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The Hunger Pains: A Parody    by Harvard Lampoon Amazon.com order for
Hunger Pains
by Harvard Lampoon
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Touchstone, 2012 (2012)
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* *   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

A month or so ago, I read Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games for the first time and finally realized what all the fuss was about. For those of you who don't get it or have friends or significant others who don't want to get it The Hunger Pains is the book for you (or them).

The Harvard Lampoon has taken Collins' seminal YA dystopian and put their own college spin on it in a scene-by-scene parody. All of the great moments are here from the tribune selection to the final showdown, but they are now rife with ribald, and sometimes raunchy, humor.

Some diehard fans might take offense to seeing the ambitious Katniss Everclean replaced with the rather dumb Kantkiss Neverclean who spends time waffling over her feelings for the strong hunter with the girly name, Carol, and her fellow tribute, the doughy, large-headed Pita. And however Run, a six-month old baby, ever got into the Hunger Games is anyone's guess.

For those, though, who can take their fiction fandom with a grain of salt, or those who just want to laugh at the current trend, The Hunger Pains is an entertaining read.

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