Namely: Why is it that an idea that clearly has roots in conventions has managed to surpass others of its kind?
One of the things I often hear about Hunger Games is how relevant to the times it is and how it reaches to the current generation and the culture they live in. The people who bring this up often talk about how Hunger Games easily mirrors our culture and our obsession with reality TV shows and how this would not have been relevant at any other time. Except, you know, when the Running Man did a similar concept to take a shot at game shows.
|Arnold is unsure how he became a prize in the showcase, the 80s were hazy for him|
Nineteen Eighty-Four was written in a starkly different environment. They had just come out of a long, harsh war that the US was dragged into by an...attack on US soil... carried out by... suicidal pilots. But there were also worries of foreign countries plotting against American interests while studying dangerous sciences that could result in... nuclear proliferation. But, wait a moment, most importantly there was a driving fear among the people about the battle of ideologies between capitalism and...communism.
Well shit, what is the unique element that makes this thing successful right now? Why is it doing better than other things that have used similar concepts in the past? What is it that makes it unique enough to have this much power behind it?
A lot of times people forget that, despite the fact they may have seen the idea before, not everyone has. The Running Man was made before most of the audience of the Hunger Games had even been born, some of them having been born and too young to remember anything about it. Nineteen Eighty-Four was created before some of their grandparents had even been born. Hell, it was created before our President was born. And in the end, it doesn't have to be uniquely relevant, it just has to be relevant at all. People and ideas can be worthwhile for the same reasons in two different eras.
|Though sometimes the classics are still better|
|A picture says a thousand words and still doesn't cover this story|
I just hope Iran never gets them.
As for me, I think my books touch on quite a few social issues. But you'd have to buy them to know for sure. (I just touched on greed ^_^)