Letter: 'Games' opposes violence

Published: Sunday, April 1 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

In this image released by Lionsgate, Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen in a scene from "The Hunger Games."

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In response to recent censures on the nationwide sensation "The Hunger Games," I would like to remind people what exactly the novel-turned-movie about forced teenage violence strives to convey.

It does not condone violence; rather, it aims for quite the opposite as the characters are repulsed by the balance between their need to stay human and their need to survive. Director Gary Ross' interpretation employs extremely minimalist techniques when portraying the violent action that is necessary to the story. In short, "The Hunger Games" aims to inform, move audiences to action and stop the perpetuation of violence, while simultaneously providing an element of entertainment.

Would you rather that an attack on violence be presented in some other, less-effective way? Recent authors of letters suggest that they do not excuse violence easily, so it would make sense for them to feel content with the production and publication of this movie. I commend Suzanne Collins on her courage to write so boldly and invite those old enough, as suggested by the rating, to view this movie.

Christopher C. Webb

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