Letters About Literature
Dear Suzanne Collins,
As a child, The Hunger Games was one of my favorite books to read. Not only because of its continuous mystery and action, but because it was the only book that I genuinely liked to read. A factor of that is because the description and attention to detail was easy to understand and straightforward, but another (and larger) factor is that the book itself served as an outlet when I was in middle school. My experience in middle school was not too great. I would always think that people were pretending to like me and the same people would talk behind my back. Because of this anxiety that I was facing, it made it more difficult to make friends, especially in a small school where everyone knows your every move and everything you say.
I found my love for The Hunger Games, in my silent reading class. Before deciding to read the book, I dreaded walking into my English teacher’s room and read a boring book she assigned me. Then, when I came across the idea of reading the book, I actually started to become excited to go into class, grab a rug, and read The Hunger Games for the 40 minutes that class was. It was a time where all of my other thoughts towards my life slipt away, and tucked into the back of my brain. Instead, my head was swirling with predictions about the book, and trying to analyze the text was one of my favorite parts about reading.
I am a big fan of making theories and generating ideas about a concept that is introduced to me, so the book was fantastic in the sense of giving readers the opportunity to do that. Because of my interest in the book, that period of the school day did not seem as long as it used to be. I continued to read all three books throughout the rest of the school year, and I received a better grade than most because I was quiet most of the time and really getting into what I read, immersing myself into another world that did not involve the terrors of middle school.
I think that The Hunger Games helped me become who I am today. Having that outlet during middle school assisted me by allowing me to take a timeout and reassess myself, which I desperately needed.
El libro de The Hunger Games fue un libro que me dio a mi una salida en la escuela. Yo creía muchas personas hablaban detrás de mi espalda. También no me gustaba la clase de leer porque libros fueron aburridos y yo no estaba interesado. El libro fue muy interesante para mi. Yo me senté y leí silenciosamente porque yo consideré muchas teorías como el libro.