Hunger Games: Dystopian or Current Events?

hungergames What does a popular teen dystopian novel and current events have in common? From many people’s perspective, none, because the definition of dystopian is that it is society that is rebuilt/rebuilding from disaster or chaos caused by its citizens and where the people are oppressed greatly by their government and have very limited communication with people outside of their community. But what if what is happening right now in places like the Middle East and even in our own country, is what will cause our nations to submit to a limited way of life like in the Hunger Games, Divergent, or even older dystopian novels like 1984, and Fahrenheit 451.

This is a scary thought, but it’s an interesting topic to ponder about as well. When Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, the citizens where mourning his death and were peacefully protesting before members of the SWAT team were sent over to detain them, but that backfired and created the violence that we see in the news today. Citzens with a curfew set, a no fly zone put on Ferguson, and the fact that limited coverage on this issue is on the news, how does this not look like a page in the Hunger Games?

Therese, Teen Blogger, Magnolia Branch


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