posted on Mar, 23 2012 @ 08:46 AM
A few points....
-Some of the "ads" for this film were not in the form of advertisements and thus would not be blocked by an ad blocker. Like the article on the
Weather Channel website. What on earth does this film have to do with the freaking weather? lol.
-I'm an avid reader and I didn't think this book was very well written. It's better than Twilight but that's about all. The story is cliche and
predictable, and time it could have used for deeper character development and exploring its own moral paradoxes, is instead used for gruesome
violence. I'm highly empathetic and some of the painful images in this book will stick with me for the rest of my life. If that's what
"well-written" means to some people, then fine, it was, from that point of view. But I read novels expecting them to be art, expecting them to ask
questions about life and people and situations...not violence porn set in a clearly unoriginal fantasy world.
-How the kid characters in the story handle the situation is part of what disturbs me about the message being trumpeted. Why do the kids go along with
this? Reading the first book, the whole time I'm expecting the kids to band together and rise up and at least TRY to escape the arena together.
Instead, they willingly consent to kill each other, even our "hero" characters, seemingly without a pang of conscience, and the reader is made to
feel as if its ok because #1) we have no choice and #2) the fellow combatants we're killing are bigger and stronger than "us" so our killing is in
self-defense and thus justified.
-Anyone can publish a book these days, but absolutely no one can control the success of their book. It is utterly undeniable (IMO, from seeing how the
industry works) that "they" control the perceived popularity of books. Who "they" are, is another question entirely. "They" could simply be the
bigshots of the publishing industry, having no connection to a wider conspiracy to control our entertainment and media. But they are certainly in
control. There are no "grassroots" publishing successes, there is simply the appearance of such. Who do you think decides what books are put in the
front of the bookstore? Who do you think decides what books will be required reading in school and library and literacy programs? How do you think
Harry Potter and Twilight became popular, did it just "happen" or was it because of deliberate prime placement in the bookstores, advertising focus
(at the expense of every other book) by the publishers, and media coverage over the "controversies"? This is how it works: they say they are putting
a book in front of your face because its popular, but in reality, it becomes popular because they repeatedly put it in front of your face to make it
I understand why this story is appealing to many people, it's the classic little-band-of-rebels versus evil-empire story that is always being
promoted in mainstream entertainment. While you're in the world of the story, it makes you feel like you're part of something important and
portentious and heroic. It gives you the powerful cathartic effect of getting to the end and realizing that you survived, that you (and/or your
friend(s)) are the only ones that survived, and for that you feel good even though everyone else died. And it's the fact that we the audience feel
good about our survival, at the expense of the lack of survival of everyone else, that disturbs me.