The Most Highlighted Passage Of All Time On The Kindle Is So Deep, Man

"Because sometimes things happen to people and they're not equipped to deal with them." Whoa. So deeeeeeeeeep. That line, from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, is the most highlighted passage of all time on the Kindle.

What's crazy is that the fauxdeep line is nearly two times as popular as the second-most highlighted passage, which is also from The Hunger Games trilogy. In fact, The Hunger Games trilogy completely dominates the most popular list. Well, dominates doesn't even quite describe it, it pretty much is the list; 20 out of the 25 most highlighted passages are from the series, which include golden nuggets like:

"I just want to spend every possible minute of the rest of my life with you," Peeta replies.

That was fifth place. This is 11th:

"District Twelve. Where you can starve to death in safety"

And for some reason, this at 15th:

He tells of the history of Panem, the country that rose up out of the ashes of a place that was once called North America. He lists the disasters, the droughts, the storms, the fires, the encroaching seas that swallowed up so much of the land, the brutal war for what little sustenance remained.

What is it about The Hunger Games that makes people want to highlight the heck out of it? [Amazon via The Daily What]


    amen mate, I was reading through game of thrones and the highlighted quotes are typically fantastic lines and when I check the data base, its full of crap like that

    I wonder if this has anything to do with this book not being available on the iBook store or google ebook store so more users are forced to use Kindles (or the kindle app)?

    Well ultra popular books like those get in the sort of people who don't normally read very much. This sort of thing passes for intellectualism or touching lines to such people, so they want to remember them and save them for later.

    Why would anyone highlight anything from a novel like this? I always assumed the highlighting feature was there for reference books and text books and those kinds of things, not for recreational reading material. What is wrong with the world?

    The hunger games books are high school reading in Victoria. Perhaps it's the thirteen year old kids marking up these lines on their kindles?

    Probably because people reading it for school, thus required to make notes for essays and the like?

    With all due respect, I find this "snobbery" concerning what a reader chooses to highlight the most ridiculous part of this article. "oh we are so much more intellectual, why on earth would you highlight something for recreational reading" I have read and enjoyed the series, and although it is not a literary masterpiece, but I'd like to believe that, as a reader, I can highlight whatever I want without being ridiculed about my "apparent" lack of intellect or inability to grasp the concept of "depth". If I like a line, for surgery reason that may be, sometimes it is beautifully crafted and deep, sometimes it is a simple line that fits the characters or the plot, or whatever. A reason may be that the Hunger Games trilogy grew quite popular, what with the film, at the same time as it's target readership grew more familiar with the new technology of the Kindle. Although I may be wrong, maybe the world is slowly heading into a decline, where all readers are creatures of poor imagination, intellect, and sense of depth in "proper" literature. You can all go back to highlighting "War and Peace" now.

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