Massive box office smash. Best selling books. What’s the appeal of The Hunger Games? My take is that boys love the action. The girls love it as a romance. The guys love it as a video game/reality show mashup with not-so-virtual violence. The girls love the idea of being torn between and pursed by two courageous, honorable hunks, especially as that is played out more in the second and third books.
Some object to the premise, which of course is pretty gruesome: A dystopia in which two dozen teens are locked in a multi-square-mile “arena” with thousands of cameras to broadcast all the action around the country as each of the “contestants” attempts to be the last one left alive. Gruesome, yes. But it is a vehicle for highlighting the evil of the regime in power that constructed such a terrible scheme.
A lot of my well-read friends are enamored with the series. To me the characters in the books are interesting but two-dimensional. The plot line is full of action but the themes are not very deep. Entertaining? Sure. Make me a better person? Not so much.
But, hey, I haven’t seen the movie yet. Just read the book. What’s your view?