The Hunger Games

A Christian Review of The Hunger Games

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few weeks—or just totally uninterested in the entertainment culture—you’ve heard of The Hunger Games.

The bestselling, if not rather disturbing novel, transitioned to the big screen today, and is poised to be one of the blockbusters of the year.

Thousands of people will be flocking to the movies this weekend, many of them Christians.

But just because it is a popular movie, does it make it right? Just because it is a cinematic wonder, does it make it good viewing?

A cinematic masterpiece doesn’t always equal something that is worth your time or money to see. More importantly, The Hunger Games isn’t a subtle film. It’s a film (and book series) with a message—-a strongly humanistic and disturbing message. And always remember—you’re not just “seeing” the film…you are literally SUPPORTING it with your money. Is this really a message of situational ethics that you want to promote?

Before heading off to the theater see the film, I encourage you to take a look at a very objective and honest review about the film.

From Movie Guide:

“THE HUNGER GAMES is an exceptionally dark movie where the audience literally watches as children kill each other in a bloody maniacal fashion. The movie portrays society as wanting this sort of killing, which implies the same thing for real human society, including the people who might watch the movie or read the book series on which it’s based. Though this is a point the movie is making, it only has a negative impact on society. In the Sudan, for instance, children are being taken, desensitized by watching violence, given a gun, and killing. So, why would you want to watch the same thing happening in a Hollywood Blockbuster? Taking death so lightly will desensitize the audience in a very dark way.

With a strong humanist worldview, THE HUNGER GAMES has no depiction of God or the supernatural world. It’s all up to the movie’s heroine to win the game, but, eventually, she too has to hurt other people to win. Thus, there is no solid depiction of good and truth in THE HUNGER GAMES and no implication of a greater Hope. Ultimately, the story seems overly cynical and dehumanizing.

THE HUNGER GAMES is a science fiction thriller with a big budget. This is doubly saddening because it means even more children will see the behavior depicted in the movie. Those susceptible to violence will want to reenact it. Those children who are not as susceptible to movie violence will come out traumatized or fearful, or, worse, desensitized to the violence around them in real life.”

You can also take out the word “children” and swap it out with “adults”. Just imagine the horror of a world where adults are desensitized to violence as well.

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40 comments

  • Valerie Head March 23, 2012  

    Thank you for your honest review.  I was getting discouraged at all the “positive” reviews that I saw, even from “Plugged In”.  This is truly modern day gladiator fighting.  If you’ve ever wondered how could so many people find entertainment in watching humans be put in horrific situations to fight for their lives, I mean who enjoys that.  Now, 2012, we have thousands, lined up out to the street waiting in line to watch this sensless madness.  There is nothing redeeming about this “pig with lipstick”.  Even the “hero” is a murderer!  Anyone should read how the Roman Coliseum fighting actually finally stopped, it took one humble, meek man to stand up and plead with the audience to stop the madness, he was then brutally beaten to death, only then did the gladiators and officials, and the audience realize what they were doing.  That was the last time blood was shed there and all throughout the Empire.  This is a disgrace for any Christian parent to authorize and encourage their child to see this movie..

  • Eashv March 24, 2012  

    I too appreciate your review. I was overwhelmed and shocked by the positive response from Christians. Very sad and heart breaking that people are considering this movie a form of entertainment.

  • David March 24, 2012  

    A very objective and honest review? And you know this because???
     
    Whoever wrote the Movie Guide review reminds me of someone who only sees black and white in a world of color.
     
    The Hunger Games: An Allegory of Christian Love
     
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/julie-clawson/hunger-games-allegory-of-christian-love_b_1365594.html
     
    Jesus in ‘The Hunger Games’
     
    http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/movies/commentaries/2012/hungergames.html Hungry for the Hunger Games:
     
    Why We Need Dystopian Tales
     
    http://blog.christianitytoday.com/women/2012/03/hungry_for_the_hunger_games_wh.html
     
    *
     
    http://www.concordcentral.org/news

  • Aaress March 24, 2012  

    Hi David, thanks for your comment. I appreciate you visiting my site!
     
