|Jennifer Lawrence playing the role of |
Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games
(photo from StarTribune c/o Murray Close, Lionsgate)
Saturday, March 24, 2012
The Hunger Games as social commentary
In a radio interview Suzanne Collins noted how the impetus for the book was spawned from seeing how widely popular "reality television" had become in American culture. She likened this to the Roman gladiator games, where the entertainment occurs at the expense of the participants, as in old Roman times fighting to their deaths in the coliseum, or being publicly ridiculed on television in today's world.
The widening economic disparity occurring in the United States is also reflected in the futuristic Hunger Games. People in the capital region live lavishly, while the surrounding 12 districts are working to simply eek out a living. This graphic novel and movie are wake up calls to the often cruel and voyeuristic nature of reality television and our rapidly growing economic gap. Let's all live and work so that we don't spiral down this trajectory toward The Hunger Games.