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Re: What The Hunger Games miss

Apr. 22 at 11:32pm | see this comment in context

Re. race issue: Thresh doesn't come off as a good guy in the book. He just has his moment of humanity - like everyone else in the story. 

Re: What The Hunger Games miss

Apr. 22 at 11:30pm | see this comment in context

Totally different from Austen, without whom I can quite happily live a long and jolly life.  In Austen there really is no transcendence, and indeed I find that there is often crass snobbery.  And when one knows of all that was going on in the Regency era, it makes one all the more irate that Austen could just bracket it all out.  Though artistically it may have been a wise choice, Austen's total failure to deal with either religion or sex makes her a snooze-fest, at least for me.  Where would we be, after all, without sex or religion?

Re: What The Hunger Games miss

Apr. 22 at 11:27pm | see this comment in context

I have not yet seen the films - but I positively devoured the first two novels and was left with a rare feeling of satisfaction and a vague notion that I might write a blog post about why I found them so satisfying.  Haven't gotten around to that yet.  But as far as the issue of transcendence: precisely what I enjoyed about the work was that it showed how in a post-Christian world, with no established rituals of worship or authority figures, the transcendent still endures in the inviolability of the human person.  In two particular respects this reality seems to be profoundly shown:

1) The protagonists fight not with force or violence, but by art - and a refusal to play the game.  This rising above the infamy and degradation reminds me of Merlau-Ponty's idea of freedom as that which always transcends the world of mere causation.... that can not be violated or taken away.

2) The Bad Guys are all shown as having touches of humanity and vulnerability....and the Good Guys are all shown as having the potential to be bad. So the struggle is not just us vs them, its for the humanity of each soul.

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