    It always strikes me as ironically fascinating as so often when Hollywood comes out with massive blockbusters, there’s always someone who tries to find God in it. Like Finding God in Lord of the Rings, Finding God in Harry Potter, Finding God in Twilight, or even Finding God in Superman.
     
    If you dig hard enough, you can justify and find similarities to God in almost anything. But since when is it right to try to bring down the Creator of the Universe to our level to “find Him” in something that man has created?
     
    Especially in something that is foundationally opposite the truths of His Word.

    • Beth T March 24, 2012  

      @Aaress AAress,
      +Lord of the Rings was written by J.R.R. Tolkein who was a Christian was he not? I was brought up with church youth group leaders who promoted the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Narnia chronicles as good fictional alagories of the Christian Faith.

    • Beth T March 24, 2012  

      @Aaress +Yet another thought…the general idea behind the book/film is not at all a NEW idea. Remember the short story by author Shirley Jackson called “The Lottery”, the older novel called “Harvest Home” and many badly made 70’s movies like (what was it called …” “Logan’s Run” ? (I think) ? They postulate the same central theme. So are they warning of the danger of such a society or are they advocating it? In these older stories it seemed to me to be warning against it. But again, I’ll reserve my judgement about The Hunger Games until after I have read or seen it.

    • Beth T March 24, 2012  

      @Aaress Ultimately, the way to really speak out against globalist, population control (ie: greedy, elitest propaganda agenda) is to shine light on ALL information..both the Truth and their lies and embedded propaganda. But the only way to do that is to read/view/listen to it thoroughly and as objectively as possible to begin with…then, begin with the guidance of the Holy Spirit to wrought your collective war on the tyranny of the strong and privelged against the many who have not. Jesus was a revolutionary! Who would not have agreed with all of the conservative agenda because it neglects the widows and the father less and the poor. Nor would he agree with the liberal agenda that in certain areas tries to call evil good. He was unique in His unfailing push against the norm and the corrupt institution that existed in His day (the religious leaders and the money changers/merchants in the temple)

    • KevinLobb March 28, 2012  

       @Aaress I just want to encourage you to keep on as the church visible crumbles around us in these days of deception and turning away.  Blessings and power from the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit , stand firm on the Rock of our salvation.  You well do the last verses of 2 Corinthians 6.  🙂

      • Aaress March 28, 2012  

         @KevinLobb Hi Kevin, thank you! Praise God for the gift of a Father who promises to be there with us each and every step of the way!

  • David March 24, 2012  

    You write: “If you dig hard enough, you can justify and find similarities to God in almost anything.”
     
    Well, not in anything, but in a lot of things, because all truth is God’s truth. As for your assertion that Christians are trying to bring down the Creator of the Universe to our level, it’s actually the opposite: the Creator of the Universe “came down to our level” in the person of Jesus of Nazareth so we would have a fuller understanding of who God is and his plan of salvation (John 3:16)
     
    And yes, you can find God in Superman and in a lot of popular culture. Is this just “coincidence”?
     
    Superman As Super Savior
    A quiz…
     
    http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2006/s06070029.htm
     
    Rev. John Stott (in Basic Christianity) has said: “The great tragedy in the church today is that evangelicals are biblical but not contemporary, while liberals are contemporary but not biblical. We need faithfulness to the ancient word and sensitivity to the modern world.”

    • Aaress March 24, 2012  

      David, Jesus definitely came down to earth to give us the opportunity for eternal life. However, Jesus didn’t take upon Himself man’s finite intelligence or sinful culture.
       
      He maintained His holiness, even in the midst of the world around Him. And that’s what believers are called to do as well. We’re to be in the world, but not of the world. 
       
      “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2
      Entertainment is one area that so many Christians fail to take seriously. There’s no such thing as mindless or harmless entertainment. Everything that goes into your head is food for thought.
       
      The question we all must answer when weighing our entertainment choices is whether something is nourishing your mind in the truths of God’s Word—or is it leading you toward a path, slowly but surely, of spiritual malnourishment. 
       
