Like many of those, this past weekend I contributed to the $130 million dollar first weekend showing of Mockingjay Part 1 (which was amazing, by the way). The Hunger Games is more than just an entertaining franchise, it has value to the world around us.
Through satire, The Hunger Games series (books or movies your choice, though the books have more depth) points out the flaws of sensualist media, the power in unification, and complete government control, just to point out a few.
The themes and messages are so strong that they are impacting the world. Countries, like Thailand, have banned Mockingjay Part 1 from showing in their theaters. Why? Because of the fear of revolt.The political activism was a major contribution to the banning of Mockingjay.
In Thailand, young people are even using the three finger salute as a symbol of protest against General Prayuth Chan-ocha. According to Washington Times, the three finger salute itself is now grounds for arrest.
But the impact is not restricted international countries, it is also affecting the United States. Monday night after the grand jury decision of Daren Wilson and Mike Brown, protestors expressed their dismay. Across an arch in Ferguson, “if we burn you, burn with us” was graffiti-ed. Now, if you haven’t seen the movies or read the books, you should know that this is a slogan for the revolt. No matter how you feel about the situation, the pop culture reference is there.
The Hunger Games is more than entertainment. Like most dystopian novels, it is a critique on society and people have understood this and applied it to the world around them. It will be wondrous to see how the 2nd part, which contains most of the revolt, will be received. (It’s not a spoiler. There’s a book.)