Thursday, March 22, 2012

Hunger Games - Re-review


I know I did a review of The Hunger Games before, but I need to do it again because I found out some more information about this series through the research I have been doing the past few weeks.

I knew the series was bad, but I did not know how bad it really was until last night. But let me back up to the very beginning when I heard of this series first.

When I first saw people posting on their blogs about this series, etc. etc. I thought, "Mainstream media. No way am I allowed to read this series." But then one of my friends posted about the series on her blog and said she loved it. Then I thought, "She must know what books are bad and which aren't. Hey, this may one of the first mainstream book series that might actually be appropriate!"

So I decided to research into these books. But what I found out made me go back to my first opinion - "No way am I reading this." My dad agreed. And that was that.

Then there was a whole debate about these books in the Student Lounge in my online school - me against everyone else with my little knowledge. And the people, who loved these books admitted to me that the main character Katniss and this guy (I think his name is Peeta) slept together in the same sleeping bag. I was shocked. This is not pure at all, and gives people a bad example!

But then my mom found this review last night. My mom and I were horrified when we read it (I encourage and ask you to read this review), and we think that this series sounds even worse than Twilight and Harry Potter.

So even though I agree that Taylor Swift's two songs for The Hunger Games movies are very good (I have literally been playing and re-playing the preview for "Eyes Open" all day), I ask you - no, beg, implore, AND plead you - if you have planned on reading and/or watching this series (the movie is coming out very soon), DO NOT!!! This series is straight from Hell and is evil garbage. Protect your soul by staying away from it, and protect others by spreading the word! I already have three friends, who heard about this series and were shocked when they heard about it.

Alyianna's rating: 0 out 10

21 comments:

James and Jacob said...

From the reviews of the movie I have read, it does not have that part in it, if the review is accurate. But it is a violent movie, from what I have read.

-James

Alyianna said...

Which part?

James and Jacob said...

The majorly inappropriate part you mentioned above "slept together in the same sleeping bag". :/

-James

Alyianna said...

Well, I'm glad you agree with me on that part. Most of the people I know (these are all Catholics and Christians), who have read those books were making excuses for it and saying that it was okay.

But if they did have it, it's not like they would say that in the review. Unfortunately, most people wouldn't care about it, anyway.

And what about all those other impurities and killing other people?

James and Jacob said...

I think other impurities are unnecessary and about killing. I watch a lot of "Guy action" movies with killing but it fictional so it does not bother me all that much but I completely repect your opinion. But the idea of forcing kids to fight is different than good vs evil so I do not like that part.

Also do you think you could review the old LOTR animated movies? I have not seen them but I have heard a lot of how bad they were so I would like read your opinion of them. :)

-James

Alyianna said...

Yeah, the violence wouldn't matter so much if the children weren't forced to kill other children.

I would love to review them...but I never did finish the Ralph Bakshi version, but I will certainly review it for you as soon as I have time to finish it! :D

James and Jacob said...

Thanks. :)

Also have you seen the original Star Wars movies? If not I highly recommend them, there are a lot of things that are similar between Star Wars and LOTR. :)

-James

Alyianna said...

No, I haven't...yet. ;) And yes, I've heard of some similarities.

Vivi said...

Hi Alyianna,

I found your blog on the JP2H books blog, and while trying to find the one on CR, found this review. While I appreciate the perspective of another Catholic teenager, I do think that saying the series is "straight from hell" and "evil garbage" is going a bit far. I can totally see your concerns about it. But, having read the books and seen the movie, I also know the good parts of them. So then, I have to ask, is it really fair to condemn a book...without reading it? I have biased opinions of Harry Potter and Twilight. The first I have read. The second I haven't. I could do a review on the 2nd, based on what I've heard (which isn't good stuff). But that's not quite fair.
So if you don't want to read THG, that's fine. I understand that.
But if you're going to review a book, I suggest you read it first. So that people can have a first-hand account of what it really has in it.

Just some suggestions. :)

~Vivi~

Alyianna said...

Thank you for your comments, but I do stand by what I said about the series. No need to read the book or watch the movie to form an opinion when it comes to such fundamenal matters like life and death. If the audience is desensitized to the sin of killing a vulnerable person, then it is enough evidence for me to say that the book/movie is straight from hell. One is supposed to save life, not to destroy life. There is no justification for taking a person's life under the circumstances for we do not own our bodies, and we are not authors of life. God gives life and God's takes life. Euthanasia is a horrible crime; it truly is straight from hell. "Thou shalt not kill." No exceptions here. It is diabolic to try to present an act of killing as something morally justifiable. A desire to relieve someone's physical pain is never a reason to kill a person.

