I’d like to hear thoughts on the following article. My main thought is, “Yes, yes you are racist. Racist idiots.”
Filed under Books, Books in the News
Tagged as bibliophiliacs, Books, hunger games
I haven’t read the books yet, (Hunger Games is next in line on my nightstand) but I think it’s human nature to assume a character is like yourself. I remember being quite disillusioned halfway through a mystery novel when I realized that the narrator (first-person) was a guy, not a girl like I was assuming. That said, I think the reactions by people, in a quite public forum, are really racist. Saying that it’s less sad that Rue dies now they know she’s black – that is soooo wrong. Anyway, that’s my two cents.
I agree that how you picture a character in your head can be very different from someone else’s vision, including the author’s. I just wish that people wouldn’t use public forums to spread hate. People have a right to be complete idiots, I would just rather not hear about it. 🙂
I have heard these racist comments and all I can think is how very disturbing they are. It’s ironic and saddening that some fans of a series which is all about oppression are trying to oppress people themselves.
You said it. Maybe they’ll learn something, eventually.
I teach a grade 8 class in multi-cultural Scarborough. Many students, boys and girls, have enjoyed the Hunger Games books and a few have also seen the movie. Not a single comment has been made about the race of any of the characters. Of course, this is a group that really doesn’t know what a visible minority is. I have great hopes for our future because of them.
Fingers crossed. I’m keeping in mind that more people are motivated to give negative feedback than positive… here’s hoping the loudmouths are a very small minority. My guess is yes, considering how much most people enjoyed both books and movies.
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