Hunger Games, the hit novel and soon to be hit movie, follows a young heroine trying to survive in a dystopian future. I am just about half way through the first novel but think with it being all over the news I’d post some initial reactions with absolute minimal spoilers.
I think the author has created a compelling setting – one in which there is a major divide between the rich city state and the subservient states, a world where food is used as a weapon of control, a world where the powerful make the less powerful pay with their own children, and a world where morality is all a haze where the populations of both the rich and poor watch teenagers fight to the death. All of this has historical precedent. The author is wise enough to wrap a love triangle into the middle of it, fashion, and even reality TV – all of which are all staple items of interest in pop culture.
What I am hoping for is some kind of moral response from the characters. The central character has disgust and disdain for those in power but will that translate into action? That is what I am hoping for. I’ll have to wait and see. So far (the games have already begun) there is no character yet who is refusing to kill, or at a minimum, kill only when threatened. Perhaps a moral epiphany will happen.
I am most hopeful that the novel doesn’t turn its reader into the typical watcher of the games in the novel, just rooting for one teen over another in the killing spree. If that’s all this becomes, “Hunger Games” will hold up a pretty terrible mirror to our culture.
I also must say from the outset that I have no plans to watch the movie. It has nothing to do with the screenplay, actors, or the story. It has to do with the fact that “Hunger Games” is produced by the studio “Lion’s Gate” who has made much money over the years producing the “Saw” series. I said a long time ago, I will not support the studio that introduced “torture porn” to our culture so the movie, for me, is out.
I know there are many fans of Hunger Games out there. What do you think?
Until next time,