Girl on Fire: Hunger Games and Media Spectacle

One of the more obvious elements of The Hunger Games that readers and critics have picked up on is that the Hunger Games represent a media spectacle much like the gladiators of ancient Rome. What I find even more important, however, is the way Katniss, Peeta, Gale, et al are able to use the spectacle … Continue reading

Loving the Boy with the Bread

Friday a qualitative research project I’ve put a lot of womanhours and hustle into this month tanked and may have to go on hiatus until the fall. And I’m sick. So I went into a full-out “nobody loves me, woe is my life” gloom. To put things into perspective and to do something less stupid … Continue reading

I Don’t Really Like Katniss Everdeen

For a couple years, I’ve been hearing that I should read The Hunger Games Trilogy. These suggestions from friends, conference attendees, and students were always prompted by a discussion of my work on The Twilight Saga. Having read The Hunger Games, it became pretty clear to me that the suggestions were in hopes of showing … Continue reading