The Hunger Games: Will You Be Watching?

    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 anticipating its release. Are you planning on watching it? Have you read the books? What do you think about the violence?

    T.M. Gaouette
    T.M. Gaouette is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, blogger and fiction novelist. She was born in Africa, brought up in London and is now living in New England with her husband and four children. Devoted to Him, Gaouette is dedicated to glorifying God through her stories for teens and young adults. T.M. Gaouette is the author of "The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch" and "Freeing Tanner Rose," Christian novels for teens and young adults. She's currently working on completing her upcoming novel -visit for more on her Christian fiction work. Connect with her on and .


    1. I saw the movie yesterday and I would have to agree with many of the comments above. The Gunger Games were ment as almost a warning such as the book 1984, and honestly i don’t believe that the books are extreamly graphic. The don’t go into great detail and very clean as far as romance and language. I think that the hunger games is a much better series than the Twilight and Harry Potter series because of the fact that they don’t deal with witchcraft, the undead, or sex. Overall, I really like the ginger games series and reccomend it to many people, my teenage friends and adults as well.

    2. The book has a lot of meaning behind it, and it’s not meant for “shock value.” For example, the Capitol represents first-world countries, while the Districts represent third-world countries; it’s supposed to show how unfair it is that first-world countries have so much more than we need and spend so much time on appearances while so many others are out there suffering, and how we don’t care to help anyone but ourselves. Also, like maggielouh said it’s supposed to show the horrible effects of power and oppression and how unnecessary it is, especially when you see Primrose get picked as a tribute.
      And it’s young-adult literature, for teenagers who are able to understand deeper meaning and go beyond the surface level of books. (Probably because we’ve been doing that since the 6th grade in English classes, haha xD) It’s a very in-depth book if you’re into analyzing literature. 🙂

    3. Harry Potter is one of those series that you have to read into as well. The whole series is about the power of love, fighting for good, how strong and important bonds with other people are, defending what’s right, defending your friends, what corruption can do to your soul, how power can push you to use it for good or for evil, etc. Most of these principles apply to Christianity as well, and that makes me especially like the series. 🙂 Plus, I believe Roal Dahl is the one who said that “those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” 😉

    4. I read all the books in one week 🙂 they deal with some pretty heavy stuff (life/death situations, bombings, lots of violence) but thats not the main plot of the book. I could go ON and ON about this, but I’m tired 😀 anyway, I bought my tickets for the movie in February and finally saw it tonight. There’s deffinately some violence, but the camera doesn’t really focus on it you know? so like the books, I rate the movie 13+ 😀 awesome story!

    5. I saw the movie yesterday and the violence was handled well. A lot of it was not shown in detail. To me, the ickiest parts were when katniss and peeta have injuries on their legs and the skin is all bloody and stuff. Like lots of other people said, the books don’t promote violence. They promote standing up to corruption and totalitarianism.

    6. I also read each book and yeah, it’s pretty violent, I have tp agree. But it’s also a really touching story about people fighting against injustice.
      I don’t know if I’ll watch the film. I want to, but on Thursday, I’m leaving for a school exchange to the U.S. (maybe you wonder a bit bout this, I’m german 🙂 ) and so I still don’t know if I’ll have time to watch it…

    7. There are lots of great comments here! I wish I could respond to them all. Thank you all for your well thought out feedback. This is what PI is about. Discussing a topic in a respectful and mature fashion, whether you agree or not with the post. Thanks again!

      • I’ve read the series and i AM NOT a fan. The reason I don’t like them, however, is not because of the violence. It is because Katniss is NOT a hero I would look up to because she lets her emotions control her and she has low morals. Yes she is courageous and yes she fights to end the violence. But in the end, when she is given an opportunity to host a hunger games with her enemies children she SUPPORTS the idea. I think the first book does help with showing that violence is bad, but it disgusts me that SO MANY people love the books and are looking forward to watching this movie because the hero does not have morals that I would look up to. I would want a hero that I can respect, but katniss is NOT someone I can say that about.