       

      • Beth T March 24, 2012  

        @Aaress I agree with you…esp these last two paragraphs….but I think we have to be so careful to balance Romans 12:2 with at the same time being salt and light. Doing so means that you need to walk among sinners and socialize with them as Jesus did. The ultimate question whenever in doubt is “Is this movie, book, person, activity or experience bringing Jesus’ Light to them through me or am I being “dragged down” or my light dimmed because of it or them?” If the outside influence is influencing you (in a negative way) more than you are it/them (in a positive way) then you have your answer..you are conforming too much.

    • Beth T March 24, 2012  

      @David @Aaress +I haven’t read the Hunger Games books yet or seen the movie, but I will reserve my judgement until after I do. I’ll probably wait til it comes on dvd though. I do believe though that God can and does at times infiltrate even secular forces (unbeknowst to the unbelievers who think they control them) and ironically inserts Himself into places so that his Truth and Glory may be seen despite it all. I also think that your world view undoubtably colors how and what you see in art, music, stories, movies…so if your world view is based on a faith of forgiveness and love then you naturally seek those themes out…

      • Beth T March 24, 2012  

        On the other hand, if your world view is based on a different agenda, then those aspects of the piece will be more prominent to you. And, on still aNOTHER hand (lol…you’ll have to borrow a friend’s hand here I guess..lol) , sometimes God gives you discernment to hone in on certain spirits present in something that others may not often pick up and that can be the Holy Spirit working within you. And still other times our own psychological tendencies to be either negative, naive (overly optimistic) or say paranoid play into things. (I’m not saying you’re paranoid..thinking of myself here…I often see conspiracies in most everything! LOL)
        Anyway, before anyone bashes anything, I think it would behoove them to read the book. You can get it at the library so you’re not contributing to the support of it and it can never hurt to at least “know your enemy” if, as you suspect, the agenda of the book and subsequent movie is de-humanization.

        • Aaress March 25, 2012  

           @Beth T Hi Beth, Thanks for your comments!
           
          In pursuit of fully knowing whether something is Biblically right or wrong, it is not always necessary to read, watch or experience something for yourself.  
           
          You don’t have to read Hitler’s Mein Kampf to know for yourself his worldview, beliefs, or the messages that he was trying to promote. I’m able to do that based off the speeches he gave and the worldview he attempted to thrust upon the world. Or I don’t need to read Darwin’s The Origin of Species to know that it is a book about evolution. In the same way, no one needs to read The Hunger Games to know that the book contains a humanistic worldview and situational ethics.  
           
          Experiential knowledge is helpful, but hardly necessary at all times.I have no need to experience arsenic for myself just to know that it is poison.   And poison, even in small doses, is still harmful.  
           
          As for whether it still might be “wholesome” fiction, even if a few spiritual parallels are found, I hardly think you’ll find a premise of a heroine committing murder for the entertainment of others lining up with God’s criteria for entertainment: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8

        • jtrainpassenger March 25, 2012  

          @Aaress I’m sorry, but I have to step in here, I find this 
           
          ‘In pursuit of fully knowing whether something is Biblically right or wrong, it is not always necessary to read, watch or experience something for yourself. ‘
           
          to be a completely ignorant viewpoint.  Also your following paragraph contradicts this when you talk about Hitler’s worldview ‘based off the speeches he gave’  because you must have read/experienced them.
           
          Don’t get me wrong, I completely agree with you about Hitler.  Now Darwin on the other hand, although I agree that the Origin of The Species is a book on evolution, I believe as Christians we should read books these books in order to widen our knowledge of what evolutionists believe  in order to properly debate with them.  You cannot form an argument unless you know both sides of a story.
           
          As far as the Hunger Games are concerned how do you know what the book contains if you haven’t read it.  You have formed your opinion based on what others have said and not through any conviction of your own.
           
           

  • David March 24, 2012  

    http://trustliveserve.wordpress.com/2012/03/10/hunger-games-and-compassion/
     
    There is no religious or spiritual component in this fictional world. God is not even mentioned in the book. Yet two Christian themes stand out. [compassion and sacrifice]
     
    *
    There’s no mention of God in the book of Esther either, but God is in the details.
     

