As a parent and grandparent I am finding that there is more of a need to monitor what our young people read and view than ever before.
We all know that we can’t leave the task to Hollywood. They are only interested in how much money a particular book or movie will make. They can’t be bothered with the moral value of a particular medium.
So when I watched the first two of the “Hunger Games” movies, I paid special attention. Upon researching the movie I found that it was originally a trilogy of books written by Suzanne Collins. And theses series of books were voted Favorite Young Adult Books even beating Harry Potter in 2012. At last count, there were over 65 million copies of this trilogy in print. But, for convenience sake I’ll just speak of the movie…
The setting takes place in a post-apocalyptic world called Panam. What is left unsaid is that there were originally 13 districts. There was a rebellion that was fought against the Capitol . But, the Capitol crushed the rebellion and destroyed the 13th district and establishing itself as rulers. They then decided to punish the remaining 12 districts by leaving its people to face starvation while they enjoy abundance and wealth.
While located safely in the Rocky Mountains they imposed a mandatory fight to the death that took place each year. They called these “The Hunger Games.” At these games there are two members, one boy and one girl, from each district who were chosen in a lottery. Their ages range from only 12 to 18 years of age. They are forced to fight one another as punishment for the past rebellion or The Dark Days. The capitol televised this event for their pleasure. So it’s very clear that our young people will be very emotionally involved in this theme.
Katniss Everdean is a sixteen year old girl who lives with her family in the poorest district (number 12). She regularly hunts for game in the woods around her home to help supplement the poor state of her family. But when her little sister is chosen in the lottery as a participant for the Hunger Games she quickly volunteers in her stead knowing that her little sister would not survive. She knows too that if she lives it would mean that she will receive riches and food for her entire district. But, it also means that she must kill other young people, some of whom she knows to do so.
Certainly our young people can relate to trying to help their families. This would be an opportunity for us to ask them.
- What would you do?
- Do you think that these games would be a fair thing to force on others, especially the children who had nothing to do with the past rebellion?
Here is where our position as caretakers for our families should come in to play.
We can SHINE! Please don’t miss this golden opportunity! We can teach our young people so very much!
These movies and our children’s opinions are things that they want to talk about. We can take opportunities such as these to help mold them into caring, thinking, perceptive adults.
They can grow to become adults that we can be proud of.
Will you talk to them?
What will you do?