        Finally, the books promote something that no one else seems to have brought attention to. and that is relativism: One man’s evil is another man’s good. This is demonstrated in the part where Katniss chooses to send children into a barbaric violent hunger games when the whole reason she was fighting in the first place was to STOP the violence. I CAN NOT stand up and say i like these books or support them. They truly dissapiont me, and it makes me sad that they are so popular ESPECIALLY in the christian community! :-C

        • I was pretty horrified too when I first read that, but then I realized *SPOILER ALERT FOR ANYONE WHO HASN’T READ MOCKINGJAY* the only reason Katniss said that was because she knew if she didn’t agree with Coin, she wouldn’t make it out of the meeting alive. note how Haymitch says “I’m with the Mockingjay” not “I agree with Katniss” because he didn’t really want another Hunger Games either, they just had to say that to make it out of the meeting. At least that’s how I saw it, and I think it’s proven when they never had another Hunger Games. 🙂

    8. Book 1, “The Hunger Games”, certainly does not promote the violence or desensitize one to it- I read the books last summer, and while I really enjoyed them, the horrific situation stayed with me a long time. It’s extremely anti-violence, and that’s the real root of the story. This series, to me, is a gripping foretelling of what our culture of death is headed towards. Right now it’s ok to kill the unborn, the disabled, and the elderly- we’re only moving faster and faster towards a world where anyone’s life is fair game.

    9. The violence is not the problem here; we see that every day on the news and nobody complains. I read the first book, and did not like it. It is written at a 4th grade reading level, and I have better things to do with my time. I think the problem here is not that it promotes violence, but that it is a waste of time with no real meaning. Instead obsessing about the hunger games, we should be doing something that will actually help us or someone else, or reading a classic book like The Lord of the Rings, which has a ton of theological and moral meaning of you are willing to look. I looked, but try as I might, I found no significance to the huinger games other than it is a riveting read.

    10. I like the Hunger Games. It’s a very, creative, unique series. I think that the themes of this story are supposed to come way above the violence. I don’t believe Collins sole purpose was to appeal to kids through violence and killing. There is so much more to this story than just the violence, like any other book, you just need to look a bit deeper. The violence is a contribyution to what the story really has to offer in my opinion. Plus, this book isn’t written for kids, it’s written for young adults, like teenagers or adults themselves. I think the mature group of people who this story was meant for understands the story and is mature enough to handle the content. I think it’s a great series, thought provoking and it keeps you in. I don’t think anyone’s going to go entirely too crazy and over the top with this. Just like any other book series, it’s just a good story.

    11. I don’t agree. Yes, they have a lot of violence, but, like the Harry Potter series, they have a postive message: Overcoming evil. And for people now days the only way to maybe get the message through fully is to have a lot of violence; then people think “Whoa, “evil” people need to be stopped.” So I, personally, think they, along with the Harry Potter series, are very good books that have a good message.

    12. I’m not sure if you’ve read the books or not, but if you have I don’t think you’ve read them carefully enough if all you take from them is that it has too much violence. There is so much symbolism and philosophy in these books, it is amazing and has fascinated me for almost 3 years. In the world of Panem, The Hunger Games are a reminder of the government’s power over its citizens, and is represented in the sickest of ways. Suzanne Collins, the woman who wrote the books packs in the constant message that this violence and oppression is wrong. The movie nor the books do not glorify violence at all. In fact, it focuses many times on why kids killing other kids is a terrible thing.

      One interesting thing about the story is it’s many similarities to our world today. Our unhealthy obsession with reality TV and gore. How the government is taking steps to take God out. The crazy people in the Capitol, with their drive for fashion and material things can represent the way certain celebrities act today. The world of the Hunger Games seems almost possible when you consider all this.

      In this story you have the evil government and the good people, the ones who loathe watching children die onscreen every year but are forced to. The loving relationships between the characters who retain their humanity (Katniss and her little sister for example) show that despite it all, love will conquer, and that hope is stronger than fear.

      I’m really sorry for this long and annoying rant, but I had to put that out there! I didn’t think your article was very fair to such a powerful story and thought it was a bit judgmental. Please consider what I’ve said, and sorry again for the rant, as you can see I am way too passionate about it!

