I love dystopian future stories. I don't know maybe there it is the part of me that loves to watch how things might fall apart. From the bleak Joss Whedon Firefly and Dollhouse TV shows or the amazing Metatropolis anthology to this new trilogy of books and 1st film the Hunger Games. By Suzanne Collins this triology explores a bleak near future where America has collapsed and ruled with an Iron Fist the capital city holds 12 districts under its thumb treating them as slave labour. Barely able to survive, working back breaking jobs the vast majority of the population serve the few rich capital city dwellers. As part of the capitals drive to keep the districts under heal and broken they city forces each district to select 2 young people to fight to the death in a televised event called the Hunger Games. The games themselves unfold in a very similar way to the 2000 Japanese film Battle Royale but the world they are set in is significantly different. Sarah Hall has written a great summary article about the wider social themes the books/film comment on. And TearFund has made this resource about The Real Hunger Games of world inequality and poverty.
I have run a quick youth session exploring the social issues and have written a quick blog review about it.
But I want to have a brief look at how the 1st book and film deal with that important issues of love and relationships. I will try and suggest three discussion points to use with young people who are interested in the Hunger Games
Relationships in the Hunger Games are a treasure trove of discussion points. If the books and film continue to gain momentum and influence I believe they will be a useful resource for all sex and relationship educators. My suggestion is we should all have a closer look at the Hunger Games and the relationships it contains.