mamthew42 wrote:Everything I've heard about the books sounds like a thing I don't want to read and that I'm kind of disappointed is okay to sell to kids. The fact that a movie exists is just sadder.
mamthew42 wrote:Well that's kind of the point of the genre. Most dystopian novels take place in a society where some aspect of normal life is blown out of proportion and made too prominent a feature of life, and they show why this is a problem and why it wouldn't work. In Fahrenheit 451 it's censorship, to a point where all written works are illegal. In Brave New World it's entertainment; the government provides people with so many pointless outside stimuli that they don't care about anything else, including the well-being of others or the pursuit of knowledge. In 1984 it's government control - they watch their citizens through hidden cameras and rewrite history to hide things they don't want their citizens to know about. In The Handmaid's Tale it's religious conservatism, especially regarding sex, where the entire country is ruled by religious types who segregate the citizens based on gender and try to repress "sinful" thoughts and actions.
You're supposed to feel bad while reading them, because they're supposed to scare you - to show you how good you have it and to make sure people realize why it can't come to that. They're exaggerations rooted in truth. And they're an important genre for it. But I don't think they're as good a genre for a younger crowd, since they're less likely to understand the message and more likely to want to get joy or entertainment from them, which is just less likely to happen in a book where your main character just read a book for the first time in his life and is now being hunted down by a robotic scorpion for possessing knowledge he shouldn't. Okay maybe that's a bad example because robot scorpions are awesome, but I think you get where I'm coming from.
Obviously, The Hunger Games aren't the first kids' dystopian books that did well. When I was thirteen, The Giver had just gotten a sequel and had fallen back into popularity (young adult novel in which citizens are medically treated to not feel love or see color, in order to keep them from ever feeling sad about things, because they don't really have a proper grasp of joy to which to compare it), but I hated it. It was well written, but I felt like I wasn't the right audience. And I still feel that way about The Hunger Games today. And my opinions are only reinforced by the fact that the subject matter is just...violent. It's got the same basic premise as Battle Royale? The characters win through a suicide pact? The aforementioned scene where a character is torn apart by dogs while still alive?
I know I'm being at least a little hypocritical here, since one of my favorite young adult novels is Ender's Game, but it at least was written for the entertainment. Its society is somewhat dystopian but it isn't a real focus of the story. Plus its target audience is a good deal older than the average Hunger Games fan, so...
But yeah, that's my two cents. I still hope you enjoy the movie, though! I'm glad you're reading because having a healthy love of reading is incredibly important, so keep at it, regardless of the work.
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