Why Hunger Games Is A Breath Of Fresh Air

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Jules Allen

Nov 19, 2015

As a huge Hunger Games and Game of Thrones fan, I was prompted to question what it was that inspired my own addiction to both series.

It didn’t take long for me to recall sitting on the lounge at the end of Hunger Games 2, making the bold statement that ‘when I grow up I’m going to be just like Katniss!’ My children smirked at the statement coming from their 40-year-old mother; only slightly, however, as they knew I was serious.

They found even more amusement when a week later I declared that I was going to become a mixture of Khaleesi, Arya and Bree from Game of Thrones. 
My daughter quickly responded with, “you already are!” To this day it was the greatest compliment I have ever received.

Why Hunger Games Is A Breath Of Fresh Air

In saying this, I have had friends who have refused to watch either show as they believe they are derogatory to woman. As much as I respect their opinion, I whole- heartedly disagree.

As someone who is quite sensitive to the inappropriate portrayal of women in any format, I am delighted with the new age approach these scriptwriters have taken.

It is my experience that these types of strong, stoic woman have always existed in the world and have suffered being misunderstood as a consequence of being perceived as threatening. I can’t begin to tell you how much I can relate to this. It’s been a life long battle and I know I’m not alone.

These programs have also been less than conventional in their depictions of men. Although there are still many sword-slinging heroes there is also a lot of depth shown in the emotional fabric of many of these leading male characters.

As an ex reality TV contestant, Hunger Games was a breathe of fresh air in it’s subtle mirroring of this popular culture.

The parallels it drew were mind-blowingly accurate and brilliantly delivered. The contestants were merely guinea pigs, used as entertainment fodder for the mass audience. I could go on but I’ll stick to the topic at hand.

Why Hunger Games Is A Breath Of Fresh Air

In a nutshell I have finally found intelligent scripts that have put delicate and intricate thought in to the layered depictions of women and men. I am not blind to the fact that these programs are based on fantasy but I’m well aware that the line between fantasy and reality can become very blurred, especially when presented to the highly susceptible minds of the young.

As a mother of daughters, this is an exciting time and I applaud shows such as these that challenge the myriad of outdated representations of women.

Anyway, with that said, I’m off to practice my sword skills!


By Jules Allen

Jules Allen is a former MasterChef contestant and a single mother with four children who has been a foster mother to 29 children over the past 15 years. Jules considers herself as an ‘earth mother’. With four kids: two sons, Jay and Ishy (16 and 17), daughters Elisha (21) and India (18). Her family is a blend of her own, adopted and foster children. The importance of good food in healing damaged lives is paramount to Jules, and she does this by raising awareness through school talks around the country and encouraging the next generation to do what they can to make a difference. Jules is an ambassador for Meals On Wheels - an organisation legendary across Australia for its work in providing nutritious meals on a daily basis to those in need. Her contribution to foster care and child protection, her charity work for many organisations, including helping rebuild Women’s and Children’s refuge in the Soloman Islands, and her ambassador roles for National Adoption Awareness, Foster Care Australia, the Pjama Foundation and Brookfarm, were recently recognised by the ABC’s Australian Story, who featured an in- depth story on Jules’ dedication, commitment and contribution to many deserving charities. She has just launched her Waccii Nurturing Tea company, with all profits supporting Waccii (Women’s and Children’s Care Initiative Incorporated). Jules Allen is a contributing Parent expert for The Carousel.


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