A girl and her cat take on the world with nothing more than a cup of tea and a good book and enough dreams to fill the universe.
After much trial and error, I have finally figured out how to link to another webpage. I am feeling very proud of myself at this moment since I have been trying to avoid doing this all semester. Now I’ve done it and it doesn’t seem that bad. Don’t you love it when you think something is going to be harder than Physics II and really it’s about as hard as cutting a slice of cake?
This just makes me hungry.
Anyway, I have been catching up on some reading of other people’s blogs and I came across sarkrisd’s blog and her post on Kids Killing Kids which is about The Hunger Games, which of course, we read this January. I’ve been in the mood to go from this really deep, important YA lit that I’ve been reading to the fluffy stuff like The Hunger Games and this gave me the perfect opportunity. The only thing is, she kind of ruined the fluffy bit for me.
So tired of thinking hard thoughts… Cats make everything better.
Sarkrisd is completely right when she talks about how disturbing it is to actually read about children killing each other. It made her ponder how beat down a society would have to be to offer their children as sacrifices to some pseudo-democratic government. I had had the same thoughts while I was reading this book as well. I don’t think I know any parents who would passively sit by when someone came to take their kids away to their likely demise. It kind of makes me want to read a prequel to The Hunger Games in which all of this is explained fully. What happened to crush so many people’s spirits?
Couldn’t have said it better myself.
Then, someone in the comments brought up “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson which was a much more disturbing story for me. A town pulls lots to see who will be stoned to death and no one ever stops it or really questions why except for the person who loses the lottery. It’s a wonderfully disturbing short story and if you haven’t read it, you should. It’s one of those stories that makes your skin crawl. Her compilation of short stories have other great ones, but this is the most similar to The Hunger Games. Why do/did we require young adults to read these sorts of stories? What could be gained from watching people passively kill each other? It seems as though these creepy, unsettling stories are being used to make us think a little bit. To warn us not to grow too complacent in our lives and to accept some of the ugly truths as something unchangeable. That’s what gives these stories their true value. They remind us of what could be our future if we quit questioning.
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