The revolution will be televised. So will the post-apocalyptical fight to feed ourselves on a ruined planet.
Those are two key themes of the wildly popular YA trilogy that begins with The Hunger Games, whose movie version comes out this week. The trailer gives the key plot points:
After what seems to be a climate-driven apocalypse, Panem, “the country that rose up out of the ashes of the place it was once called North America,” is divided into a Capitol and 12 districts, who launched a failed revolution many decades earlier.
The annual Hunger Games are televised and the rules are simple:
In punishment for the uprising, each of the 12 districts must provide one girl and one boy, called tributes to participate. The twenty-four tributes will be imprisoned in the vast outdoor arena that could hold anything from a burning desert to a frozen wasteland. Over a period of several weeks, the competitors must fight to the death. The last tribute standing wins.
The winner “receives a life of ease back home, and their district will be showered with prizes, largely consisting of food,” all year round.
This is “Bread and Circuses” combined — by design — since that ...