Can YA fiction save lives? Or at least aid a kid suffering from a nasty wound? A 12-year-old Massachusetts girl helped an injured friend over the weekend thanks to quick thinking—and a makeshift tourniquet she whipped up using a technique she read about in The Hunger Games.
Do the new McDonald’s uniforms remind you of anything? If you answered “every dystopian sci-fi movie ever,” you’re correct. To me, they invoke a very Logan’s Run future. But mandatory gray-on-gray with a dash of black is pretty much universally recognized as the standard uniform for bleakest of futures.
Having teenagers nearly die through the complicated machinations of adults is a tried and tested storyline. For a while, it felt like every book, movie, and TV show was based on this idea. And you’ve seen and read them all. So the question is: Am I living in a young adult dystopia? We’re here to help you figure that…
Divergent and its sequels don’t make a whole lot of sense—but what they do have is a blend of wish-fulfillment, anarchic WTFery and actual social commentary that amounts to the Platonic ideal of “dystopia as cotton candy.” You will be in a sugar coma at the end of this film, but the sacrifice of your brain may not be…
Lionsgate, the studio behind The Hunger Games, puts Star Wars in the same category as terrorists in terms of screwing its bottom line. Wait, what?
This has been a tough year. Pop culture let us down in many ways, even as our political system and our social institutions revealed a deeper seam of ugliness. But speculative fiction still offers us hope: not just optimism about human ingenuity, but actual reasons to look forward and keep our heads up.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 arrived this past weekend, and now it’s official: This outstanding series of dystopian young-adult novels have gotten an equally outstanding movie series. These films aren’t just financial successes like the Twilight series; they’re genuinely good, exciting and emotionally thrilling…
The Hunger Games book and movie series has always been about resistance, and particularly about using the machinery and iconography of the oppressor to fight back. Katniss Everdeen is a creation of a violent, manipulative system, but she turns all of its symbolism against it. And in the final movie, Mockingjay Part 2,…
The Hunger Games movie franchise is about to make another billion quatloos this weekend, so it’s probably not surprising that the people making the Logan’s Run remake want it to be another Hunger Games. But patterning Logan after Hunger, in any way, is an immensely silly idea.
You’d think that, what with being one of the biggest franchises in the last five years, The Hunger Games would have made it into the minds of most people. And The Hunger Games has. Catching Fire and Mockingjay on the other hand? Better get caught up before Mockingjay Part 2 comes out on Friday.
Look, I’m just spitballing here, but maybe turning a franchise about an enforced violent battle to the death among teenagers isn’t really the best idea for a theme park?
The second entry in a dystopian series is always a challenge. The first installment usually has a simple hook—we fight in the arena, we deal with being the only person who has complex emotions, etc. And now, in the second outing... there’s more of the same. Or possibly, a whole lot more mythos. Either way, it’s not…
The whole point of a post-apocalyptic story is that someone survives. But when you have a calamity that wipes out 99.9 percent of all humans, then how exactly do you explain the survivors? In honor of the new Maze Runner movie, here are the 14 dumbest ways people survive the apocalypse.
So there’s a new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II trailer out today, and it’s fascinating. It’s fascinating because it’s awful, and it’s awful because—well, well, to explain it would be to spoil a major moment in the movie, but even just watching this trailer could spoil you! So unless you’ve read the books (or…
James Cameron wants to film three sequels to his mega-hit Avatar, all in one go. This sounds like a hugely ambitious undertaking—but he’s not the first director to try this. There have been some disasters, but also a few triumphs. Here’s our complete history of people directing a movie and its sequel back-to-back.
Just remember... your dystopia is someone else’s utopia. For the people on top of the heap, life in an oppressive regime can be actually kind of sweet. Which dystopia do you think you’d actually enjoy being one of the privileged few in?
What do Judge Dredd, Mad Max and Adventure Time all have in common? They’re three of the best post-apocalyptic narratives we’ve ever seen. And they’re all slightly ludicrous, ranging from outright surrealism to mad social satire. In fact, the best post-apocalyptic storytelling is usually kind of ridiculous.
If you watched the cast of Mockingjay Part 2 on Conan last night, you might have noticed actor Josh Hutcherson say something interesting. When the topic of more Hunger Games movies came up, the actor said, “ There is—oh, I can’t say that. Sorry! We’ll see what happens.” But can we trust anything Peeta says on camera?
At the Hunger Games Part 2: Mockingjay press conference today, we got a chance to ask Jennifer Lawrence one question, and we asked whether Katniss is really a true believer in the revolution now. Is she finally on board, or is she just playing the role everyone expects of her?