Monday, July 14, 2014

The Hunger Babies

Author and Comedian Mike Buzzelli

I didn’t know I’d be an adult reading young-adult novels, but I really like the genre. Most of them are sci-fi/fantasy mixed with angst. I love those things. I didn’t plan on liking “The Hunger Games.”

I was skeptical at first. I heard “The Hunger Games” was a young-adult novel about a girl and assumed from the title it was about anorexia. Anorexia is a serious issue, but then so is murder.

Side note: When I first heard the scientific term anorexia nervosa, I thought it was a diet spell in Harry Potter. Think about it. There were no fat wizards in Hogwarts, so they must have had something.

I found out that “The Hunger Games” was really about a girl who had to fight for her supper, like coupon day at Old Town Buffet.

After reading the book, I learned that it was really a fictional treatise on our fascination with reality television. It’s “Survivor” kicked up a notch. The only difference was when you’re voted off, you’re voted WAY off. I am not sure I have to spell it out for the two or three of you who have never read the books or watched the movies, but I will. The losers are pushing up daisies. They’re dead. Deceased. Kaput. No more.

I was really taken with the characters in “The Hunger Games,” especially the book’s heroine, Katniss Everdeen. Katniss carried a bow and arrow, and I thought that was cool. She’s like Hawkeye from “The Avengers,” but without all the purple. I only had one problem with my new hero. It was her name. I must be the only one to think it’s hideous. According to the website Nameberry, Katniss is among the top 10 most popular baby names. It’s kind of hard to believe that there are little Katnisses (Katnii?) crawling around.

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Mike Buzzelli is a comedian and author. His book, "Below Average Genius," a collection of his humor essays culled from the Observer-Reporter can be found here:

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