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The Compulsive Reader: Shelf Discovery: The Hunger Pains

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Shelf Discovery: The Hunger Pains

Shelf Discovery is a feature in which I highlight one book that I have found while prowling the shelves of the independent bookstore I work at it. These books aren't necessarily YA books; they're books that have discovered and find interesting or unique. I hope you do too.

Now, I might be one of the few that thinks this is funny, but I just had to share: The Hunger Pains by the Harvard Lampoon, a parody to The Hunger Games. Among the Harvard Lampoon's parodies are Nightlight (Twilight) and The Girl With the Sturgeon Tattoo (just guess). They're stuff is usually pretty good and not tacky, like some parodies I've seen.

So, here's what this one is about:
"WINNING MEANS WEALTH, FAME, AND A LIFE OF THERAPY, LOSING MEANS DEATH, BUT ALSO FAME!
THIS IS THE HUNGER PAINS 
When Kantkiss Neverclean replaces her sister as a contestant on the Hunger Games—the second-highest-rated reality TV show in Peaceland, behind Extreme Home Makeover—she has no idea what to expect. Having lived her entire life in the telemarketing district’s worst neighborhood, the Crack, Kantkiss feels unprepared to fight to the death while simultaneously winking and looking adorable for the cameras. But when her survival rests on choosing between the dreamy hunk from home, Carol Handsomestein, or the doughy klutz, Pita Malarkey, Kantkiss discovers that the toughest conflicts may not be found on the battlefield but in her own heart . . . which is unfortunately on a battlefield."
We stumbled upon this one at the bookstore while browsing through some catalogs and thought it was pretty funny. Not sure if we'll get it in when it comes out (on February 7th) but it's pretty funny nonetheless.

What have you discovered lately?

3 comments:

Taschima Cullen said...

I read their Twilight parody and it wasn't that good, this one (though the title is hilarious) doesn't seem to have the funny factor either. I guess the bar is set high if you want to make a parody out of The Hunger Games.

Ingrid reads. said...

I haven't heard of any of the parody books, but this one sounds hilarious! Thanks for sharing the info!

readinginwinter said...

I agree with Taschima ... I read the Twilight book by the Harvard Lampoon and hated it. It really wasn't that funny. Again--loved the title for it, and the 'Hunger Pains' title, but not sure I'll buy it like I did the Twilight one.