I am sorry if fans find my post offensive or stand offish, but I find the premise of the hunger games very disturbing and frightening. The idea that society becoming so primitive and brutal that parents are forced into a lottery to "sacrifice" their children for these games is wrong on all levels!!!!!! It upset me because the dictators of the fictional society of Panem uses these sacrifices to deter people from rebelling!!! Does the author have such a bitter disposition towards children that she has to voice it through a work of fiction?!! Does anyone else feel the same way???
sparks: I don't know whether you'll ever read this -- does anyone actually check back to see if their post has generated any replies? -- but the points you've brought up are worth a response, perhaps to be read by others who missed the things you missed in the "Hunger Games" trilogy.
I don't find your post offensive, just misguided. The book (or books, if you read all three) is *supposed* to be disturbing and frightening. It's not a story of what the human race might *become*. It's an examination, in the form of a story, of what the human race is capable of *now*, and what humans in power have done to other humans beneath them, all through history. You may not know history well enough to recognize that the overall framework for the book(s) is the Roman Empire. The name of the country in the book, "Panem," comes from the phrase "panem et circenses," Latin for "bread and circuses," which was intended as a description of the only things citizens of the Roman Empire (in Hunger Games: The Capitol) were interested in: they had lost all interest in any civic activity to improve the lives of their fellow citizens and lived only to be fed and entertained. (The fact that this is what "Panem" stands for in Hunger Games is not a guess; author Collins came right out and said so in the third book. That was just in case the fact that every citizen of The Capitol has a Roman name was too subtle a sign for readers to pick up on.) What entertained the citizens of Rome was gladiatorial battles in "the arena" (the Colosseum) in which contestants, usually slaves charged with crimes but sometimes (as in Hunger Games) volunteers, fought each other or wild animals to the death. And yes, the contestants included women and sometimes children. In a larger context, the Hunger Games represent the endless wars of our history, fought between armies who, through history, have often been drafted, wars which potentially, in the Atomic Age, could someday bring the human race to its end. And think about it: the soldiers who die in wars are *very* frequently referred to as "children," in part because every one of them, no matter their age, is someone's child.
The oddest thing you said in your post was to suggest that Collins herself hates children. You are confusing the author of the book with characters in her book, in the same way people often confuse actors with the characters they play on TV. Does Collins hate children? Gee, I don't know. Could that be the reason she has spent a career writing highly acclaimed children's TV shows and has written a very successful series of books for kids, which... oh, well, why don't I just copy a sentence from amazon's short bio of Collins from the very same web page on which I found your posting about Hunger Games: "Collins made her mark in children's literature with the New York Times bestselling five-book series for middle-grade readers The Underland Chronicles, which has received numerous accolades in both the United States and abroad." Read the comments posted on the amazon page for the first book in the series, "Gregor the Overlander." I think doing that will clarify to you whether Collins hates kids or not.
Collins does *not* want children to live in a world like "The Hunger Games." She wants them to grow up in a world in which "The Hunger Games" would be completely unthinkable, a world in which they can live their lives without fear of being used and sacrificed by governments who don't give a damn about them as people. A world which, sadly, is not the one we actually live in. She wants us all to think that over.
Thought I understand that the world offered to us in "Hunger Games" is the world in which we don't want......I do want the series to continue. The door is left wide open and I LOVE a good series. Even though Ms. Collins tends to live on the "tween" market I as an adult would love to see this series continue.