Nearly every educated person in the world would agree that literacy is important. Yet, everyday more kids and teens chose not to read. Even many adults today do not read recreationally because there are so many other options for entertainment. If I held the ability to influence the book choices of thousands of Americans, I would chose books that inspire more people to read.
Many of those who would rather toss a book out the window than attempt to sift through the first 10 pages are stuck in the mindset that reading is boring. They base this thought on their experiences with the ‘classic’ literature from high school’s required reading lists. The books chosen for English classes are usually old, battered copies of Moby Dick, Billy Budd, & Hamlet. For contemporary students it can be a struggle to throw their minds headlong into the verbiage and situations that were intense and relate-able years ago. Today they are just dull chapters we are supposed to believe will somehow be useful to career or college preparation. If we are deadset that reading and literacy are vital, why not make it enjoyable, at the very least?
Personally, I would recommend The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and the rest of her trilogy. From the first pages, you know Katniss will become a fighter in the Hunger Games. Collins does not waste time getting to know the heroine. Rather she tosses the reader straight though the raffle and onto the train to the arena. There is no shying away from death but no glorification or graphic descriptions of it either. The story is incredibly fast-paced and intense; a departure from the norm for booklovers and engrosses even the most anti-book humans. There are not many books that can make a reader out of someone who prefers other modes of entertainment. However, the books that can, like The Hunger Games, show readers how limitless the bookworld is.
“Why don’t they just kill him?” I ask Peeta.
“You know why,” he says, and pulls me closer to him.
And I do. No viewer could turn away from the show now. From the Gamemakers’ point of view, this is the final word in entertainment.