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Product Details

  • Series: Harvard Lampoon
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Original edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451668201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451668209
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Hunger Pains really struck a chord with me." —Kantkiss, protagonist of The Hunger Pains

"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

About the Author

The Harvard Lampoon debuted in February 1876 and is the world's longest continually published humor magazine. Written by seven undergraduates and modeled on Punch, the British humor magazine, the debut issue took the Harvard campus by storm. United States President Ulysses S. Grant was advised not to read the magazine, as he would be too much “in stitches” to run the government. Harvard Lampoon alumni include comedians Conan O'Brien, Andy Borowitz, Greg Daniels, Jim Downey, Al Jean, and B.J. Novak. Lampoon alumni write and have written for Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons, Futurama, Late Night with David Letterman, Seinfeld, The League, NewsRadio, The Office, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, and dozens of others. The Lampoon has also graduated many noted authors, such as George Plimpton, George Santayana, and John Updike.

Customer Reviews

A really funny book.
Alyssa Schneider
It's the kind of book you wish you could give 3 and a half stars to, rather than 3 or 4.
Craig S
The Hunger Pains is such a funny parody to the Hunger Games!
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72 of 84 people found the following review helpful By soren121 on April 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
First, I'm not a diehard Hunger Games fan like some of the other reviewers here. I've read the books, and enjoyed them. I also enjoy parodies, though not this one.

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.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By AJR on August 12, 2012
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If i could rate The Hunger Pains only half a star, i would. I think it was a huge waste of money. I read many reviews saying how hilarious this book is, so i bought it, but to me it was just immature. One minute it is talking about farting, and the next it is a bit inapropriate. i would not recommend this book for kids under 13.

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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Bantilan on May 5, 2013
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Well I got this book because my friend recommended it and I loved it. It is a little inappropriate, like Kantkiss talks about sleeping with Pita and doing sexual with him. So yes, a little inappropriate, but a really good book. I recommend this book who can handle thing like talking about sleeping with people, I don't recommend this for kids 12 and under.
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28 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
While this wasn't horrible it wasn't all that funny either. I got about half way through and was truly bored because it was just more of the same type of humor. I did find the modifications of names, places and events creative and humorous, some more than others and when you first start the book, it is entertaining with this approach and you will recognized the original plot which it sticks to closely. That is definitely a plus for Hunger Games fans and part of the fun of reading this as opposed to other parodies that are fart and poop type of jokes with no plot. This is never offensive in that way. However, some parts are odd and not funny at all. It may also change your way you look at Peta and Gayle. If you're a fan of Peta, you might not like this at all. The problem for me was eventually, the humor became repetitive and while it went along with the story, the jokes were predictable and I lost interest.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By warton_kaan on February 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
I'd strongly recommend this parody. I was really looking forward to it, having been a big fan of Nightlight and Bored of the Rings, and this didn't disappoint. I've read other Hunger Games parodies, and this was by far my favorite. That said, I imagine you'll enjoy it most if you've already read the Hunger Games. The writers do a great job of making fun of the tone of the original and specific scenes, so familiarity with the source material provides for a richer parody experience. Of course, it's still really funny on its own. I'd definitely recommend it as a gift for anyone (of all ages--it's appropriate) who enjoyed the original. It was a quick, easy, and really funny read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Langston on June 13, 2012
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This is a silly parody about the hunger games. If you haven't read the hunger games though you'd be lost. I enjoyed the names of characters and the twist the author made up.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Geekygeek on April 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
My friend let me borrow the book to read because he said it was so funny. We have state testing and assessments during March and April. After we were done testing on the computer, we would get out a book and read. I was reading it and just started laughing out loud during the awkward silence while everyone else was testing XD
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Karen on February 9, 2012
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I bought this book for my niece who loves the Hunger Games, and just got a call from her saying she loved it! Apparently she couldn't put it down and read it in two days! She said it was hilarious and loved that it is a true scene-by-scene parody of the book. If you know any fans of the Hunger Games I would definitely recommend this as a gift!
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