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According to Wikipedia the Hunger Games is a book of fiction based in a place called "Panem", where North America once stood. After a battle, a King took charge in the Capitol. The hunger games is an event where one boy and one girl from each of the 12 districts are selected at random to participate in a deadly televised game. Only one child (the participants range from age 12 to 18) is crowned the winner. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the hunger games is a sort of punishment for a past uprising and an "intimidation tactic" from the government. The story is focused on two main characters (Peeta and Katniss) who are both from district 12 and are pitted against each other in a race for survival. Great work of fiction.
This kind of sounds familiar doesn't it?
The Hunger Games can happen, and our government is close to this reality already. The political overtones are evident in the movie. The rich people and the poor are divided, and the movie does not talk about how the rich got that way (hard work was not discussed in the movie- and this appeals to the Liberals) as far as the Conservatives, too much government control leads to tyranny.
The government has been trying to regulate and bypass the first amendment via attempts to control the internet (remember SOPA and PIPA?) and recently the government has been taking more and more control (debt, the housing market, unemployment numbers, medical care, an on and on). You have to be living under a rock to not see what is happening to the United States Government. Our government is lying to us, and it has too much control already.
These ideas presented in "The Hunger Games" are important ones to consider, not tomorrow, but NOW. There is an election coming up, and the challenges of this country's future are at stake. The people of the United States are presented with challenges, that if not accepted could lead to the Hunger Games being a reality.
Article and review originally appears at Melissa Matuszak-Fosler's Melissa's Musings.