My wife and I are both reading the Hunger Games right now. We’ve not seen the movie, but I’ve heard nothing but good things so far.
I don’t often frequent Jezebel.com, but my coworker shared a link to a particularly interesting article about reading, mental images and specifically racism and the Hunger Games books and movie.
Specifically, some movie-goers were annoyed, upset and angered at the fact that Rue, one of the central supporting characters, being cast as a black girl, even though she was pretty specifically described as being exactly that in the book. These really are great and interesting reads that delve into how we perceive characters in literature and movies. Warning, language and snark in both articles.
- Racist Hunger Games Fans Are Very Disappointed
- I See White People: Hunger Games and a Brief History of Cultural Whitewashing
The second one totally gets at some things that I’ve been realizing when I read, and some questions that I’ve been asking as well.