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Alexis Lamb, Staff Writer

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What some call a cultural phenomenon has rocked our world since 2011. The Hunger Games Trilogy based in futuristic North America is coming to an end on film. On November 20 the last film will premiere to U.S. and that’s it, no more “girl on fire” in the movie theater anymore. Controversy has always followed these books. The content and the similarities between other movies has factored into this equation.  

When the books were first released there was a movement in many countries to have the books banned due to its violent content. However banning books have become unorthodox in many places due to the First Amendment, so none of the movements succeeded. That being said when LionsGate bought the rights to the books there was much debate over rating, and what audience they were aiming for. In the end they chose PG-13 ratings, and the artistic view-point of Gary Ross to still bring the gore to the films. The books are about a young sixteen year old girl who puts her family before her own life in a  dystopian world where it is basically survival of the fittest. Throughout the plot line through a mockingjay pin her sister gives her she becomes the symbol of fire and spirit for the districts who don’t have much say next to their Capitol who is a tyrannical force in the books. She becomes the symbol of a rebellion.

Unlike the Twilight films what is so unique about The Hunger Games series is both the books and the movies appeal to female AND male audiences. Why? These books and movies are not centralized around romance. Romance is within the plot but it is more centralized around the idea that society is corrupt. This film brings bigger issues than a vampire werewolf human love triangle. Society is corrupt in Katniss Everdeen’s world, all of her world knows it, but everyone are too scared to put an end to it. Everdeen herself from actions based only on protecting the ones she cares for most demonstrates pure raw emotions that the fake powerful city the Capitol loves. She demonstrates how one person can change this world one game at a time.

 

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