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Having a bit of free time (she's between classes, and I just turned in a major book edit), chorale and I decided to watch a movie, and she picked The Hunger Games, which we found on Blu-Ray late last year at a good price. And a bit near the opening made me think of Tolkien's comment about works of art having applicability, and that not being the same thing as intentional allegory by the author:

The text on the screen at the beginning described the law under which the Hunger Games took place, which said explicitly that there was to be only one winner in each year's contest. I remembered that the plot turned on the authorities deciding to revise the rules, on the fly, for political convenience, as if the explicit words of the law meant nothing to them. And it struck me how exactly that fitted the Obama administration's last year of announcements about the Affordable Care Act—the decision not to enforce the employer mandate in 2014, the decision not to enforce the individual mandate for people whose policies were cancelled, the decision to let insurance companies offer and people purchase policies that didn't provide the mandated coverage (and, as a result, didn't cost as much)—all made on the fly, and all contrary to the plain words of the law. The author could not possibly have had that application of her story in mind when she wrote it, but she gave us such an accurate portrayal of political elites and their contempt for the law they claim to enforce. . . .

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kiltcheck
Jan. 8th, 2014 05:28 pm (UTC)
The second book and movie gets even more so. If you haven't read the books, I highly recommend them. I devoured the entire series in short time. It was a quick read, but very engrossing...and a truly appropriate and prescient work for our time.
whswhs
Jan. 8th, 2014 05:40 pm (UTC)
This was one of the rare cases where, having both read the first book and seen the first film, I actually got more out of the film, in large part because the imagery so strongly recalled Roman customs. So I'm more motivated to see the second film. Perhaps we can get to a theater before chorale goes back to school and once more has no free time. At least it seems still to be showing, unlike Thor 2, which we just missed outright.
kiltcheck
Jan. 8th, 2014 06:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Missed Thor 2 as well. Let me know when you plan to see Hunger Games: Catching Fire. I've still yet to see it and might be interested in joining you since E has no interest in it (which I still find shocking given some of his social views...).
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