“Is the Hunger Games really the future of writing?”
I have not read The Hunger Games, but I do have the book in my possession. My son snatched it up on Saturday and had finished it by Sunday afternoon. That evening he and his group of over-20 friends went to see it. Phenomenon, yes. Future of writing?
In his article, Goins urges his readers to write like Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games. He argues that readers today are distracted by the internet and television; long prose won’t do the trick for them. Instead, he suggests, if modern writers want to be successful, they should “write short novels, in large fonts, with quick chapters. If you’re going to get people to read your content …, then you should consider doing the same.” People will stay engaged, says Goins, when the content is short, edgy, and hopeful.
Raphael is put off by Goins’ suggestion. The result of Goins’ advice, he believes, will be a slew of novels that are formulaic and badly written, resulting in “disappointed authors” who most likely won’t see the success of Collins. Raphael is rooting for books “that take us as far away from our current overly connected culture as possible,” ones that are “rich and deep and immersive.”
What do you think?
You don’t need to read The Hunger Games to understand what Jeff Goins is saying about today’s readers. It’s a fast tech world. On the other hand, does catering to the attention span of today’s youth culture contribute to a “dumbing down” of readers?
Read the articles (linked above) to get a full picture of what the authors are trying to convey. Be sure to let me know what you think.
Have you read The Hunger Games? What did you like about it as a reader? What did you take away from it as a writer?