While I’ve been randomly disappearing around here, I’ve been absorbed into this series of books. My son had actually gotten me into reading them and I purchased the original book from My Child’s Bookshelf last year, but hadn’t gotten around to reading it until a few nights before the movie release. Then that was that, I was hooked and spent the following week lost in a world of desperation; not without its emotional spin that can only be described as Pandora’s box – some bit of hope fluttering about in a world of loss.
It’s hard to describe this series without giving much away. It seems that Suzanne Collins and I have a very common ground for thinking, how far our minds can go into madness and justification for horrid acts on humanity. You would think it would be unbelievable to have a game, such as the Hunger Games, in our world – in this time – but it’s honestly not. With the rise in our lowly entertainment of watching people work through their addictions, child-rearing, hoarding, etc. Our country is already in love with watching down-ridden people suffer. You may not think of it that way, but take a step back the next time you are watching Hoarders or Intervention and ask yourself why you are watching these people cry, drag themselves through the dirt and how much you are waiting with anticipation to see what they would do next. We already started including children, Sixteen and Pregnant on MTV does nothing but have you watch these kids suffer through early pregnancy, addiction, neglect, etc. Look at Toddlers & Tiaras and watch the parents push their kids through god knows what. We almost did have a show about children being left in the wild like Lord of the Flies, but it was canceled and only because they couldn’t get licensed. Is it really so beyond our thinking to start incorporating violence? No, not as severe as the Hunger Games with their “Last one standing” mentality, but as you might already see on a lot of shows, violence is nothing new to us. Just toss in a few teenagers and I’m sure a channel could justify the spin.
‘If you control the oil you control the country; if you control food, you control the population.’ – Henry Kissinger
We’re already working our way into the food and oil area of this story. One day there will probably be oil rations and as oil depletes, food production will go down. I’m sure there are companies trying to gain control of the food (I won’t name names, but I think they live about 15 min from here.), what we eat, who can grow it, the prices, etc. So I think about these things when I read the stories. How it’s not so far from reality and I think that is what makes it so frightening.
My favorite book is the last, Mockingjay, where she really shows you how far the mind can go. I love how real her characters are with their choices, from the selfish to the selfless acts – they’re very real. The entire series ends on a pretty surprising note because although you consider the possibility of that specific ending early on in the stories, she wipes it away from you and then brings it back polished with possibility. It’s a simple ending, a believable ending, without all the shininess that some Young Authors admit into their work to make it completely ridiculous.
I love this series. In fact, I’m probably obsessed with it and very much looking to see how the movie series runs. It’s great to have a series after all the films about human spirit have left (aka: Harry Potter, etc). If you are looking for a series this Spring, to sit and read under a beautiful tree and remark about your life and what is going on in the world around you now, I suggest you pick it up. Suzanne Collins take you into an idea that isn’t too far fetched, a world that could be simply a different dimension than ours, and she gives you hope in the strength that humanity still has the courage to survive. A simply incredible series.