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Thu Apr 5, 2012, 12:24 PM

2. To me, they spoke more about the nature of the system

but I'm not sure it is the theme. The treatment of the second book in film will be the decider, that's where the political struggle ramps up. It's hard to separate my impressions of the book from the film.

In the book, there was this explicit awareness of the District 12 children of the overwhelming richness of Capital life and the contrast with their live of want and starvation in the District. When watching the film, I had that textual memory, so when those scenes came up, I was watching them with that in mind. I'd love to know the impressions of someone who watches the movie without reading the books.

On the other hand, right wing blogs have been writing a few broadsides about the anti-capitalist nature of the story, so perhaps it is more explicit than I'm cautiously giving credit for.

Willamette Reds has a good review, but there are spoilers, so I will just link: http://willamettereds.blogspot.com/2012/04/hunger-games-capitalism-run-amok.html One part I can quote without giving anything away, I think:

Is it right for a small percentage of the population to utterly control access to wealth and power? Is it exploitative when we watch as members of a lower socioeconomic class scramble and fight over scraps of money and potential fame, as they do on many real reality shows and, indeed, in many real televised sports? The gladiatorial Games are a metaphor for the high-stakes games that poor people must play in America to merely survive.

And these days, they’re also not a metaphor. They’re just a mild exaggeration of a culture where one of the only ways for its least privileged citizens to escape their circumstances seems to be risking public pain and humiliation as cameras record their every move.

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