Guest Essay: The Capitol and the Readers


We recently got our first look at CW network’s reality show clearly inspired by The Hunger Games, called Capture. Except that, thankfully, no one’s going to be killing each other, the show is eerily similar to the fictional dystopian Games where a team of 12 will live in an “Arena” for one month surviving on limited resources.

In light of that, several readers have expressed what must have crossed in all of our minds: how far is too far? Isn’t this exactly the kind of so-called entertainment and the numbness brought on by it what Suzanne Collins subtly warned us of in the guise of fiction?

In today’s guest essay, our reader Callan Norman, questions just how closely the readers and viewers of “The Hunger Games” sit with the Capitol, and a reminder that we must stop ourselves growing any closer.

Throughout the whole Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins positions her readers to loathe the Capitol. They find entertainment in watching children kill each other, in merciless and barbaric deaths, and in the drama and excitement which accompanies such horrors. Instantly, every reader views the Capitol with a feeling of repulsion which cannot be expunged. In every sense of morals, what the Capitol do is wrong. President Snow is so very easily disliked, the scent of roses being all of a sudden something to be seen as evil to any Hunger Games fan. Yes, it’s true; we all hate the Capitol, and there’s nothing more we like seeing than watching their downfall.

And yet, curiously, one could say we are no better than them. Perhaps we view the books as works of fiction, but we crave seeing it. As Gale says in The Hunger Games film adaption,

“You root for your favourites, you cry when you get killed, it’s sick!” [CONTINUE READING]


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