To be fair, this is an academic book analyzing the Hunger Games, some 250 plus pages long. But it is the HUNGER GAMES AS LITERATURE pronouncement that set my teeth on edge. Helloo. Hunger Games IS literature. It was literature before this book analyzng it. It will continue to be literature even if no one except we academics reads the analytical discussion. I know I might be accused of being oveerly sensitive. I am not being overly senstivie. YA and children's lit is often patted on the head in statements like, 'I was surprised by how good it was.
You see, I am never surprised at the quality that exists in literature for youth. I know the incredible art and story that exists in books. I marvel daily at the talent this field offers. And yet, there is still that condescension, that intimation that once we have kids hooked on read, the REAL JOB of youth literature, then it is time to move along to the REAL literature. Sorry to burst your bubble, snobs, but this is REAL literature. We need to challenge this condescenstion each and every time we encounter it. Time to SpeakLoudly for the literature.