Like I previously mentioned, the 1980s and 1990s were full of YA literature with *le grit* that showed how intense the real world could be. The majority of these themes and plots revolve around issues of reality like drugs or abuse. Despite these trends, there was an unspoken rule about avoiding gratuitous violence. It is even included in teen-centered shows.
The Hunger Games was one of the books that helped to shift this rule though. It showed that some hardcore violence (Rue, anyone?) was actually an interesting way to increase shock value, intrigue readers, and really explore previously taboo topics in YA literature. Some people (who have no idea what they are talking about) say that The Hunger Games is just a remake of Battle Royale. Anyone who even has a working knowledge of history and literature knows that is complete bullcrap. The Most Dangerous Game was written in 1924 for goodness sake. There have been countless incidents of bringing in slaves/enemies into a single arena to fight to the death for entertainment in world history. The Romans were especially fond of this arrangement. Therefore, anyone saying that The Hunger Games is just a knock-off of Battle Royale should claim that the original story is simply a knock-off of history.
Sorry for the rant…it bugs me.
Yet, it is the combination of writing style, narrative (especially from a girl’s perspective), and continuing books of rebellion that make these three books amazing young adult classics. It helped to show that teen boys could even get into YA fiction despite the fact that the main character is a girl as long as the story was awesome enough. Therefore, anyone in their right mind should be able to see that these books are super amazing YA modern classics.
Bring It to Life (BITL)!
Make your own mockingjay pin out of polymer clay!
The following graphic from Art Seats sums up the process with great follow-along pictures so that making the pin is easy even without artistic talent.