    13. I do not think that the books are “desensitizing” children. In fact, the story line is very educational. When you read, you have to read between the lines. It’s not just a story about a poor post-apocalyptic society forcing children to fight, but it also shows realities in our society today. Not everyone lives under a happy democracy like us in The United States. Many people live under cruel dictators and live in shacks. Africa reminds me a lot about this book. The Invisible Children especially. They are taken from their families and forced to fight in the army or they die. I think these books are a great read for older children and that’s who the books and movies are being advertized to. Not younger children but when you have an open market for selling you can’t say only certain people can buy the book. This whole desensitizing goes down to the parents. They need to decide what is apporpriate for their children and discuss it with them so everyone knows the rules. Many parents only base their opinions on what they see and the gossip they hear. Maybe when they read the books, their misguided ideas will be changed and then they can make an accurate opinion of the books. I disagree that people make only opinions about the books based on violence because there is more to the story then just violence.

    14. I think that the obesssion with the Hunger Games just proves God’s point in Revelation about how in the end times the world will become captivated with violence and horror. To say watching the Hunger Games will show kids how violence is wrong is absolutely ignorant. Do parents who tell their kids not to have sex let them watch porn and then say “now don’t do that, its bad?” I don’t think so. With movies like these it shows how our society is breeding the serial killers. It is a shame that schools would ever allow 5th graders to read the book. Our world is polluting young minds more and more.

    15. I have read all three books, I own two, and I’ve seen the movie twice. If you only read the first book, or only see the trailer, of couse it sounds terrible! The entire concept is disturbing, and it’s supposed to be. However (SPOILER ALERT :)) the last book is all about destroying the system. Like maggielouh said, it’s about when people get too powerful. A tyrant got in control, and the trilogy is about the underdogs striking back, It doesnt incite violence, it is about trying to stop it. What katniss did in the first and second hunger games was self defense. Also, like “justthewayGodmademe” said, it wasn’t neccessarily written for kids. I don’t think 6th or 7th graders, or especially elementary school kids should read it.I totally understand your perspective, and I know a lot of people share it, but the books are in no way innapropriate when the it has the right age audience.:)

    16. I agree with some parts of this…but like some one said below, I don’t think the author meant the books for younger children. My sister is 11, and she is definitely not allowed to read them. I think the part with Rue especially makes the message of the horrible violence and it’s affect a reality.

    17. I am definitely going to watch the movie. The books were AMAZING!!!! The violence was certainly extensive, but the story is so much more than that. It is about fighting to STOP the violence the Capitol uses to govern the nation of Panem (that sounds so weird, talking about a made up land like it’s real). The violence is a part of Panem. Katniss and the other “good” characters fight to get rid of it. I think the violence and stuff needs to be seen in all aspects. It’s awful, but it shows what Katniss is fighting for. We just have to remember that the story is about living your life the way you want to live it. Not having a government tell you how to live. That’s what The Hunger Games is about. It’s NOT some gory book where all that happens is violent. What about Katniss’s relationships with Prim, Rue, Gale, and Peeta, among others? It’s so much more than a bloody story. It’s almost a warning of what could be.

    18. I realise that this is a fiction book but I personaly try to see where God is in every part of my life, even in the books that I read. I have had people at my school say things like “If our class was in the hunger game who do you think would live.” I can’t belive people would say such things. I have assurance of my salvation and have no doubt where I will spend eternity so why would I kill others just because someone told me I should. (which in this case would be the goverment)
      P.S. I love reading and when I read I would want it to be something that brings glory to God. Please remember I am NOT saying if you read this you don’t love God.

    19. Loved the book, loved the movie. Yes it’s violent, so I would say people should read/watch with desecration, and I would never give it to anyone under 12. Despite that, it was very well written, had a great story line, I love the characters, and I can’t wait for the next movie 🙂 Honestly, I think Twilight is way worse. The Twilight books all have violence in them along with sexual content and profanity.

    20. Just from the comments here I feel teens want to “push the envelope” and think it’s cool to be so enamored by violence. The bible teaches that we should shun evil and seek those things that are pure and of good report. Yes, we live in a fallen world and we deal w/ it but why be ENTERTAINED by it ? I personally feel its the devils subtle tool to “make evil seem good.” I pray for all you girls to watch and pray so that you don’t enter into temptation. Jesus has come to give you real life joy and peace. Seek Him first.

