With the publication of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and the sequel, the Hunger Games films have become an enormous hit, but the genre is also in danger of dying.
This is because literary devices, the way we use words to communicate ideas, have changed.
The Hunger Wars: Meningitis: An Anthology of Modern Poetry (Oxford University Press) by Anthony Burchill, which has sold out its first print run in its entirety, argues that, despite the success of the films, literary devices have fallen by the wayside.
“I think there’s been a tendency to think of the literary device as the medium of expression, the medium through which we can communicate our thoughts and feelings,” he told me.
“But that’s not the case.
It’s the medium that allows us to express ideas that we don’t necessarily know how to communicate.”
As we become more literate, and we get more skilled at writing, and more fluent in the language of the internet, we can express more ideas through a literary device, the literary technique.
It doesn’t mean that we’re less expressive through those devices.
It means that we are more expressive, and in that process we are able to communicate our ideas in a more expressive way.
“What the film’s literary device does is make us understand the characters through the words they use.
And as we learn more about the characters, and see them through their eyes, we see the world through their words.
This becomes the medium by which we express our feelings.
It’s the literary method of language that’s going to die.
So I think we’re going to need new tools, new ways of expressing our feelings through our literary devices.”
We are just one step in the iceberg.””
We’re just the tip of the iceberg.
We are just one step in the iceberg.”
This article was originally published in The Conversation.
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