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The Hunger Pains: A Parody (Harvard Lampoon) Paperback – February 7, 2012
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"Instead of the Bible, rooms should come with a copy of The Hunger Pains." —Sheraton Hotel Memo
"This book makes me wish I'd never been shot." —Abraham Lincoln
"The book always falls through my hands, but in an undeniably funny way." —A Ghost
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There is no smart or intelligent humor in this book. Basically, what the writers did was take a piece of the plot and completely turn it inside out. Instead of being a coal mining district, District 12 does telemarketing. Instead of Katniss being smart and brave, she is as dim-witted as a sack of bricks and horrifyingly ugly. Initially, these jokes might strike you as sort of funny, and might elicit a small smile. But they often take the joke and just RUN with it, making it painfully unfunny.
I feel like very little effort was put into the book. If I were to imagine the writing process, I'd imagine that they sat in a room, threw ideas at the wall, and every single idea was written into the book. Then they went home for the day, and the book was sent to the publisher.
I would hesitate to even call The Hunger Pains a parody. It doesn't point out comedy in the real books, or do much, if any, commentary. It takes the real plot, and turns it into a mind-numbingly stupid mess.
After about 90 pages, I stopped reading and gave the book back to the friend I borrowed it from. I felt like I deserved a refund, and I didn't even pay for the book.
When i read the sample of The Hunger Pains, it was a litte funny, and i got a laugh out of a couple things. But when I bought the book, it was like the writers didn't put any thought into it once they got past the first two chapters. It was like they took each sentence out of the book and replaced a few words with 'fart' or 'poop'. In the book, Kantkiss (Katniss)is so dumb and stupid, its not even funny, like trying to run strait through a fence, thinking a baby was laughing when it was actually suffocating with it's face in a pillow, and not knowing what to do with a shovel she was sent when she was trying to dig a hole with her hands. Also, the games in The Hunger Pains arent even realistic, because Kantkiss gets everything she asks for from her sponsors.
The Hunger Pains is so short, i finished it in about a day and a half. The games themselves only last about 50 or 60 pages.
So, like i said before, The Hunger Pains is immature, not funny, and not worth $10.
~ Brianna the book lover (books and French fries make the world go round)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is... not funny. It's immature and although ratings say it's hilarious, I find it rather boring. Read morePublished 3 months ago by traci P
It had poor sentence structure, sad excuses for jokes, and bits of unneeded information. The ending was crap, and could have been way better as a parody. Read morePublished 7 months ago by erin merrill
This is a funny knockoff that doesn't get enough credit I've read this many times and I laugh each time
If your looking for a funny book this is the one to choose
A hilarious parody, containing hints of truth and similarity to the real Hunger Games.Published 15 months ago by Fan Tao
I completely LOVE this book! It is just amazing! I think run was the cutest baby in the world! It was great!!!!!!!!Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
My god. It's amazing how not funny this is. Most of the humor feels like it came from one round of mad libs. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Dan