    21. I read the entire Hunger Games series, & they were the best books I’ve ever read in my life! The movie looks like it’d be really good & I’m going to see it tomorrow with my friends.
      I don’t think there’s anything wrong with seeing the movie… as long as you’re at least 13. That’s why it’s PG-13. I don’t think Suzanne Collins wrote the books for younger children to read; they’re meant for teenagers. And I don’t think there was anything wrong with Harry Potter or Twilight. Sure, they’re fantasy and all, but that’s why they’re labeled as “Fantasy”, not “Nonfiction” or “Realistic Ficiton”. Just because you see something doesn’t mean you believe in it.

    22. I absolutely love The Hunger Games! I don’t really like Harry Potter or Twilight because they are too demonic. I like The Hunger Games because it shows how our world is falling into a trap. We get so wrapped up in fantasy, that we don’t see them harm that it is doing to us. I saw The Hunger Games and it’s not as violent as you would expect. It’s not even close to how violent Lord of the Rings was. It’s a very clean movie. The violence is not showed in a positive light. Katniss’ whole premise is that she won’t kill. Her and Peeta want to stay themselves in the arena. Katniss only kills one guy out of self preservation. If you think about it, it almost is a Christian story of sorts.
      President Snow is like the devil. And those who work for him (Citizens of the Capitol), have no idea what they are doing! He takes young people’s lives and makes a game out of it. Katniss takes the place of her sister out of selflessness. Katniss and Peeta choose to not surcome to his power and defy him.
      The violence it not an issue. It’s not as gruesome as people say it is. The violence is not very graphic and is kept to a minimum. The story is very gripping. The acting is fantastic! The movie is overall the best movie I have ever seen. 10/10 A must see.

    23. i agree that it is very violent but that is why it is pg-13 also in the movie they didnt really show anything except blood, the camera work was designed so that all the audience see is a blur and maybe a drop of blood

    24. Its graphic. A boy hits a girls head so hard against a metal sculpture that she dies. Lots of arrows being shot. Dead people. It is amazing all in all. The point was across. The movie had a message, it wasn’t dumb teen love like twilight

    25. Personally, I have read all three books multiple times, and I went to the midnight showing of the movie on Thursday morning. If you read the books, you’ll notice that the main characters are all very opposed the the idea of the Hunger Games, so it’s discouraging violence, I think. It shows the devastation it causes.

    26. I have to agree with the article on this one. I am a college freshman, and this series FREAKS ME OUT! I haven’t read the books or seen to movies, but I have no desire to read about a bunch of kids being force to kill each other for society’s enjoyment. I understand the point that the author is trying to make, and it is a good point that makes sense, but going into a series knowing that 23 out of the 24 kids involved are going to be MURDERED bothers me. It is nothing that I want to experience! It is completely desensitizing, and its was marketing to a teen audience doesn’t make it better. Now, it would be something I would be willing to see if the kids rose up to fight the system or something, but it doesn’t sound to me like they do. It sounds Godless to me. (Now mind you, I’m not against all violence in movies, I am a big fan of The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and other good-vs-evil battles, but in this series the amount of violence and the fact that it is carried out on children seems overwhelming and completely unnecessary!)

    27. I went and saw the movie. I was impressed. There was violence, but most of it was well contained. They didn’t really show a lot of killing. You know the person was being killed but they didn’t show it. They showed a person with a knife, know what I mean? And I think the books were excellent. And yeah, I think the series is supposed to show what can happen when people get to greedy. How we shouldn’t let things get that far. But, no, I don’t think young kids should be reading the books. OR seeing the movie. My little sister hated it, and I was kinda surprised when my mom came out and said we were ALL gonna go see it. It was an absolute shock to her. The author meant for it to be a young adult series.

    28. I agree with those who say that The Hunger Games do not promote violence. Most of the characters are repulsed and horrified by the violence, and the few that don’t are portrayed as crazy and sick. Also, Katniss sulks in a tree for hours when she kills someone, even though it is the only way that she can survive and bring home money for food to her family and her district. Suzanne Collins is clear that violence is bad for all, including the souls of the one(s) committing the violence, even when they’re doing it for a somewhat righteous cause. The sequel shows Katniss having terrible nightmares and guilt plaguing her constantly.

