Talk:The Hunger Games

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Fascist or Liberal?

An excellent compromise, I think. I'm reluctant to call it liberal because I'm British and "liberal" instinctively means something different to me, but "big government" is a perfect description. Thanks for this. --SamCoulter 22:23, 26 March 2012 (EDT)

Actually, neither works. This book is a piece of young adult literature, not a soapbox to lament big government/liberalism.23:02, 26 March 2012 (EDT)
It does carry a political message and while (being a Brit) I won't accept it as a criticism of true liberalism, it's certainly a valid criticism of big government. --SamCoulter 23:18, 26 March 2012 (EDT)

In response to the unsigned comment above, it's nearly impossible to write something that does not tend to push the reader in a particular political direction. Everything has a political impact, even if only a slight one. Even the internet has an inherent political impact for example, and it is technology.--Andy Schlafly 23:25, 26 March 2012 (EDT)

Plot

Has anyone even read this book? It's not bad, I have read it. JonM 22:35, 26 March 2012 (EDT)

Having read it, do you think it is critical of Big Government?--Andy Schlafly 23:25, 26 March 2012 (EDT)

Having read all three books in the series, while not necessarily inherently critical of Big Government--one of the "protagonist" societies in the third book turns out to have a pretty totalitarian bent, up until the point at which they betray the protagonist--the books do provide an excellent illustration of the tendencies of power to corrupt.--Guitarsniper 00:36, 27 March 2012 (EDT) Yes, but that is not the main part of the book. However, by associating big government to the atrocities the Capitol commits, then, yes, the book is critical of big government.JonM 21:49, 27 March 2012 (EDT) The books are critical of a totalitarianist government and of facism, but not of big government in sense that the word is generally used. I imagine the characters would have loved "Spreading of the wealth" or government funding for healthcare. But that was just my reading of the plot AlexanderSz 23:13, 27 March 2012 (EDT)

Uh what?

"who must learn that suffering can cause change for the greater good"

What's this communist rubbish doing in CP? --SamCoulter 03:24, 27 March 2012 (EDT)

What exactly are you referring to?--James Wilson 11:04, 27 March 2012 (EDT)

Pardon me, SamCoulter, but have you read the book? If you had read it, you would know that Katniss, in the story suffers from survivor's complex, brought on by knowledge that the Capitol is torturing her lover, and fighting the capitol only makes it worse. Still she does it.JonM 21:47, 27 March 2012 (EDT)

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