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Margot Harrison’s “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Foments a Little Rebellion

In response to Margot Harrison’s 609‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Seven Days

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Margot Harrison’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” smartly and fearlessly stirs up a bit of rebellion.

Other critics have drawn parallels between the milieu of The Hunger Games series and our own decadent time. Few, however, have done it with the intelligence and verve Harrison shows in her review.

Readers might not agree with her, but Harrison’s review will leave a good number of them unsettled and casting a jaundiced eye on the bread and circuses of modern times. Harrison’s review is a step up from the average movie review, indeed, from the more insightful and intelligent reviews.

Regarding Harrison’s bravery, she’s unafraid to criticize the source material, Suzanne Collins’s almost universally praised and bestselling books. She interestingly strays from the tired the-book-is-better narrative that too many reviewers seem to use a default stance. She strays also from the J-Law is the only reason to see the movie in bemoaning the lack of screen time given to new characters.

It is in doing the latter that Harrison has her only misstep. She gives away a slight spoilers to which some readers might object.

Still, the portentous note that she ends her review on is worth it: “Our own culture’s appetite for spectacles should suffice to keep the workforce that toils at desks moving pixels from going hungry for a while.”

Readers will be forgiven for wanting to smash their computers and let out a rebel yell.    

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