By Nathan Hatcher, Layout Editor
Finally. There is a random, pop culture-driven book I can get behind.
Everyone and their talking dog has been exclaiming how incredible The Hunger Games is, enough so that I might actually read the book after I buy it.
I sat at home by myself last Thursday clocking in many hours to my quest of saving Zelda in my Zelda: Skyward Sword game.
I grew frustrated, not only by the fact that it was taking me hours to kill a one-eyed parasite that possessed a giant whale god only to be sent on another obscure and strange quest, but also because my boyfriend figured his time would be spent better seeing the midnight premiere of The Hunger Games with his little sister.
After fighting the Dark Lord, who looks like Zelda’s version of Jeffree Star, I began to wonder if I was stunting myself culturally and creatively by spending five hours a day playing a video game when I could be reading books about a post-apocalyptic society, bent on making a twisted game out of children’s hunger. Then I began to feel sorry for children who don’t get to feast on mac and cheese everyday like I do.
I’ve been told the plot is simply a better-appropriated rip-off of Battle Royale, a Japanese movie made in 2000 based on what I read from movie-bible, IMDB. What I know of the plot reminds me of my childhood when my parents would leave to get me and my sister dinner and we would fight each other to eat the last of the marshmallows out of the Lucky Charms box before they got back. I don’t know if the book and movie are promoting defensive eating, but that is something I’m down for.
I am basically drawn to the series because it is about food, or at least sounds like it is. The only movies about food that I can think of are Good Burger and Supersize Me, and now I’m hungry for McDonald’s.
A bit of The Hunger Games’s appeal stems from having a plot that is deeper than vampire love and werewolf beastiality. I hear it’s a movie for everyone because men, at least “real” men, will get pumped up for the action in the movie and women will swoon over the love story.
That being said, I’m going spend my Free Movie Night watching The Hunger Games.
I don’t like feeling left out. I’m not complaining about my daily Zelda and food nights, but I’ll lend my time to a quality movie.