Philosophy of "Hunger Games"
A review of "Hunger Games" from a Christian's perspective.
Last night, my roommate gave me the recently popular book, “Hunger Games.” Because it has become such a popular book among teens and young adults, I decided to read it just for the purpose of understanding what is influencing American youth. Here is a short critique:
One thing that I will give Collins is that she is good at keeping the story moving. There are almost no dead spots and she skillfully builds the suspense, sucking the reader into the story and making it nearly impossible to put the book down (hence why I read most of it in one night and am staying awake and functional only from caffeine right now). Her skill in creating an interesting story is what gave her books success. However, the writing itself is very poor. The grammar is sloppy and most of the book is annoyingly written in present tense. Phrasing is often also awkward.
Leaving behind grammar, mechanics, and writing style; there is one aspect of this book that glares out at me. That is the relativistic approach to morality. This story blurs the lines between right and wrong. Rather than right being right and wrong being wrong, it is all relative to what is said to be acceptable and expected. Rather than murder being wrong and leaving it at that, killing innocent people is made to be okay because of special circumstances. This only echoes the philosophy of our post-modern society where absolute truth does not exist.
In conclusion, I admit that the story is engaging and the book is an enjoyable read. However, one must go into it cautiously, with a critical and discerning mind.