Personal Response #3
Teen Dystopia by Sophie Boyer is an opinionated piece that explains the reason we are so attracted to novels such as The Hunger Games. A reason such a novel is so appealing is because of the action packed plot and powerful symbolism weaved throughout. A story set in future North America, where climate change has destroyed society is where teenagers participate in a gruesome fight to the death called the Hunger Games. That heady combination results to complex yet relatable characters and most of all, a meaningful story. Hence, that is the reason why Boyer regards The Hunger Games as a “well-constructed allegory that also reflects a more realistic portrayal of our world .” Personally, I also admire authors who can create an abstract world so flawlessly that they still remain relatable. Even though The Hunger Games takes place in a different time period; where the world is overly violent, it leads to a new social awareness. As Boyer pointed out, “this awareness leads to a more tragic understanding of the world, but never without the hope of a better future.” When I read The Hunger Games it felt like it was situated in a world so seemingly different from ours, that I didn’t realise until the end, that it is based on a bit of reality. The Hunger Games highlights social issues of poverty, devaluing human life, and classism to make us aware that it still exists in the world, our world. Overall, The Hunger Games is a book that reveals the depressing reality of some places in the world, yet Boyer and I believe that The Hunger Games sends a good message to us readers: to live life to the fullest and never take life for granted.
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