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Hunger games

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Oregonhunter5, May 25, 2014.

  1. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Is it me, or is that show freakin jacked up. I just saw the first 45 and turned it off.
  2. mrblond

    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    define " jacked up" to me, it was.. different. like 18th century France where the haves expunged excesses and the poor had nothing. Might be what it looks like here in a few more years.
  3. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    It felt like a spoof on something. But I can't figure out who.
    There was a political point trying to be made. Maybe they want you to hate people with any anoint of money?
  4. Frankenrifle

    Frankenrifle Clatskanie Active Member

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    It's an allegory for the elimination of the middle class and a shift to a techno-oligarchy where the under-class, what you may term a serf, labours for the ruling "noble" class. The Games are a forced and deadly reminder of why trying to rise up against your oppressors will get you killed.

    I think the author was creating a thought experiment about the future of the world if the corporate machine is allowed to continue on its current path(i.e. rivaling the power of governmental bodies) unchecked.

    Or the writer gets off on torturing little kids, I dunno.
  5. 3MTA3

    3MTA3 DMZ between Liberty and Tyranny Behind Enemy Lines Bronze Supporter

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    Funny, I read it the other way - what would happen as the result of unchecked central and social planning by an out of control government. Kudos to the author for providing a scenario where you see the thing you are looking for and not what you were explicitly told to find.
  6. huthuthike

    huthuthike Hillsboro OR Active Member

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    I read the books and don't think the author had anything other than a payday on her mind. The idea is that 75 years before the books there was a revolt against the government. The government won and essentially created 13 districts with specialized functions. To remind the districts of their power, they also forced an annual sacrifice which became a game show.

    The books describe how the people of the districts revolt against the government. And there is a young woman who must choose how to react to a lot of conflicting emotions. It's high on feelings and angst, low on tactics or strategy. I also didn't find any symbolism, the metaphors fell apart too quickly for any deeper meaning.

    But if I'm wrong it has happened before so I know how to handle it...
  7. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    Well the base idea of
    "The Hunger Games "
    is a blaitant rip off of
    "The Running Man"

    Same split up "factions" or "Sectors"
    Poor against the wealthy,
    televised blood sport "tributes".

    I watched it and was not impressed.
  8. Artilleryman

    Artilleryman Originally from the central midwest but have reloc Active Member

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    eh, it kinda rips off several previous works...but of all of them, I'd say it rips off the Japanese "Battle Royale" primarily....that was pretty damn good...hunger games is a feeble attempt (albeit successful) at exploiting the post apocalypse genre to the mainstream...with the ingredients being a few choice concepts from other stories, with the addition of of some teen angst and soap opera-ish crap, along with the contemporary teen / 20-something self absorption
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