A call to ban The Hunger Games

| October 1, 2010 | 301 Comments More

My Hunger Games - Book 1 An article popped up in a newspaper in New Hampshire the other day about a mother who would like The Hunger Games removed from her daughter’s middle school curriculum because of its violent subject matter.

Greg Kwansik reports for the Goffstown News, that Tracy LaSalle’s 11-year-old daughter began having nightmares after reading the book  in her seventh-grade class. Ms LaSalle told the School Board that the book was inappropriate for her daughter or any other student.

Ms LaSalle took her concerns to last month’s School Board meeting where she described several passages in the book.

“Twenty-four children are pitted in a life-or-death struggle with each other. The reason? Entertainment. That’s sick,” LaSalle said. “You guys don’t want Columbine, but you’re putting forth material that will totally desensitize the children to murdering other children.”

“What does that teach as far as honor?” LaSalle asked. “What does that teach as far as ethics? Where is the moral lesson in this book that’s being shown to our children?”

The report goes on to say that after hearing the complaint, the School  Board Chairman and the Superintendent of Schools promised to review the book and issue their findings within 30 days.

It’s also reported that Ms LaSalle’s daughter was removed from the class where Hunger Games was being taught. Ms LaSalle told the Goffstown News that the problem wasn’t with her daughter, but with the book.

“The answer to this situation is not removing my daughter from the classroom,” LaSalle said. “It’s removing this filth from the school district.”

So what do you think?  The Hunger Games concept is indeed a frightening one. When the book was recommended to me, the story line didn’t sound like something I wanted to read at all. However, I think Suzanne Collins does a brilliant job of  telling a story that doesn’t shy away from depicting the inevitable deaths, while keeping the ethics clear. Calling it filth shows a lack of understanding of the book and its intentions. I would hope that teachers are able to help a child understand that this is a story that makes us think about violence and some of the aspects of our society reflected in the world of Panem.



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  1. Yamil says:

    I think the mother in this case did not read the book or did not really understand the message at all. I do agree that the book is quite disturbing at timesHell, even I had nightmares after reading the series and I’m 20. But the message of the book is pretty clear.

  2. Liz Czukas says:

    I think there’s a lot to be learned from The Hunger Games–it’s a cautionary tale about the power of empire, the cult of personality we live in, and the very thing this woman is concerned about–becoming desensitized to violence. Obviously, it was too difficult for this 11 year-old (who, by the way is young to be a seventh grader, and that might be the problem), but I don’t think it’s inappropriate in the school setting in general.

    Katniss is anti-violence, and in the end only kills one contestant with her arrow–to put him out of his misery at the hands (paws? claws?) of the Mutts. The message is fighting for human decency. Obviously, this mother didn’t read the whole story.

    Plenty of things gave me nightmares as a kid, and not all of them were fictitious. Should we prevent children from seeing footage of Patton’s liberation of the Concentration Camps in World War II? Certainly unsettled me as a child, but I would hate to think I’d lived my life without knowing the truth about history.

    Ultimately, I don’t think book banning is the solution to anything but increasing ignorance in the world. If you don’t want your child exposed to something, that’s your choice, but you don’t have the right to prevent other children from accessing it. There is far worse violence in the Bible to read about. Would she dare ban that?

    – Liz

    • patrick says:

      I understand what all of you are saying about the books. I have read all of them and seen the movie.But your adult minds do not think as a young adults mind does. you can discuss the adult subject matter as much as you want with a child in the hopes that they will understand that it is wrong; but, they will not really understand it.
      I am a teacher that works with children ages 6-18 . I did an informal survey with kids that were between the ages of 9 and 18. I asked them if they had read the book and seen the movie. I then asked them what they thought of the book/movie. what did they like/dislike, how did the movie make them feel,etc. what I learned was kids that were 15-18years old viewed the book/movie as being a disturbing and scary adventure story that was ok because it was only a book/movie and not real. the 9-14year olds thought it was a really fun and cool book and the movie was even better because they got to see the action/violence happening.
      Actions speak louder than words. Here is an example.the neighborhood i live in has several of those kids i surveyed. The kids now have been playing a game outside called “cornucopia”. they pretend to stand on explosive mines in a semi-circle,they count down 60 seconds,then run to the stack of fake weapons in the middle, then proceed to hack and beat each other to death. they do alot of fake screaming and dying until the last kid standing. watching them do this is actually very interesting.
      And i know that they r only playing.It’s what kids do.But as far as the book and movie go.I do not think kids as young as 14 really understand the message no matter how much you explain it to them. Their mind just does not work that way, yet. Sure, there will always be kids that mature faster and do understand.what I find to be disturbing and sad is, the very important message that was supposed to be learned by the kids, was not learned.

    • EK says:

      Actually, in The Hunger Games, Katniss kills 4 tributes, 2 indirectly. She indirectly killed two by dropping the tracker jacker nest. Then she killed the boy tribute who killed Rue. Her final kill was Cato, the tribute already mutilated by mutts.

    • none@none.com says:

      That movie is based on nazi scheme, kill some for joy to rich, it should be rated XXX for joy of killing 11 years old, or perhaps banned as child freak pornography.

  3. marissa says:

    I understand how the mother feels, you know about giving her daughter nightmares, but calling it filth without truly understanding the message is upsetting. yes, the murdering violence as entertainment is ‘sick’ but that’s the point! you’re not supposed to feel good about it. It does show honor and ethics and it does have a moral… you just have to read it to see it, look between the lines rather than assuming it’s filth. It never desensitized me to the violence, it gave me a new outlook, and made me feel in ways i never thought a book could do.

    just a few words ~ don’t judge a book by it’s cover ;)

  4. Cory Jackson says:

    She obviously didn’t read the book. The purpose of the book is to show how horrific those things are and to question the morals of the people in charge of committing such horrific acts. Another person talking loudly about something she knows little about. Seriously, woman. Read the book.

  5. Kristine says:

    She apparently has not read the book at all. It is not glorifying violence, but rather condemning it. Although, I do believe that it is a little too intense to be taught at such a young level.

  6. adie says:

    wow. Someone’s mom needs to take a reading comprehension class. It is clearly not promoting violence but doing everything in your power to stop it. Katniss sacrifices everything, at times, to do the right thing – no matter what it may mean for her in the end. That is about as ethical as you can get. Banning books? Are we in Panem?

  7. Shannon says:

    wimp…

  8. Nikki Katz says:

    Instead of focusing on the mother’s word choice, why not focus on the fact that they let an 11-year-old read the book. It is young adult, clearly meant for teen-agers and should NOT be in a middle school class. If her daughter is having nightmares, that is a problem.

    As a mother of a 9-year-old who is an avid reader, and as an incredibly huge fan of the Hunger games series, I have to say that there’s no way my daughter is reading this book anytime soon, and I would not approve of it being in her classroom in 2 years. When she’s 13? Maybe. Maybe not.

  9. Michelle says:

    Liz, she actually kills two contestants – the boy who killed Rue, and Cato. I’m not disagreeing with what you said, I’m just pointing it out. :P

    It’s pretty obvious that if this mother actually read the books, she wouldn’t be saying any of this, because the books aren’t actually that violent. Maybe if you hadn’t read them they might seem that way, but there’s not much violence in it. Nor do they desensitize someone from murder – all the books are against murder, not for it.

    And anyways, does this put The Hunger Games on the same level as Harry Potter, then? :D

  10. Liz says:

    Okay, first off, that woman should SERIOUSLY read the book. It’s not all about people killing other people. It’s about a young girl’s struggle for survival as she tries NOT to get killed OR to kill. Katniss tries hard to keep a firm hold on her humanity throughout the games and into the other books in the series.
    I do agree however, that perhaps the book wasn’t appropriate for children of that age. An 11 year old could find the book rather scary. HOWEVER, this woman should by no means be blaming the existence of the book for her kid’s nightmares. YES, it’s a scary book for some! But WHY did the child read it? It was a school assignment.
    “The Hunger Games” should NOT have to be blamed for the TEACHER’S incompetence. The teacher of the class assigned the book, so she should be mad at them! It isn’t the book’s fault at all! It IS the class’ fault! I mean, come on! How can one say that it’s the fault of the book and that the teacher who must have read it through and assigned it nevertheless was not at fault?! That’s ridiculous!

  11. Sarah says:

    I read this book when I was eleven and I was fine with it. In fact, all of my friends read it at the same age. We could all handle it. I’m thirteen now, and have been thinking about it for two years. It shouldn’t be banned on account of one sensitive 11 year old and her ignorant mother.

  12. Tylenol4 says:

    first off this book is about killing but, is it much different from todays world kids do have to kill other kids over seas maybe not for entertainment but for worse reasons and saying that this book is bad because its insensitive isnt good enough to me in fact i think because its so detailed in describing everything (even the gruesome deaths) but i think the main point is the fact that this book isnt about killing kids i think its about how society is turning into that with the war it has in the world its saying we will destroy our civilization if we keep on the track we are on

  13. Toby says:

    Yes the hunger games can be intense at points but what the mother needed to do was sit down, read the books and explain things rather than claim banishment to the books without understanding. I mean look at the reality shows we have. Wipeout- for example- is all about people in a race trying to best one another and win…. yet the point of the show is to watch the people wipeout… which means watching them fail and mostly… to get hurt (without actually getting hurt where they can sue the show) Now the show is on late at night but I have seen that they show snippits of it on Disney where tween anchors mock the players… would they ban the television show because it gave a kid nightmares? No…
    The mother either should have looked into the books before buying them for her child or read them when the problem arose and rather than ban them, start a discussion (with the school)…

  14. Michelle says:

    I certainly don’t think Hunger Games is any worse for 11 year olds to read than Lord of the Flies and that has been in middle school curriculums for years. Of course, it’s also been contested too. I think this is a case of a mother who hasn’t read the book, or one who simply doesn’t know how to read a text for its underlying themes. If she had read it maybe she’d be able to discuss it with her daughter in a way that might help her better understand it instead of the book just being “filth” to her and nightmare material to her daughter.

  15. katy says:

    It was gonna happen sooner or later. Parents are always like that, if something “hurts” their kids, they go all out and have to ruin it for the rest of the people. Shes just another ignorant mom…i bet she hasn’t even read the whole series or seen any of Suzanne Collins interviews and actually think about the message in between the lines.

  16. Aylee says:

    “Ms LaSalle told the School Board that the book was inappropriate for her daughter or any other student.”
    I think this is the main problem that I have with book banning. If you don’t want your child reading a book then you have the right to ban them from reading it but who does this woman think she is speaking up for other parents and their children? That’s not her decision to make.

  17. Mary says:

    I agree with Nikki, the focus should be on the teacher who put the book in the curriculum. If the teacher insists on it being on the 7th grade reading list, then it should be optional and starred to alert parents to potential problems with the theme.

    I think teachers should have more autonomy over their classrooms and parents should have more voice in their child’s education, but keep the disagreements between the parent and teacher and child. Keep the school board and community out of it. Another 11 year old child may need a strong role model like Katniss Everdeen in her life.

  18. Wildchildxoxo says:

    i think it depends on how old you are when u start to read the book. I mean this girl was obviously too young and thats why it frightened her, but that doesnt mean that older girls would not like the book

  19. shelby says:

    i understand where she is kinda comin from but that lady is a nutcase!!!! MAY THE HUNGER GAMES LIVE 4EVER!!!

  20. Linda says:

    Wow!!! Stunned that book banning is really being discussed in the 21st century!! My 12 year old and I (her mother) read Hunger Games and both sequels together. It is definitely middle school worthy material and I am proud we read this together. It is imparative at this tumultous pre teen, self centered age that preteens realize kids killing is happening in parts of our world right now (Rowanda, Africa). My 7th grader and I had deep discussions about empathy and how lucky she is to not have faced these circumstances that occured in these books (starvation, opression, lack of regard for life etc). All of this is viable life issues scattered throughout history and still happening today. They were excellently written books that gave me an opportunity to shape and develop my young daugthers mind into the appreciative, respectful, aware young adult I hope she grows up to be. The answer La Salle is let the teacher know you would like your daugther to have read another book in place of Hunger Games if you protest the book so much. Don’t jeopardize the rest of middle school kids that have a tremendous opportunity to grow and learn from the very valuable meaning I feel this trilogy offers young minds.

    • Madeleine Odair says:

      I agree with the books political values!
      I am a teen and I see that the book made a really big impact on me with the capitol… What would our lives be like if we were in an impoverished no rights America?
      This makes me respect everything that I have had handed to me on a silver platter, and I also want to give more back to my community and help those who people tend to ignore.
      (Like the capitol peeps ignoring the 12 districts…)
      Even though all of this is said I think that 11 years old is still too young.
      At that time in life children are making para-dimes on what is good and bad. Books like this can make children think that violence is OK.
      Henceforth they will probably not understand the political views I had just pointed out either…
      This being said I believe that this is clearly a YOUNG ADULT book and the mother is partially right…..
      Although criticizing the book makes me just hate her…. it is not the books fault.
      All I can say Momma bear, is that you are right to protect your child but you do need to take other peoples feelings into consideration before making a big fuss with the media.

  21. Maggie says:

    I barely started reading the first novel of the series, and I disagree with the mother’s opinion. If she wishes to censor everything to her daughter, she should do it only to her daughter. I complain about how schools have middle schoolers read The Lovely Bones due to its detailed scene about the girl being raped and murdered, but that does not mean I will have it banned from the libraries. Children need to read these sorts of books in order to learn or deal with the ways of life of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. I know that if I were a parent, I would allow my children to read these novels even if they are at the age of 9 or less, but only if they show themselves capable of handling such material. To call this book “filth” is to be ignorant. This woman should read these beautifully written novels and understand its content before saying a single word.

  22. emily says:

    we’re about to read the hunger games in school and i have already and sometimes its a little scary in the book but it does have moral i’m guessing the mom never read the book.

  23. Crystal says:

    Someone obviously is missing the point. The book may be at times violent, but the book itself focuses on the fact that they want to stop this violence. I’ve not once reading this book get nightmares. At the most, I’d find myself deep in thought at night over the story. I’ve seen much more worse things in books, that have given me nightmares, but this book is wonderful. Someone needs to stop exaggerating and calling such a masterpiece of a book ‘filth’. The problem isn’t the book. It is the child.

  24. Kay says:

    Being a mother myself i disagree with that mothers choice. Banning the book was not the choice. One thing you strive for when teaching your children about the world is for them to learn the true difference between right and wrong and this is the moral objective to these books.

    If you child is having nightmares, sit her down and discuss the issue raised in the book, make her moral understanding of the story clearer, that will help with the nightmares and her understanding of the world because as previously said there are scarier things to read aka – the bible.

  25. kate says:

    she shouldn’t let her daughter read the book. It is for young adults and adults but she should not ban it for the whole school district. isn’t eleven year old a little to young for the Hunger Games and seventh grade?

  26. Kristy says:

    Okay, to say that the problem isn’t the book but the child is ridiculous. An 11 year old child should not be reading this type of book. Don’t blame the child – blame the teacher – who should have realized that the content of this book is not appropriate for 11 year old children. As parents, we are to protect our children’s hearts and minds — my 11 year old child doesn’t watch reality tv – her television viewing is very limited and there is reason for that… It’s not appropriate for an 11 year old! When are adults going to start realizing the fact that our children don’t have to nor need to read or view anything out there just because it’s on the best seller’s list – or is popular by society’s standards? Yes, 11 is too young for The Hunger Games — but why question whether she’s old enough for 7th grade?

  27. From a teacher says:

    I teach middle school and we are reading The Hunger Games. Obviously, I don’t think middle school is too young for this book, in general. There are always some people who are more sensitive than others. For those children, maybe this wouldn’t be an appropriate choice. A parent knows their own child best and should have a choice about what their child is allowed to read.