  • Cindy Messick March 24, 2012  

    THANK YOU, Aaress!!!!

  • kristina doyle March 25, 2012  

    This is exactly why I have given up on church and Christians!! Read the book! Stop being so closed minded and judgmental! REALLY!! I pray that GOD opens your eyes! This really could be our future! Guess what it will be! Hmmm ever heard of the days of the anti Christ! Where children will starve and die unless you take the mark of the beast! hmmm… its called using your brain!

  • ogalsnorf March 25, 2012  

    So glad to find your blog.  My daughter had to read this book for school and I was appalled.  Thank God she was as well when she read it.  She is eleven years old and I cannot believe the garbage they are pouring into these young minds.  I pray God will protect the innocent that have walked a vipers nest and have no idea what it is.  I really thought I was the only living person who sees this as a horrible book.  There does not seem to be any who speak out against it.  Can people not simply watch the news and know this is no fantasy make believe.

  • Joey Tyson March 26, 2012  

    Wait, what? This is certainly not a children’s movie, to be sure (hence the PG-13 rating!), but I’m a little taken aback by MovieGuide’s review. I’d have to think through a more detailed response to what they said, but as a Christian who’s read the entire trilogy and seen the film adaptation, my reaction to the story was quite different from MovieGuide’s…

  • Nicholas Marshall March 26, 2012  

    What a nonsensical hitpiece.

  • Prius March 27, 2012  

    This makes me sooo sad…
     
    The Hunger Games is all about awakening my peers- teens- from our apathy about violence, poverty, and politics. You say the movie will “desensitize” viewers to violence. How ironic. The very purpose of the series is to raise awareness!
     
    Why do some Christians insist that the Hunger Games is pure evil? Have they even read the book? 
     
    How is it evil? For violence? I read the Old Testament when I was still in elementary. The tales of battles,
    the rape of Tamar, of Jephthah sacrificing his daughter… 
     
    The Hunger Games is not a series that is supposed to give you a fluffy happy feeling. It is a series designed to raise concern for our world’s current state. As Christians we are supposed to take care of the world God has given us… not just leave it to everyone else to deal with. Yes, we are going to Heaven. But God gave us a task to complete on earth. Shouldn’t we try to do it?  The Hunger Games helps establish that very point.
     
    No, God is not mentioned in the book. Neither is he mentioned in Lord of The Rings and that’s… oh no wait. 
    You don’t support Lord of The Rings, do you? Even thought Tolkien was a Christian author who wrote books encouraging fellowship, loyalty, and courage. 
     
    Why does it seem like Christians nowadays are either Pharisees or fakers?  
     
    Jesus came eating and drinking with sinners. I don’t think He would think much of whether or not we went to see the Hunger Games. We should be focusing on bringing OTHERS to Christ. 
     
    And how am I supposed to encourage Christianity to my fellow teens when they live under the assumption that Christians aren’t allowed to do anything? 
     
    Christians are NOT supposed to be separated from the world 24/7. I’m not saying you should participate in sin.
    But just as Jesus went eating and drinking with sinners, so are we to talk and hang out with our non-Christian friends. 
     
    Have you even read the series? I find it hard to believe that you have…  all the series supports is sacrifice, hope, determination, and courage. How are these bad qualities to have?
     
     
     

    • Aaress March 28, 2012  

      Hi Prius,
      I’m not sure if you’ve read some of my other comments on this thread, but they might help explain my viewpoints a bit further.
       
      Though, I’m happy to reply to a few of your viewpoints, as well.
       
      Children do need to be taught that violence is wrong, but why should we teach them that violence is wrong by exposing them to MORE violence? It’s like trying to teach someone that stealing is wrong and then taking them to the store to watch you shoplift. That just sends mixed messages to a child, which is exactly what The Hunger Games is doing.
       
      Yes, there are a lot of Christians who have come out strongly against The Hunger Games. Have they all read the series or watched the films? Yes and no. You can read on another one of my comments my answer to why you don’t have to read the book for yourself to know whether it is spiritually right or wrong. 
       
