I was reading The Hunger Games books again over this long Independence Day weekend, and they totally gave me a better appreciation of the freedoms we have as citizens of the United States.
There’s no way I’d want to live in that kind of bleak, hopeless future where I’d be fighting to survive in one of the grim, scary districts. Plus, I’m 16, so that would make me a prime candidate for the Reaping. I would never survive in the Arena if I were picked to be a Tribute.
So this got me all to thinking, what if The Hunger Games are a peek into America’s actual future? There’s always some bit of truth in fiction, right? You’re a writer, so that’s true, isn’t it? What if Suzanne Colline is on to something? What if this is one of the last Independence Day weekends we ever celebrate before they chop us up into Districts?
How am I going to survive in that future? I’m no Katniss Everdeen!!!
Looking To Avoid The Reaping
Don’t fear the Reaping!
Sorry, I just had to use that line. You might not even be old enough to get the reference.
I think it’s awesome that you are an avid reader with quite an imagination. Reading should conjure up Deep Thoughts, and make you take another look at the world around you. Clearly, you are doing something right.
Sure, there’s always a little bit of truth in any piece of fiction. There is hunger in the world. There are tyrannical governments that treat their citizens poorly. There are crazy reality TV shows that people watch like they are addicted.
I advise you that the odds are forever in your favor, though. You are not going to be called to a Reaping. Our nation’s government isn’t going to collapse. There’s not going to be a civil war. The United States is not going to become Panem.
So keep reading your books, keep forming your Deep Thoughts, and maybe put some of your ideas on paper. I think you have all the makings of a writer.
Enjoy what’s left of your Fourth of July weekend. Maybe take some archery lessons just in case, as it’s always good to have a backup plan…