You wouldn’t expect prisoners to appreciate the adventures of a boy wizard as much as they did in Guantanamo Bay. Up until recently, it had been the most popular entertainment for the prisoners. But now it’s been surpassed by requests for episodes of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” The Miami Herald brings us the story.
“I just ordered all six seasons,” says librarian Milton, a Defense Department contractor who gives only his first name to visiting journalists.
He offered no explanation for the sudden popularity of the half-hour sit-com about an inner-city Philadelphia kid who moves in with his affluent cousins in California beyond the observation that comedy is widely popular among requested items from the detention center’s 28,000 book and video library.…Also, two hardcover sets of the popular, postapocalyptic Hunger Games trilogy are in circulation in the detention center this Ramadan, Army Cpt. Jennifer Palmeri said Thursday, in response to a Miami Herald query. All the versions are in English, she said.In addition, one captive has been furnished with an audio version of Suzanne Collins’ three books – The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay.” Palmeri, a public affairs officer, would not elaborate.
Why do you think the TV show is coming back into style for the prisoners? And why are they such a fan of YA science fiction/fantasy novels?