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Too conservative for the liberals; too liberal for the conservatives...
I think I've mentioned before that I have some ultra-conservative relatives ... and some days I have a harder time with them than others. When one of them posts that she's read a review (ONE REVIEW?!) about The Hunger Games, and based on that thinks they are awful and Christians shouldn't read them, I feel compelled to write. The good thing is it forced me to think, and as I knocked myself out trying to not be offensive, I thought I'd post my comments here, too.

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 :)

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I have neither read The Hunger Games, nor intend to see the movie. Different strokes, I suppose. I think the C S Lewis analogy is great because the Narnia series is also a Christian morality story, if you like.

Anyway, I think you are aces. You have your faith and live it but you also have compassion, commonsense and empathy which in my particular view of faith, is Christianity as Christ meant us to live. Of course, there are enormous holes in my theological knowledge but you know what I mean.

**Hugs** and well written

Aw ... sweetie, I love you. I'd forgotten how good blogging was for the ego :)

Thanks for "getting" me. It means a lot.

I once worked with a man who was a member of Open Bretheren. He NEVER talked about his faith, he just was. I try to emulate him, although I am now where as good at it but I have always held him as my model.

I see so many 'Christians' who are bigoted and intolerant and think that Christ would be embarrassed by the actions of some ( a lot) of his purported followers these days.

Keep journalling. I miss you.

Love you, sweetie

This --> I see so many 'Christians' who are bigoted and intolerant and think that Christ would be embarrassed by the actions of some ( a lot) of his purported followers these days.

I hope that's never me, although I'm sure it is. But the cliched WWJD is on my mind ... most of the time :)

Edited at 2012-03-24 12:25 am (UTC)

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The funny part of the whole thing that I couldn't figure out how to say to her on FB so I didn't: I was introduced to these books by the super conservative girls in one of my 4 book clubs :)

nor to demand that their views coincide with mine.

Yes! I think if she'd just posted that she thought they were inappropriate or awful or in bad taste, I wouldn't have said a thing. But her post was a sweeping "I haven't read them and I read something about them and NO Christian should read them". And that forced me to reply .... Which is good, because it made me think. And for a second, I thought, "wait -- should I not have read them?" ...Which is a good question to ask oneself every once in a while :)

Nice to see you too!

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That makes perfect sense to me, and I respect your perspective more than hers. Hers disappoints me because there's no thought put into it. *sigh*

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Wasn't it good? And the next one won't be out for a year, so take your time :)

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Well, I'm asking the same question, but I didn't want you to think I was rude :)

Gosh, I love the way you think. And the way you write. I wish more people, Christian and otherwise, were open-minded and willing to let other adults make their own thought out decisions and live with the consequences, rather than telling folks what they should do and think. There should be more of you in the world, m’dear. :-D

I have no interest in reading or seeing The Hunger Games. Probably ever, but I recognize that I sometimes change my mind. So who knows? My issue with it has nothing to do with morality, but with the fact that very violent books (and movies) tend to disturb my sleep rather profoundly. No thanks. Also, I don’t generally care for the style of young adult lit, though many of my nearest and dearest read a lot of YA. It’s just personal taste.

Great post! My dad made up his mind about the Hunger Games based on a 30 second FOX news snippet.

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