Are my husband and I the only ones struggling with the teen-on-teen violence in the Hunger Games books and movie? To be honest, I've not seen the movie nor read the books. I've merely seen the movie trailer and have also talked with some preteens/young teens who are interested in the Hunger Games. I hear that it does have a positive ending in which the main character comes to decry violence of any kind.
However, my understanding is that, along the way, teens are placed in a situation where they must be killed or be killed. Is that wise mental food to be serving teens given the fact that we've seen some horrendous acts of school violence by troubled children/teens/young adults in the past few decades, as well as seeing teen lives taken by gang violence? On the other hand, am I a hypocrite to be bothered by this, as I have watched movies in which adults are killed? Saving Private Ryan, for example, showed war in all its ugliness, but I did view it.
Where does all of this fit with Phil. 4:4-8's admonition to guard the things we think about?I think we are naive if we don't understand that the things we choose to read and watch do affect us on some level.
What about you? Have you read the books or seen the movie? If you have, what did you think? If you have, are you eager to or reluctant to see what it's all about? Will you let your preteens and teens see or read this series?
I wasn't interested in the Twilight series, either. I heard an interesting point on a radio show. The original Dracula by Bram Stoker was clearly portrayed as evil and unappealing, while the vampire characters in Twilight are portrayed as being tragically romantic -- and tragic romance is irresistible to many a young girl. Having neither read the original Dracula or the Twilight books, I can't speak to that with certainty. But, I did find that thought to be interesting.
What say you? I'd love to hear your thoughts.