Wednesday evening, we had our bi-monthly book club chat. We discussed The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. For what seems like the first time in a long time, quite a few of us had read the books (all three books at that!) and we all really enjoyed them too! It was a fun discussion which looked at aspects of the characters, the depiction of the dystopian Panem and how our interest was kept through the three books.
Most agreed that the premise of the trilogy – children forced into a deadly arena to fight to the death – sounded quite dreadful and yet we were gripped by the story, the courage of the protagonist Katniss Everdeen and her fellow tributes. At times, some felt that Katniss was a little too self-involved and frankly, a bit of a whinger. I personally did not find this or at least, if she was like this, I put it down to her being a teenager who has to deal with circumstances which no child should ever have to face.
One criticism of the books with which I agreed, was that the devotion of Peeta for Katniss only serves to further propagate the myth that one’s true love out there will love you in spite of everything and anything. Teenage girls spend enough time fantasising about the perfect man and Peeta’s love seems to be just a little bit too perfect most of the time. Of course there is an argument to say that these books are not aimed at twenty- or thirtysomethings and the teenagers reading them could well be more than happy to read about such a romantic soul.
As well as our book club chat, we had two new members join us as well as another member who was coming for the second time – it was lovely to see Vicky and both Margaret and Margaret! We had people knitting, quilting, sewing and cross-stitching. And we drank some tea and squash!