“The World will be Watching” indeed. Now that The Hunger Games has invaded homes, Blu-ray players and more, fueling the upcoming sequel that will be Catching Fire November of 2013, it seemed appropriate to give it a deeper look than we were able to do in our spoiler-free video review. We also had a written follow-up that discussed all three books in the trilogy (comparing some interesting parallels with the character of Peeta) but adding some audio to the mix brings us full circle with a 20-minute discussion of some major themes in the first feature film. This presentation was given following a viewing of the film with a live audience.

How do we Cope?

In the film, characters in the dystopian future of Panem may face a very different world than our present surroundings… but the impact of the harsh environment is all too familiar. Each character deals a little bit different in response to their stimuli, in ways each of us can resonate with. We see them managing their situation by:

  • Conforming to culture

  • Putting on a false face

  • Self-medication

  • Checking out

  • Going into survival mode

Which of these is your default? As we face the rigors of this life, is there another way? Can we aim higher? Peeta wrestles with an idea and grasps at this notion… that there should be something more that we can aspire to.

“I just don’t want them change me. Turn me into something I’m not… I just keep wishing I could think of a way to show them that they don’t own me.”

How has the world changed you? is it easier to give in? The Hunger Games gives us some great things to consider related to identity, perseverance, and substitution that we look at in this audio review.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2

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