Lately, in terms of young adult fiction, the hype has always been visually driven. “The Hunger Games” was a hit in 2008 when it was first published, but it only came to full recognition once the movie actually hit theaters. Amazon sales skyrocketed and many people are reading the subsequent sequels in anxious anticipation for the movie trilogy. This is where the current of young adult fiction has landed, however, it has not strayed far from its predecessors. Last week I talked about the evolution of the hero and how we, as readers, no longer want the cookie-cutter paragon of justice. These days we are looking for a more relatable hero/heroine, a person who learns that life is not just about good and bad, but also about all the morally ambiguous choices as well. The genre itself has also been given a facelift. The Bildungsroman genre of literature, better known as coming-of-age stories, has grown parallel to their protagonists. When we are confronted with with trials and tribulations of these characters, it is no longer understood that they will come out of these situations unscathed. At the end of “The Hunger Games” trilogy, our heroine, Katniss Everdeen has clearly survived her misfortune, however at what cost? I won’t ruin the ending of a three-book series for you, but even at the ending of the first book, we are not provided with the idea that the Panem is going to be alright from now on, we are given a harrowing image of revolution and the horrors that war brings to both sides no matter the intentions of either side. Older Bildungsroman pieces always gave us the idea that our protangonist had grown from this series of experiences and would move forward smarter and happier than they were before. However, now that our protagonists have grown and evolved into our need for more identifiable disillusioned characters, the stories themselves have also changed to adjust to these characteristics. There are no longer easy ways out, no longer can heroes survive entire novels without making dark crippling sacrifices. Our heroes have changed from cliché toting supermen, our villains have grown much smarter and thus our stories have become darker, more dramatic, and some would say, more realistic. However, after saying this I must wonder, undered the pretense that future generations are becoming disillusioned at younger ages, is this a good thing? Is it good that our heroes can no longer live up to their romanticized ancestors? It is better that our children are learn about pain and suffering at earlier ages? I think that, while it is better for a person to mature faster, we must also give our children that time where they believe in heroes and the idea that they will always be able to save the day.