Update: 11-22-13: This post is getting a lot of traffic again thanks to the Hunger Games: Catching Fire release. I think all of the comments for the first book/movie apply to the second. I saw it last night with my 10 and 12 year old daughters. There was a little less teenager on teenager violence in the second one, but the premise was the same and the characters engaged in the same activities.
Update 2-20-12: I’m amazed at the number of comments to this post. If you are truly interested in the issue of whether the Hunger Games is appropriate for your kids, be sure to read down through all of the comments. They are definitely a good perspective on both sides of the issue!
News about the Hunger Games has been fast and furious lately with the filming of the first book beginning. It seems like everyone with a blog has written about whether Hunger Games is the “next Twilight” and how the fanbase will compare. But for those of us with young readers, the first question is whether The Hunger Games Trilogy is appropriate for them. The books are technically “Young Adult,” but that can include a really wide range.
I read all three of the books and have a daughter who is a pretty advanced reader for the age of 10. She’s read Harry Potter but I will not let her anywhere near Twilight. The Hunger Games falls somewhere in the middle. Although the reading level would not be too difficult, I am not sure about the subject matter. In fact, I’m actually less worried about the violence than the romance because my daughter isn’t really affected by “scary” stories or prone to violence in any way. Conversely, she is starting to hit that preteen “mooning” phase when it comes to celebrity boys and kids in her class are tossing around the word “boyfriend” more frequently. That’s the kind of subject matter that I do not want to expose her to yet.
I’m considering letting her read The Hunger Games trilogy once she turns 11 in December. That would give her plenty of time before the March release of the first Hunger Games movie.
What do you think? Is the Hunger Games appropriate reading for your kids? How old are they and what is your opinion? Are you a Hunger Games Fan yourself (I am!)?