I read the books and enjoyed them.

My 2 oldest boys read the books and want to see the movie.

I got mixed reviews from friends so I had to go see it to decide if I would let my boys see it.

The movie was well done, it entertained me and the time passed quickly.  But it disturbed me in many ways too.

Here is my problem – one of the points of the story is that violence should not be for entertainment.  The Capitol uses violence as a means to control its people as well as a form of entertainment for themselves.  This is WRONG, the story is partially about making this point.

Yet I paid money to be entertained by violence.

I am so disturbed by the amount of entertaining violence our children and adults consume.  It is wrong and dangerous and can only lead to problems for our society.

My son had a friend come over to play.  He spent 90% of the time playing a violent game on his iTouch.  When it ran out of batteries he plugged into the wall and stood there playing more while it charged.  What does this say about society?  Can this lead anywhere good?

I will admit I am on the opposite spectrum, we have very little media in our home and what we do have is very limited.  No shooting games, no violent games – Lego Star Wars is as bad as it gets, and I don’t let my 6 year old play it or even watch it.  When children see violence as something entertaining… it just is not something I can support in my home.

Yay – the bad guy died!

During the Hunger Games Movie there were people cheering when “bad guys” were killed.  I wanted to stop the movie and explain to these people – those bad guys are someone’s children.  We can’t cheer that they have died, just because they were “bad” doesn’t mean it is OK.

The irony is too much.  Violence as entertainment is wrong, but come pay to watch some violence about this and we will entertain you.

I may let my 14 year old watch it and then have a discussion about it with him.  But my 11 year old?  I don’t think so. We have talked about the books as he read them and he can watch it when he is older.  But I can’t expose him to such violence as entertainment, even when it is sharing a message I agree with.

 

 

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6 Comments

  1. I’ve been reading your blog for a while, but I don’t believe I’ve ever commented but I decided to today. 🙂

    I haven’t read the books (yet) or seen the movie and my children are all 6 and under so they won’t be reading/watching it anytime soon but I wanted to say that I totally agree with this post. Most people would say that I am very sheltering of what my children see but I think that’s the way it’s supposed to be! Today we were at Chick-fil-a and my kids were playing in the play area. There were 3 or 4 boys in there with toy guns and they kept pointing them at each other AND MY KIDS and pretending to shoot them. Not okay with me. We left because I just did not appreciate seeing a gun, even a toy one, pointed at my child!

    EnjoyBirth Reply:

    My first 2 boys didn’t have toy guns until they were big (over 6) and could understand we don’t point at other people, etc. I still wasn’t happy about it, but Dad wanted them to have nerf guns. Then my little one had guns since birth. uggh, it was a lot harder with him, because he was little. But I don’t blame you for leaving. I never let him take toy guns to the park or anywhere out of the house because I tried to teach him, these are for with the brothers only.

  2. I really enjoyed the books, and I was really looking forward to the movie, but the more I think about it, the less I want to see it. It really does seem so ironic, huh?

    EnjoyBirth Reply:

    It is ironic and my 11 year old is not happy with my choice and most of my friends don’t understand me not letting him go. But I have to do what I think is best for my kid! It was disturbing to watch, more than reading the book

  3. Claire S.

    The book was much more violent than the movie. If they had stuck with everything in the book, then the movie would really have gotten an “R” rating. I think that people aren’t realizing that our society is like this too. Not that we’re sending kids to kill each other, but we watch people kill/beat each other EVERY DAY. Think about it. War? People posting videos of fights on YouTube, and other things. I saw the midnight showing and saw many kids under 10, but they had their parents with them. But, as a parent you make the decision for your child.

    EnjoyBirth Reply:

    I agree the book was more violent. But at least for me I tend to skim over the violent parts, but in a movie that doesn’t really work for me. It is SO big and real and I can’t skim past it.

    I also agree that our kids are watching people kill and beat each other daily on TV/video games and most people think nothing about it. Yes parents have the right to make those choices for their kids (what they let them watch and play) but I think far too many don’t think about it at all and are not making informed choices, rather they are just going with the flow and not really “choosing” at all.

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