    Having said that, I don’t agree with one parent demanding that a book be banned from an entire district because their child has issues with it. This has happened with the Harry Potter and the Twilight books in my district. From some of the complaints, I think it’s pretty obvious the book banners haven’t read the books in question. That in itself is sad. If you are going to object to something, you really need to know what you are talking about.

    If a parent has a problem with a book, I have no problems giving their student an alternative assignment. Alternatively, I suggest that they consider buying a copy of it to read at home. If they stayed abreast of the class’s reading, they could then discuss the content with their child each night at dinner. Sometimes a little hands-on parenting goes a long way in helping a child process difficult and possibly scary ideas. And a parent going the extra mile like that? A kid might not show their appreciation now, but they will look back on those dinner discussions and know that Mom and/or Dad was really taking the time to be involved in their life and interests. That’s priceless!

  28. the ice cream man says:

    wow! i bet the 11 year old is one of those little whiners that does not realize its not real the only parts that would bug some people is when cato broke the district 3 boys neck, when katniss shot the guy in the neck, when the guy got stabbed in the back by shimmer, and when the girl from district 2 got hit by thresh so i think that sunday soccer mom should go get a hobby

  29. Ciaossu says:

    I think the mother should read it first COVER TO COVER.
    (PERIOD)

  30. Elizabeth Odair says:

    OMG!!!! That stupid little wimp! I’m 10, and have NO nightmares! Gosh, those are the best books ever, and that little butthead got them banned?

  31. alex says:

    wow.I didn’t think it were too bad..but thats me.I get that it shouldn’t be in a school though.I think the hunger games should be a book you chose to read.I love the series so much.but for others it may be too violent.I do not like that the teacher made them out to be horrid and dirty when they are not.These book can teach you things such as people can’t control you no matter how much it seems that way,love,that sometimes you may have to give up something(s) for those you love,and so much more.These books are amazing and its stupid that the mother and teacher in this case made them out to be “filth”.They are not.They are wonderful books that should not be forced upon people but should be chosen.

  32. mats vanderlinden says:

    who cares what that mther thinks this was the best book i ever read

  33. James says:

    I LOVE the Hunger Games. But im sorry this should not be in a schools curriculim for such a small age group. I agree 100% with this parent.

  34. James says:

    *curriculum

  35. Beatrix says:

    As many have said, she obviously didn’t read the book, or at least is horrendous in reading comprehension. The book’s main moral is about what Katniss does to try to preserve her humanity in the face of the Games’ barbarianism- it’s about the dangers of desensitization, and the dangers of doing anything in the name of entertainment. If she had at least read the parts where Katniss wants to make the Capitol “pay” for having Rue die, and putting her in the situation where she shot the boy from District 3, or the ever popular quote about being “more than a piece in their games,” the mother would know that The Hunger Games doesn’t glorify violence- it’s about retaining humanity.

  36. deb says:

    I’m a parent of a child whose reading level is way ahead of her age. When your kindergartener is reading Little House on the Prairie books, it means that as a parent you read EVERYTHING first.

    There are a number of books my now-9YO is NOT ready to read despite her ability to read tricky words. She has some developmental delays, to be fair, but she’s mainstreamed in every class including reading classes. She’s read 3 Harry Potter books but isn’t ready for the 4th and beyond YET, and if a school or teacher decides for me that she is, I will have word with them.

    I don’t shield her from all instances of violence in books or movies, but I do have to take into account that she, like many other children, will feel this novel more deeply than others. Just because one 10YO or 11YO can read it without nightmares does not mean that this applies to all kids. I’m 45 and I was sick to my stomach at much of it. (Yes, I know, I’m probably too sensitive too, save your time and effort and spare me the flames – until you’ve been the parent of a special-needs kid at the curricular mercy of her school district, you haven’t been in our shoes.) It’s violent and graphic and given the excellent literature that’s been available for years for this age group, I see no reason to include it at all, let alone in middle school. Plenty of other books can teach similar lessons, and books like this can wait until high school. I may despise the book myself, but I could deal with it in a high school curriculum – but not before then.

  37. sjkddsfa says:

    kate and liz i am 11 and just finishedd grade 7 so she is not too young
    also people need to remember that somepeople maybe more sensitive than others. but i dont think it should be banned

  38. 123456 says:

    I’ve read this book so many times, that it’s apparent the mother hasn’t read the book. The idea of the story is pretty evident. There is so much more to it than just killing each other off.

    Also, if the teacher thought “The Hunger Games” would be a problem, they wouldn’t have their kids reading it. The book isn’t so popular for nothing. Although I see where the mom is coming from, maybe she should take a step out of the classroom.

  39. GRACE-ANN says:

    o this stupid chick has not read the hunger games im 12 i read this and most 11 year old girls are all ready de-sensitized fromvideo games ok this girl was a pansy i read this self chosen and its my favorite book that girl should be put in the hunger games ok she would just die in the blood bath me and my friends we would have the minds to be victorious ok so this should not be banned but madatory for all classes it teaches a valuble lesson and if my mom will let mt 9 year old brother read it this chick is off her nuts i read this book every night before bed never once having a nightmare but having a dream about it about being katniss katniss is my role model and should not be called sick because in reality sick is the ignorant mother who tried to get THG banned i hope she dies a slow painful death because any one whos kids are weak is responsible for that not weak in strength but in mind ok i could go on and on about this for thousands of pages but ill just end it here because you most likely wanna get back to re-reading THG

    • Jesus says:

      @Grace-Ann Um… You should probably get off the internet and work on learning how to use periods. Also, commas. You are the reason that people don’t want their kids reading the Hunger Games, you just described how you want that girl and her mother to be killed. And the whole “kill the weak, they are bringing down the human race” thing, social darwinism i believe it’s called, is exactly what Adolf Hitler believed. Also, you’re kidding yourself if you think that you and your friends would survive in the Hunger Games. Now go read your book and misinterpret the entire point.

  40. A Person says:

    When I saw this article and read it, I was in complete shock. I’m almost 11 and I read the Hunger Games and I wanted to when I was 9. I had no nightmares and now this is one of my most favorite books in the entire world. Calling this book “filth” and saying other children will murder other children, is completely in denial. Yeah, some kids will have nightmares, but seriously, removed from a school district because her daughter has nightmares? Remove it from her, not everyone. She obviously did not read the book or see what the point of it was. Yeah, my school wouldn’t have us read it for reasons, like violence or descriptive deaths or along those lines, not because some girl said it was giving her nightmares. Yes, I also agree that elementary and 6th, maybe 7th grade kids shouldn’t read this. I know that it can get pretty intense and a little bit gory too. Does this mom think she is ruler of all other kids and parents of her child’s class? Yeah, the girl shouldn’t read it and they COULD remove it from the reading curriculum. Next thing you know, they’re going to be banning Warrior Cats or having policemen come around knocking on doors to take your Hunger Games books. I have a Hunger Games RP on my website and it’s gonna get pretty intense and I hope that lady sees it.

    • Jesus says:

      Glad to see some middle schoolers on here that actually understand the concept of punctuation. I’m a bit older, so i wouldn’t be able to relate to reading the Hunger Games with a slightly less mature viewpoint, but I’m glad to see that not all preteen just see the book as “Yay, violence! If I were in the Hunger Games, I’d kill ALL the contestants!”

  41. Grace says:

    I think the mother is overeacting and should have just not her daughter read the book but who could not resist the excitement in the story?

  42. Grace says:

    im also 11 and i know its not bad

  43. dom dell says:

    i think the mother should just shut up and her daughter should not be 11 in 7th grade

  44. Quynh-Mai says:

    This mother is freaking out over a little matter. It’s just a book. Why don’t you read before you start saying wrong stuff about it? Sure the kid gets nightmares but so does everyone else. It’d probably have happened if she read it later on in life too. I mean seriously, the lady just overreacted.

  45. KatnissPeeta says:

    I firmly believe that Ms. LaSalle is a tad bit overreacting. In fact I’m pretty sure that she didn’t read the books at all. She probably got a synopsis off of the book series on Barnes and Noble.com and then went on a rant. She probably remembered how much publicity Harry Potter protesters got and decided she was going to join the ranks of those idiots…

  46. kenny says:

    any parent that wants to ban the book is stupid if you dont want your child to read it then say some thing to the school or the person that let them read it not to the person that wrote it
    its not Suzanne’s fault that your kid got there hands on it so if anything blame your self not the writer who is doing there job

  47. Jessa says:

    I think these books deserve to be read. This is whats happening in other countries, such as Africa, Pakistan, and many other nations. Maybe not EXACTLY like the hunger games, but child soldiers, forced to be killing one another, if they don’t kill, they die.
    I can understand where the mother is coming from, and maybe the Hunger Games isn’t best for an eleven year old to read. But the fact is, I believe Suzanne did a good thing by writing the books, it certaintly opened my eyes. (Even if she didn’t write the books for that purpose.). But my question is……..Why not just forbid your daughter from reading it? It was in fact her fault for not recodnizing it in the first place…….
    After all, it does have an age restriction.

  48. Jessa says:

    The books have an age limit. Sorry, I forgot to put that down. In the libraries I go to, It’s put in the adult/teens.

  49. Danielle says:

    The books are for YOUNG ADULTS… 11 and 12 year olds are not young adults. Simple as that. I am 24 and love the books, Suzanne Collins is a fantastic writer but her work is not suitable for children. Some individual children may enjoy it and be completely unaffected by the brutality of it but it should not be read in schools. I have no children of my own, however I have an 11yr old brother who’s teacher is currently reading it aloud to the class, even though I doubt my brother will be effected, I’m sure others will be. I just don’t agree it should be in the schools curriculum, if they need a story of struggle and survival then ‘The Hatchet’ is MUCH more suitable and will teach the same things ‘The Hunger Games’ will but without violence.

    • Jesus says:

      I’m not sure if this totally applies, but when I was around this girl’s age, like 10 or 11, I tried to read Hatchet, but in the first chapter or so it described a man dying of a heart attack I think, and I couldn’t get past that. It nearly gave me nightmares. So maybe different people are affected by violence and mortality in books differently.
      But maybe a year after that i was able to read other violent books, or books involving death. I guess it’s a simply case by case situation of what reading material may disturb kids.

  50. Sean says:

    My 3rd grader read this trilogy (he’s gifted and an avid reader–reading level 11th grade). While I had some concerns, I read the books first (loved them) and cautiously decided to let him read the series. We would discuss the book as he read it. There was a scene in the 1st book where a character dies by being speared through the stomach that he found really upsetting and he cried. We talked at length about that and rather than being alarmed, I found it endearing that he displayed such an attachment to the character and sympathy for her. While I wouldn’t recommend it for most kids my son’s age, I see no problem with it being taught to 7th graders. There’s plenty of lessons to be learned from the series and the mother thinking it’s just entertainment has either not read the books or lacks the ability to comprehend what she’s reading. Maybe her reading skills stop at phonics?

  51. Mequin says:

    I’m pretty sure that if this woman read the book, she’s probably not think it was filth. I mean, I got nightmares too (granted I’m only 15, but still) but they’re good books! Great story line I thought, and yes, it is very violent, but it doesn’t endorse violence.

  52. Mikura says:

    We’re reading the Hunger games in a fifth-grade gifted and talented class, and we all love it. I pretend 2 be Haymitch <3 so much fun. This woman is mad, calling my most favorite thing ever filth, read the book! It's survival, kill or be killed, it's not her choice to kill. She would do the same thing right?

  53. Bianca says:

    I think that if the mother read the book then she would understand the message and that is the whole point of the book!!! Well, people have different opinions but she has to read the book before she judges it. Like the old saying “Don’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover”!!!

  54. Matt says:

    What a baby.

  55. Becca says:

    Shoot, Where the Wild Things Are is scarier then Hunger Games..

    And what’s Mother Dump going to do when her little princess has to read Catcher in the Rye, The Grapes of Wrath, any book by Hemingway, Romeo & Juliet, Huck Finn, 1984, Inherit the Wind, Animal Farm, Hamlet, The Divine Comedy, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Jungle, In Cold Blood, the majority of Greek plays, and any other book worth while reading? Remove Precious from the class over and over again? We can’t get a pretty diploma and a college degree by reading Dr. Seuss and If You Give a Moose a Muffin, Mama.

    In my eyes, Hunger Games wasn’t even that great of a book. I enjoyed reading it, but it didn’t meet my exceptions. I’ve read better books, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t have morals. I mean Katniss sacrificed herself for her little sister. What’s-his-face-baker-kid almost died to save Katniss, because he loved her.

    I couldn’t tell you how many banned books my English teacher has made my class read, hahahh. It’s ridiculous; Hunger Games should not be on a ban list.

  56. AngelofMusic says:

    The mother obviously hasn’t read and/or understood the books. The whole point is the injustice of Katniss’s situation and her struggle to fight against it. Katniss never kills unless she has to, and she displays strength of charecter throughout the entire series. I think this book teaches us important things about handling the situations life gives us and the cruelty of human nature. Katniss’s love and sacrafice for Prim was heart-wrenching, and who could forget the death of poor Rue? I would LOVE to see this book instated at my school, and if it gets banned that shows another case of a need for everything to be fluffy and happy in schools. There’s going to be a problem there when kids get out into the world and realize that terrible things go on and sometimes there’s nothing you can do to stop them. As for the nightmares; that’s hardly an excuse to ban the book. Plenty of kids have nightmares; if they can’t handle them, someone needs to refine their parenting skills.

  57. Katannamionestorm says:

    Ya it gives you nightmares, thats why you read it.

  58. Appalachian Mouthbreather says:

    I can’t help thinking that this same mother probably allows her child to watch gruesome movies featuring brutal deaths, whether serial killings or war movies, without a second thought. Or at the very least, she watches such movies herself. How very ironic it would be considering that would make her just like a citizen of the capitol — watching someone else die for enjoyment. Yes, I agree that the book is gruesome and violent and at times made me wince. However, I feel that it is by removing these books from classrooms — these books that speak so clearly to the human condition and the implications of the war epidemic — that we deprive humanity from any chance of redemption. I cannot defend that 7th grade is too young for students to read this book, considering that children much younger throughout the world are condemned to die for silly reasons. Collins book is not entertainment, it’s not meant to be fuzzy and warm. IT is a warning. I am forever changed having read the series.

  59. Mike says:

    This parent needs to get a job. She needs to wake up and understand the world around her. Collins is an amazing author. This mother is depriving her child from a useful and contemporary masterpiece. This parent is going to lead the child to rebel and I hope the mother realizes in some time that she is wrong. New Hampshire and this mother sucks.

  60. Sarah says:

    It is a very scary lesson that should be taught to students. It is something that students should be learning about Rome. It isn’t fiction. This has happened. This does happen. There is a reason that she names Panem the way she does in the books.
    If you take this lesson and parlay it into another about today…how is it really any different than watching survivor? Yes, the people are older and there are medics on hand…but they are a bunch of people who for 40 days are our in different “arenas” starving to win a prize all for the entertainment of the masses. We have watched them have medical emergencies and fall into fires with no intervention of the camera crew. How different are we and could we become that type of society.
    I read books about the revolutionary war that talked about people suffocating in cellars after it snowed in 7th grade. I read “and then there were none” in 7th grade. Her daughter will be fine.

  61. bob says:

    Ok First off I must say that I really like these books. However, I would have to say that the mother has a good point. I feel that these book are not right for 11,12, or 13 year olds. This book should be read by 16,17 year olds. It can be to much for younger kids. Once agin I think that it has great messages in it but its to much for young teens.

  62. bob says:

    Also to help prove my Point here is a post from a little fifth grader that post on here.

    We’re reading the Hunger games in a fifth-grade gifted and talented class, and we all love it. I pretend 2 be Haymitch <3 so much fun. This woman is mad, calling my most favorite thing ever filth, read the book! It's survival, kill or be killed, it's not her choice to kill. She would do the same thing right?

    She thinks the point is kill or be killed. Its to much for young kids.

