Sunday, March 25, 2012

Some Thoughts On The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games (film)
The Hunger Games (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Who did you have to kill when you became an adult? 

We spend years battling various parts of our personalities during our formative years.  We decide which personalities 'work' for us and which ones have to die.

And then we execute the ones we don't want.  Painfully and at great cost.

I think that is one of the reasons that The Hunger Games resonates so deeply.

Of course, the people we choose not to be never really die. 

They are very often resurrected in later life. 

(This blog in which I actually express opinions is an example.)

But at the time we don't know that.

Katniss Everdeen, the protagonist in The Hunger Games, is a mythical figure.

She lives in a world that is enslaved by the spiritually dead who live in a place called "The Capital'.

(Anybody remember the social upheaval of the sixties?  Same idea, different crowd.)

To survive she must kill a number of other children during the nationally televised 'Hunger Games'.

It isn't a warm and comfy read.

But being a teenager isn't a warm and comfy time either. 

It is fascinating to see which personalities have to die and which ones she keeps (or tries to keep).

And one last note.

The story takes place in a post apocalyptic USA.

I kept wondering what was going on in Canada.

There's just gotta be a joke about that out there somewhere.

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Debra She Who Seeks said...

That's a great psychological insight into another layer of meaning in The Hunger Games -- haven't seen anyone discuss that aspect before!

Jane said...

Sounds like an interesting read. This is my first introduction to the Hunger Games... sometimes I think I must live under a rock! I appreciate your insights and am going to give some thought as to what personality I'm expressing online - is this me or is it Memorex?

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I read all three books in this series and must admit that I really enjoyed them. I would like to see the movie while it's at the theater. Your unique insights into this book are very impressive! I love your way of thinking. Like everyone else, I did kill off a few personalities as I grew older that just didn't work for me.

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Doug Jamieson said...

Meanwhile, in Canada, the CBC has come out with a copycat version of "The Hunger Games" called "The Hunker Games." The polar ice caps have melted and submerged everything except ski resorts, the CN Tower, and Parliament Hill. People are having trouble finding suitable places to, how should we say, relieve themselves, and are actually insulting each other in arguments over the really choice hunkering spots. In Quebec, the gravy has gone out of the poutine market. Billions of taxpayer money have being wasted on a Hunker Spot Registry, there is a suspicious smell emanating from high in the peace tower, Justin Trudeau tells the PM to do something, or "mangez la merde," and Albertans are considering converting the oil sands into a giant litter box. Robocalls are redirecting Liberal and NDP supporters to dangerous bogs. The layers of meaning are at least 3-ply. Rick Mercer stars as the police chief, and Don Cherry as his love interest. Rated PEW.

The Episcopagan said...

Where can i get a copy of the Hunker Games! Rick mercer and Don Cherry?? Priceless!