Does The Hunger Games Go Too Far?

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So Suzanne Collins’ newest book, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakeswas released ealier last week. Sarabeth’s only got a few pages left as of this writing, and I’ll be reading it soon, so look forward to a full review from us soon. I did some digging around on some of my older posts and found a little piece I wrote about the Hunger Games. I’m reposting it here, with some updates added, to get the thoughts of my newer readers:

It’s hard to ignore all the buzz surrounding the movies that were made, based off of the mega top-selling books by Suzanne Collins. The Hunger Games trilogy tells the story of Katniss  Everdeen, who dares to stand against a dystopian government who thrives on televising children killing each other as a form of entertainment, and a way to keep the classes separated. 

The newest book apparently delves into President Snow’s upbringing, and the rise of this form of torture porn. 

So my question to you is this: Should this type of movie (or book) be marketed to our teenagers? I have read the first three books several times and they are violent. But I’m a fan of violence, and Sarabeth and I do plan on having our kids read these books when they’re 11.

Because, in our opinion, the story is very much against violence.

How can you preach against sin if you don’t expose it in the sunlight, right?

If you don’t think this should be marketed to teenagers, would it be better for adults? At what point would you draw the line in dealing with violence in the entertainment medium geared toward teens? If you don’t think it’s a problem to market this kind of movie toward teenagers, what, then, would you consider inappropriate?

Share your thoughts! 

Published by Andrew Toy

Writer when I'm not being a husband or dad. So mostly just a husband and dad.

4 thoughts on “Does The Hunger Games Go Too Far?

  1. The books are very violent and I’m normally not a fan of it but I do agree that it shines a light on why it’s not good and with the new book you get to have a little bit more empathy for the people that went through the games .

      1. I have started it already lol ! I’m on chapter 9 and I’m so hooked. It feels so good to step back into the world of the hunger games

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