So ... Why Christians should at least be ok with other Christians who read The Hunger Games trilogy
Quickly, and without thinking about it too much:
It's true you just might not want to read the Hunger Games books, [cousin]. The hard thing for me, though, is when people make a decision about something without actually having all the information.
It seems literature is one of those grey areas where people will always disagree -- which is partly why it's so fun that there are so many books in the world -- there's something for everyone! In terms of these books specifically, they aren't striving for realism - they aren't saying that killing children is good, or that it should be good. When I was reading them, I literally felt as if they were a (great) cautionary tale and commentary on where our world is today. That is, if we continue in the vein of things that are currently popular -- plastic surgery, reality shows, etc., etc., the human race will degenerate into such a mess that something on the order of "the hunger games" as a reality show could happen. It seems to me this is actually in agreement with at least some of your concerns. Cautionary tales come in all shapes and sizes -- allegory, fairy tales, etc. Think about C.S. Lewis' "Screwtape Letters" - if that's not a cautionary tale, I don't know what is! In addition, these characters learn a LOT about consequences, helping each other, grace, sacrifice ... truly, there are a lot of Biblical themes in these books.
None of that means you'd still like them, [cousin] - as I said earlier today, one of my friends just couldn't read past page 30 because the concept was too upsetting. And I totally get that! Lots of my friends love books I can't/don't want to read :)
But I think it's worth considering other angles on things like this. The book reviewer for Christianity Today has a very fair review posted online that you might find interesting. Whatever the case, choose for yourself if you want to read the books and/or see the movies. It seems a little unfair to make sweeping statements though, without having given them a chance yourself.
In terms of seeing movies and giving money to Hollywood, in general I try to support movies that are more family-friendly and/or clean or where there's growth in the characters and they teach good lessons*. That's why I saw "The Help" in theatres 3 times and refused to see or rent "Bridesmaids". I want to give my money to the people making good movies; not the ones making garbage.
Anyway, I've probably said too much :) I hope it doesn't sound like I'm being argumentative -- I really don't want to argue about this! I just thought it might be helpful to hear another angle on the topic.
*yes, I recently saw (and subsequently wrote about on this very blog) the Dragon Tattoo movie. If you want to criticize me for that; go ahead. You'd be right :)