Hunger Games vs. A Game of Thrones
Published on Monday, May 14, 2012 - 10:07am
At first I was reluctant to read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, only because I have spent most of last year reading thr A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin and was fixated on knights, dragons, and swords. Surprisingly, I was amazed by the similarities found in Collins and Martin’s first books in their respective series, The Hunger Games and A Game of Thrones.
Without the comparison, Collins masterfully brings to light the importance of human relationships to reach and achieve our personal destiny, while focusing on the plight of hunger in society. The story revolves around the sacrifice of young adult Katniss (Kat) Everdeen to protect her family and friends by participating in the annual Hunger Games in the capital city of the fictional nation, Panem. Katniss depends on her life experiences and survival skills to be a game changer in the face of obstacles and opposition.
Katniss’ circumstances and mannerisms at times resemble traits of major characters in A Game of Thrones, specifically Arya Stark and the Khaleesi, Daenerys Targaryen. All three heroines encounter life-altering tragedies that require them to use their inner strength to overcome adversity. While both Katniss and Daenerys show readers how the power struggle of love is hidden and concealed to reveal ulterior motives.
While readers of A Game of Thrones will thoroughly enjoy The Hunger Games, Collins makes it clear that the issue of hunger is not a game. Hunger affects many young people and families in Washington, D.C., especially in the Anacostia and surrounding Ward 7 and 8 communities. A high volume of children in this area do not receive their first meal of the day until they go to school. Become a game-changer in the life of a child and family today by donating food to local food banks across Washington, D.C., such as Bread for the City and D.C. Hunger Solutions.
The DC Public Library will also be a proactive ally against hunger by serving free summer meals to children at select library locations, such as Anacostia, during the months of July and August.
Reserve and check-out a copy of The Hunger Games and A Game of Thrones today at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library for your reading pleasure. Follow me on Twitter @thebookofJonas to share your thoughts.