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    Quote Originally Posted by Orangey View Post
    Good God! The Hunger Games books were terrible! I didn't expect much from them to begin with since they're YA and all the teeny-weenies love them, but they managed to fall considerably below my (already adjusted, already low) quality expectations for these kinds of books. Horrendous writing (to speak of technique alone), poor character development, the worst world-building I've ever come across, an ad-hoc, illogical plot (with some crappy, inconsequential romantic arc thrown in), no likeable characters, and just...really substandard story telling.

    I mean, I know it's supposed to be kind of sucky by design because YA = semi-literate moron (apparently), but the level of bad going on in these books just genuinely took me by surprise.

    I find that after I read this kind of shit, I really can't find it in my heart to agree with the people who claim that, "well, if it gets the kids reading, then it's all good!"
    I didn't think they were that bad, I enjoyed them. I wouldn't say it was great literature, but they weren't nearly as bad as you think.

    Then again, Stranger in a Strange Land is a classic and I loathe that p.o.s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orangey View Post
    Good God! The Hunger Games books were terrible! I didn't expect much from them to begin with since they're YA and all the teeny-weenies love them, but they managed to fall considerably below my (already adjusted, already low) quality expectations for these kinds of books. Horrendous writing (to speak of technique alone), poor character development, the worst world-building I've ever come across, an ad-hoc, illogical plot (with some crappy, inconsequential romantic arc thrown in), no likeable characters, and just...really substandard story telling.

    I mean, I know it's supposed to be kind of sucky by design because YA = semi-literate moron (apparently), but the level of bad going on in these books just genuinely took me by surprise.

    I find that after I read this kind of shit, I really can't find it in my heart to agree with the people who claim that, "well, if it gets the kids reading, then it's all good!"
    I got to page 10 and had to stop. Not sure how you made it through all three.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Orangey View Post
    Good God! The Hunger Games books were terrible! I didn't expect much from them to begin with since they're YA and all the teeny-weenies love them, but they managed to fall considerably below my (already adjusted, already low) quality expectations for these kinds of books. Horrendous writing (to speak of technique alone), poor character development, the worst world-building I've ever come across, an ad-hoc, illogical plot (with some crappy, inconsequential romantic arc thrown in), no likeable characters, and just...really substandard story telling.

    I mean, I know it's supposed to be kind of sucky by design because YA = semi-literate moron (apparently), but the level of bad going on in these books just genuinely took me by surprise.

    I find that after I read this kind of shit, I really can't find it in my heart to agree with the people who claim that, "well, if it gets the kids reading, then it's all good!"
    Er, it's none of my business, I guess, but... If you dislike YA, why did you choose to read the series? I'm kind of curious...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Viridian View Post
    Er, it's none of my business, I guess, but... If you dislike YA, why did you choose to read the series? I'm kind of curious...
    Because a friend insisted that they were "actually" good.
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    I'm in the middle of book #2 and really enjoying it.
    To each, their own, I guess...

    I was kind of wondering why you actually finished all three books if you thought they sucked so bad, but, hey whatever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    I'm in the middle of book #2 and really enjoying it.
    To each, their own, I guess...

    I was kind of wondering why you actually finished all three books if you thought they sucked so bad, but, hey whatever.
    How would I have known how bad it was, then? I won't lie, I plow through for the single reason that I can gain credibility enough to rant about how bad it is.
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    I usually read a dozend things simultaneously and seldom finish any of it. But I am trying to change that habit:

    last one finished:



    about to finish any day now (yes, I'm still on it and won't give up):



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