When I was studying Elementary Education as a college student, I took a class on children’s literature. In the class, we discussed what makes good literature, and what is considered not good literature. Sometimes “good literature” is stuff that’s hard to read and not-so-happy endings, and not Disney princesses and happy endings. Sometimes the tendency is to sugar coat things for our children… when it doesn’t need to be. There is this theory I have that involves choosing books (and films) that aren’t necessarily “realistic,” but that will make my children think and generate good discussion.
I know there has been some discussion on this topic amongst Christian circles, especially involving the Hunger Games and (maybe?) the Twilight series. I haven’t read either of the books, but I have seen the Hunger Games film. Part of me wishes I didn’t see it because it was really dark, and there weren’t
many any Biblical principles to draw from it (Kill or be killed isn’t exactly Biblical; neither is ‘May the odds be ever in your favour.’). Aside from the darkness of it, I think Hunger Games was brilliantly written. The story line in the film kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time, but for awhile I was still hung up on how dark it was. Did I really just watch that?