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The Hunger Games

Last weekend my wife and I watched “The Hunger Games” with our 12-year-old grandson Nolan. He had already seen the movie and read the three books the film is based on. Nolan’s critique: “the movie’s good but the books are better”.
It is a well-written, well-acted, well-produced movie … quite entertaining. But I was struck by the darkness of this story about starving children of the future chosen to compete in televised death matches … complete with silly commentators and blood-thirsty audiences.
Is there a message here about “reality” media … about government power taken to the point of mandating violence against children? Should our kids be watching this depressing, negative, cynical stuff? Or is it merely a reflection of the world our grandchildren have inherited: dark, gloomy, hopeless?
But you know, I wasn’t much older than Nolan when I read “The Diary of Anne Frank”. Nolan will probably read it, too. Then he’ll realize the real world can be even more ugly and terrifying than fiction.
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Our thought for today is from Liza Minelli:
 
“Reality is something you rise above.”


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10/04/2012 1:02AM
The Hunger Games
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