OPINION: Jen Maffessanti - Five Ways the Hunger Games Dystopia Happened in Real Life

Statue memorializing the deaths of millions of Ukrainians during the Terror-Famine, known as the Holodomor, of 1932-33.
Statue memorializing the deaths of millions of Ukrainians during the Terror-Famine, known as the Holodomor, of 1932-33.

It’s no secret that young-adult dystopian fiction had a very real moment recently with franchises like Divergent and Maze Runner making it to the big screen. But the most wildly successful has to be the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins.

The movie versions featured Hollywood darling Jennifer Lawrence among other big-name actors like Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymore Hoffman, Liam Hemsworth, and Elizabeth Banks.

Dystopian stories are popular for sure, but you don’t have to turn to fiction to find them. We can see them in the socialist countries that existed and continue to exist in the real world.

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A former senior writer at the Foundation for Economic Education, Maffessanti is director of communications at The Libertas Institute