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Why The Hunger Games is no climate parable:

Why The Hunger Games is no climate parable:

Looking for ecological lessons in The Hunger Games ? Give it up, says Paolo Bacigalupi. “A very influential critic once said, ‘Don’t argue with the book,’” Bacigalupi says. “Hunger Games is not a book about how the world came to be this way. It’s a thought experiment about a theoretical world. Trying to turn it into a parable of eco-collapse is forcing it in a direction that it was not meant to go.” Bacigalupi should know. He’s a guy who writes eco-parables for a living. His first novel, The Windup Girl , is set in a world shaped by climate change and bioengineering. His most recent book, a young adult novel called Ship Breaker , takes place in an energy-starved future where kids scavenge for precious metals amid the ruins of old oil tankers. The books have won every award known to science fiction. Ship Breaker was a finalist for a National Book Award. Of The Hunger Games ...

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