"...Monetizing theHunger Games should be absolutely nothing like monetizing Anchorman 2. The Hunger Games is a story about radical inequality, economic slavery, starvation, exploitation, and savagery for entertainment (not to mention, subtextually, gender performativity). It’s meant to rip tears from your eyes — not when Katniss kisses Peeta as Gale looks on, but when a brave old man is briskly shot dead for giving a sign of solidarity after one too many children are brutally murdered for sport.
Presenting dystopian literature – a genre that, rather than create a fantasy world without purpose, uses it to criticize the flaws in our own – alongside licensing deals that, in essence, do the exact thing that the literature scrutinizes not only dilutes the intent of the story but renders it ineffective. If we truly understood how ugly and oppressive the Capitol is, why would anyone ever want to “Journey into the world of Panem,” a world where tiny children like Rue are murdered to maintain an oppressive status quo?.."