Tue
Mar 13 2012 12:00pm

A Very Personal Reflection on The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games comic by Faith Erin Hicks

The forthcoming film version of The Hunger Games has produced a lot of excitement, but its surprising density for a young adult trilogy has also produced a lot of reflection. In Faith Erin Hicks’s case, this reflection is very, very personal. (Contains spoilers for the end of the series.)

Faith Erin Hicks is the author and illustrator of a number of webcomics, including Demonology 101 and Zombies Calling. Her comic Friends With Boys is now available as a graphic novel from First Second.

Be sure to check out her other comics on Tor.com, as well, including her fantastic tribute on A Wrinkle in Time (“Punch of love!”) and Aliens.

 

12 comments
Mike G.
1. Mike G.
Outstanding comic, thanks! And a good hope.
Mike G.
2. John Platt
I just finished reading these books a few days ago. My girlfriend has PTSD, as did her father, and the novels were a powerful look at the horrors of war and what it does to peoples' psyches, especially traumatized children. I was moved, as I was by your comic, Faith.
Mike G.
4. Kvon
I'd never made the draft connection. Thanks for provoking thought.
Mike G.
5. Rabbi Rachel Barenblat
Oh, wow.
N. Swain
6. Jabberwocky
Glad to see Faith Erin Hicks posting comics here!
Mike G.
7. Torsten Adair
Suzanne Collins' father was in the United States Air Force during Vietnam.

"Q: The Hunger Games tackles issues like severe poverty, starvation, oppression, and the effects of war among others. What drew you to such serious subject matter?
A: That was probably my dad’s influence. He was career Air Force, a military specialist, a historian, and a doctor of political science. When I was a kid, he was gone for a year in Viet Nam. It was very important to him that we understood about certain aspects of life. So, it wasn’t enough to visit a battlefield, we needed to know why the battle occurred, how it played out, and the consequences. Fortunately, he had a gift for presenting history as a fascinating story. He also seemed to have a good sense of exactly how much a child could handle, which is quite a bit."
http://www.scholastic.com/thehungergames/media/qanda.pdf
Tudza White
8. tudzax1
No, it's not about war. The people in her village didn't vote for anybody to start this draft. They would certainly prefer that nobody go at all.

It is about the people who won the last war keeping the people they conquered in line. Why they decided on a tribute and blood sport as an addition to heavy policing, limited oppurtunities, and a limited food supply that seem to be doing the job just fine is anybody's guess.

Katniss is more of a gladiator than a soldier.
Mike G.
9. Trey23
I like it the first time, when it was called Battle Royale.

Would this make a good tv series?
Mike G.
10. twoangstroms
Faith Erin Hicks keeps breaking my heart. (With her work; I'm sure she's a great person.) In a good way -- her work always cuts to the emotion and humanity, and that too often means loss.
Mike G.
11. Makena
This is beautiful and wonderful and totally just crushed my sole. Wow, you are such a talented artist and storyteller.
Mike G.
12. Wei (the archer)
Ah, this is a very interesting take of the story. Very beautiful words about speculative fiction saying something about humanity being a cliche, very touching and sensitive words. I never thought of the Hunger Games being a parallel to wars in the real world, but now that the author puts it into perspective, it makes sense! Mindless me just thought it was about entertaining people with death and about people going hungry and doing ANYTHING to get some food. I thought it was more about the morbid entertainment than a tribute. I suppose in the end, I did not understood the tribute. I hope Katniss can fare better.

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