The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins, takes place in a post-apocalyptic America with 12 (originally 13) Districts and an over controlling government who lives in the city known as The Capitol. As punishment for an uprising against the government almost 75 years before, each district must volunteer one male and one female between the ages of 12 and 18 every year. The well written and well known trilogy appeared on the American Library Association’s (ALA’s) list of most frequently banned and challenged books for the second year in a row in 2011 ranking third in most frequently challenged books. The ALA defines a challenge as “a formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness” (ALA). The protagonist in The Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss Everdeen, must survive The Hunger Games while facing many challenges. The Hunger Games trilogy is on the ALA’s list of Banned and Challenged books because of violence, being unsuited to age group, and being anti-ethic, despite its many contributing factors which make it a favorable trilogy, including many historical attributes.
Violence is never a good thing, especially when it comes to killing. The Hunger Games trilogy is a war trilogy with a lot of violence. Collins does a very good job at putting in an appropriate amount of violence in each book to give it just the right effect of gruesomeness (Bohin). The violence in the trilogy occurs very often, mainly while the tributes are in the arena. As the tributes rise up on metal platforms, a giant metallic Cornucopia filled with helpful supplies sits in the center. Just seconds into the games, tributes are being slaughtered and picked off by other tributes. A boy, I think from District 9, reaches the pack at the same time I do and for a brief time we grapple for it and then he coughs, spattering my face with blood. I stagger back, repulsed...
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