I've read the books and seen the movie and IMO, it's not a commentary on other cultures, it's a commentary on OURS.
Completely agree with your observations, Arielflies....one of the very reasons I can't/won't read the book or movie. ( I did try reading it but didn't get very far).
In addition, I can't read/watch anything that has the killing of children. It's more than enough that we have to realize that this happens in other countries.
Also, I can't get behind anything as horrific as watching any kind of killing...I'll never understand people who want to watch televised executions.
But I'm not sure I understand what others are implying by connecting The Capitol in the book, to Capitalism. JMHO
Some people have compared the Occupy movement with the book/movie. The idea that the 99 % are suffering while the 1% live high on the hog. The comparison doesn't really hold true, though, as Panem is not a capitalistic society. Capitalism presupposes the free movement of goods and people, which is not a option in Panem, even for the citizens of the Capitol; Panem is more akin to a tyranny.
I understand the points of those who don't care for the subject matter... although I did enjoy the book and movie. Without the grim "realities" of the Games, the themes of integrity and character and especially "no greater love than to lay down your life for a brother" wouldn't be as strong, in my opinion. There are some very positive messages amongst the heartbreak in there.
Has anyone watched the Japanese film Battle Royale? It was made in 2001, and I have been hearing people say The Hunger Games is essentially a "rip off". It just recently was released on DVD, and I have it on my Netflix queue but it is listed as "Very Long Wait". I am guessing they probably only got a couple of copies of it, and underestimated the interest.
I bet Netflix will buy more copies now! :lolQuote:
When even schoolchildren begin to abuse a system on the verge of social collapse, the Japanese government introduces a strict new punishment whereby randomly chosen students are taken to a deserted island and forced to fight each other to the death.
I watched Battle Royale years ago. It's a very good movie, cheesy like the Godzilla movies but good. I wouldn't be surprised if Collins was influenced by it