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The Most-Highlighted Passage in 'The Hunger Games'

According to Amazon, the most highlighted passage in all books read on Kindle (as of November 2014)—highlighted almost twice as often as any other passage—is from the second volume of The Hunger Games: "Because sometimes things happen to people and they're not equipped to deal with them."

University professor Mark Shiffman comments on this passage:

It's easy to see why The Hunger Games is the novel [of a] generation. The trilogy depicts adolescents rigorously trained by adults for desperate but meaningless life-or-death competitions. [The story] resonates with students' … worry that they're all honed up with no place to go … They rack up majors, minors, certificates, credentials, and internships to keep them in the running for what they feel to be an ever more elusive success. They're driven by fear … They clothe themselves in an armor of achievement that they hope will protect them against uncertainties—of the job market, of course, but also deeper uncertainties about their status, their identities, their self-worth … [They are trying to gain] more control over an uncertain future.

Possible Preaching Angles: (1) Negatively, this quote could highlight the reality of our fears and the need to control our fears and anxieties. Obviously, Shiffman takes this negative approach. (2) Positively, it could reinforce the need for planning for the future.

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