With the new movie “Catching Fire” coming out this weekend in the U.S., it’s a good time to think about another one of my obsessions The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I read the books. Then I read them again. And again. And again.
I also read a very interesting book The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on The Hunger Games Trilogy.
•What does the rebellion have in common with the War on Terror?
•Why isn’t the answer to “Peeta or Gale?” as interesting as the question itself?
•What should Panem have learned from the fates of other hedonistic societies throughout history—and what can we?
The Girl Who Was on Fire covers all three books in the Hunger Games trilogy.
CONTRIBUTORS: .Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Mary Borsellino, Sarah Rees Brennan, Terri Clark, Bree Despain, Adrienne Kress, Cara Lockwood, Elizabeth M. Rees, Carrie Ryan, Ned Vizzini, Lili Wilkinson, Blythe Woolston, Sarah Darer Littman
Why did I become obsessed with The Hunger Games trilogy, although I am chronologically far from a “young adult”? The main pull to me was the connection with “reality” based television, which drives me crazy. Making people do crazy things for ratings on TV is insane to me. And demeaning and dehumanizing to the people who take part in it. I can so imagine a world where people kill each other on TV for the entertainment of the masses. And in The Hunger Games it’s even worse, because the reality TV is meant to punish the people watching by killing off loved ones from their communities. To control them and demoralize them. Until Katniss Everdeen came along and changed the game.
I love Katniss. She is so damaged. She doesn’t realize the effect she has on people. I think that is a very hard thing to do – realize your impact on other people. A long time ago I was in “group therapy” and that was something I learned. That others are impacted by my actions and speech. I always imagined that I acted for me alone, somehow. That no one cared what I did or said. That is so not true! We all impact on each other all the time, every day, every hour! Virtually or in RL.
Katniss learns that her actions have impacted her world in a big way. Even though she didn’t intend it. Sometimes that happens. People have sometimes come to me and told me how great an impact I have had on them, although I had no idea they were even paying attention to what I did. The thing with Katniss, though, to me, is whether her impact on others was natural or manipulated. Seems to me that other people with an agenda manipulated Katniss into performing a role that served their purpose, even without her knowledge or agreement. It’s a very sad story.
It a sad story even until the end. But I won’t tell. Spoilers!, as River Song says! 😀