The hunger games and the lottery

Every year, each district holds a reaping ceremony "Lottery". However, they can choose to add their name more times in exchange for tesserawhich is a small ration of oil and grain. Each tessera has enough oil and grain to supply one family member with food for one year. Effie Trinket for District 12 picks a name out of the balls, one of which is for girls and one for boys.

The hunger games and the lottery

Well, six people are, anyway. So there are some racist fans, so what? In itself, why would this be surprising? There are racists everywhere. Apparently not only do I see race, I hear it. Of course, if this racism was attached to a Transformers movie you can be sure that Jezebel would pronounce all of the Transformers audience racist.

How can they be? The point here is not whether Rue should be black or not. Is it an action movie with a female twist? Is it a love story? It is a fairy tale. We can start with the obvious. The book is about 24 kids thrown into an arena to fight to the death, only the toughest, the most resourceful, the strongest will survive, and it better be you because your whole village depends on it.

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It is such a scary premise that there was some concern it was too violent for kids to watch. Hmmm, here is a surprise: Katniss never kills anyone. The answer is nothing.

The hunger games and the lottery

This is not a criticism about the entertainment value of the story, but about its popularity and the pretense that it has a strong female character. I like the story of Cinderella, but I doubt that anyone would consider Cinderella a strong female character, yet Katniss and Cinderella are identical.

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The traditional progressive complaint about fairy tales like Cinderella is that they supposedly teach girls to want to be princesses and want to live happily ever after. But is that so bad? The real problem with fairy tales is that the protagonist never actually does anything to become a princess.

Forget about gerrymandering or slaying a dragon or poisoning her rivals: Those may be anti-feminist actions, but at least they are actions. She is given two dresses, carried to the ball, and the Prince comes and finds her. Sleeping Beauty and Snow White are worse: The Hunger Games has this same feminist problem.

Other than the initial volunteering to replace her younger sister, Katniss never makes any decisions of her own, never acts with consequence-- but her life is constructed to appear that she makes important decisions. She has free will, of course, like any five year old with terrible parents, but at every turn is prevented from acting on the world.

She is protected by men-- enemies and allies alike; directed by others, blessed with lucky accidents and when things get impossible there are packages from the sky. In philosophical terms, she is continuously robbed of agency. She is deus ex machinaed all the way to the end.

But she never does it. She tries to kill big bad Cato at the end, twice, and fails. Only after he is torn to shreds by mutants does she perform a mercy killing on him, at his request. Events unfold in such a way that it appears she made a choice, but decisions are actually made for her.

At the end she and Peeta, her kinda-boyfriend, are the last two contestants left. Only one can live. What should happen next? Does she kill him?

The hunger games and the lottery

Or let him kill her? Think about it, what does she choose? Remember, this is about a strong female character forced to play a killing game. Wait-- never mind, they change the rules at the end:Before reading The Hunger Games trilogy, I had more than a few people tell me the first two books were good, but the last one was lacking.

I couldn't disagree more. The Hunger Games movie reviews & Metacritic score: Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces eac. Panem Location North America Inhabitants People of Panem Appearances The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay Mentioned N/A Panem is a nation that was established during an unknown time period in a post-apocalyptic world.

It is situated primarily . When a media universally misses the point, it's on purpose. I. Rue is a little girl in The Hunger Games, and in the movie she's played by a black girl.

Praise for The Hunger Games #1 New York Times Bestseller A Publishers Weekly Bestseller A Horn Book Fanfare A Publishers Weekly Best Book of A School Library Journal Best Book of A Booklist Editors' Choice A New York Times Notable Book of A Kirkus Best Book of A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice A USA Today Bestseller "[The Hunger Games] is a violent, .

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