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I am sure you all have heard about the new movie, The Hunger Games, based on the books by Suzanne Collins.  I just wanted to go on record with two things:

1.  I have loved the series since I first read The Hunger Games and wrote about it here in December 2010.
2.  I am going to see the movie with Mr. BFS and a couple of our friends this coming Wednesday and truly hope it is one of those few movies that does the book justice.

This Shouldn’t Be Just a Fad

You know how a lot of very smart people avoided Harry Potter because they thought it was just a fad?  Yeah, I was one of those.  Then I was handed the first book just as Book 4 was being released.  That was the beginning of an addiction.  I finished Books 1-4 in less than 5 days.  I was and am a huge Harry Potter fan.

Then I made the mistake of thinking Twilight would be good…way too much teenage angst for me…but not to digress…

The Hunger Games is thought provoking and moving.  I definitely put it in the Harry Potter category – totally worth reading and very addictive!  But keep in mind it is violent.  The whole plot is based on gladiator-like conditions for children from different “districts” forced into it by one super rich dictator and his district.  Obviously, this is not a happy, go lucky book series.

Lessons from The Hunger Games

The entire series is based on a bunch of themes that make you think.  Here are the biggest things I thought about after reading:

  • Help those in need and have empathy for others.
  • Don’t jump into anything that could hurt others on blind faith or assumptions.
  • Have a backup plan.  This applies to money and everything else.
  • Have a support network…everything is easier with others.
  • Quality of life is just as important as quantity.
  • Regrets suck.  Live your life so the only regrets you have are tiny compared to everything else.
  • Communicate.  Lack of communication causes the most problems in life.
  • Opening yourself up to be hurt is worth it if it also means you allow yourself to have the good things in life like love.
  • Learn some skills.  You never want to be solely dependent on others if you can avoid it.  Plus if you and your support network have complimentary skills, you all will be able to help each other through anything.

Have you read The Hunger Games or seen the movie yet?  What did it make you think about?