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Would you let your 10 year old watch the hunger games?

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ChevalierTialys Thu 21-Sep-17 17:50:48

Just that really.

She has suddenly developed a fascination with teen movies and books. Has read all the Louise Dennison 'Angus' books, has nabbed all my old judy blumes to read.

Just wondering if people think hunger games is suitable really.

Polter Thu 21-Sep-17 17:51:27

Has she read the books?

ChevalierTialys Thu 21-Sep-17 17:53:47

Nope but they are on the shelf and she has asked.

maisyanddaisy Thu 21-Sep-17 17:53:58

I watched it with my 9 and 11 year olds and I'm quite strict. Big hit.

nancy75 Thu 21-Sep-17 17:56:29

Dd watched it at 11 and enjoyed it, she has friends that would be traumatised by it & others that have seen much worse! At that age it really depends on the child

ChevalierTialys Thu 21-Sep-17 17:57:09

@maisyanddaisy was is just the first film or have they seen all 3?

I'm leaning towards just first movie and book for now and see how she handles them.

booellesmum Thu 21-Sep-17 17:59:24

Depends on the child. Mine were fine watching at that age though.

ChevalierTialys Thu 21-Sep-17 18:08:43

I'd like to let her watch the movies and read the books because I love them and I think she would too. She really wants to as well. My only hesitation is that I was a lot older when I first came across them and don't want to traumatised her.

She's obsessed with the X-Men and I suppose it's no more violent than that really is it?

NorthernLurker Thu 21-Sep-17 18:12:49

No I wouldn't

ChevalierTialys Thu 21-Sep-17 18:16:55

Thanks @northernlurker, is there a specific reason?

Neolara Thu 21-Sep-17 18:20:33


BarbaraOcumbungles Thu 21-Sep-17 18:22:10

No I wouldn't. I'm planning to by dd the books for Christmas when she'll be a few weeks off 13.

The books are very dark.

Cin3ma Thu 21-Sep-17 18:22:52


Girliefriendlikesflowers Thu 21-Sep-17 18:23:41

No I really wouldn't, its graphic violence and the premise of children killing children is very dark.

I am fairly relaxed about what dd can watch but this would be a def no, one of her friends 11yo said she watched it and I was actually quite shocked.

ladymelbourne1926 Thu 21-Sep-17 18:23:48


Loopytiles Thu 21-Sep-17 18:23:58

Always better to read the books first!

Outedsochanged Thu 21-Sep-17 18:24:44

I let my nearly 11 year old. She loved them. But I know some of her friends wouldn't have handled them

ChevalierTialys Thu 21-Sep-17 18:35:09

I'd say she is quite mature for her age but I just want to gauge whether other girls her age have enjoyed them or found them frightening.

Allthebestnamesareused Thu 21-Sep-17 18:44:59

I would definitely get her to read the books first.

My son read them when he was 10 when Hunger Games first came out. I went and saw the 10.30 am showing the day it was released together with 2 OAPS and what looked like a group of year 11s and a teacher to check whether it would be suitable.

The books are more graphic than the films. I assume you know the storyline.

CakeNinja Thu 21-Sep-17 19:04:33

My dd read them when she was 10/11 and then watched the films. She really enjoyed them.

implantsandaDyson Thu 21-Sep-17 19:09:06

Yes, my almost 10 year old has seen the film and read the book - she enjoyed them and has seen and read the second one but she then lost interest.

ArbitraryName Thu 21-Sep-17 19:13:47

Yes. I watched it with my 8 year old who had read the books and knew what to expect. He loved the books.

But the general answer on MN will be something similar to 'no: The certificate says 12 and that means it's completely unsuitable for children who are 11, even if they'll be 12 tomorrow'.

Hiphopopotamus Thu 21-Sep-17 19:15:54

I think the premise of the children becoming murderers is actually far darker for adults than kids. They will just see the actual literal violence on screen which is no worse than something like x men

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 21-Sep-17 19:20:49

Yes I would.

I can't believe the way people on here talk about it being dark and violent etc, there were many threads when it first came out it was soooooooo boring but ds loved it, after he'd read the books.

SisterhoodisPowerful Thu 21-Sep-17 19:21:34

Mine has read them all, as well as Divergent. I have a rule about reading the book for the movie, but, in this case, she really loved the books.

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