    29. Hi,
      I read an interview, online, from the author. She said that she made the book around things about war, famine, violence, power-thirsty people, etc to bring the world to a realization. She said that because of all these things that are really going on we could end-up like that. Maybe not exactly, but we could end up with a government that rules like a monarchy or events that the government host to show they have complete power over us or maybe even some places could be wiped out for not agreeing to something (Like District 13). All of these things are unconstitutional I know, yet our world does have many of the problems mentioned above. (War, famine, etc)

      Therefore, I believe that she did not mean for it to be something that kids shouldn’t and/or couldn’t read. She more than likely meant it for another crowd. But also there was NEVER anything in there that said violence was good that was looked at with a positive manner! For Example, Katniss reflected great anger and worry towards the “games”, killing, and the violence. In my opinion i think the book goes back much deeper than violence. Especially if you read in between the lines, there it shows us the real reason she wrote the book, the troubled state we are in as a country and/or world.

      Also I went to go see the movie, it was amazing. It also did not reflect on violence as a positive thing in anyway. So if you dig a little deeper and read in-between the lines you realize that violence was not mentioned as a good thing in the book or movie, especially when Katniss had something to do with it.

      Although this is my personal opinion. I hope you enjoy my thoughts on this topic!

    30. anyone who has read the series would know that violence is not being promoted at all. The proponents of the games use it as a fear tactic to keep the people from rebelling, while the wealthy capitol citizens watch it for entertainment. the hunger games actually supports biblical truths, such as man’s inclination to evil as shown through the bloodthirstiness of the careers and the capitol. The violence is not simply glossed over but emphasized, be it a minor or major character, to make clear how disgustingly awful the games are, and ultimately how gruesome it is when innocent people die, such as rue. as christians we need to use discernment to choose what we put into our thoughts and hearts, not enter some state of unnecessary intolerance for any movie that comes out.

    31. the main theme of the trilogy as a whole is that violence is not the right way to solve things and war doesn’t usually solve things either. i love the books, and i’m really looking forward to seeing the movie!

    32. I have to say that even though I oppose Twlight and Harry Potter, I really don’t put the Hunger Games in the same catagory. I haven’t read them but I know some people who come from a good home that was allowed to read it. I am seriously considering reading the series and then watching the movie. I do agree though, that violence is a problem with young kids but I’m not sure that the Hunger Games promotes it.

    33. I have read and watched The Hunger Games. I don’t think the violence is the theme or even trying to be promoted. Though the violence in the movie is definitely more shocking than reading it. It is all in the eye of the beholder how you analyze the meaning. You can take what you saw and use it as a Christian point of view. Think of Katniss as a helper or good christian figure giving hope to the districts. To show them that they can break free of the bonds of the Capitol. That they can be free, and they do have hope. Think of Peeta like John (one of the disciples) to her. Life ultimately is a hunger game. The fight to survive, to get points across, power struggle, and money struggle. The pressure to survive is great. The people at the Capitol who watch the hunger games for the pure reason of the excitement. They are the people in your life who would want to see you fail, bet you lose, and present obstacles so you will fail. Those who are weak just won’t be able to resist the pressure in life. Whether that pressure come from friends, family, and or social media. Even the strong people fail like Rue. I definitely see a Christian tone to it and I personally love it!

    34. The book and the movie were not identical but that’s what makes it lovable! Though not identical the movie does stay true to the main plot points and events in sequence. I think it is better to be not exactly the same as the book. Take Twilight I now dislike both book and movie. Since I find it very dull.

    35. I am torn on this topic. I have read the Hunger Games series and I thought that the writing was great and the story was very interesting. And yet, I was depressed after reading them; it is quite a violent series. The book shows violence for what it is–a present darkness. I could make the argument that the series is promoting awareness of horrors that aren’t far from events that have occured in our own world. And you can still make the case that it is infecting the young minds. I really am torn, but I do want to see the movie. I have a thing for Josh Hutcherson.

      • Same thing here I am torn about it too, because it’s a really good movie but I don’t want to like something that’s bad and i’m not sure if it’s bad because it has a meaning like a warning i ges.

