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Post-Apocalyptic Literature, Politics and Science

Boria Sax | Posted 03.20.2014 | Books
Boria Sax

Apocalyptic imagery has again lost its attraction through repetition over the past several decades. The use of a post-apocalyptic setting has now become fairly well-established in fiction.

What Is a 'Mockingjay'?

Boria Sax | Posted 03.29.2014 | Books
Boria Sax

As men and women ceased to believe in them during the early modern period, fantastic creatures such as the unicorn and eventually even the dragon became symbols of freedom and transcendence. They were, in a sense, also symbols of revolt, but more spiritual than political.

Who Would Have Won the 74th Annual Hunger Games if Gale Had Been the Male Tribute from District 12?

Quora | Posted 01.24.2014 | Entertainment
Quora

Both Katniss and Gale are hunters, so they would've been on a better footing than most non-Career tributes, but that doesn't mean jack unless they have other attributes.

Movie Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There's not much to say about The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, because it does what it's supposed to.

Back-to-School Books for Kids and Teens

Common Sense Media | Posted 11.06.2013 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Finding the right book for your kid can be a challenge. But if you guess right and keep new ones coming, you may be on your way to raising a lifelong reader.

Working Mother Magazine's 10 Most Powerful Moms

Posted 05.09.2013 | Parents

What do Beyoncé, Tina Fey and Marissa Mayer have in common? They all have kids under 18 and they are three of Working Mother magazine's 50 most powe...

'Hunger Games' Author Is Writing A Picture Book

Posted 11.30.2012 | Books

Suzanne Collins, the author of the Hunger Games trilogy, is writing a new book called Year of the Jungle. Scheduled to publish next fall, it will be a...

PHOTOS: Hollywood's Most Powerful Authors

2011-11-11-Screenshot20111111at3.30.52PM.png | Posted 11.29.2012 | Los Angeles

This story comes courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter and first appeared in the Dec. 7 issue of the magazine. Written by Tim Appelo, Marc Bernardin, ...

Why Do We Like Dystopian Novels?

Dave Astor | Posted 12.19.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

War. Death. Despair. Oppression. Environmental ruin. Yup, when it comes to demoralizing literature, dystopian novels have it all! Yet many of us love this genre, and there are good reasons we do.

'The Hunger Games' Finale Hires Writer

Posted 10.01.2012 | Entertainment

Who better to write "Mockingjay," the two-part "Hunger Games" finale, than the man behind "Game Change"? No one, apparently, as Variety reports that L...

Food for (Literary) Thought on Julia Child's Birthday

Dave Astor | Posted 10.15.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

With Aug. 15 being the 100th anniversary of Julia Child's birth, I figured a post about food in novels might be appropriate.

The Appeal of Fiction Juxtaposition

Dave Astor | Posted 10.09.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Most of us have a certain routine, so it's exciting to pick up a book and end up in another time, place, and situation. To make this experience even more intense, I often try to follow a novel I just read with one that's very different.

Popular Culture and "The System"

Laura Finley | Posted 09.08.2012 | Home
Laura Finley

What is important about vampire and apocalyptic films and books is that the heroes are not just battling a solo evil character and his or her clan. Rather, all of these offer a critique of "the system."

Headed To The Hunger Games

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 07.03.2012 | Entertainment

Some late-breaking, pre-holiday news: "Catching Fire" has found its Johanna Mason, THR reports. Jena Malone will star as the snotty tribute in the seq...

Which Of These Actors Should Play Finnick In 'Catching Fire'? (POLL)

The Huffington Post | Hannah Orenstein | Posted 05.31.2012 | Teen

Move over, Robert Pattinson. Although everyone seems to want a slice of RPatz these days -- Bella Swan, screaming teenage girls, and Hollywood insider...

2012's Most Powerful Moms

Posted 05.11.2012 | Parents

Beyoncé, "Hunger Games" author Suzanne Collins and SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro have risen to the top of very different fields, but they all have (at l...

Who Passes Into The Hunger Games' Future?

Marcia Dawkins | Posted 07.10.2012 | Entertainment
Marcia Dawkins

Some fans have launched a campaign to see that actor Jesse Williams gets cast as Finnick. This happens all the time in Hollywood. So what's the big deal? Well, to begin with the character's color, or lack of it, depending on how you see him, is striking.

Why Is The Hunger Games So Popular?

Quora | Posted 06.27.2012 | Books
Quora

The Hunger Games have been popular with people who do not read books. A friend of mine (who made sure to emphasize that he doesn't read) told me that he loved the series and that I had to stop what I was doing to read it.

'Hunger Games' Fever Makes Archery Cool For Kids

AP | LEANNE ITALIE | Posted 04.22.2012 | Parents

NEW YORK -- In schools and backyards, for their birthdays and out with their dads, kids are gaga for archery four weeks into the box office run of "Th...

Antidote to Cynicism? Analyzing The Hunger Games

Logan Nakyanzi Pollard | Posted 06.18.2012 | Entertainment
Logan Nakyanzi Pollard

This is no Twilight. It's one of the toughest satires of modern culture I've seen in awhile.

Race and "The Hunger Games" - Interpretation vs. Reality

Arielle Hixson | Posted 06.13.2012 | Black Voices
Arielle Hixson

As the years continue, the world is becoming far more diverse -- giving more opportunities for people of color to claim significant movie roles. It's unfortunate that actors Lenny Kravitz, Amanda Stenberg and Danyo Okeniyi were not acknowledged for their excellent performances throughout The Hunger Games.

TOTAL DOMINATION: 'Hunger Games' Rules Film, Album And Book Charts

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 04.10.2012 | Entertainment

"Hunger Games" supporters will be happy know that the odds are certainly in their favor. That's because not only is "The Hunger Games" the number one ...

'Hunger Games' Again On List Of Challenged Books

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 04.09.2012 | Education

NEW YORK -- The more popular "The Hunger Games" trilogy becomes, the more reasons some parents and educators have found to question whether it belongs...

The Hunger Games & the Race Issue

Leslie Reece Schichtel | Posted 06.06.2012 | Entertainment
Leslie Reece Schichtel

Americans seem to be still hung up on the idea that skin color, and even gender, is a better way to define someone, rather than defining them by their achievements, potential, intelligence or moral character

What Would [Insert YA Heroine Here] Do?

| Posted 04.15.2012 | Teen

By Brenna Clarke Gray for BookRiot: Sometimes, when faced with difficult real life situations, I find myself wondering how my favourite young adult...