it is set in the future of the Maximum ride series.Think about it. There are the mutts, all the high tech stuff and the biggest connection is in mockingjay, when they mention the stuff that is no longer avalible to them, like 'biological weapons with expiration dates'. Ummm that sounds familier, doesn't it? Maybe the war and the Games were what Max was meant to save the world from, but failed.
Heavensbee will get the same treatmant as Senaca Crane in the Catching fire film.While Heavnsbee gets much more focus in Mocking Jay his role in the book of Catching Fire is minimal. Given that he's played by Philip Seymor Hofman this would seem to be a waste unless they give him a role similar to Crane,
Clove and Katniss were secretly allied.Exhibit A: Clove offs the boy about to kill Katniss at the bloodbath and then misses Katniss with her throwing knife, which lands in Katniss's pack. Number one, wouldn't it be to Clove's advantage to wait the extra second for the boy to kill Katniss before whacking him? Number two, wasn't it established that Clove's aim is incredible and that she never misses? It seemed that she was protecting Katniss and wanted her to have that knife. Exhibit B: When the Careers have Katniss cornered in the tree, Clove stood there and did nothing. As seen in the bloodbath earlier, Clove should have had no trouble finishing Katniss at that distance. So, why didn't she? Exhibit C: At the feast, Clove seems to want Katniss as nothing other than dead when she first sees her. So why would she monologue? Is she holding off Cato?
All those Roman names are honoriffics given to Capitol officials.The founders of Panem has decided a Greco-Roman theme would be fitting to their regime. Maybe they are Italian Americans, maybe Latin-speaking intellectuals or the equivalent of Cesar's Legion.
Dictrict 3 runs the internet.District 3, electronics, is a geeky district. They understand electricity, unlike most people in the Capitol, as well as computers. They mostly run websites about the Hunger Games, including extra footage and ways for people to sponsor or bet on tributes.
Mad Max takes place during the same time as the Hunger Games.Why hasn't anyone come to help Panem out of their dictatorial nightmare? Most other places have devolved into complete anarchy or are worse off than Panem. In particular, Australia's mostly-coastal civilization was put underwater by global warming. Mad Max takes place in the desolate Outback that WASN'T put underwater.
Katniss and Peeta keep the memories of their fellow tributes alive through bedtime stories they tell their children.They obviously use them as protagonists in completely fictional, child-friendly stories having nothing to do with the Hunger Games. Marval and Glimmer are two vain, shallow souls from District One who are thrust into the wilderness with only a spear and a bow and arrows and learn standard life-long lessons to come with the situation. Cato and Clove are a pair of brave warriors who ended a civil war in District Two. Foxface is a clever, well-meaning Robin Hood-like character from District Five who is killed by a Capitol bounty hunter, but her spirit continues to look after those who truly need it. Rue is a skilled bandit from District Eleven who's life is saved by Thresh, who becomes like a brother to her. Katniss and Peeta may or may not have included their own story, with all names changed, of course. The girl's favorite story is the one about Foxface, who's cunning she greatly admires. The boy's favorite is the one about Rue and Thresh because he thinks they sound cool.
Finnick is related to sugarcube guy from Baccano!Yes, it's probably because of their love for sugarcubes.
Panem is Earth-That-Was from Firefly.Everything about the society seems to reflect very similarly to how societies function in Firefly, with a decadent, aloof Core system (the capitol) and a bunch of outlying Rim planets (the Districts). Panem is what's left of Earth after the starships left to go somewhere else, thinking Earth was wholly used up and Panem is comprised of those who remained afterward.
Miss Yukari takes over District 13 after the revolution.Well, there was nobody left to run it after the revolution, so the residents probably voted her in, thinking she'd be a better leader than President Coin.
Panem isn't the remains of America - It's the remains of the One Piece worldAnd, some of the Districts match up perfectly with locations in One Piece - District 4 would be Water Seven, District 2 would probably be Alabasta, District 10 or 11 would be that island Ace was on in his cover story, and the Capitol would be Enies Lobby/Impel Down/Marineford/Mariejois. Plus, don't the Capitol residents who have dyed skin kind of remind you of Fishmen?
