Being the pacifist at large that I am, the recently acclaimed blockbuster hit, The Hunger Games left me feeling angry and disappointed. For those who are not familiar with the story line, it follows the lives of 24 teenagers all representing the 12 districts of Panem in North America as they literally fight till the death in a game over war, power and ultimately food rights.
From the perspective of a middle class Australian, the concept is hard to grasp. Are we no longer civilised? Is tribalism still alive and well? I do understand this it is simple a work of fiction, but will children understand this difference? The hardest part of it all for me was the inclusion of children in the 24 selected to complete. They couldn't have been more than 10-years-old. And to see them fight and die, it's hard to swallow.
My ultimate question is when did death become entertaining? When did we sit back in our recliner chairs and sip our cokes while children fight for their lives? The movie will and is nonetheless going to be a massive hit. Having been developed from a book series, it draws loyal fans globally. My only hope is that people will see the harsh themes in it and discourage the young from viewing.