Wait - you said you find MY blog on the JP2H books blog? :O Why would my little blog be on a real website? That's amazing! :O

Vivi said...

I totally agree with you about killing people. I believe killing is wrong. And I believe the situation in THG is horrible. But then there's also the fact that the heroine knows that it's all wrong. And that's the reason that she starts a revolution. To change it all.

Yep. :) They link to your blog and your review of Catholic Reluctantly. :D

Alyianna said...

But if Katniss knows that killing is wrong, how come she does it? And I don't know the details, but a revolution involves bloodshed, so it's wrong, too. Just like any revolution, the French Revolution, the Bolshevik Revolution. They were all evil. One must never use evil means to achieve a good end.

Awesome! :D That was really nice of them. :)

Vivi said...

P. S. Here's actually a great "review" of sorts by a priest...you should watch it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsFBbS39_z0
and the second part:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpCowqg_pHI&feature=related

:)

gab said...

Alyianna,

Katniss only really kills two people in the book. One is out of self-defense (which is ok), and the other is out of pity because the poor boy is being torn to death by dogs and is literally pleading with her to kill him (so shoots him with an arrow). And although I don't agree that it's alright to kill out of pity, I can see why the author (and most people who've read the book, for that matter) would think so.

Also, not all revolutions/war is wrong. The CCC teaches that war is justified if and only if it is a "just war". Now, Katniss probably didn't get the ok from the Pope or anything, but it's a story.

Lastly, (you have a beautiful Easter-y background, and) I hope you don't think I'm bashing you (cause if you do, I'll stop). It's good to see another teenage Catholic writer in the blog world. :)

Happy Easter,

Gab

Alyianna said...

While killing in self-defense is justified, euthanasia is not. The world today lost its sense of right and wrong because no one (aside from Catholic Church) is teaching ethics in its entirety. In today's world, which rejected Eternal Wisdom, things operate on the level of cheap sentimentalism, and reason is rejected; thus, the average person will be ok with killing someone in pain. Yet the truth must be spoken in and out of season; this is why I said that the book is straight from hell.

While not all war is wrong, all revolutions are wrong. Actually, very few situations fit the criteria of a just war. The Church has always condemned revolutions; they do not belong in the category of a just war.

I regard this as a friendly exchange of ideas. :)

I actually didn't mean the background to be Easter-y, but Happy (belated) Easter to you, too! :)

Alyianna said...

To Vivi:

I watched the first part of Father Barron's video, so thank you for showing me the second. :)

I think Father makes some good points, such as what may happen in our society when it becomes post-Christian, with any abomination being accepted as norm. However, he does not really say anything for or against the book, nor does he adress the bad things in the book/movie, such as the concept of "mercy killing" which is actually a false mercy. Before the dawn of Christianity, it was ok to push an elderly person off the cliff to get rid of the "burden", and human sacrifice was a norm. Post modernist (liberal) society obviously recycles the pagan concepts, but the author and the audience are so steeped in their goofy, selfish liberal ideas that they fail to notice that they, in fact, copy pagans.

Gab said...

Just because we don't agree with all the ideas the book teaches, that doesn't mean it's straight from hell. That would be like saying because we violate God's commandments, *we're* straight from hell.

Also, I wouldn't at *all* like it if the author were encouraging/supporting "mercy killing", but I don't think she is necessarily.

And I agree that the truth must be spoken! However, if we must close our ears to anything but the truth, why would learn about things in history like Hitler, Martin Luther, the World Wars, the Mayan sacrifices, etc.?

I know *many* people will see the "mercy killing" as if it's justified, and there's really nothing we can do about it. I think the problem comes in if we (Catholics) don't know our beliefs well enough and agree with the rest of them.

I'm not exactly sure what you mean by "revolution", then. I guess I was thinking revolutions are like rebellions. What were you thinking?

(We still have like 40 days left of Easter!! So it's not belated yet! :) )

Alyianna said...

Gab,

Whenever we violate God's commendments, we should be sorry for our sins, repent, amend our lives, and repair the wrongs we have done. When did the author of the series make reparation for the damage her book has caused? On the contrary, the author continues to make money on the series, and that movie makers make profit on the movie. Most young people seem to be addicted to the series, buying into the lie that euthanasia is beneficial, seeing nothing wrong with it. Mortal sin truly is alluring and apparently one can make a lot of money on selling sin. The same way the sins of promiscuity, abortion, and sodomy have been sold to the young audiences. It is all over the media, and most love it and see nothing wrong with any of these things I mentioned. It's gotten to the point that national parliaments debate whether or not it is time to kill the young, the week, the disabled, etc.

