Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Hunger Games: Part One

So I watched the hunger games over the weekend. I must admit, my main purpose for seeing it was to determine if they managed to commercialize a theme that I felt was most predominant in the book. That is the theme of, our society is becoming violence mongers. I thought that it would be quite ironic if the main theme of this book was that our society is becoming so engorged on bloodshed, only for the American populous to go and see this movie because of the violence. I wanted to watch the people’s motivation and reactions of seeing the movie, more than seeing the movie itself.

I’m pretty sure most patrons that saw that movie didn’t take the time to reflect deeply on the serious subjects that were hinted at throughout the film. Most, if asked how the film was, would just say, “So cool!” Yup…kids killing each other does tend to fall into the “So cool!” category. I don’t think we have to worry as a society that we are becoming engorged on bloodshed.

One thing that did worry me was that the main advocates of this Hunger Games craze are girls/women between the ages of 18-25. I feel that the main character, Katniss, is a rare, strong female protagonist. Sadly, we don’t get that a lot in literature. I’ve actually tried to write some of my stories from a female point of view, but so far, I’m just not that good at it. But back to the point; I’m not sure, but I think that having a young, strong female protagonist seems to have lent a personal engendering to young females in our society. They connect with this story more than other perhaps. Or, they just feel that it’s just nice to see a girl that doesn’t take crap from even the highest of powers in government or society.

I’ve been asked my opinion on this book and movie multiple times, and I can never fully let myself say that I enjoyed the story. It’s a very complex answer I wish to give, but rarely do they want to hear any answer other than, “So cool!”

I’ll give my attempt at an answer tomorrow though. It’s a quandary I’ve been mulling over for some time now, and it would be nice to get it off my chest.


  1. Interesting that you should post this, I went to see The Hunger Games the weekend before last. I was rather reluctant to see it, after all I'd heard about children murdering each other - it sounded rather morbid.

    After seeing it I was even more concerned, it seems to be a copy of our world, yet even more messed up - perhaps a vision of what's coming? A system where the poor are kept in camps where they are kept on the brink of starvation, while the people of the capitol seem to lack nothing. [i haven't read the books so I am not sure if there are extra details that the movie left out.]

    Gore and violence aside [though it's a worry that we've become so desensitized that people would call such mindless brutality "cool"], I saw it as a form of indoctrination, a world ruled by fear is what we are slipping into, and it is almost as if we are being brainwashed through every medium into accepting it. a world where the poor get poorer, the middle class disappears, and the rich get richer.

  2. Great comment, very thoughtful. I think that is one reason this book is pretty popular right now. It does hit, intentional or not, on a lot of important topics.