Why The Hunger Games made it to the Most Challenged Book List

| September 27, 2011 | 43 Comments More

My Hunger Games - call to ban the Hunger Games

Almost exactly a year ago a mother of a seventh-grade student in New Hampshire in the US, called for The Hunger Games to be banned from her daughter’s middle school.  She complained that the book gave her daughter consistent nightmares.  She also denounced the book for its alleged lack of morality and suggested its violent subject matter lead to school violence.

While her move to have The Hunger Games removed from her local school wasn’t successful, it seems that mother was not alone.

Last year, in the United States, there were apparently 348 attempts to have books banned or removed from school curriculums or libraries.  The Huffington Post has listed the top 10 challenged books of 2010 and the reasons they made the list.

As you can see, The Hunger Games was challenged for being unsuited to the age group, sexually explicit and too violent.

So what do you think?  While I understand concerns about age appropriateness or violence, I really don’t understand the sexually explicit complaint.  The Hunger Games, on the surface, sounds like a disturbingly violent and grim premise for a story, but as those of us that have read and loved and processed the series can tell you, it’s actually  anti-violence and anti-war and Katniss has much bigger concerns than which boy she’s going to be with.

As Molly Raphael, the President of the  American Library Association says : “whether in print or digital format, books are a precious resource, providing us with information, entertainment, opinions, ideas, and a window on lives far different from our own.”

You can read her piece on her concerns about banning books at Huffington Post

 

 

 

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  1. Peeta'sgirl says:

    I think that people should read the back and decide if they want to read it, or start reading it and stop if it’s too “violent” for them… Everyone has different opinions though…but you shouldn’t ban a book that some teens might like!

    • Anna says:

      I agree with part of it because yeah you can not judge a book by it’s cover read the back at least and FYI it really isn’t that violent it just has alot of cool things it depends how you think if you think wrong well that’s your oroblem but dont blame Suzanne for it because she has nothing to do with it. I think Suzanne should keep writting bacause her books litterly amaze me and I don’t know how but she gets me inside of the book like I’m trapped and can’t stop reading it if I do I’ll just be thinking about it and maybe even dreaming about it because I’m stuck indide the book living what Katniss lives. No matter how many people hate it i’ll stilll love it and no body can stop me from loving it no mattter what they say becaue if they think it’s bad I think their crazy and don’t know what a good book is and maybe just pretend to read but don’t even read it.I LOVE SUZANNE COLLINS!

    • Anna says:

      I LOVE SUZANNE COLLINS! SHE IS A GREAT AUTHOR.NO MATTER WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY THEY WON’T EVER CHANGE MY MIND THEY ARE THEM AND I AM ME WE HAVE DIFFERNT MINDS AND DIFFERNT PERSONALITIES

  2. Khiya Hillyard says:

    I agree that the whole sexually explicit thing is wrong there is almost none, kisses, stuff like that and i can see maybe not having the book in middle school but my lil brother whos in grade 8 is being read it to his class by his teacher. I am also reading the hunger games to my 11 year old sister and she loves it and has never had nightmares.

  3. Bklmc5 says:

    Huh, I had a dream about the Hunger Games (In which I died) and I loved it! I even teamed up with Rue! I died when I went down a water slide that went off a cliff.

  4. Autumn says:

    Um ok. How do I put this. I understand where they are coming from, these books are a bit violent. But I yet do not understand How it is sexual in any way. I mean they do sleep together, but they dont do that kind of stuff! If they do’t like the books doesn’t mean others don’t like them. They should ban their child not the school. But she is a mother so she probably being protective. I read them last year in 6th grade, and I didn’t have nightmares. This was because I got the real concept of the story. I was actually one of those kids who reads it secretly with a flashlight. I would say I’m a bit obsessed, but sexuality? Really, that is entirely uncalled for. There is nothing like that in there unless of course you have a perverted mind. I’m very sorry, but this is my opinion.. :/

    • Anna says:

      yeh i mean it is not innappropiate or anything they just kiss if you think it’s bad just because they sleep together you totally think wrong because they do not do it

  5. Maddy says:

    I don’t believe that it’s really that bad to where anyone would want to ban them from any where. I think that it’s very violent but it’s not in any way sexual. It’s just kissing. If you don’t know what that is then you’re crazy!