The Pokémon universe is set in Panem centuries after Katniss overthrew the Capitol; Pokemon evolved out of Capitol muttations set loose after the warAfter Panem fell and there was no more Capitol to deal with the muttations, they were set loose in the wilderness. Over time, tracker jackers, etc. became Beedrills, etc., technology were developed to capture these animals, and inspired by a warped, legendary view of Katniss, 10-year-old kids began taming muttations and going out on journeys through the forest. Ash Ketchum has olive skin, dark hair, and a nature-based first name, pegging him as coming from the former District 12. The theme naming based on region/employment was kept, and Misty/the water gym area is what used to be District 4; Brock comes from 2, Surge from 5, Erika from 7, etc. The color-named cities came from popular depictions of the luxury in the former Capitol.
A part of the series is set around the time the events of Jyu Oh Sei occuredBoth Hunger Games and Jyu Oh Sei have one common element - Teenagers fighting (and sometimes to the death) for survival in a futuristic society. I'm thinking that sometime during the war that led to the creation of Panem, many people fled to the space colonies (like Chimera, Hecate, and Juno) for their safety. But, because Panem was a dystopia that was going to fall to a revolution, they kept it a secret from their citizens to prevent another war. Plus, The fortress for the Blanc Ring residents looks strikingly smiliar to District 13.
Lady Gaga had something to do with the planning of the CapitolPeople in the Capitol have ridiculous hairstyles, outlandish clothing, and some of them even dye their skin. Lady Gaga is known for her hairstyles and clothing, so she may have had some type of influence on the culture in the Capitol.
Foxface knew that they were nightlock berriesIn the training room, she was doing that huge plant memorization game and flying through it. And during her interview, she said that she would always analyze the situation and apply herself. Additionally, without others to reliably steal food from, she was starving. So when it came down to her and the fearful Thresh and Cato, and the unstoppable team from 12, or death by starvation she knew she had no chance of winning. Seeing Peeta with the berries just made her ending quicker and hopefully less painful. The reason she also took the cheese was because she was worried that if the Capitol knew it was suicide they would hurt her family.
Peeta is named after pita breadHis parents are bakers. The difference in spelling can be attributed to years that have passed between now and then. Mrs. Everdeen the apothecary named both her daughters after plants, and Peeta's parents named their son after bread.
At least in part, the districts were used to separate different sectors of culture and/or racesThere's very little variety in the districts. Other than the blonde town kids and the olive-skinned Seam kids, you see no racial variety within the districts. In 11, everyone is described as "dark-skinned," and if you read very carefully in the text, the District 3 tributes could be seen as Asian-looking, with their dark hair and ashy skin. Also, both districts behave like (very unfortunate) stereotypes may portray those races. From what we've seen of District 1, the tributes are fair, with the female District 1 tribute being described as blonde. I think that when the districts were created, different races were penned off into them to prevent diversity. Perhaps the Capitol though that a more diverse population would lead to greater tolerance of other Districts? I have two theories for District 12: One being that a certain economic group was put there, and the other is that the "town" residents were originally from another District, but were put into 12 to both raise the population (the whole place only has 8,000 people) or to run the town.
Nudity is no big deal, at least in the CapitolKatniss mentions that sometimes the tributes show up in the chariots naked. Her prep team sees her naked all the time. In Catching Fire, when the thing with the dress happens, she wonders if it has left her naked. And then there's Johanna...
Mirror's Edge takes place in the CapitolA sparkling clean city with cameras EVERYWHERE and information is so closely controlled that even outside on a roof you have to whisper? Familiar, no?
The Mutts at the end are StalkersSelf explanatory, no?
The Hunger Games takes place in the same future as Mortal Engines.Civilisation in America did survive the Sixty Minute War, but the rest of the world thought it was completely destroyed, which is why Panem is isolated. However, centuries after the events of The Hunger Games, Panem does wipe itself out, creating the Dead Continent.
The Hunger Games are in the future of Battle Royale.The resemblances are clearly there. Apparently after whatever happened to North America, the Panem government thought that the Greater East Asia had some pretty good ideas.
The idea for The Hunger Games evolved from old shows such as 'Big Brother' and 'Survivor'There are lots of similarities between these shows and the Games: being stuck in an enclosed area with strangers, elimination (death in the latter), the idea of fierce compitition. I think that the Capitol was not wholly original in their idea of the Games, but drew back into pre-disaster North America and drew ideas from these old shows.
