From both the left and the right (with a far more down-the-middle reading here), The Hunger Games (in its filmic form, at least) is being read politically. Some folks argue that it’s an indictment of statism, while others argue that its target is industrial capitalism. Both readings are possible, methinks, and as someone with an interest in the power of readers to shape texts, that possibility makes this text an interesting one.
One other way to view the books and films is to consider how they fit into various narratives that describe discourse on the Web. Is the Web some sort of self-correcting mechanism, in which reasonable people will eventually counter each other until a consensus – one that is politically centralized, I guess – is reached? Or is the Web a festering hive of never-to-be-broached ideological walls, ones that enforce terms like echo chamber?
Or am I simply attaching my own narrative to a phenomenon that is chaotic and random, uncontrollable as well as indescribable?