Teaching about fascism in a way teenagers can grasp? The new Hunger Games trailer.

Posted: April 16, 2013 in Political musings, Popular Culture et al
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After writing yesterday’s blog, for which I have copped some praise but also a lot of furious criticism, it struck me that the hugely popular Hunger Games is really a fable about the triumph of the human spirit over fascism, wrapped up in a mythological society and love story that it’s mainly teenage audience can grasp.

If you’re a fan of the books, or the films, here’s the trailer for the next movie, which has been released now even though the film isn’t out till Nov 22. Presumably we’ll have a bunch more by then, a la the Twilight series. Sometimes it feels like we’ve seen the whole movie by the time it ends up in theatres.

Anyhow. Enjoy. And ponder…

  1. Miles says:

    Funny really, I’m a little older. For me it was Babylon 5, where Earth slides into a fascist dictatorship and police state, fighting against terrorism (ofc the terrorists were all part of the plot). Why the words ‘no-one who is innocent has anything to fear from the police’. In some ways I agree with Mr Ember (if not neccessarily in terms of the solutions). Starship troopers of course another fascist Earth.

    But do the current generation realise it? I went to see the first hunger games, and the eprson I went with did not pick up at all about the fascist overtones, or why certain districts had to send people to the games.


  2. dr_chris says:

    Have a look at the TV series ‘Nazis: a warning from history’, or indeed anything on TV or written by Laurence Rees, about how a nation can slide into extremism and the consequences


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