First off, The Hunger Games is not really meant to be only entertaining. Clearly, it is entertaining and has a very interesting story, but I can't say that it's entirely an enjoyable piece of literature or film for me. I walked out of the theater with my throat aching and feeling like I'd had my heart ripped out, stomped upon, set on fire, and my body had been thrown down a flight of stairs to boot. I told my roommate it was a better film than Thor: The Dark World (don't take it personally, Thor; you were a good film, but this is... this is different). The Hunger Games is violent, but I don't think its violent in the way that some films are in order to glorify such actions and disgust - Katniss is none too happy about the violence and commits limited violent actions in this film, haunted by her killing in the first Hunger Games. This got criticism from Entertainment Weekly, which found Katniss weak and boring for not killing anyone in this film, or as the author says "getting her hands dirty." Seriously. It wasn't dark and violent enough, apparently.
Right now, I am immersed in news reports about things such as:
- Bored kids are randomly sucker-punching people in the face for shits and giggles as an internet trend called "knock-out." Several people have died due to this nationwide.
- There have been armed robberies in my neighborhood.
- A gunman robbed someone in the middle of the day in Anderson Hall, a classroom building on the U of M campus (which I, mind you, live eight blocks from).
- A student was sexually assaulted by a man pretending to be a cop near campus.
I don't know if this man had a behavioral or mental condition, or if were had epic misunderstanding or what the hell happened, but I am not going to blame myself for this. I didn't know in a situation like this that I should call in the LOD and I didn't know that AP could handle things like this. But I do know, thanks to my Human Sexuality class, that sometimes people will call various places - fast food restaurants, retailers, and other such places and ask bizarre or sexual questions and get gratification from it. I hope to God that is now what occurred, but based on the tone I detected in the man's voice at the end of the call, that is what I initially suspected. And he wasn't a young kid prank calling either - by his tone, he sounded forty of fifty.
This post has become much longer than I expected, and because I don't want to make this any longer as shorter posts are more favorable, I'm going to pause here and continue this into a part 2.