  6. Mrs. Mellark says:

    sexually explicit… hmm…. WHAT ON EARTH ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT!!!!!!! That retarded “mother” should be aware of what her absolutely sensitive in all ways “daughter” is reading if she gets nightmares of straight out AWESOMENESS!!! That would make this mother sound uh… BTW…why am I the only person upset?

  7. Mrs. Mellark says:

    Did i mention i’m 10 years old? that’s not “scary” at all!!!!!!!

  8. Alisha says:

    I dont think this book is “Sexually Explicit”, “Homosexual”, “Sexist”, or “inaccurate”(yellow). This book is in no way Homosexual and i don’t understand why that is on here. They never have sex… ever. I don’t get it. People have aright to stop reading a book if they think it is too “violent” or “insensitive”. As for “Drugs”, Katniss did use a drug to put him to sleep, but it wasn’t Marijuana, or Meth, or something. All I’m saying is, that many books have kissing, or romances and are for even Elementary School Kids. The reason people bag on this book is because of the violence. But, at any time can they put the book down, and stop reading it. It’s important to remember also who is making the complaints. It isn’t the children, it’s their overprotective parents that do this. If kids aren’;t exposed to this type of Literature, they will never be prepared for the future.

  9. Autumn says:

    @ Alisha , it is only th ones n bold Sexually eplict. inappropriate for age group and violent.

    This is still uncalled for. It is violent, but not to the point where you scream your head off! If you think it is not appropriate for age group, you mine as well go up to the kindergartners and tell them they cant watch tangled cause Mother gothel stabs Flynn and people get hit with frying pans! And being sexual? Oh my gosh people! You cant get that out of this book! They just kiss! I mean has she read Twilight! For crying out loud. Maybe she should look up how many books Hunger Games has sold, come back and then see what she says about how no one should read these books. if your mad at my response, Im very tired so it is all just coming out.

  10. Emma says:

    What I don’t get is if you have a problem with your child reading the book then don’t let them read it! It’s like when one person is talking in class and your teacher makes the whole class stay in from recess because of that one kid. She can see it in anyway she wants and I don’t care how terrible it is to her she needs to shut her pie hole. It’s your problem if you don’t like it not ours.

  11. PEETA! says:

    sexually explicit?????? are u kidding me? they make out sometimes but it NEVER goes beyond that. Johanna doesn’t have clothes on like twice but are u kidding me???????? she was just being oblivious

  12. the fisher says:

    Of course we don’t think the book is explicit because so many other books are worse, and we actually know the facts of life. But, the mothers who know what is in the book don’t want their children to read certain parts (like where Katniss refuses to see Peeta naked even though he needs medical attention and the different things Johanna and Finnick do at the beginning of the Quarter Quell) because they think their kids are innocent and/or sheltered. I can just see an outraged mom running into the school and saying “How dare they suggest that people don’t wear clothes automatically and that they’re removable! My child is too sensitive to know about that right now!” Hilarious.

  13. Autumn says:

    K u have got to be joking. This is the book we all love, and only 10 of us care to stick up for it! My this is dissapointing.

  14. Sam says:

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME???!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    THESE 3 BOOKS ARE THE BEST EVER AND ANYONE WHO GETS SCARED OR SAYS ITS UNSUITED FOR THIS AGE GROUP IS BEING WIMPISH AND IMMATURE!!!!!!!!