  63. polar bear says:

    this mom needs to get a hobby i mean the daughter knew what she was reading i read it like 5 times it was great perfect blend of violent and suspense but this mom should of read if she bans it people are going to be mad and this mother needs to get a hobby badly before she bans energy drinks or rambo movies

  64. Sam says:

    I’m in 6th grade and my teacher is reading the book with my class right now. My class is loving reading the Hunger Games books. No one is complaining about being scared or having nightmares. They are my favorite books. And this lady is calling them filth? So what if its a little violent?
    Collins is an amazing writer. And I know like 35 people to back me up. Also their are people younger than me that I know how are thinking about or have read the trilogy. So tell that lady’s daughter to toughen up, because they are the absolute only people who complain about the books.

    – Sam

  65. Sarah says:

    @bob
    I agree that if the kid thinks this whole thing is about Kill or be killed then it is wrong. But I would seriously bet that she allows her kid to watch TV shows that show things much more graphic and violent with less content than these books.
    I also think it is the teacher’s job and the parent’s job to make sure that the students know that this isn’t the concept of the books.
    In that grade level I read Bram Stoker’s Dracula, I read “All the President’s men” “1001 Arabian nights” (which by the way is all about a woman trying to keep herself from being killed by her paranoid husband by telling stories) and no I am not expanding on the truth. These were summer reading I did for my advanced reading class in middle school. You shouldn’t ban a book just because your child has trouble. This should be a chance for you as a parent to teach your child. Other children can handle the concepts and learn from them. Don’t deny their ability to learn over your inability to teach.

  66. HGluver says:

    im 12 years old and im OBSSESSED with the hunger games series. itz my favvorite book evah and for tht lady too call it filth was horrible. this book is way more than killing it has way more meaning. i didnt knoe wut i was n for wen i read this book n class and ihht ended up being THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!

  67. isaac says:

    @HGluver

    please relearn spelling.

  68. HGluver says:

    Nahh I’m gewwd

  69. Sam says:

    @Issac I think HGluver can spell how ever they wants too.
    Just Saying=)

  70. Sarah says:

    I would agree however that there is a reason that this book set is classified as YOUNG ADULT. There are themes in this book that should not be introduced to someone as young as 10 or 11 despite our tendency to think that 10 and 11 year olds are now teens.
    If a kid wants to read these books on their own, then that is fine. So be it. I am not discouraging that. I myself just stated that I read Bram Stoker’s Dracula at about the age of 12, which is way above and beyond these books in terms of graphic content and themes. However, some children are able to handle these things. I don’t believe though that a vast majority of students can handle this in a classroom setting. It is something that should wait for at least the age of 13 or 14 years of age when they are more in the 8th or 9th grade.
    Why do I make this recommendation? Because this is also the time that they are starting to understand the political concepts that are introduced in the stories. Or at least they should be able to understand the concepts about the wars, politics, propaganda warfare, Utopian ideals, dictatorships…then we can go into Roman history and republics. Then on to revolutions and the impact of one. Can you really tell me that an 11 year old would understand the complex themes that this story really can be used to teach?

  71. HGluver says:

    @Sam thank you :) lol

  72. HGluver says:

    @Sarah I think an 11 year old can understand well sum anyways I wuz about 11 wen I read the 1st book and I understood

  73. Sam says:

    @Sarah
    I’m 12 now but I was 11 when I read the first two books and i understood it perfectly. And so did HGluver as u can see.
    So I can really tell u that an 11 year old would understand the complex themes that this story really can be used to teach.
    =)

  74. HGluver says:

    wen I first saw the book n had to read it at skool I thought the book waz tooooo big!! Lol

  75. Sarah says:

    @ sam and Hgluver
    As I said…SOME 11 year olds and younger kids can understand complex themes. As I mentioned I read “All the President’s Men” when I was around that age. (if you know your history that has to do with Watergate)

    However, in a greater classroom setting…unless this is an advanced class…I doubt all the kids would get complex themes. This is a book that is being used in some college classes after all.

    As a 12 year old I appreciate your insight and I tend to wonder if the author intended to have political discourses based on these books. But I am interested on your thoughts about the Machiavellian nature of some of the political figures. The president of 13 for instance.
    So this country Panem is a fascist government more or less right…Nationalist government with one dictator and more or less a firm military suppression right?
    What other type of government would they replace it with? There is an arguement in book 3 about a Republic failing what other government types could they replace it with? Another military dictatorship? Democracy? There is a difference between Republic and Democracy you know…
    You can see my points I hope. It isn’t just the death…There is a reason they are using this in college to teach. I am sure young adults wouldn’t talk about all of this but i hope the teachers would talk about some of this stuff. Because this is what happened to our founders in some ways.

  76. Sarah says:

    Maybe I am thinking too much. But when the author gets an idea from watching stories about the war in Iraq…one has to think she had some hopes there would be discussions like these.

  77. Sarah says:

    I guess I really didn’t think I would get a response on that one from a 12 year old.
    Kids, one day you all should read 1984. You all will understand where a lot of these themes come from and who knows, maybe you will also understand where they got the name for a television show from once you read it.

  78. HGluver says:

    The book is about warfare, politics, and society and in book 3 they decided to have a government similar to ours today and I was in an advanced reading group WeN I read it and we had to discuss every chapter or so.

  79. Sarah says:

    HGluver I am not mocking you. I promise. I am simply trying to challenge you more to think beyond what might be the simple answers.
    I think it is awesome that you all read this book and discussed these themes. Here are my next questions.
    Why did they decide to have a government similar to ours today?
    Did they CHOOSE it or did Katniss for it upon them?
    Was it Snow’s final manipulation?
    Was it not Coin’s intention to set up another dictatorship?
    Only after she killed Coin did someone else get VOTED in…thus establishing a new type of government.
    Really though…when you get older. read the book 1984.

  80. HGluver says:

    R those questions fer me??

  81. reallyREALLY says:

    This woman needs to read the book. Yes it is sick. That is why they start a rebellion. This woman thinks she knows everything about the book but she doesn’t.

  82. Santina says:

    Suzanne Collins herself said that she wrote the book out of a fear that our own culture itself desensitizes children to violence.

  83. Mariah says:

    Wow, she seriously needs to read the book before calling it FILTH.
    I guess she would rather let her child read Twilight.

  84. HGluver says:

    Lol hahahahhaahhaHaaA tht ladii s KRAZAY!!!!!!

  85. Flute says:

    I am all for her being able to pull her daughter out of the class if the book was bothering her that much. That’s her right. And I can’t blame the girl for being disturbed – I’m over twice her age, and the books gave me nightmares too. (Personally, that was one of my favorite things about them though – that they got under my skin enough to actually give me nightmares. I don’t think a book has ever gotten to me quite like that before.)
    But my support for her stops at her wanting to ban the book. Honestly, a lot of those kids would probably wind up reading it on their own anyway. It’s a popular series. Had they been out when I was in middle school I would’ve been all over them. My younger sister read the books on her own in eighth grade. I don’t think it’s a bad thing for them to read them in class – it gives them a forum to discuss and process events and themes that might be disturbing or hard to grasp. That’s gotta be better than them just reading it and internalizing it, right?
    (Plus, it’s glaringly obvious that she didn’t actually read the book herself. If she were to read it and still had an issue with seventh-graders reading it and wanted to take it up with the school board or whoever, fine, that would be one thing [though I still wouldn’t agree with banning it]. But if she’s just going to fly off the handle over a synopsis, I can’t take her seriously in the least.)

  86. Anna says:

    I myself is thirteen years ols and I have read the books several times. I think that mother overreacted if she wanted to ban the book just because of some nightmares.

  87. Random... says:

    As i was reading the repliesit seemed a lot of people were saying how this book isnt good even for teenagers. I am in 7th grade. I didnt grt any nightmares. Not one. I read the sereis in a week, and in that week i did nothing else. Besidesthe morals, and the lessons and such, THG are just a good series in general. My whole class read the book, not qith the recomendation of my teacher. Infact, most people in my grade have read it. I understand how it CAN affect some people , age, but banning it. It has an age restriction, but it is your choice if want to read it, if you are under age. I chose to and so did my achool. i’m sorry the daughter made the wrong choice in reading it. This does NOT mean thte mother should go and get it banned. It just confuses me…

  88. Sarah says:

    I think that when it comes to classroom discussions parents should have opt out options. Which I believe they do in many schools.
    I also think that the books main characters are around 16 and are written for around that age group. Being a young adult fiction, which according to most publishing houses targets ages 14-21 years, teachers should take into account that these are the recommended ages for these books. Just like movies there are themes that some should not be exposed to, should they do that on their own time…that is another story. If this is side reading that is part of an optional reading group. Parents always have a chance to look over the optional reading list for their students. If a student reads it on his or her own time. Well then, that is the student’s choice…good for them!

    @Flute I understand how you feel about these books. I also have felt strongly about them and maybe it is because of how closely I tie them to the book 1984. Similar themes in many ways. I had nightmares for years from reading 1984. There is a scene I will never forget in the book where the main character must turn against his love…it involves rats. I have been afraid of rats and had nightmares of them ever since.
    People should always read…it is a great thing to expand your mind and your world. It makes you question the world around you.
    Has anyone here thought about creating a reading list of other books people might like if they liked the Hunger Games?

  89. Sam says:

    @Sarah
    so I took your advice and read the book1984. It was a very good book. I read it a couple weeks ago and I haven’t had any nightmares. though the ending could have turned out different. I would have preferred if it had but, still the book was good. I guess there are some similar thems but i would have never made the connections if you hadn’t mentioned it.
    Just Saying. =)

  90. Sarah says:

    @ Sam

    I am glad you read it. 1984 is classic literature and is where we get a lot of sayings today. Like “Big Brother is watching you!”
    Of course any time you read books about dystopian societies there are going to be similarities and dissimilarities.
    The ending is depressing for 1984 (it was supposed to be, kind of to act as a message or warning). The Hunger Games is how I wish 1984 would have ended.
    Maybe my nightmares came because I already had a fear of rats!
    My connections with 1984 and The Hunger games were related to the love story that the government wanted to suppress, to the ways that they tried to make that happen, to the type of government and why that government came into being, the 3 levels of society, the use of propaganda for control…comparisons could go on just like differences could be shown. One was for adults and one was for young adults.
    I am happy you read it! Hope you enjoy many good books for many years.

  91. Mariah says:

    She probably hasn’t gotten the message of the book. It’s a really good book and doesn’t deserve such horrific comments. I think the point of the book is that we should learn from our mistakes of the past and we can’t do that if we don’t learn our past clearly and understand it as well. I wake up from many dreams of being in the hunger games… but unlike Katniss I realize it was just a dream and I can quickly get over it. We haven’t experienced what Katniss, Peeta, Finnick, Haymitch, etc have and hopefully we never do, but it’s nothing to get worked up about. It explains a great message that we MUST follow. Dreams and in this case nightmares are a temporary setback. Sometimes thats the only way to get that message across.
    ~Mariah Morales

  92. Mariah says:

    By the way there is a great trailer on the Hunger Games called, The hunger games project 2010 trailer one and two. It’s really good and you should check it out!

  93. Kate says:

    I personally think that the mother is over reacting. the books are amazing!!! she knows nothing about the book, because if she did she wouldnt be pulling her daughter out of the class. she doesnt even know that the nightmares are from that book. her daughter could be reading anouther book that was scaring her. did she even ask her daughter if she wanted to be pulled out of that class? she could have been really enjoying the books, but they just scared her.

  94. Grace says:

    I have only just turned 13 and have been recommended the Hunger Games. I have read the intire series in the 4 days since hearing about its excistance. I love this book and I can’t understand why this should be removed from a school.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE and can’t wait for the movie!

  95. Pen says:

    I read the book and feel the story is not for kids – it’s a very adult subject and could definitely be called “sick.” I found myself saying – we believe the society in the book is wrong for viewing killing as entertainment – but that’s what I’m doing – reading about kids killing kids for entertainment. Even though the story is adult – the writing is not. It is very weak. And I felt it was a marketing ploy to write a trilogy. It could have been told in one book. She planned it as a trilogy – announcing at the end – End of Book One. Meaning stay tuned and buy book two. I really don’t like the whole idea of the Hunger Games Trilogy. Just seems like a cheap trick – played on kids.

  96. PEETA! says:

    wow! @kristine you’re so right. It’s not glorifying or saying violence is right, katniss is actually totally against

  97. Shannah says:

    While I understand this mother’s point of view, about the violence of the subject matter, and acknowledge that her point is valid, I don’t support her plees for this book to be removed from the curriculum. In my opinion, at the surface, the book is all grime and murder, and underhanded killing, but the reason the book is on the syllabus is to inform and teach children about the deeper meaning of it. This trilogy describes very accurately that nothing is black and white. Not people, nor government, or even friends. Initially, I didn’t like the last book, Mockingjay. However, on thinking about it, I realised that there isn’t a cookie-cutter happy ending because, at the end of a real war, real conflict, there are NEVER happy endings. People die, and people are corrupt. People kill each other. That, simply, is life. It happens. I wish I could study this trilogy for school. It is amazing.

    Perhaps the book could be explained a little better to the child? This doesn’t encourage tragedy. It warns us against it, and the harsh reality of its possibility.

  98. Jimmy Jet says:

    Overly sensitive people, especially mothers and daughters living in a warm and fuzzy world of their own imagination, shouldn’t let others know they’re having nightmares after having read an excellent and fictional novel.
    The Hunger Games will be in print forever and is bound to be listed as one of the top stories ever written by an American. And we thought only the Brits could write interesting adventure novels of interest to the young, (The Hobbit, Harry Potter, etc.).
    Oh, by the way, if I remember correctly, both The Hobbit and Harry Potter have had adherents who wished to see both banned. Just too disturbing, I guess.

  99. Rachael says:

    I don’t think it should be removed, if they read all 3 of the books then the girl should have understood that the people in them hate the games and see them as wrong too. If we banned every book that had something offensive in it then our children would never learn to read!

  100. Prokriti says:

    That’s ridiculous. The Hunger Games does NOT promote violence, it condemns it. I read the first book when I was thirteen and I do think it’s suitable for middle-schoolers. The third book, however…. I read it when I was 14 and was depressed for days… in a good way. It’s surpassed Harry Potter as my favourite series simply because of the different perspectives it showcases. While it might be a bit too intense for children, I would still recommend it to all young adults. A masterpiece like this is an rarity in the twenty-first century.

  101. mockingjay13 says:

    Wow really a 12 year old is having nightmares about this book?!?!?! My little sister is 10 and she read the whole series and loved it! And like everyone else is saying it doesn’t promote violence it condemns it. This mom is just over reacting. If her daughter doesn’t want to read the book fine but that shouldn’t stop other kids her age from reading it! Any way I can’t wait till the movie comes out! I just hope they don’t screw it up like Percy Jackson.

  102. Emma says:

    Personally I wasn’t scared of the Hunger Games in any way. I’m homeschooled and twelve years old and in ninth grade (skipped two grades, xP) I loved the book. I agree however there wasn’t a moral of the book, I read it on my own time. I don’t know why it’d be in the classroom anyway, I mean, most seventh grade boys would be bored out of their mind in the romance parts. I don’t think that she should stop others from reading it. Maybe in the classroom, but it is a wonderful book.

  103. Carolyn says:

    To all you people saying the mother didn’t read the book, you are probably wrong. I am 45 and I read the book based on my 13-year-old niece’s recommendation. I was horrified and I, too, had nightmares. It’s sad to read this and hear all the opinions of you children who don’t understand how fragile life is and how horrible the idea of killing children for your entertainment is. I say ban the book for all schools and if kids want to read it, parents should be watching them. I personally lost my little brother to suicide after his life became consumed with violent video games. If you don’t think this will affect people, read about Columbine. I understand you found a message there, but a better message would have been to all group together and refuse to kill anyone, thereby winning over a horrible government. Shame on ms. Collins.

