Hunger Games and other Books

I spent all weekend at the movie theater this weekend listening to excited kids and adults talk about the Hunger Games. I enjoy working with film, so I work at a local movie theater one or two days a week. It also gives me a much needed break from Alex. As much as I love the kid, being home with him all week, I really do need an occasional break.

Audiences were particularly passionate about Hunger Games. They have been talking about the movie nonstop since we first put up a poster and when we actually got the film, there was so much excitement! The audience ranged in age from pre-teens on up and everyone seemed to really enjoy the film.

I watched Hunger Games myself over the weekend too. The movie is very good, but concept makes me queasy. The idea of kids killing kids is bad enough, but doing it for entertainment really bothers me. I had a hard time sleeping at night after watching the movie.

Sometimes I wonder about how appropriate some of the things kids are reading are, but then I remember what I was reading when I was a teenager. I read all sorts of books, but in fifth grade I started reading Stephen King, and I pretty much read everything he wrote over the next few years. Hunger Games, Twilight, and Harry Potter are all quite tame in comparison.

As a parent, I am thrilled to see kids passionate about reading, regardless of their book choices. I have been listening to a lot of audio books aimed at teens recently, and while I have not read or listened to the Hunger Games series yet, I have listened to many of the other popular series including Harry Potter, Twilight, and Percy Jackson. Isn’t it ironic that I read so many adult books as a teen and now that I am grown up I am listening to so much teen fiction!

There are a lot of good stories out there. I look forward to when Alex is independent enough to play on his own at Open Play, so I can relax and read a book while he jumps around and plays. Then after he is done running around and being a crazy kid, we can go home and read a short book together.

Alex is not reading yet, but then again he is only 2 ½. He loves listening to me read him picture books and his magazines, so I am sure it is just a matter of time before he is hooked on books just like his parents.

-HL