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The coal miner's daughter (Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen) and the evil rich person (Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket) in a scene from "The Hunger Games" (Murray Close/AP)
The coal miner's daughter (Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen) and the evil rich person (Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket) in a scene from "The Hunger Games" (Murray Close/AP)

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Decoding the politics of The Hunger Games Add to ...

Stephen King described it as a “speed-rap of a novel that generates constant suspense.” And, yes, The Hunger Games – about kids in a fascist state fighting to the death in a gladiatorial contest – is a page-turner. There are also compelling heroes (like the plucky Katniss, literally killer with a bow and arrow), a steamy love triangle (team Peeta or team Gale, you choose), and a grotesque televised spectacle (surprise, an implicit critique of reality shows).

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