We all know the Hunger Games aren’t real thing, right? This whole “OMG, kids kill kids and I’m so shocked and appalled because it’s so close to reality” narrative people keep trotting out to explain the story is such bullshit. It’s a dystopian future but it’s so close to reality. Ugh. These are entertaining books. That’s it. They are not a window into How We Live Now. (And they are poorly written, but that’s another matter entirely.)
Can’t we all just shut up about the morality and the emotional connection to kids murdering each other (except for Rue. That was sad.) and just read the fucking things/watch the movies without attaching ridiculous additional significance to the plot?
Also, Edelstein, the badguys are in the Capital, not District 1. If they were in District 1, there would only be 21 children who had to die horrible deaths for us to get worked up about. Obviously.