The Hunger Games – Thoughts & Ramblings

About a week ago, I started reading the Hunger Games Trilogy. It started with Book 1, and by the end of the book, I had chewed every single nail down to the bone. Last Friday night, I was sitting at home wishing for Book 2, and my 8th grade history teacher sent me the Kindle version so I could download it to my iPhone. I finished Book 2 yesterday and started Book 3 right away.

I am hooked. I normally don’t take the time to read anything. In fact, I’m lucky if I can thumb through a magazine and make it through a full article. But for some reason, I cannot seem to put these books down. I can’t remember the last time I remember reading a series of books as much as I have these.

I am dying to see the movie. Honestly, if it’s half as good as the first book, I’ll be blown away. I can’t wait to see it.

What I do have an issue with, though, is the fact that my daughter’s middle school sees this movie as an acceptable field trip.

I do understand when they say, “This movie has brought the childrens’ interest in reading to a whole new level.” That’s fantastic. Yes, I want my daughter to want to read. I can’t say anything against that.

What bothers me though are several other issues:

  • The movie is rated PG-13. I know that it is rated such for violence, and I know that I cannot shield my daughter from everything the world throws at her. But, in our house, it has been a rule that any movie rated PG-13 or above must first be viewed by myself or my husband and be deemed appropriate viewing for any of our children…. including our 14 year old. We at least need to know what they are getting into. These are middle school kids. Not high school. Middle school.
  • The fact that the permission said “Chaperones are not needed on this trip.” That one sentence burns me up. Hundreds of 7th and 8th graders, and they don’t need chaperones? Really? I don’t think so.

So, I sent a note to my daughter’s school with the permission slip that said if I don’t go, she won’t be at school that day. Not because of my desire to go see the movie myself, but because I haven’t had the chance to preview the movie. If I think Ashley needs to leave the theater, I want to be there to allow her a way out – and a way home.

Do I think that she’s going to need to leave the theater? Probably not. I’ve heard really good things about the movie. But, this is a very strong conviction that I have, and if I waiver, what have I taught my daughter? Sin is ok if….

My husband, Ashley, and I all sat down last night and discussed everything. She understands my feelings, and told me that she expected it. She knew she wouldn’t get to see the movie without me seeing it first – that’s just how things have always been. I am so thankful she doesn’t fight me on this. She wouldn’t, though. This is what she knows, and she’s ok with it. I am so blessed to have a daughter that stands on her own convictions and respects the wishes of her parents…. usually. 😉 She is a teenage girl afterall.

My letter went to the school this morning, and by 8:10, I had a text message from Ashley’s teacher. I am more than welcome to come to the theater, I just need to meet them there at the appointed time. I feel much better knowing that I’ll be there and that the school isn’t going to fight me on this. Truth be told, if they hadn’t allowed me to come, I would have kept Ashley home that day and taken her to the theater myself later in the day. But we would have gone together.

What are your thoughts? Did your child go see The Hunger Games for a field trip? Have you seen the movie? Talk to me…

I will edit this post after the movie on Friday and let you know my thoughts. Here’s hoping it’s as intriguing as the book.