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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Running Man

As said before, I'm reading I've finished The Running Man. And my impressions while reading this book are that I've found the darker, grittier, spiritual successor to Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. In many ways I can see King's book as an update to Bradbury, who pulls out the civility found in Bradbury to throw a truly horrible dystopia at the reader, one reflective of the violence and prejudices in society that we choose to shrink away from.
I find myself seriously considering using this book in part of my teaching. It's take on reality game shows is certainly predictive, and reflective of an era focused too much on spectacle, much as the plebians at the gladitorial games. Yes, I am considering teaching this novel most strongly.
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