The day I started reading Apocalypse was the day the boards went down. I was gonna just hold off until the full version was back up, but I wanted to get people's reactions to the current Hunger Games controversy. Mod-type folks, I'm hoping this discussion's background will earn me the benefit of the doubt if it doesn't overly involve SW right off the bat. For those of you who are unaware - since the release of the Hunger Games movie, certain people have been tracking a phenomenon wherein fans express surprise, or, in some cases, anger upon realizing that two of the main characters are black; despite both being very clearly described as such in the book. This adds a very interesting new dimension to the discussion we've been having in the old thread, in that we've devoted a lot of attention to the ways in which prose can communicate a character's race accurately without becoming distracting, or using unpleasant terminology like, I dunno, Epicanthix. Now we have a case of characters being White Until Proven Black - being described in no uncertain terms as having dark skin, and people still expressing shock when later confronted with a black face. In what way should this change the terms of our earlier discussion? Should - could - Suzanne Collins have done anything differently, or should she just not even have bothered?