There has been a good deal of discussion of racist reactions by fans of the Hunger Games when they saw the film and for the first time realized that the characters they loved were Black all along. Here is an example:
I think this commentary is quite interesting and on point, but I want to point out something else that involves troubling race images in relation to the Hunger Games. In my email inbox the other week, I received a note from amazon, welcoming me to explore the world of the hunger games. Although the book has racially diverse characters, it seems that someone in marketing overlooked this fact. All but one of the characters featured in these materials appears to be Caucasian.
Here is a screen capture of the email I received from amazon:
And here are the items for sale on the amazon page that feature humans in their images:
The first features the Caucasian characters.
The second also features Caucasian characters.
And finally, an item that features a Black character along with numerous Caucasian characters (I confess I have not read the books, nor have I seen the films, so I might be making mistakes about the race of these characters).
It looks like marketing might be pandering to fans who did not read what was plainly in the book.