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Movie sparks new Hunger Games protests

THE more popular The Hunger Games trilogy becomes, the more reasons some parents and educators have found to question whether it belongs on library shelves.

For the second year in a row, Suzanne Collins' work was among the most "challenged" books, revealed the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom.

The association defines a challenge as "a formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness".

In last year's list, when just the title book of the trilogy was in the top 10, complaints included "sexually explicit" and "unsuited to age group and violence".

Collins herself acknowledged her dystopian stories were not for everyone, saying at the time that she had heard "people were concerned about the level of violence in the books. That's not unreasonable. They are violent. It's a war trilogy".

For the new study, which also included Catching Fire and Mockingjay, the objections were more varied, and harsher, including, "anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence".

Barbara Jones, director of the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom, thinks anticipation for the Hunger Games film led to closer criticism of the books.

"For instance, there was complaining about the choice of actors for the film," Jones says. "In general, a lot more people were aware of the books and that led to more kinds of complaints."

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