I have finished reading The Hunger Games.
And now I'm even more puzzled than before reading it.
There was only one scene that moved me. It's a relationship between two girls who team up. Just like almost anyone who fights in a war, they were enemies by design of a large-scale system not by personal choice. Their decision to overcome being artificial enemies and, instead, to become authentic allies is touching. And it is nonviolent. It only lasts a few pages.
Mostly, though, the premise is violent, set in survival mode, about lack of privacy, done for performance 'value,' artificial rather than authentic.
Though I'm not studied in how to assess writing quality, I know when I experience it. Violence, if present, is in the context of something more... Like Misry's Family Matters or Dubus' Sand and Fog or Lahiri's The Namesake or Boyle's The Tortilla Curtain or....
So...I continue to ponder the same questions I had before reading it...
What is this story REALLY about?
Perhaps there may be something more going on here?
What might it be in the context of the bigger picture of our time?
[Photo by Barbara, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 2012]