The Hunger Games–Others’ Thoughts

For the past two days, I have shared my thoughts on the movie of The Hunger Games.

In Saturday’s post, I shared my thoughts about the age of children attending the movie and about parents needing to do their job in terms of making well-thought out decisions in this.  I have been very encouraged to hear from many parents who are willing to stand up and parent by choosing to keep their children at home rather than bowing to the fear of being uncool.  Kudos to you all!

In Sunday’s post, I reflected a bit about the fact that the author intends for us to be shocked by the events in the books and the movie.  I also questioned if we are willing to collectively take a stand against the media and its prolific use of violence as entertainment.

For today, I would like to share with readers some of the articles I have found to be helpful in terms of clarifying my own thoughts about why these books are so important for young adults (note: I suggest 12 and older!) and “real” adults to read.  I propose that they are important because of the fact that they caution our very own society in terms of how we deal with many issues facing us today.  I also propose that parents should be reading this along with their children (I did not read them at the same time as my son’s original reading, and I regret that) so that conversations can occur.

The website Plugged In does a great job reviewing the movie, providing warnings to parents (detailed), and weighing the cost/benefit ratio when asking the question, “To see or not to see?”

Scholastic (publisher of The Hunger Games) has an awesome question and answer conversation with author, Suzanne Collins.  Any time that we can hear directly from the author, I think we are blessed.  The most compelling item for me is the last page when Collins shares her favorite books as a teenager.  Notice that 1984 and Lord of the Flies were on the list!  Things we read definitely influence us…

A very interesting article on Entertainment Weekly’s blog talks about the issues surrounding what the movie’s rating (PG-13 or R) would be and how that would determine its success in the theaters.  This article, written in October 2010, had some pretty spot-on predictions as to how the producers would “achieve” the PG-13 rating. To be honest, I am glad that it landed in the PG-13 realm.  It could not have been any lower than that and still be true to the plot line; however, an R rating would have crossed over in to the very thing that Collins warns about – violence for the sake of violence rather than to draw an emotional response to possible action.

relevantRelevant Magazine’s article “Let the Hunger Games Begin” is one that highlights how the books/movie interact with the concepts of community, freedom, and faith.

I think this article rocks.

Enough said.

My pastor huz incorporated the movie into his Monday morning musings (a blog in conjunction with his sermon each each week).  I think that it is possibly the most profound thoughts I have read or heard about the movie – especially when considering how Christians in particular can view it and apply its overarching main idea to our lives.

Before I sign off, I wanted to share with you all (whether  teachers [oh, how I wish I still taught English in the classroom – can we say assignment?], parents, or kids) that there is an awesome video review contest hosted by Common Sense Media.  Those aged 13-18 can enter a 2 minute video review of The Hunger Games movie addressing the appropriate age to see the movie and why.  GREAT prizes, and a great contest topic!

Let me know in the comment section below if you or someone you know enters…just because I’m curious.

Happy Monday!

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