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Harry Potter vs The Hunger Games

Hey Gang! It’s been a few days since I’ve put together a thought-provoking blog post, and this one I hope will interest you all. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of The Hunger Games, but what you may not know is, I’ve never read any Harry Potter books….until now.

Backstory: A month or two ago, on Twitter, I posted asking for bloggers who have NOT read The Hunger Games (or seen the movies), but HAVE read Harry Potter.The point of this was to combine the two worlds and to show that it’s possible to have an open mind about anything, even two spectacular worlds created by two different authors Suzanne Collins (THG) and J.K. Rowling (HP).

The plan: I would read the first Harry Potter book, while the other blogger would read The Hunger Games. I was excited because I JUST knew others would love The Hunger Games just as much as I did. Well, I’ll let Tracy Joan, my fellow writer friend, tell you her experience with The Hunger Games (you’re gonna love it) when she’s able to post her’s, but for now…if you want to know how I viewed Harry Potter, keep reading….

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I opened this book and read it in the bathtub. Come on, I’m a mom so I read where I can. I’m not sure if it was the hot water or the book itself but I fell asleep. Thankfully, my Kindle survived, but yeah. It took me about two weeks to read this book. I’m a fast reader, so this was a bit for me. If I love a book, I can stay up all night finishing it.

Knowing how many people, young and old who loved this story, I wanted to give it a chance. I can’t tell you which house I’d be chosen to reside in; likely none as I’m sure I wouldn’t even get an invite. I suppose I consider myself a friendly Muggle. Ha! I kept expecting a mind-blown ending to this book which is what kept me reading. I was waiting for it, and honestly, I was disappointed when the ending finally came and it wasn’t as I hoped. The book read as predictable.

Going into this, the only thing I KNEW about the story was the MC was Harry, he had lost his parents at a young age, raised by his aunt, got an invite to this school because his parents were wizards, and a few people hated him.

While I didn’t get much out of reading this story as so many other people have, I did enjoy a few particular parts.

  1. Hermione: I’ll admit, I’m already liking this girl. Because I attempted to watch one of the later movies (fell asleep then too), I knew a little tiny bit about Emma Watson, and it was nice to put a face in my head as I read. She’s got the kind of spunk I hope my little girl will grow to have. Confidence but the backbone to try an adventure or two.
  2. The Maze: The little tests that Harry and Hermione had to go through to get to the magic mirror and to find the ugly guy? Yeah, those were cool. I’m a big fan of escape room type things and this reminded me of one of those.

I’m sorry guys/gals…Hufflepuffs, Gryffindors, and etc. I tried. I WILL commit to reading all the other books, but only if they are from Goodwill and no more than $5 per book. Maybe I’ll add it to my Christmas List!

I give it 3/5 stars.

Stay tuned! I’ll share Tracy’s post on The Hunger Games once she’s completed it!

 

Always,

~KT~

 

10 thoughts on “Harry Potter vs The Hunger Games

  1. I didn’t read the books till the end of my senior year of high school and I got 5/7 at Goodwill, the other two for Christmas. They were okay but I didn’t really become a diehard fan of them. Each book just felt like a pattern. Like you said, predictable. The only one that turned out to be my favorite was “The Goblet of Fire.” I won’t say anything about it since you haven’t read it but it was definitely entertaining, IMO. I hope you enjoy the rest at least:) I think I liked the characters more than the story itself.

    1. I can see that. Liking the characters more than the story itself. Another thing I forgot to mention in the post, I can’t believe it slipped my mind, but the fact that even this book had typos! If J.K. Rowling’s books can have a few typos, then I’m able to lower my stress meter down a notch! Haha!

  2. I’m curious about your opinion on something, you called the book predictable (I would generally agree with that), since it’s arguably a MG book, do you think you would’ve liked it more when you were at that age? I read it first when I was 7 years old, and I do think that that contributed a lot to how much I loved the books, especially since it felt like the books grew up with me.

