The Hunger Games made it acceptable for boys to embrace a female perspective. In doing so it opened the floodgates to dystopians with female main characters and a broader readership base. As an aspiring YA author, I'm proud this is where the trend is gaining momentum. The new generation is showing us they can look past the gender roles we are trying to force upon them.
There are no proper words to describe the heartbreaking sight of a malnourished child. No image on TV can prepare you for the sheer lightness of their bodies, their minuscule wrists, their over-sized, slightly bulging heads; the breathtaking shock of realising that the cute baby who looks newborn is actually nearly two years old. Malnourishment is not something that enters our world very often. Ours is a place where 60 stone teenagers must be hoisted out of their homes by the local fire service because they no longer fit through their front doors. It's a place where five-year-old girls worry themselves silly about being thinner, aspiring to a 'body ideal' that's estimated to be not physically achievable by 95% of the population.
You have probably seen the trailer for The Hunger Games, which premieres in theatres on 23 March, 2012. You may know that it is the adaptation of the first novel in a Young Adult trilogy by American author Suzanne Collins. But one thing you may know know - and really need to - is that this will be nothing like Twilight.