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I’m conflicted about The Hunger Games. It’s a gripping, emotional movie with thoughtful characters and good special effects, and yet � you can’t overlook the fact that it’s a story about children being forced to kill other children while their friends and family watch. It doesn’t get much worse than that in the big scheme of tragic possibilities. But I believe that’s precisely why the Suzanne Collins books are so popular, and why the movie grossed more than $153 million its first weekend. No one wants to see kids kill other kids. It’s tragic…

I’m conflicted about The Hunger Games. It’s a gripping, emotional movie with thoughtful characters and good special effects, and yet � you can’t overlook the fact that it’s a story about children being forced to kill other children while their friends and family watch. It doesn’t get much worse than that in the big scheme of tragic possibilities. But I believe that’s precisely why the Suzanne Collins books are so popular, and why the movie grossed more than $153 million its first weekend. No one wants to see kids kill other kids. It’s tragic...

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