Sunday, January 22, 2012

Positively Ancient, But Well Read

As someone who works with kids/teenagers, I try to keep up with what they read.  I want to see what the fuss is about.  That's how I roll.  Poking my nose into the popular lit has led me to some pretty cool reads.  I even liked Twilight, although I grew to loathe Bella and her passivity.  I really wanted Edward or Jacob to just eat her and put us out of her misery.  THAT would have been an even bigger bestseller, in my opinion. But I digress.

I read The Hunger Games trilogy last summer, and I loved it.  When I love a book, I want everyone to read it.  It's not fair that I should have all the fun, right?  I started off recommending the book to my family, friends, and then moved on to my coworkers, many of whom are younger than me.  I tried very hard to described the book without giving away any of the major plot points; nothing starts a brawl faster than revealing plot points.  A brawl would have been less painful.

This is the sum of all the conversations that I have had about The Hunger Games in an effort to get people to read them.

"It is derivative of Logan's Run," I offered helpfully, thinking that that would take care of the matter. 

"What is that?" came the response.

"You know, Michael York? Science Fiction? Farrah Fawcett's first movie?" I was a little incredulous.

"Who is Farrah Fawcett?"

"Really? You don't know who Farrah Fawcett is? Charlie's Angels? Poster girl?" I was more incredulous.

I got polite blank looks.  I tried again.

"Did you ever read the short story The Most Dangerous Game?" 

"What is that?"

"How about The Running Man?" I finally tried, thinking that everyone has read Stephen King. 

More blank stares.

"The Running Man? Stephen King novella?  Movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger?"


I gave up after that, picked up my walker, and made my way to the nearest Old Folks Home.  At least SOME of those people will know what the hell I am talking about!


  1. Maybe we can catch the early bird dinner special while we talk about when books only came in paper!

  2. This was the story of my life while I was training 20 somethings. I was really taken aback, one time when someone told me "I don't read books".

  3. Well, all be sitting next to you in the rocking chair because I loved Logan's Run and Running Man. I want to read The Hunger Games before seeing the movie. And I agree with you about Twilight. I really enjoyed the first one but I wanted to kick Bell as the story continued.

    Happy Sunday!

  4. Wow! I just put it in my Amazon basket to buy. We have the third of the series but not the first or second. I'm glad to hear you liked it. Personally, I HATED the Twilght yeah, eating Bella sounds about right to me. ;)


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