katniss makes zero morally difficult choices***. NONE. In all situations, she does what anyone else would do. But this isn’t Katniss’s problem, this is the author’s problem. How can you have kids murdering kids, and there be zero difficult decisions made? I was excited when Rue popped up. “Oh hey, this is a pretty cool character that Katniss will have difficulty dealing with (killing) at the end! Oh nevermind, you had someone else kill her instead!” The most difficult choice she had was whether or not to eat the berry at the end of the first book, and even that was her plotting to survive. And before you say “kid’s book, why would there be moral questions?” Ender questionably murders two kids in Ender’s Game. Lord of the Flies, Tuck Everlasting, and even “fluffier” books like Shade’s Children and Animorphs dealt with child morality/mortality and war/violence with vast swathes of morally grey landscapes.

    /rant

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