Learning history is praiseworthy, useful and necessary. Studying history should help us see mistakes of our ancestors so we could avoid them in the future because those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. However, people act as if they had never learned anything from history. They insist on repeating the same errors, and this has very serious conseqences.

How serious, it is not too difficult to see. While euthanasia is being introduced in various countries under the guise of doing good, the Hunger Games desensitizes youth to this abominable crime, preparing us for the acceptance of this heineous crime. In simple language, the series is an example of advocacy for euthanasia. And it does work: most young people do not see there is anything wrong with killing a suffering person. This is how the devil works. He seeks to destroy souls by presenting evil under the appearances of good. The series shows euthanasia as done out of mercy; one could almost interpret it as an act of kindness. See how different this is from what God wants from us: "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!" (Isa 5:20)

Can you understand how many young people will be tricked into believing that killing someone in pain is the right way to do things? How will society oppose evil politicians who want to impose euthansia on the those who cannot defend themselves? The society will simply see nothing wrong with it because movies like Hunger Games already prepared youth for acceptance of killing unwanted people. For me, as a Catholic, the recent trend of devaluing human life is alarming. Never in the history of Christianity had young people been purposefully exposed to such amount of evil as today. Mind you, Christianity is not dead yet. There is another reason why I say the series is from hell. God loves young people and the natural goodness and idealism in them, and hates it when that goodness is destroyed. Our Lord had very strong words of condemnation for those adults who corrupt young people:

"It would be better for him if a millstone were hung round his neck and he were cast into the sea, than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin." (Luke 17:2)

There are always ways to stop evil. I refuse to support people who make profit from corrupting youth.

As for revolution, I mean any rebellion, any armed resistance that leads to a bloodshed. One must never use evil means to achieve a good end.

Yes, you're right it is still the Easter season, but I am used to wishing people a happy Easter on Easter Sunday when we commemorate the Resurrection of Our Lord. :)

- Alyianna

Christian M. Frank said...

Alyianna,
I'm afraid that I too disagree with you on this one. Please check out the JP2HS blog - I just posted some thoughts on the books there.
Something to remember about fiction is that it's not inherently wrong to portray evil in fiction - as long as it's portrayed as evil. And the Hunger Games does show murder-for-entertainment as evil; very evil. If it didn't, I would wholeheartedly agree with you.
There are other books that show evil as good - the Golden Compass books, for example. Book like those we should avoid.
But before we judge any work, we need to be careful to be just in our judging.
In Christ,
John Doman (One of the Christian Franks)

P.S. There are other reasons to not read the Hunger Games - there is indeed violence in them, and I don't think kids that are too young to handle it shouldn't read them. Especially the last book.
P.P.S. I don't really like the last book, MockingJay, but for not for moral reasons. I just think it's a really stupid, poorly written book, unlike the first two.

A.J said...

You remind me of myself. I get into arguments and debates about revenge, self-defense etc. all the time.

A.J

I tagged you on my blog.

Mime said...

I understand completely where you're going with this review. What you've said is completely true. But I just want to point out some things a lot of people miss when they read this series.

1. Euthenasia is not a theme. It's barely part of the book. I think mercy is okay. If someone is being tortured, and it WILL NOT END ever, I don't think it would be evil to help them out in the only way possible. (Yes, they'd go to hell most likely, but that's not what I'm getting at.)

2. This series is not made to desensitize. It'd written TO sensitize. It's to make us think about the direction society is taking--because it IS. It's made to made us think about whether killing is okay in self defense. And while I totally agree that it's wrong, it's not right to say that the author agrees with it and stuff. The author has actually given us a pretty clear warning that so many readers have missed.

3. Is war bad? Yes. The Lord of the Rings has a full scale war in it. It's very different to the Hunger Games rebellion, but in some ways, it's still the same. This book goes into the effects of war, which I find better than a glossed over and glorious fight. War is painted as bad. Killing is painted as bad.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying this series is a wonderful and moral thing. I'm saying don't judge a book by it's reviews. There's some bad stuff in there, yes, but if you're going to review something, you might want to read it first.

I hope you didn't take that the wrong way. Just food for thought, you know. :)

Mime