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Is the Hunger Games Based on a True Story? (The Blog of Chuck Rylant)

"Today’s parents have a harder time raising children without an increased involvement of the state. It’s harder now to raise kids who are robust, vibrant, questioning rebels–in a country created by rebels. Today, children must be obedient to the State (with a capital S) to a greater degree than to their own parents, as expressed primarily through educational institutions whose authority has been growing, and creeping into the realm of the family more and more with each passing year.

...My point is that even a child who is home-schooled must adhere to a state curriculum and prove they meet the minimum standards of learning at each age level—even if the parent is highly participatory and wants to educate their child in a different way. Each child must be enrolled in something, somewhere. Tracked and tested according to the state’s learning schedule with little or no accommodation for differing learning styles, strengths or weaknesses."



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Yes Garnet It's Old News

Yeah, we discussed that here right after that charade took place. Sandy Hook is the home of the author of Hunger Games and it's also on the map in the Batman movie. No big news now.



I searched here for mention, I really did =)

Daughter of 1776 American Revolutionists


I've never seen this mentioned here but if you wiki the author, Suzanne Collins, it says she lives in Sandy Hook, CT. o.O

Daughter of 1776 American Revolutionists


nothing more, nothing less and there is nothing humanity can do about it in its present state of deprevity

I read the three books and saw the movie.

My feeling was that somehow the movie was a warning; if you rebel against the governing elite you will be imprisoned and forced to work at a poverty level providing for the needs of the elite. The elite rulers are portrayed as shallow, egotistical, and ruthless. Wow that sounds familiar...

The story line changes as in the next two books. I am waiting for a forth book to come out, and wonder if the next three books will be made into a movie.

By the way Suzanne Collins has also written a 5 book series called The Underland Chronicles, and is as well written as the Hunger Games. Books listed on the right side bar.

There won't be a fourth novel, unfortunately

The next two books are being made into movies. Catching Fire will come out in November of this year, and then Mockingjay is going to be split into two movies, coming out in Novembers 2014 and 2015.

“It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till." -J.R.R. Tolkien

I hope parents read this re Education

From the blog: "They [kids] understand that they’re expected to conform, to sit quietly and not bother the teacher, to answer questions correctly rather than creatively, to assemble rather than to invent. And they sense, rightly, that they’re being prepared to serve the great monster—"

To prepare students to serve the great monster is, indeed, the ignoble goal of America's education system. It's an issue that came to mind recently after I read and posted here a NYTimes article on gym class now including academic lessons, just the latest trivial attempt to fix a crumbling facade, when the problem is the lack of a worthy foundation: "Maybe it's time to stop viewing children as a means to an end altogether, as future workers being prepared to meet the needs of government and corporations."

Thank you for the post ProudAmericanFirst.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Miinor point...

For those unfamiliar with home schooling, it is worthwhile to note that state mandates vary from state to state. It is not really true that all states demand testing and attempt to limit curriculum as suggested in the article. Most states do, and I think almost all states demand some kind of "schooling." However, there are a couple states where the demands are relatively minimal. In those states, parents/children really have no excuse whatsoever for being influenced by attempted control---at least for the time being.

(For those tired of my gloomy posts---note that I had something positive to say here.)

To clarify:

the author of HUNGER GAMES, Suzanne Collins, has already stated she had never heard of BATTLE ROYALE before she wrote the HUNGER GAMES trilogy, that it was not based on BATTLE ROYALE, but she got the idea by watching reality TV shows and TV coverage of the Iraq war.

There are only a finite number of plots in fiction, and in dystopian fiction (which I write) there are even fewer. Many novel plots are similar, and in most cases, it is purely coincidental. My own work-in-progress has some similarities to HUNGER GAMES and Marie Lu's LEGEND novel series. (btw, a highly recommended dystopian novel series.) It just happens that way sometimes.

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”
― Albert Camus

Writers' collective consciousness

It's a more romantic way of saying that there are only so many plots.

Defend Liberty!

Most road trip movies...

...are just Odyssey retreads. "I gotta get home. Oh all these darn challenges on the road!" LOL


A more romantic way of saying collective consciousness. :)

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

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I pointed out Battle Royale because I think people who like The Hunger Games should check out Battle Royale also. Thanks for the info though. You are right, sometimes it just happens that way.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

If you liked Hunger Games, check out

Legend and Prodigy, by Marie Lu. Very good dystopian novels. The author was born in China and as a small child witnessed Tiananmen Square protests. Her novels are set in a military state (which is a part of the old USA) after a devastating global flood. A movie is being made.

Another good dystopian novel is Divergent, by Veronica Roth. A movie is being made of this novel as well.

The novels were written for a young adult audience, but imo are appealing to adults as well.

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”
― Albert Camus

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Do you know Theodore Dreiser?

I just finished his Cowperwood Trilogy which was an economic dystopia. I actually did not LOVE The Hunger Games, they were simply OK to me. However, Legend and Prodigy sounds good, I will look into that. You say you write some yourself? Have you sent anything off for publication?

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

I haven't read Dreiser, but he's on my list

The thing is, if you're into dystopians like me, you devour every one that comes along, even the mediocre stuff.

I enjoyed certain elements of Hunger Games, but I thought book #3 Mockingjay, was pretty much a train wreck - but being a writer, I'm extra picky. I thought that Legend and Prodigy were much better books. Another author of young adult dystopian fiction is Cory Doctorow. His themes are more technological in nature.

I'm planning to self-publish the first in a trilogy some time this year. I write dystopian fiction for adults with a strong libertarian theme. Indie publishing suits my personality and my work.

If anyone is interested in dystopian fiction, feel free to like my FB page for updates on when the book will be out, excerpts, etc. Thanks. Link below.

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”
― Albert Camus

this doesn't need to be lost--

and as for the comment below--

the Japanese have to have an outlet; the suffering in Hiroshima and Nagasaki was denied, bottled up and never released--

no wonder so much painful and relevant stuff comes out of Japan's literary 'store'.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

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First of all PAF as you found out yesterday, while a lot of you are "purists" in other aspects of the world, I am a purist when it comes to books so I want to point this out about the hunger games really quick. They are similar to a Japanese original called Battle Royale. Not that the Hunger Games looses relevance because of that... I just think people should check out Battle Royale also and some people are unaware of it.

That being said, as much as I love literary dystopias.... and I LOVE literary dystopias... The Hunger Games did not quite do it for me.

However, I loved the blog link. That is the thing about literary dystopias. They are based on a true stories, they are based on stories of what will truly be if people do not pay attention to what is going on around them and fight back. They are also often full of truths about society as is.

So in a lot of ways... yes....The Hunger Games series is based on a true story.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss



it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--