The Hunger Games

The Uncomfortable Violence of The Hunger Games' "Mockingjay"

As Americans applaud Katniss's revolution, we turn our backs on refugees.

Let's Hear Some Unequivocal, Gushing Praise for Amandla Stenberg

Amandla Stenberg is best known as a rising Hollywood actress who played the character of the ill-fated Rue in the Hunger Games. But recently, Stenberg has also come into her own as a budding social justice activist. Read more »

Revolution Sells

In the new Hunger Games film, Katniss is the kind of rebel who still makes a great Barbie branding opportunity. I have a soft spot in my heart for Katniss Everdeen. I mean who doesn’t? She’s the cornerstone of her family, she is a total slayer with her bow and arrow, she’s got a sweet... Read more »

Black Girls Hunger for Heroes, Too: A Black Feminist Conversation on Fantasy Fiction for Teens

What happens when two great black women fiction writers get together to talk about race in young adult literature? That's exactly what happens in the conversation below, where  Zetta Elliott (below left), a black... Read more »

The Best Part of "Catching Fire" is What it Says About TV News

In Catching Fire, the normally unflappable Effie Trinket seems increasingly dismayed at her role as media handler.  The Hunger Games series is about a lot of things—growing up, violence, a boy with the same name as a delicious bread—but the new film... Read more »

The Hunger Games' Anti-Consumerism Message is No Match for Cover Girl

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second film from the Hunger Games adaptation, hits theaters nationwide this month. Given the film’s aggressive and elaborate marketing campaign, it’s pretty hard to miss.  So, when I saw the giant banner featuring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss... Read more »

New Video: Feminist Frequency Compares the Hunger Games Book and Movie

The always-awesome Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency has a new video up today comparing the book and movie versions of The Hunger... Read more »

May the Ads Be Ever in Your Favor: Mad Men Meets the Hunger Games!

What would happen if the Capitol sent 24 characters from Mad Men to the arena to kill or be killed? Would Betty's ennui be enough to take on Don's powers of manipulation? Does Sally have what it takes to compete against Joan? Can Roger convince his sponsors to keep the booze... Read more »

Political Fictions: Sci-Fi Politicians

So far we’ve looked at fictional female politicians who hold office in what is supposed to be our modern reality. Some of the problematic aspects of these characters have included oversexualization, a tendency toward irrationality or emotional response, and being driven by petty politics. We... Read more »

On Our Radar: The Hunger Games, Santigold, and an All-Black Remake of Steel Magnolias

Here’s what we’ve been reading this week: Live in the Bay Area? You probably should mark your calendar for this feminist, Native American art show by artist ... Read more »

Bitch Radio: The Hunger Games Movie Review!

Did any of you stay up past your bedtimes to see The Hunger Games last night? We did! To hear thoughts on the film from teens dressed up in homemade “Peeta bread” t-shirts, parents accompanying minors, disgruntled fans, and more—and to... Read more »

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Black Girls Hunger for Heroes, Too: A Black Feminist Conversation on Fantasy Fiction for Teens

What happens when two great black women fiction writers get together to talk about race in young adult literature? That's exactly what happens... Read more »