    Ok had to get that out of my system.
    But seriously, I’m 12 and I was 11 when I first read all 3 books. And my little sister was 9 when she started reading them. We’re totally fine.
    My entire class read them last year and my teacher picked them out cause he loved them and thought we would too. My whole class is fine. Not one person I know got scared or disturbed. So I’m honestly curios as to why those parents or whoever they are wanted the HUnger Games banned.
    I would hate any Adult (including family members) if they tried to keep the Hunger Games away from me.
    Just Saying =)

  15. Gabby says:

    I understand that the mother was being protective of their child and, hey, eveyone’s different. Just cause some of you are 9 or something and didn’t have a nightmare doesn’t mean that everyone who reads the books should not. I’m 15 and had a nightmare from the book, it happens. I do agree with you for the whole “Sexually Explicit” “Homosexual” and “Inaccurate” labels. The books are in no way homosexual, or sexual at all! And as for Inaccurate, how do they know what to consider accurate or not?! It’s a book, not real life for goodness sake.

  16. teacher818 says:

    I read this book along with my students and we all loved it. The idea of the hunger games themselves spurred wonderful communication in class. Was it humane, what is desensitization, ect.
    Age group – it is written about teenagers, why shouldn’t teenagers read it? My students were all able to read it without ideas of violence. They were anxious for Katniss to win. Not fo rher to Kill. They liked that she won mostly by hiding and only killed to avenge Rue and stop Cato’s suffering.
    The sexual complaint can only be due to the fact that Katniss speaks of her mother’s patients being “naked” and that she did not wish to see Peeta “naked”. Katniss’ prep team saw her naked. There were no other types of implacations about the characters physically.

  17. Brenda says:

    Many times parents challenge books they haven’t even read!

  18. Sasha says:

    As you can see, The Hunger Games was challenged for being unsuited to the age group, sexually explicit and too violent-

    See, that’s what I hate about some parents. Parents, think, that their childs life is pure and they shouldn’t be exposed to these things. Well guess what. Once in their life, they’ve been exposed to violent stuff. It’s not like they’re watching a movie, wait, nevermind, since the movie IS coming out. But still.
    They have to learn that in books, there aren’t always the prince charmings or the fairy god mothers. Believe it or not, these books were written for TEENAGERS, who can surely handle the violence in the book.
    If you don’t wish you’re child reading that, then simply take it away. Of course, you do have to accept the fact that maybe your child does like reading. It’s their own choice to read The Hunger Games.
    Sexually explicit? Please tell me this is a joke. I admit, when I read the Hunger Games, I wished there was more detail to the romance, because they only kissed like, twice. These mothers are coming up with lies to remove a wonderful book out of the libraries.
    Instead of ranting about all the bad things, think about the good things.
    The Hunger Games is about love, and never giving up. You always have to believe in yourself, and protect those who you love.
    If you don’t like the book, you don’t like it. Don’t go around trying to ban it, because there ARE people out there who do like the book. I don’t like Twilight, but I’m not saying,” DON’T READ IT! IT SHOULD BE BANNED!” Why? Because, even though I hate to admit it, some people like reading Twilight.
    So, keep your opinions to yourself, because the Hunger Games is a beautifully written book that has been very succesful. I’m proud of Suzane Collins accomplishment, and how far she has gone.
    Can you imagine, that her book is being turned into a movie? That doesn’t happen to ANY book. It happens to those who deserve being turned into a movie.
    Keep writing Suzanne Collins, you’re amazing :)

  19. Sam says:

    @ Sasha,
    That is soooooo true. Its like you read my mind!!!!!
    I wish everyone would agree with you though!

