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Why Is The Hunger Games So Popular?

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By Emilio Cecconi, Quora user

The Hunger Games have been popular with people who do not read books.  A friend of mine (who made sure to emphasize that he doesn't read) told me that he loved the series and that I had to stop what I was doing to read it.

When was the last time that you heard people who do not read recommending a book like it is the best thing ever?  It was probably another young adult novel.  Maybe Harry Potter, maybe Twilight.  Was it last year's Pulitzer prize-winning novel A Visit From the Goon Squad? Probably not.

I think what made this book immensely popular was that it was written in first person. You got to be in the mind of Katniss Everdeen, the girl who is flawed in so many ways that everybody can't help but relate to her in a way.

Dystopian novels have been popular for the last 50 years or so, but none have been done quite like this one.  For the adults, there is something that eerily resembles reality when Collins describes the different districts and their relation to the Capitol.  For younger readers, it might be their first venture into dystopian prose. 

No matter who you are the events of the novel stir you up, leaving you wanting for more.  The controversial topics, events, and decisions characters make bring to life an imperfect world which readers have to talk about to others after they are done reading it.

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