      I disagree that Jesus would be neutral about whether or not we as Christians view The Hunger Games or any movie, for that matter. God is never neutral about anything. We as Christians must always remember that as children of God, we are called to do what He would do in all things.
       
      Would Jesus attend a showing of the film? It may have its good qualities, but would a Savior who treasures the life of every child sit impartially by while watching children maimed and murdered in the name of entertainment?
       
      You are correct, I do not endorse the works of Tolkien, despite the fact that he was a Christian. Oh yes, spiritual parallels are present in his books, but they are mixed, combined, and interspersed with several ungodly things, including a hefty dose of pagan mythology.
       
      It is impossible to mix anything of God with flawed idolatry of the world and place God’s stamp of approval on it. God is a God of holiness and yes, we are in the world, but certainly not to be a part of its belief system.
       
      As painful as it may be, we as Christians are to be different from our unsaved friends. For far too long, Christians have blended in with the societies around them, which is a direct contradiction of what God called us to in 1 Peter 2:9:
       
      “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;”
       
      If we look like the world, act like the world, sound like the world, and are entertained like the world, how can the world even notice that there’s something different in our lives?
       
      And if they don’t notice a difference, how are they going to be drawn to the light of Christ in our lives?

      • Daena March 28, 2012  

         @Aaress LOL! Pagan Mythology. The BIBLE and “Christian” holidays are representative of Paganism. And other religions have their stories that are far too similar to those of the Bible, and were written or spoken far before the Bible was.

  • WhyAmySmiles March 27, 2012  

    Aaress, I appreciate you for being willing to stand up and share a view you know won’t be popular. I appreciate your reliance on your knowledge of the Bible rather than the swaying influence of the world. And I appreciate your kind responses to your critics. THAT is integrity, and it’s really nice to see!

    • Aaress March 28, 2012  

       @WhyAmySmiles Thank you, Amy!

  • Daena March 28, 2012  

    Um, how is this any way Humanist? Humanism has nothing to do with killing other humans! It has to do with having values and morals despite not belonging to a religion or faith, and having faith in oneself to save the human race instead of relying on god or gods, or any deity! Get your facts straight, people. For goodness sake.

  • Anthea March 29, 2012  

    Actually, the book of Esther does contain the name of God, as an acronym in the Hebrew.
    Perhaps, instead of looking for God in this or that film, or TV programme, we should spend our time looking for God in the Bible.
    How debased are we Christians now, that we don’t see the fault in this film. I saw a trailer for it, and it looked cheesy and cliched, and the gory element adds to the disincentive to see it.
     
    Well done on calling a spade a shovel.

    • Aaress March 29, 2012  

      “Perhaps, instead of looking for God in this or that film, or TV programme, we should spend our time looking for God in the Bible.”
      Well said! Thanks!
       

  • HannaC March 30, 2012  

    Can you please explain what makes the book/movie humanist? Humanism is about celebrating the goodness in humanity…

    • Aaress March 30, 2012  

       @HannaC Hi Hanna, thanks for visiting my site! I appreciate it!
       
      Your definition of humanism is a short and straightforward one, but not an entirely accurate one. Here’s one that hits the nail on the head:
       
      “A system of thought that rejects religious beliefs and centers on humans and their values, capacities, and worth.”
       
      Consider The Hunger Games with that definition in mind. Would you say that the book/movie is about embracing Christ and the principles of God’s Word? If it is not encouraging someone to follow Christ’s commands, it’s clearly rejecting them and thus humanistic.

