This weekend, nerds, book-lovers and movie-goers alike are rejoicing for the release of the second Hunger Games movie–Catching Fire.
In response to this fanfare, Slate.Com, an “Online magazine of news, politics, and culture,” featured an article on the economic situation present in the Hunger Games and how the model could actually exist.
For me, this could be part of why The Hunger Games is so successful as a book series and as a movie series. The fantasy within these books is not completely based on fantastic ideas–they are based in reality.
Science fiction or fantasy, as a genre, is there to make social commentary.
Because today we live in a society in which spurious realities are manufactured by the media, by governments, by big corporations, by religious groups, political groups… So I ask, in my writing, What is real? Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo-realities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms. I do not distrust their motives; I distrust their power. They have a lot of it. And it is an astonishing power: that of creating whole universes, universes of the mind. I ought to know. I do the same thing.
Science fiction is a way for the author to create a “what-if” scenario of a political or social situation they have observed happening today. “What if X happens? What will this look like 30, 50, 100 years from now? What will this look like on another planet? What if I took this to the extreme?”
These ideas make science fiction more based in logic and real social and political models rather than fiction. I’ve always thought the name never fit the purpose of the genre, but it’s too late to change it now, and I’m still a huge fan.
– Amanda Riggle