NBC Bay Area: A “Hunger Games” Primer for Grown-Ups and Other Non-Obsessives

In a story on NBC in the Bay area about a new movie, the Hunger Games based on a popular book, Pace English professor Sarah Blackwood weighed in on the appeal.

In a story on NBC in the Bay area about a new movie, the Hunger Games based on a popular book, Pace English professor Sarah Blackwood weighed in on the appeal.

Sarah Blackwood, an assistant professor of English and American Studies at Pace University, says that the story will appeal to boys—and girls—on a primal level.

“I think that ‘The Hunger Games’ has tapped into this audience by drawing on the dystopian fight-to-the-death genre tradition (that includes ‘Lord of the Flies,’ ‘Battle Royale,’ even ‘Running Man’), but tweaking it a bit with the female heroine. I really believe Suzanne Collins when she said, in The New York Times Magazine, ‘I don’t write about adolescence. . . . I write about war. For adolescents.'”

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