    • Lillian says:

      It’s message isn’t bad and it is not as violent as it sounds apart from the gruesome deaths. And the violence teaches us a lesson about how it is bad. :)

  104. Garson says:

    It disgusts me how people take a work of fiction so seriously (I mean you, Carolyn). Some people just can’t react. My mother read the series and liked it probably because she isn’t a wimp.

  105. Jimmy Jet says:

    The Hunger Games is neither a morality play nor a horror story. It is quite simply a well written adventure novel with a bizaare plot and that, my dear twit Carolyn, is why it is so popular.
    The next time you are yammering on about some irrelevant, infantile subject and you notice the person’s eyes of whom you are addressing go blank, it’s because they are bored out of their minds with your inane drivel.
    Is the sky blue in your world, Carolyn? Why don’t you return from whence you came and find out.

  106. Lauren says:

    This book is not glorifying violence against children. It’s bringing to light what can happen if a goverment stops caring about all it’s citizens and their wellbeing. IT is also an excellent modern version of the Theseus myth. I am a Middle School Teacher and I teach this book.

  107. Kate says:

    Dear Ms. Carolyn, 
    I am an 12 year old girl who has read The Hunger Games and has never had a single nightmare about it. Katniss is completely ANTI-HUNGER GAMES and the only reason she volenteered is because she would never be able to live with herself if Prim went. I would point out that Harry Potter also has a large amount of violence (i love those books as well) but it’s just not as graphic as Hunger Games. But, in Harry Potter, all they have to do is wave a wand and they fall dead to the floor. Out of both of us You, as a 45 year old woman, should be raving abot the work of art that is The Hunger Games and I,  as a twelve year old, should be the one having nightmares. I personaly think that you should go see a phycolagist and talk about your problems with young-adult books.

  108. Natalie says:

    Ms.Carolyn
    I myself have never read the hunger games but as my friend Kate said I have read the Harry Potters and loved them! I think as a 45 year old women you should 1. Stop reading books for teens if they bother you this much and 2. Stop everyone!!! Don’t write bad comments about this book cause then no one will get to read it, including me! Personally I think if you are 45 and are still having nightmares about teens books you should probably see a doctor because something could be wrong ( too much stress perhaps).
    Anyway I am 12 and did not see any problem so I think everyone should stop writing bad comments and get on with their lives, I mean seriously don’t make someone ban a book just cause you are 45 and still have nightmares!
    Thank you
    And have a good day

  109. Kate says:

    Im sorry and i shouldnt have said that. It was rude abd unthoughtfull.

  110. Natalie says:

    Ms.Carolyn,
    I’m sorry about the comment I wrote. It was rude and I did not mean to say it in a way that could have been offensive. I respect your opinion and I hope my comment did not cause any offense to you.
    Have a good day.

  111. Emma says:

    Carolyn,
    I respect your opinion. However, if you feel this way, I think you should just monitor your children’s school readings. Don’t ban something because you yourself feel it isn’t right, or even just few mothers. In fact, I have just put the book on hold at the library. My mother and I will be reading it together soon, since she will be taking me to see the movie in March. I feel the book has value, but the squeamish and unsuited should not read. I was not frightened or feared in anyway by this book, it is though, an emotional tale. I cried at least once in each book. But this is in my top three favorite books. Please let others continue to read it and just monitor what your child’s school is reading.

  112. Mariah says:

    The thing about the entire Hunger Games series (especially Mockingjay) is that it in no way glamorizes war and/or killing. Yes there is killing and death and corruption, but no one in the book is standing there patting President Snow on the back for his horribleness. (except the people who live in the capitol who are desensitized to it.) But honestly, Katniss would not have been able to be a sign for the revolution unless deep down all the people in the districts knew that the murder of 23 children every year was wrong. These books in no way glamorize killing.

  113. Snow says:

    The hunger games are great books!
    It is crazy banning these books
    They show many useful ideas
    I read them at 13 and enjoyed them (big surprise)
    1984 was not that good. Of book
    Also the women has a previosly stated read the. Properly just read a quick guide and her child had night mare now I would have no problem if she said it was and it stopped her childed reading it. ( I would disagree but that is another story ) but calling a ban so all the community can not enjoy it because of a wimp and crappy parent who should have read them first and talked it over with her child is stupid

  114. Mrs. Mellark says:

    She called it filth! THAT’S IT!!!

  115. Mrs. Mellark says:

    OMG! I’ve never been to Panem before. Is THIS what it’s like? WOW. Worse than I thought.

  116. Montse says:

    DUDES!!! I am 11-years old! I read the Hunger Games and I’m reading Catching Fire! I LOVE these books! My WHOLE school (Gonzalez Middle) is reading this series. Each class is even doing a poster about this book. PLEASE think twice about banning these books!!! :(

  117. Mrs. Mellark says:

    im 10

  118. Jaymi says:

    Really? Why doesn’t she demand that Night should be removed? Why not demand that everything horrible in the world be removed from school. Oh wait, you can’t it’s impossible. Their gonna hear about it one way or another. I read the books toward the end of 7th grade and the beginning of 8th. I never had nightmares. I thought what was happening was horrible but, i got the message. She obviously doesn’t know what she is talking about. Not every kid in middle school is that affected by what they read.

  119. Akikaould have read the bok says:

    To Ms. Carolyn
    This book potrays the evilness of the real world. Okay, maybe it’s a bit frightening, but the message is already so clear like water! Take one example, Katniss participate the Games is not based on her will, but she did it because she didn’t want Prim to participate and therefore, didn’t want her to die. This is one of the messages that I could get. And secondly, Katniss didn’t want to kill people; but the Games forced every participants to do it, even they don’t want to. There are still many things I can point

    I also want to point out YOUR mistake. This book is ENTIRELY fictional, and therefore you DON’T have to relate it to the reality. Also, this book portrays the evilness and the (sort of) communism feel of the real world. Anyway, that mother who complaints about the book should 1). Read the ENTIRE book, and 2). Monitor her children on what they are reading. Seriously, this book is for teen adults! Kids on the age 11 should not read this, and if they insist, read at your own risk!

    Sorry for my bad grammar and harsh words, have a good day!

    P.S: Although I must say, Harry Potter is still the best of all!! Hahahahaha! Go J.K Rowling! XD

  120. Mrs. Mellark says:

    OK. Thanks to Jaymi I’ve learned that this witch is cruel. You’re right Jaymi. What if some people are freakish fans like we are. What if they’re about to get the books? Perhaps already reading them. I’ve picked up on a few hints. Her daughter gets scared easily which makes them wimps, just because SHE (one person) doesnt like it the whole district (thousands of people) can’t like it whick makes them spoiled brats, and everything her daughter reads must have a moral by the very start which means she gets babied by her mother as a teen, they can’t tell a book is gory by its cover (OR BACK OR FRONT PAGE OR ANY PAGES FONT) which makes them dumb. They are wimpy, dumb, spoiled brats.

  121. Mrs. Mellark says:

    HAHAHAH!! I like your first comment Natalie you rock.

  122. Montse says:

    Now I’m reading MOCKINGJAY!!!

  123. nickish says:

    I personally think this lady is insane !!! and a total nutcase !!!!!!!!!!!

  124. Sam says:

    Ms Carolyn,
    Seriously? I”m twelve and my entire class read the books together. Not one person had nightmares. We all loved the books (all 3). My teacher made that the best year in school by reading the books with us. And those are now my favorite books. In my school we even have a poster for the Hunger Games Movie hanging up in our hallway. I am in 7th grade now, well sixth when I read the books. I always keep re-reading the books too, as does my little sister who is ten. No one could ever stop me from reading theses books. Period. I don’t care if they were banned or if my parents tried to stop me. No one could. Who are you to say what should or shouldn’t be banned. I don’t understand how you had nightmares, but that’s just your opinion of the books. Believe me though, the fans of the hunger games will always out number the people who didn’t like it.
    Just Saying =)

  125. U dont know says:

    wow just dont read the book you dont have to ban it its one of my favorite books ever and as far as her duaghter sees a wussy and for the mom rot in hell….. really grow up and here is a tip read the back and if its too scary put it back on the shelf and go to the childrens section glad i could help

  126. Maddy says:

    I think this woman is crazy. I read the Hunger Games at 11 as well and did not suffer from anything. I would actually really enjoy reading the Hunger Games in school.I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It was not filth, it was amazingness on paper. That woman should read the book. Then she would see the message it conveys and how not that horrific it really is.

  127. Sam says:

    My 6th grade class read the books together in school last year . So my teacher was able to explain the book, so we saw it for what it was, an amazingly well written book. These books are my favorites! I even convinced my 9 yr old sister to read the books !!!!!

  128. Miranda says:

    I am 30 and I agree that these books are violent. I also agree that mother did *not* read the book because the entire point of the book is that violence is all forms is sick. I just finished reading the last book in the series and I was not just crying but sobbing,loudly. The point is that when It comes to war there is no Happy Ending.Not for any side There is only a new normal. No team Petta or Team Gale. Pointless. I too have had nightmares because let face it..we all are kids at heart and can imagine that we are these kids in the arena ….and to keep from adding spoilers we also see ourselves in the other situations too. Which are YOU a Capitol citizen or a district? Does it really matter? Or who you are the value you put on human life.

  129. Jodi says:

    I agree with the Mom and I did read this book and I loved it, but I am 47yrs old and understand the full concept of the book. I do however feel that we wonder why as a society why our children are walking into classrooms and killing their peers?
    I thought it was a very violent concept were children between the ages of 12 and 18 are being selected then sent into an environment where they are forced to kill one another for the enjoyment of a race of humans that are obviously self absorbed and looking for death of children as a release from boredom. I thought it was not only scary but disturbing on many levels..
    Could it be because we allow our children to watch and participate in violent games, movies and even books Well, If one of these mom’s who say it is ok to read was faced with her child killing other children or being killed, and found out they had just read this book she might change her mind.
    Jodi Hoover

  130. Sam says:

    @ Jodi
    It wasn’t scary or disturbing at all! Well not to me at least. Your entitled to your opinion, but I’m 12 and I was 11 when I read all three books, so I find it weird you thought it was scary when I didn’t, but whatever. Thats not the point. The Hunger Games trilogy are the best books I have ever read in my entire life. Actually, last year my entire 6th grade class read the books. N one was scared what so ever. So if a bunch of 11 and 12 year olds, their parents and our teacher were ok with reading the books, then how bad can they really be?
    Oh I’m so sorry if I offended you in any way, it really wasn’t intentional, I was just trying to make a point. But I am sorry if I offended you. You are totally allowed to have your own opinion on the matter.
    – Sam

  131. sachaxbeswick says:

    Hello.

    I’m Sacha, and I’m 12 years old. Im in year eight in high school (England) And I read the Hunger Games books at the start of the school year. I read them when I was 12.

    I think the mother of this girl may just be a tad overprotective. If the books are giving her nightmares, she shouldn’t take away the story all together. I must admit, the Hunger Games are some of the best books I’ve ever read. They are so gripping and make you want to read more. I read them all in three consecutive days. They were that amazing.

    What Im saying is: The mother shouldn’t have complained and taken the girl out of the class. She should have just talked to her daughter about it, and make her feel comfortable with the fact that is just a story really, and that she should try not to think about it at night.

    I was not scared by these books at all. I think they are great. My NINE year old cousin has read them, but I shouted at him, and told him to steer clear of books like that. I think the books are for people of 11 upwards. Nine is too young, He is basically still a young child.

    Some of the scenes in the book are maybe a little gruesome, but if you think about it, it is just a story, right? Its not as if thats ever going to happen, and even if it does, The Hunger Games is set in a post-apocalyptic time, circa 2300. She won’t be here to see it.

    Hope this helped….
    Sacha
    xxxx

  132. t says:

    Be careful of what you read,

    Would you drink poison simply because it was offered in a golden chalis?

    What goes in the body stays there and the golden chalis is often the entertainment factor

  133. Lucife says:

    The child is to young in matruity to understand it if she sufering trama from paper and words,she should make her mother read it and then make her relize the true meaning in the book instead of being judgmental. It wasn’t about killing for fun its the deeper point in there.

  134. Sam says:

    Okay I have lost count of the amount of times I have said this but I was 11 when I read the best books in the world also known as the Hunger Games!!!!! That was last year when I was in 6th grade. My entire class read them. Not one single person had a nightmare or was bothered in any way. And Everything , Every single thing in those books was explained. Then since I was okay with the books . I gave them to my sister who is 18 months younger then me and she and all her friends read them , and love them. There is a poster for the movie hanging up in my catholic school hallway ! And it really bothers me when adults say oh you don’t really understand or you shouldn’t be reading that .
    Yes I do understand everything and I CAN TOO READ THE HUNGER GAMES!!! SO WHAT IF I’M 12? BIG DEAL. The president couldn’t stop me from reading and re reading and re reading the Hunger Games!!!!!!!!!
    Just Saying <3
    – Sam

  135. Rachel says:

    I have 2 sons that are only 7 and 4 so I had never heard of the Hunger Games until I saw the trailer at the movies. I thought who would ever make a movie about children killing other children and then my 11 year old niece told me this was based on a book and she knew friends that had read it. Since I can’t judge the book without reading it then I can only go by what I’ve heard and seen. The first thing I thought of when they said these children HAVE to kill each other was why didn’t they all stand together and said we refuse to. Would the govt kill those children? I’d rather have the govt kill my child and look evil then let my child be killed by another child. To me the premise just sounds dumb. But what my biggest question is why is this book being read aloud in any classes??? I don’t think books should be banned but when I went to school of course I graduated in 90 so I’m a bit old I guess, we read stuff like Shakespeare out loud. But most of the time we read a book and did a book report on our own. If a kid wants to read this book and their parents approve it then let them read it at home but just don’t have them read it out loud in class. Seems like a simple solution???? I keep hearing people say there is a deep message against war, govt whatever but to me I think we are making kids grow up way too fast. I’m glad I grew up when I did because it doesn’t seem like kids have a very long childhood anymore and their parents are pushing them to grow up too fast. Now that I’m turning 40 I wish I had acted like a child even longer than I did but of course I didn’t listen to my mom when she told me the same thing. Once you grow up you can’t go back.

    • kitty says:

      Rachel – I think if you’ve read the books, the answer to your question on why they didn’t all stand together would’ve been obvious to you. This makes me wonder if you actually read the books. They couldn’t just “stand together” for two reasons:
      1. Among the children there are “careers” – the “tributes” from the more affluent districts where the kids are trained from childhood for the Games. These kids are made into killers, so even if other kids “stand together”, the careers wouldn’t.
      2. More importantly, the government wouldn’t just kill the kids who defy them, the government would kill their whole families. Remember what happened to Haymitch family. Remember what happens to District 12 in the 2nd book.

  136. K says:

    You’re all missing the point. The law requires all children under 16 to attend school. These mandatory public schools are paid for with public taxes. By putting these books into a public school curriculum, the government is saying that all children MUST read them in order to meet the requirements established by the school. If a child is not comfortable with the content (murder for entertainment, suicide pacts, violent hand-to-hand combat, sacrificing children to teach a lesson to adults) then the child is the exception.

    It’s a sad state of affairs when the only material our kids can stick with is full of shock value. I read the books. I’m an English teacher. I don’t think they’re bad books. But they are most certainly NOT appropriate texts for ALL middle school children. By putting them in a public school classroom, our government is forcing them down the throats of children who are frightened by them. That’s wrong.

  137. Sam says:

    Every year starting two years ago the 6th grade in my catholic school has been reading the Hunger games trilogy. No one in three years has been scared or frightened. Honestly the adults seem to be reacting more then the kids .
    just saying
    -Sam

  138. SunnyShine says:

    I think the mother has it all wrong. First of all, she should read the book, that would clear more things up. Also the moral here is to end the Hunger Games. Its not like the districts choose to be in the Games but the Capitol forces them, thats what the mother should understand. Also no offense but how could you have night mares about this? Thats just stupid. The mother needs to get over her lack and stop because they shouldn’t ban the Hunger games. Its a really good book, and do you realize that if she does ban the Hunger Games, she will have millions of angry Hnger games fans out side her door and that will cause the hunger games exept they ar’ent killing each other there killing the mom.