      • HannaC March 30, 2012  

         @Aaress I guess I was thinking about it more generally. There’s secular humanism, which of course does reject religious beliefs, but there’s also Christian humanism, which focuses more on our inherent dignity for having been made in God’s image.
        I did see principles of God’s Word in the story. There’s self-sacrifice, for one: Katniss is willing to die in place of her sister, and Peeta (especially in later books) is willing to sacrifice his life for Katniss. It also speaks out against greed, focusing on how the Capitol feasts every day while people starve to death in the surrounding districts. As the story progresses, we see how much Katniss struggles with the fact that people are forcing her to kill. She feels compassion for the people who are supposed to be her enemies: Rue, Peeta; she is even haunted by the boy she killed in a moment of pure rage. And the real purpose of the violence, especially shown as ugly and un-glamorous as it is in the movie, is, in fact, to highlight how desensitized our culture is becoming, and to question what we are willing to call entertainment. For the sake of keeping the rich entertained, the Capitol is willing to not only kill children, but to hurt their souls by forcing them to kill each other.A culture that sees a lot of stylized and glorified violence can benefit from seeing murder for what it really is. (The Christianity Today review discusses this well.)  I agree that the violence is too much for young children to handle, but I can’t see how anybody would see that on screen and want to emulate it.

  • Wanda March 30, 2012  

    I’m a Christian.  My kids are too (they are 21, 19 & 18).  They devoured the books and loved the movie.  I read the first one and watched the movie.  I understand much of the controversy.  It sounds very disturbing.  But the context of the story isn’t being focused on.  Just the kids killing kids theme.
    It’s more of a government forced ideal which is sadly, what our own country is becoming like.
    Hint:  1) Americans have to eat what the government says is healthy.
              2) Forcing Americans to  Obama’s healthcare plan.
              3) Crazy gas/food prices costing families their mortgages/home bills loss.
    These aren’t violent people until the government FORCES them to be.  The inhumane people are not the kids–they are pretty much given no choice.  Which again, brings me to the current state of our own country.  We are losing the “choice” to make our own decisions about even the simplest of things.
     
    Please don’t misjudge the books or movie.  There are great life lessons to be learned.  The world needs us to be informed & more than that IT NEEDS FOLKS WHO ARE GENUINE IN THEIR FAITH and willing to live out loud….participating in The Hunger Games isn’t a sin or a faith destroyer.  If you have tv, you’ve witnessed much more violence than what is shown on this movie.

  • MicahCrenwelge March 30, 2012  

    [SPOILER ALERT FOR THOSE WHO CARE]
     
    I know you said the hunger games is not a subtle film–and I would absolutely agree–but forgive me for asking what the “strongly disturbing and humanistic message” is? I have seen the hunger games and am in the process of reading the books and I have my own opinions and critiques of the series, and I would like to hear yours. However, viewing this from a literary stand point–and it should be viewed from a literary stand point after all it is a book–it is overly simplistic, and frankly ignorant, to say that the movie condones the act of children violently murdering each other. The only solid stand in the excerpt you posted is:
     
    ” Those susceptible to violence will want to reenact it. Those children who are not as susceptible to movie violence will come out traumatized or fearful, or, worse, desensitized to the violence around them in real life.”
     
