[Closed] Special Feature: Suzanne Collins
Yay discussion in spoiler boxes! But before that, here's where my whole argument comes from. Hunger Games is a war story. It's not a romance, it's not a "find yourself" story, it's not a school story about friendship, it's about violence and what it does to people (and what role the media plays in that).
And the other spoiler box:
Pretty much agree with you on that last spoiler box, Maenad.
I honestly never liked Gale. From the beginning I thought he was just a little too angry. Catching Fire really emphasized that and so I felt like it was a natural progression of the character. To have him settle down for life in the country with Katniss and 2.5 children and a white picket fence would have felt like more of a character deviation than what actually happened in the book.
The tragedy of war is a little toned down in Collins' Gregor books since they're for a younger audience, but you get the same themes in them as well. By the end no one is left unaffected by the war. They're different people and not necessarily better ones. Damage was done to them that could never be fixed. That's one of the things that I really love about her books, because all too often in fantasy, we have the little kids run off to war, they hack off peoples' heads for a couple of chapters, and at the end they're fine. No psychological scarring, no need for therapy, no screaming nightmares every night. Sure, the genre isn't meant to be realistic, but I don't think that we're doing kids any favors by portraying war as anything other than awful brutal business. Grown men and women are traumatized by war, if a kid comes away from it totally fine, I'm calling sociopathy.
To relate that to the Narnia books, I've noticed the latter books do delve into that effect of war a little. The Last Battle in particular doesn't shy away from showing the heartbreaking reality of battle. I think Lewis, having been in war, perhaps reconsidered the glossy, sanitized battles of LWW and PC as he continued the series. I don't think any 12 year old kid would read about the battle of Anvard and go "Wow, that sounds cool! I wish I could be there riding around with Shasta!" And I think that's deliberate.
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I finally got The Hunger Games out of the library! I was 5th on hold for it.....now I have to read it and see if I like it
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