  20. TIm says:

    this is a paper i wrote on it for school, hope it helps :)

    To Ban or Not to Ban? It’s Not Even Really a Question
    Have you ever heard a point, counter point debate for reading? No, that would be ridiculous. It’s impossible to debate the side that reading is bad for you. A comedian, Brian Regan, describes it as going something like this: (speaking against reading) “If uh, if uh, if you had, uh, done tried to readed a book and you, uh, ain’t uh, didn’t knowed why you lookeded, uh lookeded, lookededed at it then you might not even know why you had do’od that.” (Spokesman) “And the counterpoint?” (For reading) “Umm…..I have nothing further to add; in fact I would like to yield the remainder of my time to my opponent in the spirit of fairness.” I think all of us would agree that even the idea of this is ridiculous. In schools around the country books are being banned from classrooms and the libraries because parents are complaining of their content. If you look at the top ten most challenged books over the last decade you will notice that in that number there is at least one of the hit books from that time period. More recently some of the books you would have seen are: Harry Potter, Twilight and now Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games. (ALA). The Hunger Games is a popular novel published in 2008 that has quickly become a big hit because of its literary style and its political and life lessons. It has been placed in school libraries and many teachers have made it a part of their curriculum. In spite of all these accomplishments, it has been challenged many times by enraged parents because they describe it as, “Sexually explicit, unsuited to the age group, and violent.”(ALA) The only one of these complaints that holds any truth is the fact that it is violent; however the violence is neither gratuitous nor gory. It has no more violence than many popular TV shows and its violence is actually meant to satirically attack violence as a form of entertainment. Millions of children across America suddenly have a strong desire to read and instead of encouraging our youth, there are many who seek to remove access to these books from their children by taking them out of government funded schools and libraries. Restricting access to books in government funded facilities is not only against our Constitutional rights, but it is effectively encouraging our young adults not to form their own thoughts and opinions and further encouraging them that reading is bad.
    Unknown to most, Collins’ main inspiration comes from literature over one-thousand years old and from events and issues our country is facing right now. In an interview with Rick Margolis, Suzzane Collins reveals that her inspiration for The Hunger Games was very much based on the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, which she read when she was eight years old. She says she was a huge fan of Greek and Roman mythology. She explained that as punishment for displeasing Crete, Athens periodically had to send seven youths and seven maidens to Crete, where they were thrown into the labyrinth and devoured by the Minotaur, which is a monster that’s half man and half bull. Even as a child, she says “the story took her breath away” because of its cruelty, and the ruthlessness of Crete. When Margolis asked her where she got her modern inspiration she responded “One night, I was lying in bed, and I was channel surfing between reality TV programs and actual war coverage. On one channel, there’s a group of young people competing for I don’t even know; and on the next, there’s a group of young people fighting in an actual war. I was really tired, and the lines between these stories started to blur in a very unsettling way. That’s the moment when Katniss’ story came to me.”
    We in America have become desensitized with violent images and we find most of our entertainment, whether on TV or from some other source, based around violence. When we read Collin’s The Hunger Games we are immediately appalled by the grotesque world in which these people are forced to live, a world without true justice in which people are forced to send their children off to die for the entertainment of the Capitol. It’s disgusting and wrong and makes us all want to stand up and say “I would never let that happen!” The Hunger Games puts a fire in our bellies against that sort of thing ever happening in our society and encourages us to fight for what we believe in. While on the surface the idea of something like The Hunger Games happening seems outlandish and impossible, if we look back in history it has happened before. Think of the ancient Greeks and their Coliseum, the Aztecs and their “sports” that ended with the public sacrifice of the losing team and even more recent than we would like to admit, African Americans were sometimes lynched and burned alive for little more than the entertainment of racist former slave owners. Reality TV shows are one of the most popular types of TV shows of this age. Shows like Survivor and Man Vs Wild are some examples of shows where our entertainment is achieved through watching someone struggle to survive in the wilderness. We’ve all heard the quote from George Santayana “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”(Wiki)
