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The Hunger Gamesâ™ Mom Scorecard

With the release of The Hunger Games movie (next month!) on March 23, it's time to revisit why I'm so pumped about this book/film. Even if I wasn't a mom, I'd be standing in line, but I'm an even bigger fan because this tale racks up some pretty significant mom points.

Yes, I'm a Hunger Dame (Moms Who Love The Hunger Games). Here's why:



Factor Points (1-100)

Strong female lead. Katniss Everdeen is smart, sporty,

self-reliant, complex and could care less about boys.

She has bigger things to worry about. +90



References to classical mythology.
The Hunger Games

borrows from the Greek myth of Theseus & the Minotaur in

which Athens sent 7 boys and 7 girls to Crete, where they

were thrown in the Labyrinth and devoured by the

monstrous Minotaur. +65



Empathy.
Fiercely protective of her little sister,

Katniss volunteers to take her place in the games; she

also tries to save people once the games have begun. +80



Keeping it real. Without being overbearing, the tale

makes statements about reality TV, poverty,

excess & war. +80



Rage against the system.
Every generation needs its

tale for questioning the status quo. +65



Self-awareness.
Although I applauded Kat's unheeding

oblivion when it came to recognizing Peeta and Gale's

feelings for her, it's hard to imagine someone this smart

being this out of touch with what's going on around her.

Deduct points. -30



Dealing with death. Yes, it's violent, but, like a parent

describing death to a child, the scenes that involve the

loss of characters only provide enough details to explain

what's happening without being gratuitous. +65



Self-reliance. From hunting to finding food in the

wilderness, the story celebrates survival and

self-sufficiency. +85

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TOTAL: 500

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