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I've been listening to The Hunger Games on CD during my drives to and from school/work this week. I'm almost finished with it and have the other two books on my iPod.

I quite like it. I have a weakness for teen lit and have been sorely disappointed with some of the stuff I read over Christmas break. I had pretty much given up and decided that David Levithan and Libba Bray were the only YA writers that I could stomach anymore.

But I've heard a lot of good things about The Hunger Games, so I thought I'd give it a chance. Since I'm also reading Beloved, Dracula, The Complete Works of Flannery O'Connor, The Taming of the Shrew, and Breakfast at Tiffany's I decided to listen to the audiobooks.

I know, not exactly smart adding another book in the mix, but I needed something that I didn't have to completely dissect.

Unfortunately my English-major brain can never again be turned off because I'm dissecting this book like crazy.

I mean, the book isn't Shakespeare. It's definitely not on the same level of Harry Potter, but it's leaps and bounds over Twilight. So that right there is a reason to read it.

In general, I like the portrayal of women. I have a couple of problems with Peeta's shrewish mother and super-ambitious Effy, but I can't complain that much.

Actually, I'm not reading it that much through my feminist lens, which is a huge change. I'm reading it through my inexperienced Marxist lens.

The whole class situation--who has money, who doesn't, who's in power, who has no power--is fascinating.

District 12, the poorest District, is full of people who are generally good, including the people in power (Btw, Peacekeepers? Lol. Me thinks Suzanne Collins is a Farscape fan). The richer the District gets, the most horrible the people are. In general, the message seems to be that the more money a person has, the meaner they are (I'm looking at you, Peeta's mom). Then the people in the Capital, the richest bit of the entire country, are completely shallow and are pretty much dumbasses. So, poor=good, rich=bad,

I have little qualms with the story. Like where are the cameras? How can everything be seen, especially when Kat and Peeta are in the cave? How can stuff just be there, so immediately? Like the food in Kat's room in the Capital? Or the deus ex machina parachutes during The Games? What kind of magic science is this world full of???

Then there is the fact that people are not allowed to move between the Districts. How long has that been for? What happens when the gene pool starts shrinking and everyone becomes inbred? Did the Capital not think of this?

And, District 12 is in Appalachia. Is that all of Appalachia or just part of is? Because if it's all of Appalachia, the District is huge!

And! If the people of District 12 are in Appalachia, and if they start inbreeding, will the entire District become blue???

I think I'm thinking too much about this stuff. If only I could put this much effort in my readings of Beloved. I just hate Toni Morrison so much.

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