One of the disasters that led to the creation of Panem was a huge earthquake in CaliforniaHere in Southern California, whenever an earthquake hits, mentions of a catastrophic earthquake called "The Big One" usually surface. We've seen a glimpse of what happens in San Fransisco and in Los Angeles when huge earthquakes struck the city (the earthquake in 1906, the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake and the 1994 Northridge Earthquake), and these quakes could lead to huge tsunamis, fires, and land/rock/mudslides. Then again, engineers and construction workers have developed and will develop ways to prevent the Big One from being catastrophic.
President Snow is a Peeta/Katniss shipper...What? Until the third book comes out it's the only rational explanation of why he insisted that Peeta and Katniss ham up the romantic performance even though he knew it wouldn't stop the rebellion. After all, there's really no reason he'd think that dressing them up in their wedding clothes for the interview would actually help. If anything, it would only elicit the reaction it did.
The author will introduce a Third Option Love Interest and have Katniss and Finnick end up together...What? It does make some kind of sense. Collins may do this because she might be fed up with the whole 'Team Peeta' or 'Team Gale' stuff hat she may end up doing a Last Girl Wins.
Peeta's name is a corruption of the name PeterNearly everyone's name is a noun of some sort (Katniss, Snow, Gale, Primrose, etc) but Peeta isn't. It's argued it's a corruption of a type of bread, which also makes sense, but since this was our world (probably), some names remaining makes sense.
The Reapings are all rigged.Katniss has already stated that the children of victors aren't excluded, and in fact they're put in the arena too often to be luck of the draw. So those are definitely rigged. The reapings could be rigged to weed out anyone who might try to start an uprising while they're still young. Peeta talks about not being the Capitol's pawn in the Games, and it's possible he's disliked the Capitol and spoke about it at some point before the reaping. We already know that Katniss said bad things about the Capitol as a child. Prim was chosen in the reaping because it was known that Katniss hunted illegally and they didn't want her to be able to win with her hunting skills, so hurting her emotionally by having her sister killed was the best thing they could do to her. Gale was never chosen because he has hunting skills and he's strong, giving him a chance to win, and the Capitol doesn't want anyone who is against them to become a victor.
Haymitch is not going to survive MockingjayHe's going to die. Collins always kills off mentors of the main characters. And I'm gonna bet that at least one of Gale's sibs is going to expire before the end of the book. Who else is going down?
The ending of Mockingjay was a result of Executive Meddling.
Lavinia (the Avox that Katniss recognizes) was escaping to District 13 when Katniss and Gale saw her and the boy in the woods.Both Katniss and Peeta felt like she looked like she was from the Capitol. Why else would someone from the Capitol be in District 12?
Where is everything?Since Word of God states there will be no map, we may as well try to figure it out on our own. This troper thinks it's obvious that all of Panem is in North America. Please use the bullet point format to suggest locations and do not remove what other people have said! This is NOT a reference for what is correct (except for facts about districts, like "District 12 does coal mining"); this is Wild Mass Guessing.
When this book is made into a movie, "Rue's Lullaby" will be an Award Bait Song
Cinna wasn't born in the Capitol
Seneca Crane is originally from District 12.
Later on Katniss will meet up again with Gale......and proceed to have an affair.
Tying in with the above WMG, Katniss' son isn't Peeta's.He's Gale's. Sure, he has blond hair (assumed to be from Peeta) and gray eyes (assumed to be from Katniss) but then again, Katniss does have blond genes in her (her mother and sister are both blond).
Haymitch has been a Katniss/Peeta shipper from the beginning.He's always been the first to work out the next step to take (e.g. Katniss has to justify her actions as purely out of love for Peeta, Katniss has to marry Peeta), and that's the only reason he wanted them to stick together in the arena. Really, if you look past the fact that it did help the two stay alive, he's all over them.
When the movie comes out, there will be outrage from the Moral GuardiansCome on. We'll all see that coming.
