Hunger Games Dystopian Literature

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Recent years have seen a significant rise in the popularity of dystopian literature among young readers. Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy serves as a vivid illustration of the boom in young-adult (YA) dystopia. First published in 2008, the series has sold more than 65 million copies in the United States alone to date (Hall, 2014). While dystopian tales are set in a depressing future world (Sambuchino, 2008, p. 26), they are embraced by the young. Some critics may argue that the genre is not suitable for youngsters due to the dark setting, but rather the exact opposite is likely to be true. Reading dystopian books could be beneficial to an adolescent’s personal growth, specifically, mental, emotional and social well-being. The following will outline the effects of YA dystopia on these three respects.

First of all, young people could strengthen intellect though reading dystopian literature. Eccleshare (2013) notes that every single good story consists of two main components that are breaking and making. The portrayal of a shattered futuristic society set in dystopian fiction enables readers to visualize the picture of a possible future world. When the old world is devastated, they are given an opportunity to think about what should be created in a new world where they have to make a choice between what should be preserved and what should be forgone. They would realize what the most important thing is and learn to cherish it in the process of rediscovery and
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