Why the Casting of The Hunger Games Matters

As a woman of color who reads and writes YA, I’m committed to seeing more characters of color in stories where their race isn’t the issue. I found a lot to admire in the Hunger Games and its subtle, smart treatment of race and class. And that’s why I am so disappointed with this casting choice, even though it’s just a movie. Ultimately, maybe the answer to this issue is that all of us who enjoy writing and reading YA fiction continue to work on our stories, continue to question and critique the who, what, and why of our characters’ identities. And maybe one day a bestselling YA book and its film remake will both feature girls of color in the lead role.

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I know this isn’t real but it just makes me so happy to have a professional scene out there

This is not bad!

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The Imminent Whitewashing Of The Hunger Games’ Heroine

Fans of The Hunger Games — the dark and addictive YA trilogy that is the hottest kid-lit read this side of Twilight — have been avidly following casting rumors for the forthcoming film adaptation. But while director Gary Ross initially told Entertainment Weekly that the actress playing resentful revolutionary heroine Katniss Everdeen needn’t be a “star,” now it’s being reported that Oscar-nominated Winter’s Bone breakout Jennifer Lawrence is close to snagging the coveted role.

Lawrence is unquestionably a talented actress, widely acknowledged to have the grit to play Katniss. But the process which seems to have led to her selection is problematic in other ways –- in particular, the film’s casting call contained the following criteria: “She should be Caucasian, between ages 15 and 20, who could portray someone ‘underfed but strong,’ and ‘naturally pretty underneath her tomboyishness.’”

“I’m so sorry,” I whisper. I lean forward and kiss him.
His eyelashes flutter and he looks at me through a haze of opiates. “Hey, Catnip.”
“Hey, Gale,” I say.
“Thought you’d be gone by now,” He says.
My choices are simple. I can die like a quarry in the woods or I can die here beside Gale. “I’m not going anywhere. I’m going to stay right here and cause all kinds of trouble.”
“Me, too,” Gale says. He just manages a smile before the drugs pull him back under.”

Suzanne Collins (Catching Fire)

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Hunger Games peeps know what’s up.


Hunger Games peeps know what’s up.

Why Race And Age Matter In ‘Hunger Games’


So there’s a lot of discussion around the interwebs about casting for the upcoming film version of The Hunger Games. Some fan favorites are Hailee Steinfeld or Kaya Scodelario for Katniss, and…

You can torture us and bomb us and burn our districts to the ground, but do you see that?
Fire is catching. And if we burn, you burn with us!

Katniss Everdeen (via anddontitfeelgood)

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I wish the book had ended here.

I wish the book had ended here.

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