    According to the Macmillian Social Science Library, “Book banning contradicts core beliefs” and “The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits Congress from making laws that impinge on the freedom of speech and freedom of the press” We as Americans have struggled to truly define the meaning of this amendment since it’s adoption. While book banning is still a major issue it has moved in importance from a national level to a much more local level. The most common challenges today occur in school libraries and classrooms. Most of the battles are fought at the school board level, but some cases have been legally challenged, and several have made it to the Supreme Court.” In one such case as this the Supreme Court ruled in favor of not banning the book and Justice William J. Brennan Jr. wrote in his majority opinion that “local school boards may not remove books from school libraries simply because they dislike the ideas contained in those books and seek by their removal to “prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion.”"(MSSL)
    Many will say that The Hunger Games’ sole purpose is to entertain through the violent murder of children. Unfortunately, if one feels this way then they are totally missing the point of the story. This story takes us through many core aspects of our human nature. We see Katniss face struggles that we have all faced; the discovery and subsequent confusion of love, anger with her parent for not being all that they should be, the struggle to improve her life, be the hero her family needs and much more. We see Katniss make the noble decision to take her sister’s place even though she is sure it means certain death. We sigh in frustration at seeing Katniss realize too late that maybe her feelings for Gale go beyond just friendship. She makes the toughest decisions she has ever had to make in a world that doesn’t make any sense to her, and wins. There was greatness inside her that she hadn’t realized. We all desire to have this greatness. We aspire to be more than we are. This book inspires us to aim for the stars because if we believe and fight hard enough, we just might catch one. In a disgusting, scary, unbelievable and grotesque world, there is still hope that good can prevail. This book doesn’t promise that life is going to be easy or even fair, but it does show us that just because the world has gone mad doesn’t mean there isn’t still hope for good in the midst of the madness.
    Young adults want to read this book. Let me restate that impossibility for you again in a slightly different way: Teens want to do something that will grow their mind, encourage them to think about the future, improve their reading and comprehension skills and give them a desire to continue to read. If this isn’t enough to convince you to leave it in our school libraries, then allow me to take you a little deeper. The Hunger Games forces us to do something that most of the time we view as a chore—use our brains. It grabs our attention, holds our hearts captive and forces us to find out what happens next. According to Mortimer Adler a truly great book is defined by four simple rules: “It is contemporary in any time and place because it deals with human nature, it is indefinitely re-readable because we can always learn more from it, it is most strongly connected to the great ideas and thereby to all the other great books, and some would add that it is always over everybody’s head, all the time.”(Ohlhaver) The Hunger Games fits all of these descriptions. It reveals our human nature in its compassion and even in its violence. As young adults grow into adulthood, the concepts of The Hunger Games become an unavoidable reality. Whether you realize it or not, we are facing one of the issues The Hunger Games addresses right now. In 2003 President George W. Bush declared war on the country of Iraq because, among other reasons, “America faces an enemy who has no regard for conventions of war or rules of morality. Saddam Hussein has placed Iraqi troops and equipment in civilian areas, attempting to use innocent men, women and children as shields for his own military; a final atrocity against his people.”(CNN) We went to war against a country because it treated its innocents so unjustly and immorally. If you support freedom and the sanctity of innocent lives then you inadvertently support the message of The Hunger Games. Whether you do or do not support the war in Iraq is not the point. The point is this: you are a part of this country; therefore, you are forced to have an opinion and The Hunger Games opens our minds and forces us to start forming our opinions at a young age.
    While it may be possible to ban the book The Hunger Games, it is impossible to remove the truths it presents from our society. The Hunger Games is simply a representation of issues big and small we face on a regular basis. If one has a passionate desire to ban this book then they are fighting the wrong battle in the first place. If their desire is to fight injustice then they will not achieve that goal by removing a representation thereof. If one thinks this book should be banned because it is using violence as a form of entertainment, then they have altogether missed the point of this book and yet found it at the same time. Collins’ motivation was, in the first place, to portray a world where violence as entertainment had reached its worst and force us to open our eyes to the dangers. If one wants to ban this book because they do not agree with its viewpoints, then they are actively working against, not only this book, but the freedom of speech and press promised us in our constitution. And furthermore, to ban this book is to remove a valuable learning tool from our classrooms and schools that encourages our young adults to not only read but, expand their minds and develop their own opinions.