Cinna is God or an alien, and the mastermind behind the entire plot.First off, how can he set Katniss' dress on fire without it burning her? For that matter, how could he fit an entire second dress under the wedding dress without Katniss noticing? Especially with the Mockingjay wings hidden under the dress, the outfit would have to have used some form of spatial compression in order to fit that much cloth in. Not even the Capitol appears to possess the technology for that or heat-free fire. Cinna must therefore be in possession of technologies or abilities beyond anything achievable by any of the other characters. Apart from that, his extreme confidence in Katniss can be explained by his knowing what would happen from the start - hence his "still betting on her" throughout the books. Besides, after setting Katniss' dress on fire, he still somehow gains her trust, and he has to have had some motivation for giving her so many pretty and absurdly elaborate things. What better motivation than the foreknowledge that a plan started up to seventy-three years prior would finally come to fruition, precisely as planned? For that matter, we never do see Cinna die - Katniss is only informed indirectly, and Cinna's last scene only shows him being beaten. The circumstances provided Katniss with some extra motivation to play Mockingjay - which Cinna had already fully prepared for, as if he were aware of what would happen.
The entire setting takes place after Caesar's Legion takes over the East coast.After their defeat at Hoover Dam, and because of the death of Caesar and inability to maintain control under the Legate Lanius, remnants of Caesar's legion fought their way Eastward. It could explain why they use Roman Latin naming. As for the tech: without Caesar's influence that technology is bad, the remnants grew to become accustom to technology, and some even learned how to make them. The fashion though, I assume it's because some of them are a bit... loony.
Paylor plotted to replace Coin from the startPaylor was high up enough to know that the bombing of the children wasn't done by the Capitol. She let Katniss see Snow because she knew he would tell her what District 13 did and hoped it would motivate Katniss to assassinate Coin. Once Coin was dead, she would be able to seize power with little objection.
Prim is the child of Mrs. Everdeen and Mr. Mellark.They both realized that they still had feelings for each other (much like Katniss/Gale affair portrayed above). Prim looks much like Peeta, Mrs. Everdeen, and pretty much everyone from the merchant quarters. Exactly like everyone from the merchant quarters. So, unless Mr. Everdeen had some merchant genes somewhere along the line, the odds of that happening are very slim. Mrs. Everdeen's breakdown after the mines exploded was just as much guilt as it was grief. Also, Mr. Mellark is shown to be especially nice to Prim and to Katniss by extension, promising after Katniss was reaped that he wouldn't let Prim starve.
Heading on down to the Capitol, gonna have myself a timeThe Capitol is South Park, Colorado. The first President of Panem was Eric Cartman, who finally and successfully seized power. He then began his plan to re-locate and separate the hippies, gingers, Jews, etc. District 1 got all the hippies, which is why they have silly names like Glimmer and Marvel, and he punished them by forcing them to make spurious luxury goods.
The punishments the Capitol inflicted and The Hunger Games are no more effective than the Treaty of Versailles of 1919After the Treaty of Versailles was implemented, Germany was ruined, its economy destroyed, and the people made to make up for the entire First World War. After the Apocalypse and the Dark Days, the Capitol forced the rest of the human population under their banner of Panem to surrender goods and services to them, basically enslaving them. Then the population rebelled against the state(s) that forced them into poverty and desolation, with massive loss of human life, hatred on both sides, and a fustercluck of atrocities from both the Capitol and lost District 13.
Panem isn't the United States; Panem is the remnant of all nations on EarthEach of the districts is descended from the refugees/immigrants of different nations or sets of nations. After some major ecological or national disaster, the survivors from all over the world migrated to North America. The new conglomerate-state put the wealthiest in the secure and safe Capitol and scattered the others to different districts, wiping out other languages with universal English and putting the Panem that we know into effect.
Cato was in love with/physically attracted to PeetaMostly because of this tumblr post. It could explain why Peeta was accepted into the Career pack, (part of) why Cato wants to kill Katniss so much and why Cato dealt with Peeta himself after he helped Katniss (he was jealous and felt betrayed, with a touch of If I Can't Have You).
Peeta got into the Career Pack because of Haymitch and Finnick's friendshipFinnick was a mentor during the 74th Games as revealed in Mockingjay. Haymitch also states that alliances are usually formed before the Games themselves. It doesn't make much sense that the Careers would want anything to do with the District 12 Tributes that are some of the weakest competitors unless there was some string pulling from Haymitch's end and using some leverage with Finnick to get Peeta in. Why not Katniss? Well he appeared more likable and the belief may have been he would win more sponsors. Why not both? Who knows?
