This is how many children that died in their Hunger Games, without even being mentioned throughout the three books. All these children were under 18. All these children had parents. All these parents’ hearts sank to their knees during their child’s reaping. All these parents saw their terrified child off at the train station. All these parents heard the sound that signified their child’s death. All these parents received their cold, dead child in a wooden box. All these parents’ lives ended there. All these parents could say or do nothing. All these parents were merely thanked that they gave up their child. Thanked.
And the media focuses on the love triangle.
All these children and all these parents aren’t real
Yeah, sure, I guess that’s true. None of these people were real.
But let’s focus on what this series, and this fact, say about our society.
In the series, the Capitol’s media focuses entirely on the ‘fun’ of the Games- the fashion, the plot twists, the favorites, the strategies, the romance. And the entire time, they completely overlook the fact that 1,678 children between the ages of 12 and 18 have died. Usually brutally murdered by other 12 to 18 year old children.
And how does our real-life media react to this story when news of a movie adaptation reaches them? They talk about the romance. This tragic story of a girl who must choose between her long-time best friend and her new love. Even if she chooses Peeta, they still must fight to the death. The star-crossed lovers of District 12. And many readers of the original novels saw the books through the same lens. You would tell them that you read/ were reading the books and their first reaction was, “Are you Team Gale or Team Peeta?”
Meanwhile, children are fighting to the death.
The fact that our media, and many every-day people reacted to the Hunger Games the same as the Capitol media scares me.
I don’t want this world to be anything like the Capitol. I don’t think any of us do.
And the fact that most of us (including myself) never really considered how many children had died in the games also scares me. But, hey, it didn’t happen now/ in the current story, so it doesn’t matter, right?
I’m not sure about that math though. I think it’s MORE.
Let’s talk about just the first 73 games, ok? Every year before Katniss and Peta.
24 Tributes (1 girl + 1 boy x 12 districts)= 1 Victor + 23 Dead Every year
23 x 73 = 1,697
EXCEPT, the 50th games (The games Haymitch competed in) had DOUBLE the number of tributes. An extra 24 kids died that year.
Now, 22 kids died in Katniss and Peeta’s first game, because they both live.
In 74 years, the brutal, violent murders of 1,725 children aired on TV in Panem, and in both the Capitol, and on the red carpet in our world, the first question people want to ask it “Team Peeta?” Damn.
i’m not even in this fandom, but damn, that’s scary
And here we have people who GET the hunger games.
#until this moment#i didn’t realize there were still people who haven’t figured out that our reactions to media are an important indicator of our values#it doesn’t matter that they aren’t real#our reaction on a story primarily about children killing each other#was to focus on the romance#it wasn’t a romance#it’s a story about a tyrannical governemt sentencing children to death as a means of intimidating the sectors into submission#and we reacted to the games exactly the same way the capitol did
you can be as meta as you can but you can never be this meta
This probably has to do more with me being me but I honestly had no idea there was even a team Peeta or (presumably) team Katniss. Huh, that’s actually a little depressing. I pretty much marathoned the books and was super excited at how awesome a critique on violence in media and modern society it was. I mean it’s basically set in a dystopia. I imagine if Orwell were still alive and well he’d basically write something similar except a bit grimmer and maaaaybe less of a happy ending.
Well he missed a pretty god damn big one didn’t he
In Tony’s defense: Shield wasn’t hiding it *spoilers* was AND he never hot the full amount of time.
There once was an Ichthyosaurus,
Who lived when the earth was all porous,
Be he fainted with shame
When he first heard his name,
And departed a long time before us.
Animaux perdus [“Lost Animals” - colloquial term for extinct creatures]
Dictionnaire Pittoresque d’Histoire Naturelle et des Phenomenes de la Nature. F. E. Guerin, 1833.
What is the purpose of the internet if not to post things that are difficult to pronounce without foreknowledge of how to say them? I highly approve of this post.
Plus side that is most definitely not a dead parrot.
I don’t know why but it makes me happy that someone took the time to do this instead of just always making fun of him.
EDIT: Or if they did do it to make fun of him then at least it was more than a Family Guy style “Lolz look at the happy tree”.
whatifitdoes answered: I lean mostly towards Batman so I can recommend/loan you a few of those some time and then maybe later on recommend some crossovers.
The only problem with a lot of the better batman ones is that they’ve recently been taken and either remade into a movie or video game with alterations. I think they’ve been altered enough that it’ll be ok though. Just know that these came first in the event that the story seems oddly familiar.
Books that I plan on loaning (and the recommended order of reading):
- Batman: Year One While this isn’t in my opinion necessarily the best or one of the better ones story and art wise it was a very influential Batman story. It basically rebooted batman from kind of goofy Adam West Batman into the pseudo-facist we know him as today.
- Batman: The Long Halloween This is more of a fun story/mystery that is a good introduction to Batman’s Rogue’s Gallery (collection of bad guys) if I remember right.
- Batman: The Killing Joke One of the best and one of the darkest Batman stories. I’m going to sum it up as the Joker tries to prove that he can turn anyone insane. Anything more would start getting really spoilery.
Oh another useful thing to know involving Marvel/DC: They have a roughly 6 month policy on stealing story ideas from each other (or so my brother tells me and he’s more current).