“What is the moral message of The Hunger Games? I think some of this is a version of schadenfreude: pleasure in other people’s suffering which in turn is a form of gratitude that it hasn’t happened to us – “there but for the grace of God (or something), go I”.
To which we could add, “and even if I was as young and sexy as them, it wouldn’t have saved me”.
• Michael Rosen takes a look at the Hunger Games’ morals. Read the entire piece here.