  139. Leanne says:

    I’m quite sorry that there are so many people on here, especially young ones, that were not at all disturbed over the Hunger Games. I’m one of the few people it seems that actually agrees with the mother of this eleven year old child. Although the Hunger Games may be targeted for a young adult audience, I think that eleven and twelve years is simply too young to read such a book. Now, in all honesty, I myself have never actually read them, but after hearing about them from my friends and watching the trailer, I have become obsessively disturbed over them. Even just the concept of starving children fighting to the death for the entertainment of others is enough to bring tears to my eyes. I have trouble sleeping at night. I find myself thinking about it almost all of the time. I tremble and my stomach gets into a knot when I DO think about it. Now, obviously I’m a rare case, because I haven’t met anyone who suffers as much as I do over a simple fictional story. However, I actually find it a little disturbing that eleven and twelve year olds who do read the books DON’T have nightmares. Either this generation doesn’t really understand just how tragic the idea is, or it has simply become desensitized to such ideas… I desperately hope it is not the latter. In short, I agree with the mother wholeheartedly that the Hunger Games should NOT be discussed in grade seven or eight classes, and that it should at least wait until grade nine or ten. It’s not something I would want my child reading before then. I understand that the world is filled with tragic and depressing things, but I don’t think our literature should be one of them. At least not for children.
    (PS, I’m twenty years old and attending university as a psychology major. I have read about the “dark” side of psychology and I’m sad to say that the world portrayed in the “Hunger Games” doesn’t seem entirely inconceivable for our society. Perhaps it’s the reality of how corrupted our world is that makes me so moved, wary, and fearful of Panem.)

    • kitty says:

      “Now, in all honesty, I myself have never actually read them”

      This should disqualify them from discussing the books. Really, if you are so obsessed with them that you cannot sleep, maybe reading them would stop your nightmares?

  140. Leanne says:

    On a side note, calling a child a “wimp” or “pansy” for getting nightmares and being terrified of such a story is the first stage of bullying. By doing so, you set them apart as an “other” and a lesser, weaker peer. This can lead to violence. This is from a psychological point of view. Just saying.

  141. Hunga games fan1 says:

    I am 12 years old and in the 6 grade and in the gifted class this was the best I read since Harry potter.obviously this mom never read the book. I think they should not bane this book if they do they will ban lord of the flies and even historical books about roman gladiators.i under stand her concern about columbine but this book is not about randomly killing it has so many morales it old take all day to list it.Let me just point out I had nightmares too but that was of rues death which I shared with numerous Harry potter characters and Simon and piggy from lord of the flies.If I could meet this mother I would smack her for trying being so selfish.At my school library hunger games is in the the section where only 5 and 6 graders can check it out.we all know kindergartners should not be reading this.I think they should teach this,but if this girl can’t handle it then that’s her fault.And her comment “it’s not my daughter it’s the book” well that’s the stupidest thing I’ve heard in a long time. And calling it “filth” is completely ignorant.if I ever meet this woman I will smack her for being so selfish.When I read this article I ran into my Room and screamed every swear I knew.every one in my class loved this book and to say everyone shouldent read it is ridiculous.tomorow I am going to share that article with my class and they will all be shocked and they will be seething with anger.

  142. Leanne says:

    @Hunga games fan1 You ran into your room screaming swear words and longed to smack the woman who was concerned for her childs emotional health, and then you blame the child for having nightmares… Somehow I get the feeling this isn’t normal behaviour for a twelve-year-old. =/

    • John Frazier York says:

      Leanne, I agree with you, as well. I have served with the U.S. Marine Corps and the Navy on active duty as a counselor to the troops and family members; I also work with special needs children and youth.

      There must be prudence and common-sense in introducing this kind of literature to very young people. What is truly accomplished for the happiness, growth or maturity of a pre-adolescent in exposure to this?

      To that end, while I might not call it “filth,” I understand the sentiment. Has anyone reading and commenting here lost a loved one to death by way of a violent crime, a beautiful and good mother and grandmother who was simply “in the wrong place at the wrong time.” I have. Has anyone reading served in combat, and seen their buddy literally blasted across their path? The H.G. series portrays a senseless and “filthy” series of events that resulted in the mindless murder of innocent children, glorified by a slothful, shallow, fascist society. This is a society scarcely different from that by Juvenal in the first century A.D., which longed only for “bread and circuses.”

      Indeed, as a vet, I could deal with a lot of the violence but it was the shallowness, insularity and sloth of the leaders and citizens of the capital’s society that truly turned my stomach. (The movie version would have been a great credit to Fredo Fellini, to be sure.)

      Again, why would I expose a young person to that—even at the expense of teaching a moral lesson? Even if they could “handle” it? For the love of God, and for the sake of precious and fragile peace in our world—and the innocence of our youth, which we are so quick to dismiss or destroy—let our children be children.

      They’ll know of injustice, cruelty and hatred in our sad world soon enough.

      And tell me, my friends…what IS wrong with one person expressing a strong opinion, and seeking to protect her child’s interests, and that of other children? Are we THAT afraid? Or would we, like the citizens of the capital in H.G., presume to supress the right to protect our young?

  143. Hunga games fan1 says:

    I just know learned that this district did not ban the book.Thanks every one for not removing something that the majority could probably comprehended but one person who couldn’ts mother wants it to be removed.plus anyone who is posting negative comments who has not read the book should.then you be goin on trailers and synopsises

  144. Hunga games fan1 says:

    Sorry that’s wont be going on trailers and synopsises

  145. Hunga games fan1 says:

    Rrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaddddddd the book for gosh sakes? And the hunger games is way less violent then things like grand theft auto or gears of war.

  146. Peeta mellark says:

    Man I wish we read about the hunger games that was a great book.I think it SHOULD be taught in school some kids may not comprehend the non violent morales but then in a class room a teacher can explain it to the students.If that lady wants her child out of the class then she should have done just that not make a whole deal out of it and ruin it for everybody.and it is the girl not the book no one in my class is scared of the hunger games.

  147. Sam says:

    @ Leanne- I have commented on this page soooo many times in the past year. And I am repeating what I say over and over again. The Hunger Games are the best books in the world!!!!!! My class read them when I was 11, and I loved them so much that I got my 10 year old (or 9 I’m not sure) sister and her friends to read and love them !!!!!!!!!! Not a single person has ever complained about having night mares. My school is taking 6th-8th grade to see the movie when it comes out. And no offense but if you haven’t read the books, then what do you have against them? Well, you can think whatever you like though, its your opinion. I am sorry if I offended you or anything though.

    -Sam

  148. Hunga gamesfan1 says:

    Why are people making such negative comments when they haven’t even read the book.

  149. Leanne says:

    Yes, I confess that I haven’t read the book(s), and I won’t argue that the writing may be fantastic, the message might be great, and it probably teaches morals and condemns violence. But I still stand by what I say that in spite of all of these redeeming factors: the concept is that in a futuristic society, rich people get pleasure out of watching poor people’s children fight to the death. I don’t think that this should be taken lightly at all. Although it’s definitely a stretch to think that our society could ever stoop that low, I don’t think that it’s entirely inconceivable. If you take a good look at humanity, we have a lot to be ashamed of. We have child soldiers pitted against each other to fight for adults’ problems. We have people that will rape weaker people for their own pleasure and amusement. We have people that will kill other people because an authority told them to. We’ve had genocides, we’ve had Tienanmen Square, we’ve had Nazis, we’ve had gladiators, the list goes on and on. So is it really so hard to imagine a world where reality shows go as far as entertaining the rich with the struggles of the poor? I’m not saying that it’s a book that SHOULDN’T be read; as many have said, I’m sure it contains a very good message about desensitization, and I’m sure I’ll read it at some point myself. But what I do believe is that it should be read by those who understand that this book is a WARNING. Now, maybe there are eleven and twelve-year-olds that recognize this and take it as such. But many don’t. I’m not saying that it can’t be enjoyed for it’s writing and creativity, but it’s also something that should make you feel a little uncomfortable, a little queasy, a little depressed. If it doesn’t, and you feel totally fine after finishing it and rest easy, then I don’t know what to say. Maybe you do get it, but you have so much faith in humanity you don’t believe we’ll ever stoop to that level. Maybe you don’t get it. Or maybe you do get it, but are already so desensitized that you’ve resigned yourself to the idea that it may happen. Like I said, I don’t know. I’m not a child psychologist (yet). All I’m trying to say is that I think it’s normal for kids to have nightmares over something like that (I know I would if I was that young) because it means they haven’t been desensitized yet. Ultimately, it should be up to the parent to decide if the child is ready to handle it. Of course, I’m not totally behind on the times – I know the sort of stories that middle school students read in public schools (The Most Dangerous Game, The Lottery, Lord of the Flies, One Flew Over the Cuckoos’ Nest, etc.) so yeah, maybe everyone’s just starting to get desensitized from an early age. I’d certainly let my kid read it – I’d have no problem with it if he/she understands the message – but not until he/she was at least fourteen (which is actually the recommended reading age anyways). Now, maybe the school system doesn’t think so, but I’d want my kid to be a kid for as long as possible before being exposed to the horrors of reality. Childhood is the most important stage of human development, and I’d want mine to make the most of it.

    • Louise says:

      That’s because you are not 13 and you are not a mother. I am a mother, I’ve read the book, and I’m horrified that this would be reading material taught in schools. Kids of that age lack the mental ability to compartmentalise this as pure fiction. I agree it desensities violence, and exposes them to concepts some adults would struggle to grasp. This is a university text, not a high school text. Like this lady I would not stop until it was not being taught in my school to my kids.

      I also think Suzanne Collins must be some really sick mixed up person. We condem people who look at child pornography, but we teach literature that details it and the torture and murder of young kids? Seriously? People thinking this is okay just because a publisher has produced must have no moral compass!

      As for all you kids who are commenting on how it ” didn’t affect you” how can you possibly know? None of us will ever know. Maybe in 10 years time when you walk into a college with a gun and shoot half the people someone will draw a link back to when you read hunger games when you were eleven and your attitude to violence changed…most probably they won’t. I just think its sad when society sensationalises themes like this and average joe sits back and applauses. Do you know the irony here? You are no better than the society depicted in these ghastly ‘children’s books’. You are no different from the hoards of crowds that would go to the Ronan arenas to watch people being killed for sport. Publishers are profiting from the murder of children. The mind doesn’t distinguish between fiction and entertainment. They may be fictional kids…but you watch them die. When I saw this at the movie theatre, children applauded when the other kids were killed by Katniss. Does anyone get how wrong that is?

      Why do I follow it? I am a children’s writer. Or was. Unfortunately I’m not interested in writing fiction if it comes at this cost to society.

      • JP says:

        Louise,
        Based on what you said “We condem people who look at child pornography, but we teach literature that details it and the torture and murder of young kids?” would you ban the Bible from schools? It graphically describes the murder and torture of innocent human being because of a belief. Based on your assessment of Suzanne Collins, the writers of the Bible must also “be some really sick mixed up” people. My son is 11 and is ready the books and has seen the movie. It is the parents job to help their children understand the message and lessons in the books. Banning a book only creates a lack of understanding that people like you perpetuate. Yeah let’s ban the books and keep our children ignorant of a powerful meaning. Everyone talks about how the Games were for entertainment. Only the upper echelon was entertained. The Games were designed as a punishment for the uprising in the past where District 13 was destroyed. The Games are meant to keep everyone in check. It is a dictatorship using children to prove a point. I have seen REAL life situations where countries use children in a degrading manner to prove a point as well. Instead of condemning a book that tries to teach that violence is not the answer and to take a stand against it, why not read the books and decipher the message in a manner we know our children can understand? The mother should have sat her daughter down and asked what about the books gave her nightmares. Talking about our fears and what upsets us is the first step to understanding them and overcoming them. Banning a book only continues ignorance and does nothing to alleviate the true problem which is understanding the true messages in the books.

  150. Charlie says:

    I understand where the mother is coming from, although HIGHLY disagree with it being “filth”. My parents weer those parents. They would not let my brother read the hunger games in school. I have read the hunger games and am a HUGE fan, but the books are not for everyone with how dark they are. My brother is a special education student with anxiety problems so the hunger games were not a good idea. Some books are not good for certain people. For example, my high school wanted my brothers class to read “Of mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, basically the worst idea I have ever heard. So my point is, while I adore the hunger games I can completely understand a mother wanting wanting to protect her daughter. I also think middle schoolers are a little young and impressionable to be hit with the hunger games.

  151. Leanne says:

    @Charlie
    I couldn’t agree with you more. You basically put into two points what I was trying to explain in about five hundred words, haha. 1. The Hunger Games may be fantastic, but there’s nothing wrong with a parent wanting to protect her child from emotional distress, and 2. middle school students are too young and impressionable to be exposed to something as dark as the Hunger Games.

  152. Sam says:

    Middle schoolers are not to young and impressionable !!!!!!!!! They can’t be because for the past 3 years the 6th grade at my school has been reading the Hunger Games. Some people were even convinced to read them before 6th grade. Not one person ever complained or even disliked the books. In fact we all loved them. 6th-8th grade are even going to see the movie. And the Hunger Games aren’t “dark” , they are the bestest, most well written, and awesomest books on earth. Oh and parents can protect their kids from whatever they want. I don’t care about that. What bothers me is this lady calling The Hunger Games “filth” and trying to get them banned. That has got to be one of the most awful things ever. – Thats just my opinion though , I’m sorry if I offended any body.
    -Sam

  153. Chase says:

    let me get this straight you people think that hunger games is going to cause school shootings? are you crazy I’m young and I’ve play E rated video game that are more likly to do that I was 9 went I read the hunger games tne book is’nt going to cause a school shooting it’s the video games that will do that so why I ask you are we arguing over a book? My class loved the hunger games so much that we are making a board game out of it. I can’t belive you Leanne you hate the book and yet you won’t give up one hour of free time to read it! Honestly i know you hear it millions of times as a kid but you can judge a book by it’s cover don’t me a follower read it your self!

  154. Chase says:

    Sorry video games

  155. Chase says:

    and don’t be a follower

  156. Chase says:

    @Leanne you said Hunga Gamesfan1 isn’t normal and yet wasn’t it you who said “On a side note, calling a child a “wimp” or “pansy” for getting nightmares and being terrified of such a story is the first stage of bullying. By doing so, you set them apart as an “other” and a lesser, weaker peer. This can lead to violence. This is from a psychological point of view. Just saying.” wow i am ashamed of you

  157. Leanne says:

    @Chase If you read half of what I said, you would know I do intend to read the book (just borrowed it from my friend today actually). Also, I don’t know where you got that I predict school shootings. I don’t “predict” anything, I only took what I learned in psychology and philosophy (check out what Plato has to say about violent media) and applied it to the Hunger Games. Also, when it comes to you saying “judge a book by it’s cover”… that’s basically exactly what I did, although people tell me not to haha. The “cover” is that it’s about children pitted against each other in a death match for the entertainment of adults, which I quite frankly find extremely sickening. But like I said, I do intend to read it so that I don’t seem like just another “idiot who hasn’t read the book.” Next time, you might want to take a more thorough look at what I actually said before accusing me of anything.
    PS, to anyone who’s interested, “The Psychology of Killing” is an extremely insightful book on what it takes for people to actually kill others.

