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Hamburger Games (2012)

by The Harvard Lampoon(Favorite Author)
3.84 of 5 Votes: 5
2362310493 (ISBN13: 9782362310492)
review 1: This might be the quickest turn over for a book I've ever done but it was unfortunately a disappointing one. I had read the back of this book and thought it was charming and obviously it was written by someone who had read the source material. I had been prepared to set my standards fairly low and seeing as the Hunger Games wasn't really my cup of tea anyway, I figured that it would still be good for a laugh. On the bright side, while it did little to make me laugh, it did make me appreciate the source more.I am giving it the two stars because I think that it had potential to be a better parody and though the humor was juvenile at best, it was still a very good link to the book it's based on. The problem stems from this, though. As I was reading, all I could think was... more how disappointing it was that it seemed to connect to The Hunger Games and the events of that book so closely but the parody wasn't making me laugh so much as it was reminding me how well the other book was written. I also think that in order for something to parody a source well, there has to be something endearing enough about it to make you want to continue. Just repainting the whole of the story in a layer of smarmy gags and stupid characters isn't enough and that's what this eventually became. I admit that the few things that did make me laugh were when the story began to take liberties with source. One of my favorite parts is when Kantkiss sees Carol Handsomestein in the crowd, admiring himself in a hand-held mirror. It's a small detail that they made into something that might have been a lot more fun to play with but I found that they didn't really play at all so much as rehash and it ended up being less funny and more stupid. If you like this kind of humor, you might enjoy this as a one-off. If you've read The Hunger Games, I don't suggest it. This will only make you wish you were reading something better.
review 2: Okay, I have read this book at least six times and it honestly gets funnier every time I read it. I think the reason I love it so much is because it's so stupid. But a good stupid. From Kantkiss's silly catch fraises to her cleverly camouflaged orange backpack, the Hunger Pains just leaves you wanting more. I would just love to read or watch at least one Hunger Games parody where Pita doesn't die at the end. It's getting kind of cliche. And by Pita not dying, there can be room for the sequel, Catching on Fire! Anyone? Anyone? less
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weird, but has some funny parts in it every now and then.
Hilarious! By far the funniest book I've ever read!
I laughed so hard I almost fell out of bed!
Hilarious, no better word.
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