    Also, what else didn’t you like about it? Anything you would change?

    1. I still think at any age it would be predictable, and when I use that term it didn’t have me guessing what was happening around the next corner. I didn’t know that the guy who appeared mean was actually protecting Harry, so that was a surprise, but yeah.

      When this book came out, I was 14/15 years old. So the perfect age, however, I didn’t hear about Harry Potter until I was much older. I suppose my mind was wrapped up in so many other things. When I was 15, I got my first job, the first boy to kiss me held my attention that year, when I was 17 I ran away from home and got married….so you can kinda see where I’m going with this. I was closed-minded back then and my world opened up about 11 years ago! Ha!

      The biggest thing that I didn’t like was there didn’t seem to be a huge cliffhanger for the next book. It didn’t make me want to rush out and get the next book. Kinda ended with, and then they went home from the school at the end of the year and waited for what was to come. With how much people talk about the stories, you’d think it would end with a bigger bang.

      I think J.K.Rowling is amazing, so I’d never suggest changing anything about her stories. For someone to create a world like that, and make it believable is amazing. I have much respect for her.

  3. I enjoyed the books and world, but they aren’t at the top of my love list like with other people, and I feel like in part it’s because I came to them as an adult who had read a million fantasy books (hyperbole is only slight there). So, yes, the first two books were fun, but predictable, frolics. I do have to say that as the characters age (and, presumably, her original readers alongside those characters), the stories become darker, more complex and much less predictable. I also really liked Goblet of Fire, but my fave is probably “Order of the Phoenix” because of the secondary villain in that one.

    As an aside, I also really enjoyed Hunger Games but those books also aren’t on my top 10 either :). And I don’t think I could choose between them as “this is the best series” because they are such different things.

    1. Is there a book series that IS at the top of your love list? I came into them as an adult as well. The first book came out when I was 14/15 years old but, I had yet to discover a world outside of The Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley High. Doesn’t help that those in my family aren’t really readers, so the access was slim. I didn’t read my first fantasy or so until I was an adult, and I can’t even tell you now what book that was. I had yet to reach my maturity level and an open mind for things like that.

      I’m interested in reading the others, but I’m not going to rush out and buy them. Thank you for reading this post and sharing your insights. It’s comments like yours that make me enjoy blogging, to begin with.

      -KT-

      1. Ohhh, top of the love list is a loaded question (which I know you know).

        If we’re talking fantasy, then probably Patricia McKillip’s Riddle-Master Trilogy is the closest series to holding that title for me. Partly, again, I think it’s because that’s what I read at the age many people who put Harry Potter at the top of their list first read it. I was probably 12 or 13?

        And other non-fantasy series that I hold dear (Anne of Green Gables, for example) were also read then. (I also had the entire Babysitters Club collection at one point way back when 🙂

        I was college age and getting married when HP was first hitting the U.S., and I didn’t read any of them until probably about 5 years later.

        That’s not to say I don’t read, enjoy, and dearly love many books now. But it’s hard to topple a book that’s been holding court on your favorites list since you were a preteen.

  4. I can see your points. For me, I got on board the HP train around the third one and saw the journey out (IIRC). They’re good, not amazing, but a fun read, not challenging, not difficult. But good. I enjoyed the simplicity of them and the straight-forward nature of the story. They deliver perfectly for their target market I think, and for adults, they’re a fun fluffy read.

    As with so much, I think that the promise given by the hype is never really attainable. One thing that HP did do, at least in the UK, was to get a large volume of kids and adults nose-down in a book again, and that, beyond the story, was a miracle in itself!

    1. I think that is the best thing about this series. The fact that so many YOUNG adults enjoy it, and encourages reading which can lead to other series like it, is such a great thing! Thank you for your thoughts on the post! As for the adults seeing it as a fun, fluffy read, I have met so many adults who will cut your eye out if you crack on the series. Ha!

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