  158. me says:

    who is it by

  159. chase says:

    i dont under stand why everyone is so upset by all the vilence all the greats have it the time machine, 20000 leagues under the sea, king solomon’s mines (witch i find very hard to get through) all of these books are good vilence in books date back to homer and the illiad

  160. chase says:

    and proably further

  161. me says:

    @chase shut up no one cares i completely agree with leanne chase no one cares go blow your hot somewhere eles

  162. chase says:

    so me you think that this book is going to cause school shootings

  163. brenner says:

    wait this whle blog was set up so we can yell at each other about a girl that thought this book was scary? why

  164. Sam says:

    @ chase
    Your so right. Almost every good story and game has some violence in it. And your right that people have probably been writing violent things since the beginning of time. The Hunger Games are a great trilogy and people really gotta stop focusing on all the negatives.

    @ Leanne I am so happy you intend to read the books. I guess I’m hoping you’ll love them and no longer agree with the mother lol. I guess I just didn’t like how against the books you were, before even reading them. I don’t know, I guess that it annoyed me. But now your reading the books and honestly I am thrilled. I really wanna see your opinion after reading them. Of course, your opinion my not change, but at least you read them.

    @me – What are you talking about exactly? I agree with Chase, so don’t say no one cares.

    @ Brenner – I think the blog was set up so Hunger Games fans could stand up for a book that they truly love. The mom was trying to get it banned, and that upset a lot of fans like me, so we use this to comment our opinions.

    Okay think I covered everything lol. Sorry if I offended anybody
    -Sam

  165. Leanne says:

    I’ve gotten about a third of the way through so far (just after the point where Peeta makes his announcement in the interview) and I just started it last night, lol. But I’ve always been a pretty fast reader, and it’s an easy read. I confess that I really enjoy the writing style and I find it hard to put down, but it makes me feel sick to the stomach and I tremble and sweat at some parts. The concept still totally disgusts me, although it is a good book. I still stand by what I said before though about how there’s nothing wrong with adults wanting to monitor what their children read at a young age. I still agree with the mother that grade six is too young to be reading it in classes, although it does really depend on the kid. If they upped it to grade nine (which is the recommended reading age anyways), I wouldn’t have an issue with it being taught in schools.

  166. chase says:

    thanx sam

  167. brenner says:

    thank you for explaning that and leanne who did you say “The Psychology of Killing” was by and so was is going on cause i just learned about this site like 3 minutes befor my first coment

  168. me says:

    am i and chase really that different sam are we really

  169. Hunga gamesfan1 says:

    I’m playing call of duty right now and a guys head just got blown off now that is violence.

  170. Leanne says:

    @Brenner It’s actually called “On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society” (I just call it “The Psychology of Killing” for short) and it’s by Dave Grosman. It doesn’t have a whole lot to do with the Hunger Games books themselves, but it’s about how humans have a natural aversion to murdering others and how this aversion is overcome. A lot of it can be applied to the war-like atmosphere of the Hunger Games and how people (in this case, children) can kill in combat, but it also talks about general violence in society (bombings, school shootings, etc.) It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re interested at all.

  171. chase says:

    see wat hunga gamesfan1 is doind is more likely to caus school shootings

  172. brenner says:

    thanx leanne wat age group is tht for

  173. me says:

    well sam do you have an ancer

  174. Leanne says:

    @Brenner It’s for anyone who’s interested in learning about how violence works in the real world, really. It’s not fictional, it’s more like a study/research book of real life situations.

  175. Leanne says:

    Also, if you want to know what I think of the Hunger Games now that I’ve read the first book, you can check out what I have to say here: http://www.myhungergames.com/suzanne-collins-on-the-hunger-games. Also see the interview of Suzanne Collins, it’s really interesting!

  176. Ms. Daniels says:

    As a Devil’s Advocate I agree with Tracy Laselle, The Hunger Games doesn’t teach our kids honor, any ethics, or a moral lesson for that matter. I’m sure this is just to entertain the reader because it is a rather interesting book but I don’t believe this is for children. I still think this book should be banned from school. 7th graders shouldn’t be reading this book containing very vivid and violent details. We might as well give our children books on many ways to kill other children.

    If you were a parent I’m sure you would be disappointed with the school board for allowing such a book to be placed into our children’s hands. I’m sure you would be worried too if your little girl would start having nightmares about what she has been reading at school. Dream researcher Jon Tolaas showed that many negative events are incorporated into dreams which are then turned into nightmares. This is because negative events leave a stronger impression on us. Many forget right when they wake up so you can be 30, 40, 80 years old and have many nightmares of things you have seen or heard but you won’t be able to remember, this isn’t just a “sensitive 11- year old girl who can’t handle anything,” this is her brain interpreting that what she read was bad.

    In one of the scenes of the hunger games while characters like Cato and Glimmer are trying to kill the main character Katniss Everdeen by climbing a tree to get to her, she states that, “[Cato] hits the ground hard and [she’s] hoping possibly that he broke his neck.” I don’t understand how this is beneficial for our children. Would you honestly want your daughter reading this? This book has so many scenes in which each death and killing is described with so much detail. This might give kids who have been bullied ideas to get rid of their “abusers” which in any way is illegal. A violent book is just as powerful as a violent videogame. There was a school shooting on Virginia Tech campus because of the video game Counter Strike, this kid came and shot up the school because he enjoyed his mass killing spree on the videogame. A book is just as powerful to a kid who is on the edge or about to snap, the book is almost like a guide on how to make your “enemies” suffer or die a painful death. This is also desensitizing our children; we live in a society where when someone dies on TV our reaction is supposed to be “whoa! That was awesome!” This isn’t supposed to be the reaction of a healthy child. These visual images that we’re getting from the book are bad, and now a day kids have very vivid imagination. This is why the hunger games should be banned from grades school, to protect our children from all of this violence.

  177. Silver says:

    I agree with Tracy LaSalle because the Hunger Games doesn’t teach our kids anything but fear. It only shows our kids the kind of horrible future that can happen where kids will be put in a arena to fight one another in a fight to the death. This book is only to entertain readers but children shouldn’t be reading this. Seventh graders shouldn’t read this book until they are in high school at least. What children will get from only reading this book is how messed up the country will become later on and how to kill other kids. I think its sick the idea that the children kill one another all to entertain the adults (The Capitol).
    I think that not banning the book is very absurd. The only ones that will suffer from this are our children. They will be having nightmares every day and won’t get a proper sleep. This could cause them to go to school sleepy and affect their academic skills. It can also cause psychological problems like stress and anxiety. Everyone can have nightmares no matter what age they are. The Hunger games also provide a lot of sexual explicit scenes like how Katniss and Peeta kiss a lot and get “closer” in the cave scene. Also how Katniss has to stand naked in front of Cinna who observes her from head to toe. I don’t think it’s alright for a girl to stand naked in front of a matured man to observe her. A lot of violent scenes also disgust me like when the girl from District 1, Glimmer, was stung by the tracker jackers and then her skin started falling off or when Rue gets speared through the stomach. Violent books only brain wash our kids into thinking that the actions the characters do are cool and try to be like the characters.
    Children who aren’t in high school yet shouldn’t be allowed to read this book at all until they reach that grade. They are too small to understand the situations the book presents and don’t have the mental capacity to understand it. They will only understand parts like the killing of children, kissing, and other difficult things. Seventh graders aren’t mature enough to be reading this book containing violent material. When they get older it’s up to them if they want to read it and would probably understand what it’s about. How our nation could turn into a more violent and unfair place where our future generation will try to survive to live on.

  178. sillytaco says:

    i totally have to agree with this mom. she is only doing what is best for her doughter. im sure no parent wants their kid to feel scared or insecure because of a book. I have read the book and thought it was real good. for kids in highscool. All you people saying she is wrong put yourself in her shoes for a moment. What if you were a mom or dad and your son/daughter came to you and told you they are scared to sleep at night. That she feels scared she might be in danger. im pretty sure all of you would fight against having that book tought to the lower grades.

  179. Anonymous Hunter says:

    The Hunger Games is a book about 24 tributes from 12 different Districts fighting and killing to survive. The tributes have to survive with no food or water, different strategies had to be made in order to kill and stay alive. A mother named LaSalle filed a complaint about the book being too violent for her 11 year old daughter. She stated that the book was inappropriate, and showed no message. The Hunger Games is read world wide, young kids in schools are assigned to read the book. Do you think is good to show the future kids violence? To lead them to the wrong side? Well LaSalle thought it was incorrect. And i agree.
    The Hunger Games talks about violence and enemies. We as people know that violence is never the answer, but in the book violence IS the only answer. The book is read by young children, this can cause them to do wrong things and follow a wrong message from the story. This doesn’t just affect young ones, it also does damage to teens and adults. The hunger games doesn’t show any message besides killing and doing a job yourself, or teaming up and killing as a team. Pretend you were a parent, or if you are, just imagine your kids getting influenced by killing, you wouldn’t be happy. Never the less if you found out your sons school were the ones responsible. Think about it, is the hunger games appropriate to read?
    LaSalle had her reasons to getting mad. I don’t blame her, she was just being a mother. I agree that the book should be removed from schools and libraries. I wouldn’t allow my kids to read these books, nor did LaSalle. These books are what make our society bad, and if we don’t end it, it wont stop. Every beginning has to have an end, lets end a book that can cause much damage. Lets protect our students, kids, our future…

  180. SeungLee says:

    The Hunger Games is a book about twenty four tributes trying to survive not only by finding resource of water and food but by killing other tributes to survive on your own. The book DOES contain a lot of violence to make a seventh grader get a nightmare and the book tries to teach that hunger games can be applied to the real world but as my perspective on the book, I only see violence that is forced on the citizens of Panem. The citizens of Panem are forced to be controlled by the capitol and the capitol puts on an annual event called the hunger games to prevent citizens of Panem to rebel once again and remind them that government is in control. These ethics are not to be taught to children under highschool I believe.

    The book was to entertain readers above or at highschool and to teach about life and ethics. If any one of us was a parent of a child that got nightmares after reading a book that was as violent as the Hunger Games, I would be upset as a parent. Of course when teenagers over highschool reads it, it might seem interesting and teach themselves life lessons but as a parent of a seventh grader child, I am upset that my child read and learned such violence already. Nightmares may not be such a bad thing because it may just be a dream, but once you wake up, nightmares are to be still in your mind keep thinking about it. If you keep thinking about it, you are likely to keep dreaming about it. The seventh grader is an age where you are growing up and when you sleep all your stress are suppose to be released and most of your hormones are to be released but if you have nightmares, you are likely to wake up constantly or because of an aftershock you are to have lower concentration in school. At that age when you sleep, growth hormones should be released much but when you don’t get enough sleep, you are to be short or have disable in growth hormone and doesn’t get released anymore. If I was a parent of a disabled because of a book, why wouldn’t I try to ban the book.

    Hunger Games is a great book containing ethical lessons to teach highschoolers or even adults that capitol controlling the citizens of Panem can actually happen to our world. In one of the scenes where Katniss shoots an arrow at Cato’s head is probably the most violent scene I’ve ever seen in a book and it makes me picture the scene which might be able to get someone a nightmare. Think about your seventh grader son or daughter reading this book that even makes an adult think nasty and picture them. The book is a powerful reource in life for everyone where they have to read to know about the world and ethics but if a book contains this much violence and is mostly about killing, I take the side of Ms.LaSelle. Now days we live in a world that television and video games contain too much violence that children might get into books more then television because to direct violence but the book Hunger Games contains way too much violence from first and until the end of the book. These scenes are to be remembered and I believe that The Hunger Games should be banned from schools and stop showing children violence. I believe we have to protect our children to live in a world that is pure and away from reality.

  181. I win Seung says:

    I agree with Tracy LaSalle because this book should only be taught in grades 9 and higher. This book is very violent and have materials that young children might be scared of. It is very violent because its childrens from the age of 12 to 18 to put into an arena to kill each other for other people’s entertainment. The children, such as in middle school, will not understand the deep meaning of the message thats in this book and they will only know the violence and what is happening. This may not only be the parent that has complained about this novel, but I do really agree and go with the fact that this novel is for more young adults then middle schoolers.
    If I had a child who read the novel The Hunger Games, my opinion would be the same as this mother. I say this because if my child got nightmares after reading this book at school, that is something huge. I wouldn’t be happy with my child getting nightmares after reading some novel that was mean’t for young adults. The one that would get me more upset like the parent is that they taught this book at a middle school, knowing that this book is mean’t for young adults and had a lot of violence in it. Young children will not know what the government of Panem does or what the Hunger Games actually are, but they will only remember the violence.
    In the end, I do agree with this mother because her reasons are very resonable to actually go the school board. Some books are not mean’t to be read at school and some are. Just because they are books doens’t mean its a great thing for school. There are books for school and books not for school. Also books in different level of maturity and the content of the book should be chose wisely by the teacher before teaching the book to the students. This is my opinion and I do agree with this mother and her reasons.

  182. r3lek says:

    It’s funny to see that some people actually believe this book “amazing” when actually this book doesn’t teach our children much like how to succeed in life. And yes I have read the book to those of you who may say “well you’re just saying that because you haven’t read the book”. In fact instead of teaching kids on how to do good in life it shows otherwise. The simple concept that in the games there can only be one winner can interpret that not everyone in life will be triumphant. It is the sad truth however, shouldn’t we be teaching our kids on how to do well in life rather than kill others in a sickening way? This book describes how other people (more specifically children of ages 12-18). Yet this book shows how to kill each other.
    I completely agree with Tracy Laselle that The Hunger Games should be removed from the school. This book shows nothing more than violence, this violence may then cause a spark of interest in the children that are reading “hey I dislike this person but in this book Katniss got rid of the boy who killed Rue, so can I”. This would then cause sparks of violence and eventually lead to big acts of violence such as shootings or kids getting in gangs due that in the book they form alliances, and thus leads the kids to think that they would be much stronger in numbers. This is the after effect of young children who read the book and think violence will solve everything. I will also take in consideration that this book is to stop oppression, but it will never happen as we (the majority) are far superior to the government officials (the minority).
    We as people are civilized to stand as a group when we are being oppressed. A quick example of modern unison would be stop Kony2012. Though this book also talks about “love”?. Please, these kids are too young to read about stuff like this. When Peeta and Katniss get intimate this leads to many things. This then leads to kids doing what adults do. This later leads to std’s and eventually to death. The deaths of the kids then lead to the parents being depressed and sometimes take their own lives. Do you think that’s the world we want all due to a book? All these chain of events due to a gruesome book that shows nothing but violence. No I am not for censorship but they should remove the book till the students are old enough.

  183. me says:

    i luagh at all of you because you lost before you started it wasnt banned and now you think we want to hear you rable about oh this book is trash oh it should be banned just because some 7th grader dosnt like it OMG GET OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  184. Sam says:

    What is up with all these people hating the hunger games. This is crazy. They are my favorite books ever and I’m 12. But I was 11 when my 6th grade class read all three books. and last year my little sister and her friends read the Hunger Games. They shouldn’t remove these books, just because one person got scared or whatever. Just explain it in a way that makes them feel better. But don’t punish everybody by taking away the best books that I’ve ever read.

    Did you know every one in my class was fine with the books. No one was bothered at all. Actually there were kids in my class who hated reading until they read the hunger games. And now they love reading. Can someone please, please, please, explain to me how for the past three years the 6th grade at my school has read the Hunger Games Trilogy, but not one person was bothered at all. There is a poster for the movie hanging up in the school hallway and I go to a Catholic/Private school by the way.

    I can’t believe people actually want to remove the Hunger Games from the schools. That is the worst thing I have ever heard. I might just have nightmares about that happening lol.

