While millions of people around the world have read and love The Hunger Games trilogy, it seems it’s a book that constantly comes under the spotlight from parents and teachers across the U.S. who believe the books should be pulled from the shelf.
The Hunger Games was number three on this year’s list of books that have been called to be banned. The reasons given include it being anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence.
To highlight this situation the American Library Association holds a week long celebration called Banned Books Week. It’s an annual event to celebrate the freedom to read and the importance of having access to information.
As part of the week, a library in Texas has decided to create a series of posters around The Hunger Games in their efforts to get the Banned Books message across.
According to a report in The Hunger Games Examiner the Youth Services Supervisor at the Smith Public Library, Ofilia Barrera, says the idea to use The Hunger Games to promote Banned Books Week stared as a dream.
“I had a dream that popular teen author Libba Bray was at our library dressed up as Effie Trinket,” Barrera said. “She was greeting everyone as they came in wishing them a Happy Banned Books Week.”
Together with other library staff members, Barrera put together slogans, posters, and even a video featuring students from Wylie High School to submit to the American Library Association’s 50 State Salute.
“The Districts of Panem as depicted in The Hunger Games are an ideal example of a society that has no choice and no say. This is why it works so well with Banned Books,” Barrera said. “Everyone should be able to make their own decisions about what is right for them. We’ve had a lot of people with a very visceral reaction to the display thinking it is real — that the government has actually banned these titles. That’s exactly what we want people to feel. That means they understand the importance of having the freedom to read what you want.”
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So, what do you think? Do you understand why The Hunger Games continues to make the list of the books most called for to be banned? Do they have a point, or are they missing the point altogether? Let us know in the comments below.