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7 Great Books That Inspired The Hunger Games (Slideshow)

7 Great Books That Inspired The Hunger Games (Slideshow)
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Now that “The Hunger Games” has been released on DVD, students are being reminded of how much fun it was to read the books for the first time. Some of my students are picking up the books to read them again, but most of them are coming to me for recommendations of similar books to read in their free time.

Luckily, there is no shortage of books that are similar to “The Hunger Games.” Suzanne Collins’ trilogy falls firmly into the category of dystopian literature — literature that shows a “perfect” world and takes one aspect to an extreme in order to show us the dangers of such extremes in our society — and authors have been producing dystopian literature for decades.

Dystopian literature is so popular, especially right now, because of the anxiety of these times. We are facing a global recession, war, and a new tragedy every time we turn on the news. People turn to dystopian literature in these times because it calls to our attention the possibility of a different world, and makes us think about how much worse the world could actually be. Furthermore, each dystopian novel is equipped with its own Katniss — its own hero willing to risk everything to make the world a better place. For this reason, people with idealistic tendencies, and especially teenagers, love dystopian fiction because they still believe that the world can be improved.

Whatever your reason for loving dystopian literature, there is plenty of it to choose from. Some of the best authors in the world have written classic dystopian fiction for you and your teen to enjoy, and the following slideshow will give you some ideas for what to read after you’ve finished “The Hunger Games.”

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10:15AM PST on Nov 7, 2013

Excellent books. Other young adult spin-offs include Veronica Roth's Divergent series, Kiera Cass' Selection books, and of course, who could forget the Ender's Game series by Orson Scott Card? Thanks.

2:49PM PDT on Oct 31, 2012

This isn't exactly a cause..

But it was still interesting to read!

12:32PM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

There was a book I read in University, well two of them, can't remeber what they were though. One was where a society was split in two, the women running the cities, and the men fought. As you read though it it seemed like the men were in control, but the end was actually quite a twist.
There was a second one about a race of beings who were living in a utopia. Then humans found them, and men found them quite attractive, to the point they tried to force themselves upon them. It ended up these being developed a defencive mechanisim whereby any man who slept with them died.

10:50PM PDT on Sep 21, 2012

"Lois Lowry’s “The Giver” is a children’s book, but that doesn’t mean that teenagers won’t enjoy it"
Huh, The Giver was actually book of the month in a book club for teenagers I was in back in the 1990's. I was in my late teens when I read it for the first time, and I was blown away by it. It was the best book I had read at the time, and I didn't find it childish at all. Upon re-reading it in my early 30's, I can only say that it's still one of the best books I have read.
The sequels "gathering blue" and "messnger" aren't the same level. I'm looking forward to "Son" which will be published in October.

7:30PM PDT on Sep 21, 2012

thanks

3:41AM PDT on Sep 21, 2012

Citala sam,dobre su knjige, nisam bas ljubitelj limunada gdje
heroina spasava svijet.Da cemo doci u situaciju da se borimo za komad
hljeba to vjerujem.

8:40AM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

Thanks Donald T. for reminding me about "A Clockwork Orange" by Anthony Burgess. If that isn't dystopian literature, then I don't know what is. But not sure I'd recommend it for youngsters. The book is actually difficult to read until you get used to the language Burgess used to write it in (lots of invented slang). The movie is not for the faint of heart (it includes explicit violence and sex) but every once in a while, I just have to watch it again.
The best speculative and sci-fiction writers make us think about what's already happening, and what "could" happen. So many predictions and speculations from great writers have come true.

6:08AM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

The Hunger Games is an amazing book, but dystopian doesn't mean a perfect society, it means the opposite.

5:49PM PDT on Sep 19, 2012

Anything to get kids to read is fine by me!

9:35AM PDT on Sep 19, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

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