    And my parents usually tell me whatever I want to know ( not always of course). But if I don’t get an answer, I do have access to the Internet. Most 12 year olds do, so good luck keeping them away from the violence of reality – just saying.
    Honestly, it almost offends me to see how many people want the books gone from schools. But even if that did happen, I would just take the books to school for personal reading to prove that no authority figure could ever stop me from reading and re- reading the Hunger Games Trilogy!!!!!!!!
    – Sam

  185. Leanne says:

    Maybe when you’re all older and have some sense of how you want your own children to grow up, you’ll understand where Tracy is coming from…
    It’s like I’ve said before: it’s the fact that the Hunger Games DOESN’T bother eleven and twelve year olds that disturbs me the most. It only shows that everyone’s becoming desensitized at an early age, and if you grow up knowing how to be indifferent towards violence… well, I’d rather not think about how people will be running the world in a few generations from now. I really believe that if you become totally unaffected by fictional/theatrical violence and gore, it’ll be a lot harder for you to feel any real yearning to try and bring peace to a war-ravaged world.

  186. me says:

    @leanne come on i was just starting to like reading you and then you that come on

  187. me says:

    i meen post that

  188. me says:

    you say 7th graders shiuldent read this i red this in 4th grade im not gonna go shoot up a school thus disproving all the haters

  189. me says:

    @leanne were desanitized becauz we havnt had war real war in years we arnt afraid because stoires dont scare us

  190. Patrick says:

    With the amount of crap that is on television today that we let children watch, I think this book series is the least of our worries. I do agree that sixth graders should not be reading these books, but I do not see them as trash by any means. Let’s first combat the trashy people on MTV reality programs, then we can take down the dangerous weapon, The Hunger Games, that is getting children off the television and reading!

  191. me says:

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!! patrick

  192. mrbob123 says:

    i haven,t seen it

  193. Brenna says:

    The book isn’t meant for 11 year olds…. It’s my favorite book but I don’t think schools should teach it to children so young as it is extremely dark.

  194. me says:

    agian i say i read it in 4th grade

  195. Leanne says:

    @me Just because you read it when you were in fourth grade doesn’t mean it’s right…

  196. Jim says:

    A quick weigh in against The Hunger Games. My son’s 5th grade pals are reading it. It’s an inapprporate book for young children.

    My daugther read it after 6th grade….and loved it so much she begged me to read it too. I was horrified. It’s a pulp-level tale of a reality show contest for children to murder each other, featuring the graphic depiction of over 20 murders. Pornographic. Killing for sport. To pretend this book has redeeming social value is laughable…. celebrating the hunger games is not unlike watching a burning car wreck — tittilating, grotesque, unworthy of the civilized. Childrens’ eyes should be shielded.

    That 5th grade children are advance reserving tickets for the movie and celebrating the cultural touchstone of the year is sickening. Maybe they can show a trailer of the Florida or Toulouse murders to serve the audience’s need for gore

    I think the focus and frenzy present a teachable moment. Hard lesson plan but brazen voyeuristic titillation, though it may underpin the American economy, will not come to a good end and should be discouraged or at least put in perspective.

    respectfully,

    Jim

  197. Sam says:

    Okay first of all every 6th 7th and 8th grader and half of the 5th graders in my school have read the Hunger Games. Best books in creation. And everyone at my school who’s read them agrees.
    And I went to the Hunger Games Midnight Premiere last night, or uhh this morning. I absolutely loved it!!! I am 12 and I read the books last year. My sister read them when she was in fifth grade.(She’s in 6th now, and I’m in 7th) Oh and my catholic school arranged a field trip on Wednesday to go see the movie.
    I go to a catholic school and they’re teaching it to us there so how the hell is it bad. They are my favorite books ever. I hate when parents or adults think kids shouldn’t read stuff or watch stuff because they don’t think its appropriate. If your a parent i guess its your call if you don’t want your kids to read the books. But if my parents ever tried that with me I would hate them forever. If the school ever banned the books, I would take them to school for silent reading, just to rub it in their faces. No Authority figure would ever be able to keep me away from the Hunger Games.
    And really the books teach good lessons. Okay so its a little violent. It isn’t horrible at all. I loved the movie and I love the books even more.
    I really hope everyone will one day too.
    Just Saying =)
    – Sam

  198. patricia says:

    i think the hunger games isn’t dangerous,because seriously,i have read it when i was 10 and now i am 12.But do you know im not having any nightmares about it.we are actually going to see it tomorrow.i dont have nightmares about it,but i daydream goooood things about it.i think the mother in this story is over acting.i am 10 when i read it and read it almost 38 times already (or maybe even more,but my last counting was 39.) same with the other 2 books. it hadnt made me feel guilt about reading it, and it actually helped me be more mature because katniss is my heroine,and helped me be strong by just reading and feeling it.AND SHE ACTUALLY CALLED IT FILTH!!!!!!. the filth is, (no offense) actually,the mother and daughter for calling it something not decent. if she read it she would have understand and think twice about reporting it.and if she had enough sense to think twice,she can help her daughter by explaining it without reporting and adding much ruckus. THE BOOK HAS MEANING,PEOPLE!. AND IT CAN ACTUALLY HELP YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. the other kids in the daughter’s class might have understand it. maybe even liked it. AND MAYBE THE MOTHER SPOILED THE DAUGHTER TOO MUCH AND THE DAUGHTER DOESNT KNOW HOW TO ENDURE IT AND POSSSIBLY NEVER EVEN KNEW HOW TO READ AND UNDERSTAND!

    -patricia OUT!!-

  199. skyler says:

    Well I read the book and I thought it was a really good one, it was acually my favorite book yet!! She clearly didn’t read the book and I agree that at some times it was really disturbing but after you read it you get the memmo. And if it was scaring her she shouldn’t of read it you can tell that it will be scary from the first few chapters.

  200. skyler says:

    Wekk if they did have to read it for school they should talk to the school board and the teacher too. Just because one teacher made a mistake doesn’t mean that she has to run it for the rest of us.

  201. we says:

    i dont see y we r arguing we all hav opionions we all disagree this is the way things r but we r letting this get out of hand i dont see y we r making this one girl and her prefrance in literature get us so worked up i mean this girl means nothing to most of us we will never meet her we will never need to know her just saying

    • Mrs. Speaker says:

      I can see that more time should be spent in the classroom teaching children how to write grammatically and spell correctly instead of incorporating such violence into the curriculum.

  202. Anonymous says:

    I read the book when I was 10. It was totally fine and i didnt have nightmares at all. The book isnt that much worse then Harry potter or a series of unfortunate events. Also, it’s people need to know that bad things do happen to people. cant live your life in a bubble. Anyway, im 12 now and i think the book is fine for anyone over the age of 8.

  203. Hunga gamesfan1 says:

    JESUS CHRIST it’s just a book my mom doesent like who cares she still let’s me read it at least there reading and anyone posting negative comments is in enemy territory and are out numbered 10000 to 1 Good luck having anyone listening to you.a nd if ur scared hat america may become like panem NO ONE CARES lord of the flies had a similar metephor I am so sick of everyone complaining about the book on this website.

    • Jesus says:

      Um… speaking of reading, you MAY need to read a bit more. You didn’t use a single period or comma in that post, except for one that was used incorrectly.

    • Mrs. Speaker says:

      You mom may be one of many who are afraid to say NO to you. By the way, your remarks would be more credible if you didn’t use your fresh mouth to curse.

  204. we says:

    i dont get it this little girl will or does mean nothing to most of us honestly

  205. Leanne says:

    Interesting that everyone defending the hunger games seems to be under the age of fifteen, while everyone against it seems to be much older, perhaps with children of their own. I think it’s safe to say that the hunger games series is a fad, just like Twilight was, and the hype will pass in a couple of years or so. It’s a pretty good book, but it’s not legendary, and it will not go down in history as one of the greatest books ever written (sorry). I only hope that by the time I have kids, the school districts will be looking at less dark and disturbing literature, but considering the direction that humanity seems to be going in… I doubt that will happen.

    • patrick says:

      THANKYOU LEANNE!

    • Susan says:

      I am not a teenager and the parent to a tween, so from a parent’s perspective this is a book I want my daughter to read because it beautifully illustrates some very good points. If something is done to you, do you have the right to do it to someone else even though you know its wrong? Being a tribute doesn’t make you a monster, yet some of the contestants make the choice to become one as they don’t just want to survive, they want to hurt others.

    • LCP says:

      I’m not a teen and haven’t been for many years, but I don’t exactly agree with you. The Hunger Games is a good little series, but I doubt it will go down in history as one of the greatest series ever written. However, it being “dark and disturbing literature” doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be taught.

      Way back when I was 12 or 13 we read Lord of the Flies in school and spent roughly a month deconstructing the novel. It’s magnificent, harsh and filled with haunting allegories. In terms of quality, I’d rate it above The Hunger Games personally, but it’s really just as “dark and disturbing”. The only real difference being that in the Lord of the Flies the children become savage torturers on their own and in The Hunger Games the children were forced to do it for the amusement of a nation. Both of which are horrible in slightly different but equally reprehensible ways.

      I don’t believe children should be completely shielded from the harshness of life and using something “safe” like reading to instill that is a good way to introduce it. Particularly when the novels can teach good lessons because of their dark subject matter.

    • amanda says:

      I am a teacher, and I fully plan to defend and teach this book. Funny you should mention humanity, it is one of the core themes the book tries to teach!

    • jafry says:

      what contents do u think make people want to ban it

    • Mrs. Speaker says:

      Parents have to collectively speak up to keep books like this out of the classroom and school libraries. By teaching children a love of good literature and by having teachers with a modicum of good sense, changes are possible. Try being a parent who wants the best for her children instead on one who is afraid of speaking out.

      • Mrs. Teacher says:

        Like Romeo and Juliet? Murder, suicide, and lust at the tender age of 13? What ‘good literature’ are you referring? Today’s student does not read, they don’t have to, parents give in to their every whim with video games, television, and (G*d help me, shoes). There is no more ‘parenting’ at home. In my ten plus years of teaching I have met very few parents who are still involved with their kids in high school. By very few I am talking on average of one to two per year. I am not only trying to bring up reading levels from a third grade level to a tenth grade level in one year, but I am also playing mother, father, counselor, and humanitarian. So I think by focusing on a single book, we should be happy that they are in school and actually reading! The Hunger Games teaches us how to stand up for what you believe in, to never give up, and that EVERY life in important from the simplest bug to the largest of men. It shows us that democracy is something that we take for granted and that others do not have these choices. And that if we do not learn from our mistakes, where is this road going to lead us. No it is not a American classic in any sense of the word, but it is something they can relate to, understand, and keep them at least entertained long enough to learn the little lessons we are trying to instill in them. It is not perfect, but it is not 50 shades of Grey either (a HORRIBLE book by-the-way!). Sorry, I stand by my fellow teacher. If you don’t think it belongs in the classroom, try teaching in one for one week. See if you fair any better.

  206. we says:

    y can we stop argueing please its a BOOK it will mean nothing to us in our later years and the fact that this one 7th grader disliked it is driving me insane i dont get it WHY DO WE CARE SO MUCH about a BOOK???????????

    • amanda says:

      Because some of us want to teach it, and find their are valuable lessons in it. Also, censorship is awful in general.

  207. we says:

    so one persone had nightmares we care soooooo much all of the sudden oh this is the only person that had night mares the mother made it up to be soooo much im sure there r others that had night mares but u dont care about them y i ask u do u care so much about this one girl but not all of the others that had night mares?????

  208. we says:

    can any1 ancer my question?

  209. RD says:

    From a middle school reading specialist: A child’s ‘reading level’ and their cognitive and emotional ability to connect with the message and theme of the book are two different things. An adult reading the book, and having advanced discussions, synthesizing their own experiences and background knowledge regarding the politics, themes, and messages in the book with other adults, and using those ADULT discussions as a basis for advocating a book for KIDS is ridiculous. Children’s brains are not as cognitively adept as adults, and they certainly (we would hope) lack the backgroud knowledge to put such themes in a context that would find benefit of the story that these adults imagine they will. A teacher (or any adult) who admits the book is, or can be “disturbing” or “scary” to kids is taking a huge arrogant gamble in requiring the reading as a part of a class assignment. Dont assume because you connect with the themes, and because book publishers or hollywood says so – that a child or adolescent is capable of the same thing. The book was disturbing and highly emotional to me, as an adult. I found it more disturbing that middle school kids at the movie were giggling through the violence. Laughter is often a response pre-teens give as way of dealing with content that is too difficult to emotionally connect with or process. Many parents are allowing the book to be read, and the movie to be seen before reading or watching – and without thinking about it through the eyes of a child. That is the most disturbing part.

    • preteen mom says:

      I am letting my 10 year old read the book. She has read the first and is now starting the 2nd. We talk about it so i know what she is getting out of it and what she is not, now i will not let her watch the movie, their are things her mind cannot comprehend that the movie will show her that i find very disturbing for a 10 year old, but as far as her reading it i don’t have a problem a mind can only go as far as the eyes have seen. i think every child is different and their understanding is different i also believe in reading books like these before her and talking to her about it as she is reading it.

  210. we says:

    something i dont get is you can say something is ‘scary’ becuz that is an opion just saying

  211. Sam says:

    @RD
    Hey did you know that I can read at a 12th grade level. I’m 12 and in 7th grade. Last year My entire 6th grade class read the books. We all understood EVERYTHING. and if someone was confused it was explained. My parents were fine with it and even let me and my little sister see the midnight premiere of the Hunger Games movie. My little sister was 10 when she read the books, by the way. What are you talking about that its too difficult to emotionally process. I was able to process everything, and so was the rest of my class. I am capable of connecting with the themes and most kids today are. And almost no one was giggling throughout the movie when my class took a field trip to see the movie (I saw it twice. Because every kid has different personalities and maturity levels, you can’t make any generalized statements about what kids can and can’t handle. Well, I guess you could but it isn’t going to be very accurate.
    I am really sorry if I offended you or something. I was just stating my opinion, but I probably could have been nicer about it. So my apologies if I offended you!!
    Just Saying
    -Sam

    • patrick says:

      Sam,and the rest of you kids,

      That hole you keep digging just keeps getting deeper and deeper LOL!
      I like you as a person Sam but really,”not DARK?,YOU understand EVERYTHING?”. NOT even adults understand everything Sam.Everything you have said tells me, YOU understand very little or nothing at all.Perhaps you will understand one day,maybe when you are old enough to vote. AND just maybe, YOU will make a difference in the world. Helping end world hunger,homelessness ,stopping the wars of the world,curing cancer,etc.When that day comes,I will vote for you for President.

      • amanda says:

        Patrick,
        The only child here is you– an adult trying to argue with, and bully, a child— that is sad, and very childish.

        Also, Patrick did you read “Lord of the Flies” in school? How would this book be any different than that?

    • Elle says:

      Sam, don’t let these so-called “adults” make you feel badly! You are obviously very smart and very capable, and you prove a perfect point. Many adults want to dumb kids down under the false pretense of “protecting” them. Kids are a lot smarter than many adults give them credit for. You remind me a lot of my little cousin, who just turned 11. He loves the Hunger Games– just finished the first book and I took him to saw the movie. He says that Katniss inspires him because she fights for what’s right and what she believes in. It’s heroines like Katniss that are going to inspire the kids who will run the world one day.

      • patrick says:

        NO!

        I do not want kids dumbed down.I do not want them protected until it is too late. That is also very wrong.

        What I would like to see is kids taking a little more serious viewpoint on the matter. Instead of it being just all fun and games.

      • Mrs. Speaker says:

        “Heroines” like Katniss? We have real life heroes and heroines in the world that should be held up as models to today’s children who idolize rap stars and killers. These kinds of movies should not be shown to youngsters—that is the bottom line. We have lost our sense of right and wrong and the public schools play right along with it. Children are not little adults who can process the subtle differences and nuances that pervade today’s culture. Look at the lack of respect and violent behavior practiced by the youth. Don’t you see it?

    • amanda says:

      Well said Sam! Bravo!!

  212. we says:

    thank u sam i can read at a 13th grade leval i dont get it agian i say so one persone had nightmares we care soooooo much all of the sudden oh this is the only person that had night mares the mother made it up to be soooo much im sure there r others that had night mares but u dont care about them y i ask u do u care so much about this one girl but not all of the others that had night mares?????

