22 votes
Accepted

What did Suzanne Collins base the Hunger Games on?

She was inspired by a combination of the classic myth of Theseus (in which Athens similarly sends a selection of young men and women to Crete as a 'tribute', the difference being that none of them ...
  • 65k
17 votes
Accepted

Moral of the Hunger Games Trilogy

You've misunderstood a few minor aspects and one whopping big major aspect of the ending and moral of the Hunger Games series. I'll get the most important point out of the way first. The 76th Hunger ...
  • 65k
14 votes
Accepted

Is it reasonable to use the movie version of a book to interpret the book when the same author wrote both?

Regarding authorial intent after the fact, a number of complaints from readers boil down to "If the author wanted to include that bit, it should have been included in the books to begin with." These ...
12 votes

Meaning of President "Coin" in the Hunger Games books?

Warning: major spoilers follow. Coin ~ money There are a few ways in which the District 13 leader could be symbolised by the idea of money. Power. Money can be used to buy power, or as a ...
  • 65k
8 votes
Accepted

How did they plan the conspiracy against the Capitol given mass surveilance?

We don't know for sure because the books are filtered through Katniss's first person POV and she doesn't know about the conspiracy until later. We do know that Beetee is a tech genius who is shown to ...
  • 1,167
8 votes
Accepted

Did Plutarch Heavensbee actually not know the details of the Quarter Quell?

He didn't know about it way back during the Victory Tour, only later on. The quote you're thinking of is from the final chapter of Catching Fire: “Neither you nor Peeta were told. We couldn't risk it,...
  • 65k
7 votes

Is it reasonable to use the movie version of a book to interpret the book when the same author wrote both?

When trying to determine authorial intent, it is reasonable to use any source from that author, as long as it is not contradicted by a more direct source. The only problem with using movies in which ...
  • 171
6 votes

What can we learn from this character's death in "Mockingjay", out of universe?

This death is probably the single most significant event in the entire series, with the possible exception of "I volunteer as tribute!" in book one. It completely changes every single aspect of the ...
  • 65k
5 votes

How does Effie Trinket's name relate to how she is portrayed throughout the series?

I tend to think of the word trinket as suggesting not only small size and low value, but a small-minded owner, one who obsesses over possessions and ascribes them more value than they really have: the ...
  • 65k
3 votes

Is it reasonable to use the movie version of a book to interpret the book when the same author wrote both?

It is generally a bad idea to assume that the movie is the same as the book. Even when the author is a stickler for control, and manages to get his or her own way, things must be adapted for the ...
3 votes
Accepted

Does Gale have a sadistic streak, or is he merely willing to be ruthless?

Ruthlessness for sure. Ruthlessness can appear sadistic, but with sadism, the intent is to cause suffering for the purpose of pleasure/satisfaction. With ruthlessness, the goal is to achieve an ...
  • 4,020
2 votes

What can we learn from this character's death in "Mockingjay", out of universe?

I quite like Rand al'Thor's comprehensive answer and will only add that the simple answer may be: The senselessness of war Not in terms of what might incite the sub-optimal condition of war, which, ...
  • 4,020
2 votes

Does Gale have a sadistic streak, or is he merely willing to be ruthless?

Warning: contains unmarked spoilers for the entirety of Mockingjay. Let's consider Gale's role in the plot of Mockingjay, analysing his character in depth. Gale equated with District 13 Gale is a ...
  • 65k
2 votes
Accepted

Does the Capitol's influence extend beyond the United States?

In this post-apocalyptic future, the "known world" seems restricted to North America. See also Are there other governments in The Hunger Games world?, a question on another SE site. ...
  • 65k
1 vote

Are Tigris in The Hunger Games and Tigris in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes the same person?

I think that they are the same person as well. Snow mentions that his cousin prefers her meat raw and that the Granmam is always stopping her from eating it that way. In Mockingjay Tigres says that ...

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible