French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre once said, “When the rich wage war, it”s the poor who die.” It used to be that unless your high school English teacher assigned “Les Miserables” or “All Quiet on the Western Front,” this lesson was taught first hand in combat – war is always in season – or through media like film or video games.
Then along came “The Hunger Games” which may be the most nihilistic young adult series since “His Dark Materials” by Philip Pullman. But where “Hunger Games” diverges is in the execution of the reality of war. Yes, the children of the poor are the ones who suffer the most. But the glossy veneer of adventure and honor perpetuated by the propaganda campaign makes dying seem almost appealing.
“The Hunger Games” Instagram account understands this. From Katniss to Cressida, they”ve collected portraits of each Rebel to stoke the fires of patriotism as the rebellion coalesces into a fighting force in the finale. So whether the propaganda is coming from the Capitol – as in previous installments – or from District 13, mortal danger has never looked so unsettlingly sexy.
#1: Katniss Everdeen
#2: Gale Hawthorne
#3: Peeta Mellark
#5: Finnick Odair
#6: Johanna Mason
#8: Leeg 1 and Leeg 2
#12: Commander Paylor
#13: Commander Lyme
“The Hunger Games: Mockingly Part 2” arrives in theaters on November 20, 2015.