Strange, how much the post-apocalyptic world portrayed in The Hunger Games looks like a mining town outside Pittsburgh. Maybe it’s a subtle suggestion that, if Pennsylvania’s Rick Santorum becomes president, can a world of privation and iron-fisted dictatorship be far behind? But maybe I’m reading too much into that.
The Hunger Games is an unlikely topic for girl-friendly young adult fiction, in part because it’s action-packed, with only tangential hints of romance, and in part because its stylistic forebears aren’t the romantic poets and novelists of 19th century England, but the legends of Greek and Roman mythology, filtered through the realities of Herodotus’ histories.
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