So I have a question. I just finished the last Hunger Games (all excellent, by the way) after reading the first two a couple of years ago. This book has more violence and adult themes than Blood Meridian and Primo Levi's Holocaust memoirs combined, yet it is considered young adult. Is this solely because they don't say shit and fuck and the violence isn't over the top graphic? Are the themes irrelevant so long as the language isn't overly naughty? Like bad things happen, but it's okay because it's been sanitized? I mean, reading this book, I could almost see the black squared sensors that had been placed over the action, like I was watching a R rated movie on network TV or something. I understand the writing and conflicts tend to be different for YA--I know it when I see it--but I'm beyond confused as to what is acceptable subject material and what is not. I guess it's all good so long as we don't use those bad words.