Panem Today, Panem Tomorrow, Panem Forever in Our World

“How Katniss was used to advertise the films in our world is exactly how she was used to sell violence and compliance in the series.”

An analysis of how Young Adult dystopian fiction often reflects our world, how our world reflects much of The Hunger Games‘ Panem in return, and how this was made apparent by the advertising campaigns for the films.


Start With What You Know Is True: Mental Health in The Hunger Games

“The idea that childhood is happy is a misplaced one; depression doesn’t discriminate by age, and many young people in our world grapple with mental illnesses that nobody will talk about.”

A look at how mental health is portrayed within The Hunger Games, mainly within the novels, and how important that representation is for young adults in the real world.


Why Shouldn’t We Share Games, Too?

“Play, even in adulthood, cannot be overstated in its importance. It can even help us with facilitating connections: playing a game that encourages helping others will in turn make us more likely to do the same in the real world.”

A guest post written for Leaping Tiger about the importance of sharing beloved games with friends, whether multiplayer or otherwise.


Leia Organa, and the Women Left Behind

“Where Leia is stripped of her clothes and turned into a sexual object, but keeps her strength and agency regardless, Padmé is separated from her political role—her own strength—and turned essentially mute.”

An examination of the representation of women in SFF, and of why Leia Organa still stands out.