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Susan Granger’s “‘The Hunger’…” Starves the Audience

In response to Susan Granger’s 306‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on SSG Syndicate

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In ““The Hunger Games: Catching Fire“ Susan Granger’s review of ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ (Lionsgate)”, author Susan Granger presents a sub-par assessment of her subject that is both lazy and incomplete.

While not a totally wasted effort, Granger does not try too hard. The synopsis she provides delivers the basics: provides adequate summation of the subject, as well as the supporting attributes, and relays a determination based on her consensus (which is hardly absolute, but more on that later). Unfortunately, between the brevity of the piece and the amount of unnecessary embellishment in lieu of that, it almost feels like she phoned this in.

There is a great deal of elaboration provided on background aspects of the subject that have little or no bearing on the big picture. In writing of this ilk, it is important to emphasize relevant factors that directly affect the premise so that the audience can make an informed assessment. Distracting them with trivialities significantly diminishes the effectiveness of the piece by diverting their attention, ultimately neutralizing the objective the author presumably sets out to achieve. What’s more, these diversions are showcased so prominently, they almost mask the author’s conclusion altogether.

The “conclusion” is there, albeit not where one would expect, nor in a format that is in any way conclusive. The take she relays focuses on the central theme, slightly insinuating that it applies to the entire subject as well. It’s relatively simple to interpret her ultimate impression of the premise, but it is still not explicitly stated. The audience deserves a final decision that is less ambiguous, in order that they might gain some semblance of closure from this piece.

Sadly, “‘The Hunger… ‘” provides very little nourishment to the reader, other than the basics coupled with useless insight. Should they be content with mediocrity and wish to learn more about background elements that have absolutely no bearing on the premise, they may be satisfied with Granger’s offering. Otherwise, they would benefit more from a serving by one of her peers.    

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