If you don't know The Hunger Games, let's get you up to speed on the first part of a triptych whose first installation recently blew away every non-sequel film release in American history during its opening weekend in theaters: A reluctant, female Spartacus crashes the futuristic blood sport (think: Roman Colosseum with streaming HD video ... and hovercrafts) of a dystopian society hunkered down on the ashes of a once-prosperous North America.
To say more of this gladiator, the 16-year-old Katniss, and her quest would be to ruin the truly absorbing – if somewhat lightweight – story created by the trilogy's publicly reticent author, Suzanne Collins.
But while many have wondered about Hunger Games relationship to adolescents, war and whether adults should even bother reading the things at all, your author who gulped down the audiobook during a long car ride over the weekend was struck by another component of its prose: a strong libertarian streak.
Collins told The New York Times in a rare interview "I don’t write about adolescence. I write about war. For adolescents.”
For certain, the Hunger Games trilogy has violence as its main consideration. But whether it's on war or myriad other topics, we don't think Great Libertarian Poobah Ron Paul would quibble with many of the sentiments sprinkled in Collins's writing.
April 5, 2012
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