There's little that's more embarrassing than a intelligent person saying "I've never experienced X for myself, but I'm going to tell you why it's no good." Look no further than Time columnist Joel Stein shaking his head at the proliferation of teen-lit in the hands of adults, and sticking both feet in his mouth for an encore. Right, because as we all know, books for children have absolutely no intellectual substance.
The last time this happened was when Harold Bloom weighed in on Harry Potter, which he was proud to have remained uncontaminated by when he slammed it as well.
I cannot for the life of me understand how people can say things like this with a straight face. I know I've done it myself, before, a number of times, but I learn fast. I haven't read The Hunger Games, but I'll put a "yet" after that, too. It's not something I consider to be beneath me on principle. Given all the manga I read and take pretty seriously, I rather owe it to myself to have that attitude.