As you, dear reader, already know dystopian, utopian, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic stories are currently popular, especially a little story about a girl named Katniss Everdeen.
Maybe one day we'll get sick of these types of movies and another genre will step up and take it's place. But, right now, this is what's popular. I think that these types of movies are great because they allow us to safely look at ourselves and question everything about our world. They inspire us and that in itself is a powerful thing.
One thing I've seen, especially with The Hunger Games series, is people's ability to degrade and forget the stories message. With The Hunger Games they advertise it by perpetuating the idea that Katniss must choose which guy she ends up with. Who do you side with, Team Peeta or Team Gale? God forbid that Katniss should choose herself and her families survival.
The Hunger Games isn't about who Katniss ends up with. If you think that, you're delusional. Katniss is just a young girl is was pushed into a war she wants absolutely nothing to do with. She is used by The Capitol to kill innocent children and make all of the citizens compliant and then she's used by District 13 in their war. She watches her friends die, sees the corruption in The Capitol, and generally has post traumatic stress the entire time.
When we watch these movies and read books like this we need to remember the message they're trying to send us. We need to look at the similarities between their world and ours and recognize that there is something wrong.
Always remember that it only takes one thing to start a change, no matter how small, and inspire a person to do good.
Anjulie Te Pohe
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