The Hunger Games: A Sociopolitical Analysis, and Rhetoric on the Necessity of Hollywood

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Director Gary Ross’ first attempt in the segmented adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games has been produced with more than enough resource to draw from. Not only is Collins’ book trilogy politically relevant at the time the film’s release, but the Hunger Games brand has garnered a worldwide fanbase of young enthusiasts, eager for more.

Now, backed by a $78,000,000 budget, a team of the best CGI professionals money can buy has been assembled to turn the tween reading sensation of the year into a major box office hit. Pulling in $152,535,747 (USA) from over 4137 screens around the world in just the opening weekend alone, this phenomenon of mainstream industry has even drawn competitive comparisons to its written-series-to-screen predecessors: Harry Potter (Rowling) and Twilight (Meyer).

However, one element setting The Hunger Games apart is the political and social rhetoric of its source material. Collins’ novels, in their three volume…

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