Friday, July 20, 2012

So Is He Saying That "The Hunger Games" Is Really Good Or Just That The Other Book Is Really Bad?

After reading English Teacher: I Was Wrong About "Hunger Games" in Salon, I definitely understand that the author doesn't like The Art of Fielding. But I'm having trouble figuring out how he was wrong about The Hunger Games. Does Suzanne Collins' prose "provide us with an opportunity to exercise our critical muscles," after all? He does say "If Suzanne Collins had attended Harvard, founded n+1, and written essays about environmentalism and David Foster Wallace, her book could have been considered equally worthy of critical and intellectual respect." Meaning considered equally worth of the respect given to The Art of Fielding, which he doesn't like, so I'm guessing no, her prose must not be providing our critical muscles with much exercise.

I think I would have gone with a different title for this essay.

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