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Best selling writer Suzanne Collins begins the trilogy with The Hunger Games. Teen science fiction with fantastic pacing which will resonate with a generation brought up on Survivor and Gladiator. ...

Best selling writer Suzanne Collins begins the trilogy with The Hunger Games. Teen science fiction with fantastic pacing which will resonate with a generation brought up on Survivor and Gladiator. Upcoming Movie starring Jennifer Lawrence

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  • ==== ====Best selling writer Suzanne Collins begins latest trilogy with The Hunger Games. Teen sciencefiction with fantastic pacing which will resonate with a generation brought up on Survivor andGladiator. Is this the next Harry Potter?http://amzn.to/zDjmpR==== ====The world is in the midst of a teen book obsession. The best market for literature resides within theyoung adult genre right now. Why is that? The young adult genre is relatively new. While the exacttime of the genres emergence is arguable, it is fair to say that it really took off with the release ofThe Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. Since then, young adult literature has flourished. More and more ofthe best-selling books and series are classified as young adult. So, why is this genre suddenly sopopular? Could it be that writers have finally learned to target the largest reading audience? Or isthere something more to the young adult genre that appeals to all different audiences? TheHunger Games by Suzanne Collins, provides insight as to why the young adult genre is soattractive.Two of the most important things that readers look for in books are plot and characters. Thereader must feel a connection with either the plot or a character. The setting of the book may becompletely foreign, but as long as the plot or characters feel real and believable than the readerwill accept it. For instance, in The Hunger Games, the setting is North America, but thecircumstance and culture is unrecognizable. Yet, the characters are so familiar. The protagonistsare clearly teenagers struggling to find their place in the world. All teens and even some adults gothrough the same conflict.The narrators openness allows the reader to create a trusting relationship with her. The pages ofthe book are permeated with her thoughts and emotions so that readers feel that they truly knowher. Readers can empathize with her because they have felt those emotions before in situationsthat they can connect with hers. This is not to say that the readers have experienced the samething that the narrator has, but rather that the readers have had experiences similar enough thatthey can relate to her emotions.The Hunger Games plot is entirely fictional. It is one reminiscent of The Lord of the Flies. So, it isnot to this physical plot that the readers identify. The readers connect to the emotional plot. It islike the movie, Mean Girls, where the narrator compares high school to a jungle. The hungergames is not a literal reality for teens, rather it is a figurative reality. For many teens, high school issurvival of the fittest. Like the protagonists in The Hunger Games, teenagers must learn what isactually important and that sacrifice often yields greater joys.The easy connection between reader and plot and character in the hunger games indicates part ofits reason for success. These qualities are common in the majority of young adult literature.Perhaps, that is why young adult literature enjoys such a prevalent niche in the world market forliterature.
  • Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Daphne_Higbee==== ====Best selling writer Suzanne Collins begins latest trilogy with The Hunger Games. Teen sciencefiction with fantastic pacing which will resonate with a generation brought up on Survivor andGladiator. Is this the next Harry Potter?http://amzn.to/zDjmpR==== ====