I’ve gotten a good start on finding sources, and have even more than shown here. Some sources that I’ll definitely use are:
Berman, Neil David. Playful Fictions and Fictional Players: Game, Sport, and Survival in Contemporary American Fiction. Port Washington: Kennikat Press Corp, 1981. Print. This source talks about the role that fictions about sport/survival play in American society and how they represent American society. This source is a great source because I’m going to use a few point made in chapter one to back up my argument about the Hunger Games and what it’s saying as social commentary. It makes a lot of general statements, so I’m going to use it to help outline some general definitions of the underlying themes in a survival game.
Clemente, Bill. “Panem in America: Critical economics and a call for political engagement.” Of Bread, Blood, and The Hunger Games. Ed. Mary F. Pharr and Leisa A. Clark. Jefferson: McFarland and Company, Inc, 2012. 20-29. Print. This source helps me back up my speculation that The Hunger Games talks about distrust in government in America. To say this is to make a bold statement, so it’s important to have another author explicitly making the same argument. This source also offers another meaning behind “Panem” which is that it is a roman reference.
Collins,Suzanne. The Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic Press, 2008. Print. This source is essential in that I’ll need to reference scenes directly. It is easier to site than the movie, so I intend to find the scenes I watched in the book and cite them, paying attention to differences between the two sources. This source will be my one primary source.
Ryan, Carrie. “Panem at Circenses: The Myth of the Real in Reality TV.” The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Triolgy. Ed. Leah Wilson. New York: BenBella Books Inc, 2010. 99-111. Digital file. This source ties entertainment into my argument about The Hunger Games and America. It will help me talk about falseness in America and the falseness that drives people to a materialistic American Dream/consumerism. This source is a good source for my argument in that it will back me up on the argument that the Hunger Games is actually making a mimicry of shows like Survivor, and that shows like these desensitize America to violence and suffering.
Zaki, Hoda M. Phoenix Renewed: The Survival and Mutation of Utopian Thought in North American Science Fiction, 1965-1982. Mercer Island: Starmont House, Inc, 1988. Print. This source will help develop the foundation of my argument. The base agrument I am making is about political theory and America. This source is especially helpful because it outlines a little history of political theory but, more importantly, it talks about where utopias fall in modern theory.
Some sources I have rejected include:
Dockterman, Eliana. “Yes, it’s violent — but The Hunger Games: Catching Fire can lead to discussions about a number of important issues.” Time.com 21 Nov 2013. EBSCOHost. Web. 19 October 2014. Initially, the title of this source drew me to it because of its relevance to my topic. The article, however, merely outlines a list of themes in the movie, which I had done already more or less. It described how this list made it a film rich in critique.
Sukenick, Ronald. Naralogues: Truth in Fiction. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2000. Print. This book is a bit too general. It talks about how fictions depict actual stories and use symbolism. Although it talks about theory, it doesn’t support any specific points I will make in my argument.