    Works Cited
    “Bush Declares War.” CNN. (2003): 1-2. Web. 11 Dec. 2011. .
    “Current Issues: Macmillian Social Science Library. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 30 Nov. 2011.

    “Epitome of Hyperbole.” Regan, Brian, perf. 09 Sep 2008. DVD.
    “A Killer Story: An Interview with Suzanne Collins, Author of ‘The Hunger Games’.” Margolis, Rick. “School Library Journal 09 Jan 2008. n.pag. School Library Journal. Web. 4 Dec 2011. .
    “Top ten most frequently challenged books of 2010.” American Library Association. Office for Intellectual Freedom, 2011. Web. 29 Nov 2011.
    Ohlhaver, Dorothy. “What is a Great Book, Anyway?”HoustonGreatBooks.net. Houston Great Books, 11 Dec 2011. Web. 11 Dec 2011.

  21. I’m writing a research paper on this book series for my Acc. English 11 class and, if anyone would like to read it, I’ll be posting it on my website that, if it shows up, should be attached to this post. I’m not done with it yet but it should be up by… Wednesday or Thursday. I completely agree with all of you; this trilogy really is NOT sexually explicit at all. And Katniss stands for so much more than just a pawn in The Games; she points that out several times throughout the series as well. I have done a ton of digging to get deeper into these characters and, yes, I have had nightmares about The Games before; I only died in one, but in others, I had to kill people I love. Yet, I know the reason I have these dreams, is because of how real this could be. The Games, in a way, represent our nation NOW. And there is violence everywhere; you can’t hide from it. I think this series is an incredible read and if anyone wants my deeper opinion on it, please take a look this next week :) thanks!

  22. Kiana says:

    umm how is this [completely awesome] book have sexuality? im only in 5th grade trying to find how this book was banned for a library assignment when i have already read this book and i STILL found nothing bad about it! sure it has the political view of how things might be bad but sadly, thats how things are in the real world if you didnt notice…and my final word is that the little 8TH GRADER is a wuss for this! im not a dark attitude girl but that is just BAD for this to happen…dang, if she’s THAT scared of everything, home-school her!

  23. Anastasius says:

    The Hunger Games trilogy is pure old fashion snuff porn. If I had ever once heard any of its fan whom I know discussing the deep social ramifications of, say, child soldiers in Africa, and how HG relates to it then I’d think differently about it.
    Of course you’ll never hear that because the fans all wish to inject themselves into the arena and fantasize about it.

  24. Sandra says:

    These books are exactly the kind of books teens/young adults should be reading. The social commentary is amazing. I see the Capitol as a metaphor for the United States. The stylists and prep teams represent Madison Ave. The Capitol’s population at large represent the middle-class in that they are indifferent suffering outside of America. President Snow represents the Washington establishment (only he is one person versus the corrupt many in D.C. and all that influences it). The districts are exploited parts of the world (such as south Asia and Africa). They suffer so we can live a life of luxury from ipods to computers to cheap clothing, etc. The amount of food that we waste is obscene and we are killing ourselves with gluttony. Most of our health problems stem from eating bad food and eating too much of it, meanwhile other parts of the world are starving to death. The Games can be compared to a number of reality television shows. Many have compared it to Survivor, but consider some others. The Apprentice, for example, is a show where we celebrate the cut throat nature of the corporate world that makes so many of our lives miserable. Just like the victor in the Games has to be a certain kind of person to win, in order to get hired on the Apprentice (or succeed in the corporate world in general or even politics), you have to be a certain kind of person. I don’t know if Collins intended to convey these messages, but if we step outside ourselves and really take a look, we are not the “Exceptional” society that so many people would like to believe we are. Our soldiers are suffering from PTSD (just like most of the victors are) and our government does little to protect them and sends them back into battle – just like in the second book.
    These books teach some very important lessons that our government should apply to their own foreign policy – i.e. trading one bad governmental regime for another will not change anything, which is why Katniss had to make the choice that she did at the end of Mockingjay. Just look at Iraq and Afghanistan. We are willing to trade one bad regime for another.

