August 22, 2012 by idiotuntil30
If you’ve never read The Hunger Games trilogy, I won’t spoil the ending for you. But seriously, get reading…it’s a great story.
It’s a dystopian future, a bleak forecast of things to come.
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are called up to fight to the death against 22 other “tributes” in an arena designed by gamemakers. This all takes place with the residents of the 12 districts of Panem watching the carnage broadcast live. It’s crazy, and a twisted view of what qualifies as entertainment in the not-so-distant future. But, it’s science fiction. Nothing like this will ever be reality…right?
I’m a firm believer that history has a way of repeating itself. We rarely see the past as a learning experience, whether it’s our own personal relationship history or the chronological account of the fall of an empire, the human element is slow to pick-up on the end being near. We realize too late that our past comes back to haunt us.
Case in point: Rome
Are we comparable to the Roman Empire?
I hope not, but the overwhelming evidence suggests otherwise. I won’t bore you with the details of history and economics, but there is PLENTY of information on the net for you to explore.
One aspect of the height of the division of the empire was the focus on competition. Specifically the chariot race and the gladiator. Not the Russell Crowe version, but the real death battles that became part of the culture.
From my limited view, there was a slow slide into the decline. What was once considered barbaric, became the norm.
The author of The Hunger Games got her indication for the story when she was watching reality TV one evening and changed channels to see news coverage of the Iraq war. The juxtaposition was so strange that the idea started to form; what if this was what we watched for entertainment?
It’s happened before, do you think it could happen again?