The Hunger Games
The premise of this movie/book makes me feel uncomfortable and questions why write such dark stories. Then I consider the fact I haven’t read page one of any of the books, and have not seen the movie at the cinemas. This reminds me of a controversy that surrounded the film ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’ in 1988. I remember clearly the uproar from many clergy and church goers criticising the film. Cinemas were picketed, parishioners urged by their ministers and priests to refrain from seeing the film. The vast majority of these objections came from people who hadn’t seen the movie so didn’t really know what they were objecting to. A minister and his wife I know went to see ‘The Last Temptation’, and far from being distraught at the alternate story of Jesus Christ, their comments revolved around the film being difficult to sit through as it was so long.
I don’t want to be one of those people who are misinformed, or rather uninformed, about a book, play, film, painting, etc., not having the slightest knowledge or understanding of it. This leads me to decide that I will reserve my judgement as I don’t know what I’m talking about. I’m not likely to read ‘The Hunger Games’, or spend two hours watching the movie. I don’t want to immerse myself, and spend energy on what I perceive to be a ‘dark’ story. Having said that, I find it ironic that I spent probably a dozen hours last week watching documentaries and movies on the Titanic; hearing the traumatic stories of lives lost. More than that, I enjoy hours upon hours of watching Inspector Morse, Prime Suspect, Law & Order SVU and other murder and crime shows – depicting the all too real, but darker side of humanity. Suffice to say, it’s a matter of taste.
My best friend was comparing the premise of ‘The Hunger Games’ with films such as ‘Logan’s Run’. I guess in literature I can also think of ‘Lord of the Flies’ which shows the scarier side of human behaviour when faced with survival. In the end, whether we are distressed or moved by these stories speaks more to our humanity, than our lack of it. And that must a good thing.