When the first frenzy of The Hunger Games movie marketing hit the ‘net, I idly dismissed it as ‘just some teen novel/movie’ that was looking to cash in on the whomping huge success achieved by the Twilight novel/movie juggernaut.
And then I learned the actual premise of Suzanne Collins’ books: children murdering other children – and even worse: for the sake of spectacle.
All right, I thought, let’s give this the benefit of the doubt, that there may actually be some literary or life-lesson merit involved that somehow would make forgiveable the glorification of such a hideous theme.
So I started paging thru the book.
To put it bluntly: nope!
Aside from the shock and nausea-inducing that even the mention of such an atrocity brings to every cell of my body and every fiber of my being (especially as a mother) – the fact that this is being marketed to teens via a feature film with a cast of very attractive actors to make it more appealing to youngsters, is even more revolting.
I mean, isn’t it horrible enough that there are plenty of real-life instances of children murdering or raping other children? Why is there this sudden need to make such an abomination palatable to the masses, let alone make money off of it?
What next, snuff films for the tween audience? This come awfully close to that.
That anyone could get past the horror that such a thing should induce, to write a whole novel, let alone three of them, then go on to have movies made to GLORIFY such things as children murdering other children is nothing short of monstrous.
I think it says more about the fall of civilization that this series was even created and became so successful, than the series itself has to say on the subject.
SPOILERS – SPOILERS – SPOILERS
For example, in the scene where Rue, a 12-yr old child is murdered by another child, the ‘heroine’, Katniss, in turn murders that other child. And this is somehow to be seen as heroic or brave or justified. That the other child that Katniss murders somehow ‘deserved’ it, since they killed a more audience-sympathetic character.
Yes, I’m sure I’ll hit a few nerves with this post, but please spare me your ‘Team Peeta’ or ‘Team Gale’-fueled rantings and if you do comment (which I welcome – just keep it clean please!), let’s keep it on the topic of whether or not something like this should be marketed to teens…or at all.