Edited By Elizabeth J. Meyer and Dennis Carlson
10. Survival, Protection, and Forgiveness: Examining Gendered Violence and Care in The Hunger Games Trilogy
Survival, Protection, and Forgiveness
Examining Gendered Violence and Care in The Hunger Games Trilogy
Kristen V. Luschen
In the tradition of other best-selling young-adult and fantasy series—Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and Twilight—The Hunger Games trilogy of young-adult, dystopian novels by Suzanne Collins are well known to youth and adults alike. Like its counterparts, this best-selling series began the transition into blockbuster films with the first film of the trilogy released in March 2012. However, the series contrasts with its popular counterparts in some very distinct and significant ways. Unlike Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, or The Underland Chronicles (also by Collins) series, The Hunger Games differs in that it is told from the perspective of a resourceful, take-charge, bold, and intelligent young woman who effectively is tasked with leading people into revolution against an oppressive government.