    • j91o says:

      they dont see it that way thats what sucks its representation and symbolism they dont use their minds most people dont these days

  25. Gloria says:

    I think the people who make this list should read more carefully. It has some violence, sure, but my eight year old brother sees worse than it discribes on Heros and on his video games. It is not unsuited to age group because, it has ,in my mind, very important messages.It is not at all sexually explicit. The worst there is, is some kissing. People see that everywhere. I dont think this should be removed from any library, anywhere ever. It is a very good book and I think people need to see the messages it has inside it.

  26. Ellasen304 says:

    The Hunger Games is absolutely fine! I can see where the mother was coming from,and yes, maybe it isn’t appropriate for a primary school. But sexual? Not at all. Violent? Well yeah, it is about 24 children getting chucked in an arena to fight to the death. How is that a bad thing? Many books are violent and parents should be monitoring what their children are reading. It should not cause such a commotion. The Hunger Games may be a mature read but it’s not that bad! I don’t know a single person who has read The Hunger Games and not enjoyed it. Overall it is an amazing book, great movie and interesting story line. What’s all the fuss??

  27. Abi345 says:

    I am 11 this book is great for mature readers however if you do not mind killings( don’t even describe the killing) and a few kisses then the book is fantastic it is not sexual in anyway kissing is natural! So some parents need to let loose my mum weren’t sure about it and then she read it and said it was fine!

  28. cmobley says:

    My mother alwasy said “Read anything you want. As long as you read”. Banning a book just make it more tempting to read. I tell my kids the same thing. Open your mind. Read everything. I ban nothing. Let their minds expand. Those people who restrict what their kids read, hear and watch constantly are keeping them in a a bubble. Those are the kids who can’t take pressures and the bad experiences we call “Life”. I say if you don’t want your kids to read this book then keep them in teh Bible. I am sure you can find lots of violence in that book.

    Happy Reading.

  29. Jackie says:

    Ok first off the Hunger games is not sexual at all they yeah I’m sure you let your kids watch movies with worst stuff then that. I see where people are coming from with the violence it gave me nightmares to but, I didn’t care I still love the Hunger Games. If you have problem with it don’t let your kids read them but, if you want to ban the books from schools
    S and libraries it’s not fair your not the other kids who want to read the books parents do back off!

  30. Dustin says:

    The Hunger Games is a horrible series to require a student to read simply because it is horrible writing and literature. There is absolutely no character development. The overall plot is good but horribly executed. The reader keeps reading because of ‘shocking’ cliffhangers at the end of each chapter which appear without any plausibility. This is pure “pop literature” at its finest.

  31. @mark_bark122 says:

    HELLFIRE!! THIS BOOK IS MAZIN I SED!! IT SHULDNT B BANNED BCUZ I SED SO!! DAWG!

  32. Maria says:

    You know how can u have nightmares by reading a book? Like has she seen the movie, i don’t think so because she didn’t tell us the little girl watched it!! But banning a book because of the language and the sexual reference?? Nope I thing thats wrong because there’s barely sexual reference it’s just someone kissing someone like come on! This mother is just strict she wants her daughter to be all clean and stuff and she can’t protect her all the way be ause she not always there for her, and there’s barely bad language! So,some need to straighten up her and her mother because they need some serious help!!

  33. j91o says:

    lady please sry the book is too hard for your daughters brain to grasp it helps you think also im not much of a hunger games fan but i would like to see a book about the events leading up to the creation of the capitol more things about the first rebellion and and other surving or created nations around the world also worldy conflicts the hunger games is a very interesting universe

  34. j91o says:

    wow people have nightmares cause this yall would die if you played or watched silent hill and resident evil not so much resident evil but silent hill OH YEAH i used hate pyramid head and the eerie siren oh and dead space which is also a novel necromorph babies NO SIR CREEEEPY

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