Monday, 25 November 2013

The Hunger Games: A True Story?

David Lewis & Luke Cawley write:

When morality is supposedly relative and cynicism is said to reign, it’s fascinating that The Hunger Games should be the story which dominates our bookshelves and cinema screens.

It’s the tale of a hero, Katniss Everdeen, who stirringly battles evil and becomes the figure for change around whom multitudes gather.

But why does it resonate with readers and viewers?

Is it just the snackable prose of the novels, the glossy production values of the movies, and the visual appeal of lead actor Jennifer Lawrence?

Or do many of us, even in our supposedly morally relativistic age, still sense that the world is actually full of real evils which need to be both condemned and conquered?

Do we also still long to be rescued, not by an idea or an altered state of mind, but by a real person who defeats that evil and inspires our allegiance?

Perhaps such longings are destined to be fulfilled only in the pages of fictional novels and in the narratives of Hollywood blockbusters.

Maybe, though, The Hunger Games is simply a muted echo of something which exists beyond fiction.

Is it possible that the pages of human history contain such a charismatic figure who definitely conquers evil, and who even now calls for us to align ourselves with him (or her)?

Perhaps this figure features in the widely-told story of how - in a darkened Palestinian cave - the battered corpse of a murdered man suddenly became a healthy living body and even death itself ceased to be unbeatable.

People even today claim this man is alive and that following him is the finest way to engage in the ongoing battle against evil in this world.

Then again, maybe it's all just fiction... what do you think?

David Lewis is the Worship Team Leader at Holy Trinity, Leicester.
Luke Cawley is the Director of Chrysolis.

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