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Todd Jorgenson’s “The Hunger…” Talks a Big Game, Says Nothing

In response to Todd Jorgenson’s 401‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on

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In “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, the author, Todd Jorgenson, somehow manages to deliver an opinionated dialogue on his subject that is completely devoid of any conclusive opinion one way or the other.

Whereas most authors struggle to remain open-minded in their synopsis, Jorgenson is actually too open minded—to the point that it never closes. The author has much to say on his subject, all of which amounts to nothing more than a pile of uncertainty. His takes on each sub-point fluctuates from praise to criticism to ambivalence with more inconsistency than Colorado’s weather. The reader will solider on in vain, hoping for some semblance of closure, only to find themselves retracing their steps in despair.

The only redeeming quality of this piece is the author’s enticing narrative style. Jorgenson has a style of dialogue that is very natural and flows effortlessly from one passage to the next. The result is a highly accessible text the audience can readily sink their teeth into and, aside from one overly verbose passage, follow along with ease. If only it could serve a purpose beyond leading the reader in circles.

The absence of any decisive determination on the subject reduces this piece to little more than a meandering conversation that borders on straight commentary. This completely defeats the objective the author presumably set out to accomplish, and will leave the reader with more questions than answers.    

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