Antof9 (antof9) wrote,

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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