posted on March 21, 2012 at 1:31 pm
With Harry Potter off the big screen and Twilight at the tail end of its story, we’re now being offered the film version of another teen series, The Hunger Games.
The movie is based on the book series of the same name by Suzanne Collins. It tells the story of 16-year-old Katniss, who lives in an impoverished society dictated by its government. The story centers around a “game” in which twenty-four teens are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to live in fame and fortune. When Katniss’ younger sister’s name is chosen, Katniss courageously steps in to take her place.
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If it all sounds a little barbaric, that’s because it is. But that’s the point of the games. The Hunger Games has become a very popular series. With its action, adventure, and fight between good and evil, it makes for a fulfilling story.
But as with all of these franchise book series, controversy seems to follow. With Harry Potter it was witchcraft; with Twilight, the undead and inappropriate sexual content; and with The Hunger Games series, the violence.
Many parents have complained that this new series promotes violence between children. It’s also thought to be desensitizing. This means there’s so much violence in the story that children who read (and eventually watch) it will be so used to it, they’ll think nothing of its graphic nature. They’ll no longer be emotionally affected by it.
I personally am concerned with the extent of the violence. My question is, what is the point of it? The book’s storyline is a unique one, but it seems a shame that it involves the death of so many children in a manner that’s so unnecessary. And this story is intended for children? With video games and television shows offering graphic images and storylines, I tend to agree that the media is slowly desensitizing its viewers, especially children.
I’m not suggesting there shouldn’t be violence in stories. Sometimes elements of bad behavior and violence are needed to make a point. But when a story includes it excessively, then its intention is not to make a point, but to add shock value.
The Hunger Games opens in theaters on the 23rd. As with Harry Potter and Twilight, I’m sure there are millions of children anticipating its release. Are you planning on watching it? Have you read the books? What do you think about the violence?
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