    36. perosnaly i think they go against everything I have been taught. I`ve been taught not to murder. Not to fill my mind with things that talk about that. Not to practice or promote that. Really if your prolife you shouldn`t read the book. Abortion is murder. So how is that any diffrent? I`m suprised about how many girls today are allowed to do such things. Not acceptable

    37. I watched the hunger games on saturday and I am very sensitive to violence so I was a little nervous because I read this article but I watched the whole thing and I really liked it, it’s really only the part where they are in the arena that has violent parts. All in all it was a pretty good movie :):):):)

    38. i think the hunger games is good because it isnt supporting violence; peeta and katniss want to defy the capital. and i agree that twilight is way inapropriate but i think harry potter is fine. harry potter is as inapropriate as fairy tale stories.

      • Exactly! It has a lot of great messages to it (friendship, courage, sacrificial love), and for those concerned about witchcraft, remember; it’s FICTION. Twilight, on the other hand, has explicit sex, and Edward isn’t even that handsome, just creepy. I don’t understand the vampire appeal these days.

    39. The movie doesn’t encourage violence, it discourages it, much like the book does. You are right, the media is very violent these days, and many (sadly, including myself) have become desensitized to it. Graphic killing of children is definetely horrid, and both the book and the movie go out of their way to show this. The theme is anti-violence, anti-war, and anti-government control, and even though the movie is violent (and a little dark), it is most definetely a frank and sobering reminder of what happens when governments become power-hungry.

    40. I read the first book and strongly disliked it. The story itself is interesting enough, but I do not like that they are fighting to kill. As Christians, I believe we should be fighting to save and help people, not to hurt and destroy, even if we have to sacrifice to obtain this goal. Although it might be true that in real life people kill each other, I don’t think it is neccessary for us to celebrate this as something heroic.

    41. I agree that violence is not something to be encouraged.A film or book that suggests violence is a ‘cool’ thing is definatly wrong. However, I also believe that we can not ignore violence. The comment directly before this one seems to sum it up accuratley as a ‘warning’ not an encouragment. I know nothing about the book or the film so I can not say for sure one way or the other wheather it is good or bad. But, if the violence is as I said before, more of a warning not to let yourself or society turn to it then it is good and it is inpirational. If the just show people killing and have no moral to it then it is not a film I would personally enjoy.

    42. I absolutely adore The Hunger Games. My mom, sister, and I all went to the movie the day after it came out and read the books in a week. They are violent yes, but they weren’t written for young children, they were written for young adults. The books are almost a warning(as was posted before). They are great books.

    43. Too be honest, i think were all a little too late with wondering if kids are being desensitized by this series, because I think they already have been due to exposure of media and heck, you see violence on TV everyday. Maybe not child on child, but Ive seen some pretty grody stuff before. I know I’m kinda desensitized. Nothing surprises me anymore today. Thats not to say i like bad things, like killing, but at the same time, I have seen it so much that im not exactly shocked theyd do such a thing anymore. It’s like cussing in movies. Back when movies first started coming out, it was absolutely UNHEARD OF for there to be cussing on the silver screen–but now actors so carelessly throw around f-bombs and GD’s like they haveto if they want to effectively prove their point, and ive seen it so much and as much as i hate it, it doesnt surprise me at all!

      The Hunger Games, in general, is fairly interesting, and in some aspects ( hopefully not the brute killing off of children) i think it gives us a glimpse into the future and how our government could eventually have us tied around their pinkie finger if we dont get ahold of them and show them that they dont own us, by simply electing a president that has our best interests in mind. I actually like the series myself, yeah, the child vs. child thing does seem a bit brutal to me, and i really DONT understand how it didnt get rated R for all this violence (probably because of the overwhelmingly large crowd of kids that would want to see it) but all of this is just my opinions, having read the first book and the movie.

      • Oh, and if you have only read the first book (as have I) I believe the second book depicts a revolt against the government for all the harsh murder that they basically stage and force people to contend to. So it really isn’t encouraging any kind of violence, unless you want to take it that way. In the book, as it doesnt make the main character’s thoughts clear in the movie, killing is looked at as something disgusting that the majority of the contestents dont want to do. Just thought Id give a brief little comment on why i dont think it encourages violence.

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