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Why Divergent, Hunger Games & Superhero Films Appeal to So Many

“Divergent,” about a rebellious teen who fights the system in her dystopian world, cleaned up at the box office this weekend just like “The Hunger Games,” which explores similar themes about powerless multitudes rebelling against the all-powerful. But movies are so-so, but, frankly, almost any superhero movie these days is automatic box office bank. That’s because the people who are going to see these movies, 25- to 34-year-olds, are part of the least powerful and most disenfranchised generation since the Great Depression of the 1930s....