Title: The Girl Who Was On Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Trilogy
Editor: Leah Wilson
Publication Year: 2011
Genre: Non-Fiction, Essays
Source: Review copy from the publisher
From the cover:
Katniss Everdeen’s adventures may have come to an end, but her story continues to blaze in the hearts of millions worldwide.
In The Girl Who Was on Fire, thirteen YA authors take you back to Panem with moving, dark, and funny pieces on Katniss, the Games, Gale and Peeta, reality TV, survival, and more. From the trilogy’s darker themes of violence and social control to fashion and weaponry, the collection’s exploration of the Hunger Games reveals exactly how rich, and how perilous, protagonist Katniss’ world really is.
- How does the way the Games affect the brain explain Haymitch’s drinking, Annie’s distraction, and Wiress’ speech problems?
- What does the rebellion have in common with the War on Terror?
- Why isn’t the answer to “Peeta or Gale?” as interesting as the question itself?
- What should Panem have learned from the fates of other hedonistic societies throughout history – and what can we?
It’s no secret that I loved reading the Hunger Games trilogy earlier this year, and that I was annoyed with myself for not having gotten around to reading them earlier. So when I was contacted about reviewing this book, I jumped at the chance.
I have to admit that I had mixed feelings about The Girl Who Was On Fire as a whole. There were some essays that I absolutely loved, and some that just fell flat for me. Overall, I felt like there was way too much time spent analyzing the “reality television” angle. I could’ve figured out a lot of that myself, without being told by essay after essay after essay! One or two might have sufficed for that aspect of the trilogy.
There were other essays that I really did enjoy, though. These were the essays that looked at more unique aspects of the novels – such as the essay about how fashion is used in the games and the piece explaining the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder in the different characters. My absolute favourite, though, was the essay that picked apart our desire for Katniss to choose a mate through readers’ membership in either “Team Peeta” or “Team Gale”.
I don’t want to say much more, or I’d be giving things away. But I will say that if you’re as interested in the Hunger Games as I am, and don’t want the experience to end just yet, then The Girl Who Was On Fire might be a good reading pick for you. It’s entertaining and thought-provoking all at the same time.