  213. Leanne says:

    What I find ironic is when you have twelve-year olds claiming to be at twelfth-grade reading levels who can’t even type properly… Try picking up Wuthering Heights kids. When you can appreciate and understand real literature (without resorting to SparkNotes) then maybe we’ll take you seriously.

    • Sam says:

      I type properly! I try to spell everything correctly and use proper grammar. Anything I did wrong was an accidental typing error that anyone, despite age, could make. I can read at a twelfth-grade level; our Principal bought and had us take a special online program/test that would determine our reading abilities and those were my results. So I am not “claiming” anything. I really can read at a twelfth-grade level, whether anyone believes me or not. As for reading Wuthering Heights, no offense, but it looks really boring. I have the book, but I don’t know if I am actually going to read it. It doesn’t look like it is going to have any action in it and usually I can’t stand books like that. I personally think The Hunger Games is real literature and the trilogy is one of my most favorite series in the world.
      Just Saying
      – Sam

    • patrick says:

      Leanne,
      I learned long ago that trying to reason with a child gets you nowhere.Sam is clearly very intelligent for her age but not very enlightened.

      • Sam says:

        How am I not “enlightened” exactly? Also, I’m not a child, I’ll be 13 in five days. That would make me a teenager wouldn’t it?
        Just Saying
        -Sam

        • Mrs. Speaker says:

          Being a teenager still makes you a child. You write like a child and think like a child. Hunger Games is not real literature, young man. Try reading Wuthering Heights to see if you can understand it. Then you will know whether you really are reading at a 12th grade level.

      • Susan says:

        Patrick,

        I learned a long time ago that trying to reason with someone who refuses to accept any view beyond their own gets you nowhere.

        Leanne,

        Wuthering Heights is a maudlin, drawn-out bodice ripper that has gained significance because it was written by a Bronte sister while Charlotte’s, Jane Eyre, is and will always be the more superior work of classical fiction. It doesn’t just weave tangled love-affairs or espouse self-indulgence, it truly delves into the character of a strong woman’s character and emotions.

        So in the future when you want to impress upon a teenager how educated you are whilst demeaning their intelligence, perhaps you should learn to recognize and appreciate real literature instead of simply tossing out the most grown-up sounding book you’ve ever read.

        Sam,

        May the odds ever be in your favor, as it is clear you have become the target of adults who think only their opinions have merit simply because they are a few years older.

  214. chase says:

    @patrick thats is VERY offensive!!!!!!!!! why would you say that

  215. chase says:

    @patrick calling us stupid womt get you any where

  216. chase says:

    to patrick calling us stupid womt get you any where

  217. Elle says:

    This is absolutely ridiculous. I’m glad that I came across this. Literally NOTHING makes me more furious than the thought of censorship in society. Shielding your children’s eyes from something is not going to make it go away. What’s even worse is pretending that middle-school aged children are these innocent beings that are ignorant to the more unsightly aspects of life.

    Ok, so I was a pretty advanced reader when I was young. Once I read the first Harry Potter at age eight, I was unstoppable. By the time I was in sixth grade, I was reading books far beyond my grade level. And yes, I know that every child is not going to be like that. But my required reading in school ranged from The Giver (7th grade) to Lord of the Flies (I believe 8th or 9th), and no, I do not think that these were out of line to be reading at 11, 12, 13. These are books with important messages about society, very similar to The Hunger Games. This is by no means an “adult” novel. It has a Joan of Arc like heroine and its themes of love and sacrifice over selfishness and corruption are pretty basic to grasp. If your kid isn’t getting it, maybe he or she is a bit slow. But a school setting is the best place for your child to read novels like these. An engaging class discussion with a thoughtful, smart teacher can change your life– I know that many did for me.

    Yes, it can be a little bit violent. But how can you shield your kid from violence? It’s everywhere!! Would you rather have your kid read it in a novel, or see it all over the television or e computer? Things were different when I was a kid, but nowadays, there is no hiding anything. Your kid is seeing worse things than The Hunger Games online and in video games, believe me. And why would you even want to raise a kid who has no concept of reality? Why not engage your child in a thoughtful discussion is you think that he or she isn’t getting something fully? Let me tell you– I grew up with a lot of kids whose parents wouldn’t let them watch MTV, or play video games, or see certain movies. And what did these kids do the first second they got any sense of freedom? They went totally wild. You can’t raise kids in a bubble, because eventually, that bubble is going to burst.

    We never change as a society; this is the same BS they pulled over Harry Potter years back. Parents need to face reality and realize that they can’t shelter their children in a dream-like fantasy until they are 25.

    • Sam says:

      That has got to be the best, well written and true thing out of all these comments. I completely, 100% agree with you and that is exactly with all those adults who are trying to protect their kids from the violence of life (yes trying, because any kid my age, younger, and/or older, who is in school or has access to the internet, isn’t very protected anymore)need to hear and try to understand.
      Just Saying
      -Sam

    • Polly says:

      i applaud you for that amazing comment

    • chase says:

      thats was awesome thank you!!!!!

  218. Jesus says:

    Just because a piece of literature affects someone emotionally doesn’t mean it should be banned. In fact, it should be praised for it. God forbid a book makes a decent point or has some emotional meaning.

  219. KEE says:

    Nightmares of the hunger games ??? I have dreams about The Hunger Games !!!!!!!

    • Sam says:

      Same here. I had a dream I won the Hunger Games. It was actually really fun in my dream.
      Just Saying
      -Sam

      • chase says:

        you had an awesome dream about killing 23 kids!?!? wow you are horrible!!!

        • Sam says:

          Actually no one died in my dream, I don’t actually know what was going on, it was one of those dreams that didn’t make sense once I woke up. I just remember right before I woke up me and my friends were having a water balloon fight and then I got a crown and they said I won the Hunger Game. It wasn’t a real hunger games at all. If it was, then that would be sick.

      • megan says:

        that is sick

  220. Polly says:

    your 11 year old daughter should be in the sixth grade not the seventh unless my whole entire school districts has it wrong…

  221. nightlock says:

    i am in the seventh grade and i have read the whole series twice and i have not had one nightmare, these books are AMAZING and i think more people should read them instead of them being banned.

    • HG LOVER!!! says:

      UR SO RIGHT! Same here I LOVE THE HUNGER GAMES. ( Not the event the book. DOWN WITH THE CAPITOL! ) The book is basicly about what some1 would do for there loved 1s when pushed to extreams. It is soo meaningfull and awsome with just the right combo of epic battles, a non-pathetic heroine, tragety, excitement, and love. Skrew the lady who calls it filth! She’s filth not this powerfull, meaningfull, emotionaly deep, and all around wonderfull book.

  222. Alexx says:

    Wow this lady is ridiculous! The way she talked about the story made it look like in fact it was that horrible. Clearly she hasn’t read the book. Summing it all up, the story is about love, sacrifice, and the horrors governments place upon their citizens. There is a reason why The Hunger Games were created and if she had read the story she wouldve known why! Don’t judge a book by its cover. I hope the school board doesn’t remove this book. Is she gonna call for a ban on the sequels too?

  223. Karl says:

    This book condemns violence. This is especially clear by the time of reading the third book, “Mockingjay”. I am a 53 year old ex-military male and I was profoundly touched by the message of this trilogy. I would appeal to the mother to not deny that to her daughter.

  224. Raine says:

    It’s not a book for eleven year olds.I get so frustrated when people do this. I mean, for goodness sake, READ SOMETHING AGE APPROPRIATE! You don’t sit an adult down and tell them to watch playschool. You don’t let five year olds watch ‘Saw’, so why should reading a book be any different? People always bag books that were not written for their age brackets. People need to use their brains. Read a book written for your age bracket, not just books in a genre you like. It’s not rocket science.

  225. Racquel says:

    Its just a book, i am 12 and i have read all three books i wasnt scared at all some kids are more mature than others to understand that if you know you will be scared of the book than read the back of the book for the summary to know what its about. To me the hunger games trioligy is interesting to read not scary.

  226. Rosie says:

    I just finished it, and I think it has great lessons in it. If this book were to be banned, they would lso have to ban Lord of the Flies, which I read in my eighth or ninth grade English class (child-on-child murder). That book has great lessons for kids, too. Kids are exposed to so much violence, both in real life and the media, and I think that this series has good messages about how wrong violence is and how it is used for the benefit of the select few (i.e., sending poor and middle-class people to war for the economic benefit of the wealthy).

  227. graciela says:

    i was 11 when i read it and i didnt find anything wrong with it. at times it was a little violent, but come on, could we really take any bad ideas from this? its not like i can say oh goody! im going to go kill some kids with my bow and arrow. and anyways this should work as a reality check for both the girl and the mom, far worse things are happening, even if they are violent and scary and sad theyre true. this chick should realize that books and movies arent real, theyre fantasy. fine by me if you dont want your child to read it, to each his own, but dont do something that will affect a lot of other people.

  228. Jake says:

    I’m 12 and I read the books last year and loved them. At my school most people in my class that have read loved the books. And even maybe some 4th graders in my school might have read it. But the book isn’t all about the violence. It’s about overcoming that and how to survive and the control of the Capitol. The Capitol throws the kids in for entertainment and the only people who like it is the Capitol (and maybe district 1) and the other districts what to stop the Capitol so the violence ends and the controlling capitol stops. The districts are potoroos and barely survive on their own. I think the moral of these books is to overcome the impossible.

  229. Michelle sims says:

    It is a scary concept but I have to admit it was one of the best series I have ever read. My husband and unread it first and then let our ten year old read and watch it. She loved it!!!! I don’t think sheltering kids from all “potentially scary” things is a good thing. She loves to read and was so enthralled. Does this mean she is now trying to hunt and kill her brothers….NO!!! I feel sorry for the kid whose Mom would go as far as asking the school to remove a book! That kid is in for fun times ahead….(sarcasm noted)

  230. Abbie says:

    What if the apocolypse actually happened? Then what happened when she got picked and no one volenteered for her and you were to old how would you feel if she was killed or what I said? Abbie

  231. Lillian says:

    The message in this book is not about violence. It’s about love,life,sacrifice,liberty, and loss. If you had read the book you would know that she volunteered for her 12 year old sister Prim so that she wouldn’t be killed in the Games. It’s actually a very sweet book. I can understand this and I’m 11.

  232. THose who seek to ban The Hunger Games don’t understand what the book is about.

  233. Ian Aplin says:

    Sorry

    I am glad I found this forum. I have never commented on a film in my life before. I have never felt this way before about a movie / book. I was very sad that as a society we would allow a movie like this to be released. I am sure there are many positive messages, but, the basic concept of the scene where young children ran around killing each other was just the most disgusting thing I have seen. Historically there are many things that as a human race we have done and will continue to do that are wrong. It is important to remember and learn from these. But, to produce a film of this nature just made me feel sad. We don’t need this kind of rubbish and I think that our ‘censors’ should be strong enough to ban it.

    The core idea to show children killing each other is WRONG.

    Regards

    Ian

  234. Pete says:

    Is this the 1984 of the current young generation? Orwell was disturbing to me as a young child when we HAD to read it. Today with all the movies, TV, and video games the “pain level” has increased/

  235. C says:

    Did it occur to anyone that the novel is an anti-war, anti-violence book? It condemns governments that perpetrate such violence against children. The United States sends 18 year-olds to their deaths in foreign lands, but it is The Hunger Games that is sick? Read the entire series and then make a decision. The same logic being displayed here was used to make one of the greatest anti-war novels ever, Slaughterhouse Five, one of the most censored and banned books ever. Read Slaughterhouse Five or All Quiet on the Western Front and then tell me if The Hunger Games is disturbing. I am in my 30s and have children, and I want them to read this book. I want them to realize what our society allows and what it can become if there are not people like Katniss to stand up and revolt.

  236. mina says:

    @hungagamesfan1 you should learn how to spell before you try to express yourself and seem completely illiterate!

  237. mina says:

    @Elle-You are right, we can’t shield our children’s eyes from anything, but instead of bringing something enriching, intellectual, and informative, such as more classic literature, our schools are having our children read trash such as the trash they are exposed to everywhere else. There are plenty of classic novels appropriate for all ages that should be introduced to our schools, by authors like Jack London, Mark Twain, Tolstoy, Dickens, etc. Books like the hunger games do not enrich young minds with an increase of word recognition, or a realistic understanding about the world around them. They are not challenging their vocabulary, either.

  238. Sarah says:

    I thing she is just couldn’t handle it so she just had nightmares. So don’t ruin it for us since she couldn’t handle it.

  239. amanda says:

    Many kids are reading “Lord of the Flies” at that grade level, and the two texts are very similar in regard to their “disturbing themes.” As an English teacher I fully plan to teach this book, and if a parent objects I will give the student “Lord of the Flies” or “1984” to read instead. I respect a parent’s right to choose what their child can or cannot read; however, they won’t be making the decision of what I teach without a fight from me, and I am appalled by the parents that try to claim that just because they don’t want their children to read a certain book, means no one should read it.

  240. Paige says:

    I agree with everyone that it does sounds like the mother did not read the book. I also agree that its message is about how awful the effect of violence, war, and oppression are, not glamorizing it. I also agree that a key piece here is the age of the students. It is a YA novel, which is meant to be for teenagers. I work as an elementary school librarian. Do I have the book in my library? No. Have I had students whose parents let them read the book? Yes, many. For those who have asked, I have seriously advised the parents to read the book before allowing the students to read it. In my discussions with the kids (mostly 11 year olds), they seem to get the plot, but as to getting the deeper meaning, that is lost upon them. I would not ban the book completely, but seriously think about the age and ability of the students to really grasp the content and message. Just my thoughts.

  241. Silver Desert Rabbitry says:

    Wow. Just wow. Obviously the parent doesn’t get the message of the Hunger Games, and obviously the parent can’t handle the violence (what violence?) in the story. There is nothing wrong with the Hunger Games.

    First off, it was a school assignment to read the Hunger Games. I have had to read several books throughout middle school and high school that I thought were either disturbing, boring, made absolutely no sense, et cetera. And no matter how much complaining either me or any of the other kids did, it got us no where. We had to do it anyways. I would have been so happy if I would have read the Hunger Games in school! That’s one of the best books out there!

    And, how can this be considered filth? It’s not dirty in any way! It’s about a 16 year old girl who loves her sister and does everything for her family to keep them together and keep them alive. Then yes she gets put into the Games and she survives that with as little violence on her end as possible. Granted she kills 3 tributes, 1 indirectly (Marvel, who killed Rue, Cato, and Glimmer with the tracker jackers).

    It’s simply a story of survival against a tiranical, corrupt, comunist-type government that controls the districts by taking their kids and killing them for entertainment. Yes, it has some violence, but it’s only enough to keep things interesting. It has good ethics and good morals in it, you just have to be understanding of the situation to see them. It’s called, what would you do if you were forced to fight to the death on national television while your family back home continues to starve and suffer not because of you, not because you don’t care about them, but because of how the government is treating their citizens.

    Also, are we completely sure the girl is having nightmares because of the violence? Or could it be from the idea of having a government that could take her away from her family and make her fight to the death? I have a friend that had nightmares from the Hunger Games and that’s the idea that was plaguing her mind. Not the violence. I actually had a nightmare about that once myself. Granted not everyone can take violence as well as others can, but the amount of violence in the Hunger Games isn’t enough to provoke violence-based nightmares. Not even for an 11 year old.

    And if parents want to explain the Hunger Games to their kids, they need to speak at the kids’ level of understanding. That’s how my parents got things across to me at that age. They didn’t fill things with paradox and riddles and complicated words and things. Nowadays I can understand all that, but not as a kid. Any kid can grasp the meaning of the Hunger Games at most any age (speaking from about age 8 and older). I have a friend who was 8 when she first read and saw the Hunger Games for the first time, and it never bothered her.

    So really guys, stop shaming the Hunger Games for things it does not have, and really for something it’s not.

    ~SDR

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