    Seeing as this movie is rated PG13 I don’t think that there are many eligible viewers susceptible to reenacting the violence–at least not as in actually, violently murdering their peers–or many who would be traumatized by it. Though I will say that I had seen one of my friends post on Facebook that they were very disturbed by the movie and that is understandable. That being said, violence in entertainment is not a new thing. Our society has gradually been “desensitized” to violence for quite some time with Hollywood films or otherwise. Whether you watch a war documentary or a fictional film there is almost always some form of violence. Violence is very prevalent in real life. Anyone oblivious to violence must be living under a rock. My question is whether this is damaging to us or our character? The bible contains a fair share of violence itself among other literary works that most of us would support. So why do we react to violence in the hunger games? This is not the first film to come along featuring children who fight and kill other children. Some have pointed out the similarities in the Chronicles of Narnia. And I don’t think that this movie is any more “humanist” then the Chronicles of Narnia. Neither movies expressly “embraces Christ and the principles of God’s Word” or “encouraging someone to follow Christ’s commands” so if one is humanistic then they both are. But make no mistake the positive elements and morals present in the Chronicles of Narnia are present in the hunger games (with a few minor exceptions). I was a little put off by the authors comments that  “there is no solid depiction of good and truth in THE HUNGER GAMES and no implication of a greater Hope” as this is not true. Hope was the very theme I gathered from the movie, especially towards the end–that will likely lead to sequels and what series can keep going without hope? For example the final two contestants (the heroine and her male counterpart from her district) refused to kill each other and would have chosen death rather then to kill the other–the rule that only one contestant can survive is suspended to avoid making “martyrs” out of them, which would stir further uprising. Also the heroine never kills anyone except for out of self defense, and in some cases rather indirectly, such as a “Tracker Jacker” nest out of a tree, in middle of her camped out perpetrators to chase them off. One fatality occurred in this scene but was not necessarily intended. There were many showings of mercy between the contestants, as few of them wanted to kill their peers despite the fact it would mean their own death. Also there is a theme of hope in the relationship between the heroine and a young girl from another district she pairs up with. She and the young girl help each other survive and when another contestant kills the young girl she makes a tribute to the girl and salutes the camera’s which sparks the uprising of the young girls district as the people choose to unite against the evil capitol because this showing of kindness. The entire movie is about the battle between the good–the enslaved citizens–and the evil–the power hungry capitol. Furthermore, the book–and the movie as well–use literary techniques and metaphors to parallel to today’s society. And to suggest that we as a society accept wrong and evil actions. A good example of this would be abortion. Most of us would look at the slaughter of innocent children, against there will, and think of how wrong and evil these actions are, and think to ourselves that we would never accept these actions. Yet today as a country we accept abortion, which is the murder of innocent children against their will. Seeing a similarity? I do not know if the author is pro-life or pro-“choice” but I do know that the parallel can be made. You said yourself Aaress “Entertainment is one area that so many Christians fail to take seriously. There’s no such thing as mindless or harmless entertainment. Everything that goes into your head is food for thought.” This is not mindless entertainment at all and Christians, as well as everyone, should look at the deeper message within the move/books. This is not empty entertainment at all, there is an intended message, and regardless of what that is, if we choose to partake of this entertainment we should absolutely be aware of the message. 

    • Aaress March 30, 2012  

       @MicahCrenwelge Just sent you an email, Micah!

      • HannaC March 30, 2012  

         @Aaress  @MicahCrenwelge Would you mind posting your response? I’d like to see it.

        • Aaress March 30, 2012  

           @HannaC  @MicahCrenwelge Hi Hanna, ordinarily, I would be extremely resistant to post a private conversation online, but in this case I am willing to do it because I do have Micah’s express permission.
           
          Here’s what I said:
           
          Hey Micah,
           
          Thanks so much for commenting on my site! I appreciate it!
           
          Just wanted to let you know that you’ve definitely raised some quite thought-provoking questions, and I’d love to talk about them with you further. One of the hardest parts about having a blog with comments is that often it’s hard to have a good discussion using that medium. So sometime when you have time, I’d love to chat with you about it in person. That’s something I really enjoy doing as opposed to replying to comments.
           
          Unfortunately, I’ve not been able to reply to everyone who has commented. That post has been on the first page of Google’s results for almost a week now, so I’ve been quite busy with all the comments and emails about it. Trying to balance it all with work and school commitments, especially this week is virtually impossible, so I haven’t been able to make it a priority.
           
          Thanks again for commenting and I look forward to talking to you soon!
          Aaress
           
          You see, Micah happens to be good friend of mine, and one that I’ve enjoyed having quite good discussion with on a whole host of issues. We both respect each other’s viewpoints and I’m more than happy to address his comments in person at a more appropriate time.
           
          A lot of people keep asking me about my personal viewpoints on the Hunger Games. I honestly don’t think I can make things any clearer about where I stand than what I have in the blog post and in the subsequent comments.
           

        • HannaC March 30, 2012  

           @Aaress  I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to pry into a private conversation. I was only curious as to how you might respond to some of Micah’s points. 

        • Aaress March 30, 2012  

           @HannaC No worries, Hanna! Thanks for being interested.
           
          Just to let you know, you probably can get a good idea of what I’ll be talking to Micah about based on the other things I’ve said in this thread. I do also agree with the Movie Guide’s review as well.