posted by [identity profile] atreic.livejournal.com at 11:46am on 25/11/2013
I think they're the best type of distopia, that is, they exaggerate perceived inequalities and wrongnesses in our current society, and through that exaggeration make a strong argument for what is wrong, but also give hope for change. In the case of the Hunger Games, the elite 10% living on the hard work and misery and lack of opportunities of the 90%.

Of course, they are also brutal and violent and heartbreaking and not for everyone. A lot of the characters are in places where all of their choices for survival are not nice. Some books you read, and think 'oh, I wish I was the hero!'. These books you read and think 'I am so glad I am not the hero'

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