Haymitch drinks vodkaVodka is clear and can be made from anything. Which means in the first book on the train when he's pouring it into red stuff, he could be making a Bloody Mary.
Cinna and President Snow come from the same social classMy issue with the WMG that Cinna isn't from the Capitol is that it assumes that everyone from the Capitol fits the stereotype of the Capitol citizen that Katniss knows. Growing up, she only ever saw or heard the most outrageous, attention seeking and affluent Capitol people in the Hunger Games and she still only really ever interacted with that same type of person after she was reaped, with really only two exceptions : Cinna and Snow. I think that both of them were from relatively poor Capitol families and worked their ways up the ranks because of their talent and ingenuity and that's why neither of them really exhibits the typical Capitol traits. The lower class might not be able to afford to be quite as eccentric as the richest Capitol citizens and would be more level headed and practically minded and it could also account for the lack of accent. The lower class wouldn't have the money to participate in the type of things the upper class does and then wouldn't be raised with/have the opportunity to pick up the "Capitol" accent, or at least it wouldn't be so marked that Katniss would have noticed or felt the need to mention it. Also, Castor, Pollux and Lavinia might be from the same class. I don't think it's ever explicitly stated where any of them are from, but Katniss says Lavinia has the "Capitol look" and I can't think of any other reason whatever Pollux did to become an avox would lead him to become an avox instead of being executed and none of them seem to fit into Capitol stereotypes.
The flood that won Annie her Games was caused by the Gamemakers to stop a group of tributes from escaping the arenaBased on the fact that they put up a force-field after Katniss shot at them, the Gamemakers seem very keen to learn from their mistakes. So, I figured someone tried to kill themselves by jumping off the roof - they did the same thing and then again after someone tried with a cliff, which lead to the creation of the force-field in the arena of the 2nd Quarter Quell that helped Haymitch win. After Haymitch won, they must have realized that it's possible for a tribute to reach the end of the arena and use it to their benefit, so they started putting in what were essentially self-destruct buttons in the arenas in case anyone got too close but no one did for another 20 years. The escape attempt made in the 70th Hunger Games is what inspired the rebellion's plan for the 3rd Quarter Quell.
If it wasn't such an Epic Movie, The Hunger Games would've been shelved because of the Trayvon Martin killing.
Katniss's childrenare twins
The Dog-things are Mabari War Hounds
Finnick will be Sparedbythe Adaptation
Suzanne Collins knew full well that people would have trouble making a Portmanteau Couple Name from "Katniss" and "Peeta"...
Hunger Games is set in the far future of the same universe as Atlas Shrugged
The arenas aren't real- the Games take place in a Matrix-style machine.
Everything after the tracker jacker incident in the 74th Games is just in Katniss' head.
The ending to Catching Fire is Katniss' Dying DreamThe way its set up with Katniss bleeding out and setting the arena to be destroyed with Beetee's plan would make it clear that's something that would have likely killed her. It also helps that she wakes up to be told Haymitch used her and Peeta to help start up a rebellion of the districts, District 12 has been destroyed while she's been away.
The Hunger Games takes place several hundred years after 1984.The rebellion mentioned in the backstory was led by Winston's grandchild(ren) to try to overthrow the Party, but it failed and caused everything to be reorganized. Oceania becomes Panem and ends up getting divided into 12 districts plus the area that would have been District 13. What would have been District 13 is where Winston was from. The Peacekeepers are (arguably) nicer versions of the thought police and the Big Brother idea was scrapped entirely over time in favor of the Hunger Games. The Gamemakers are what became of the Ministry of Love.
Madge was supposed to be the Mockingjay.The Mockingjay being the symbol of the rebellion was planned from the beginning. At some point Madge was chosen (or maybe she wanted to, because she felt guilty for living off the Capitol when so many people in her District starved to death), to be a martyr for the cause because who better than the pretty niece of a fallen tribute to win over all of Panem and then turn the districts against the Capitol with her death, (which might have been planned to be an in-game suicide)? Madge had access to information about the Capitol and the other Districts because of her father and knew that tensions were rising and that a rebellion wasn’t far off. She planned to volunteer for whichever girl got reaped that year, but Katniss beat her to the punch. Why was Madge so eager to give Katniss the Mockingjay pin? Because ‘’someone’’ needed to be the Mockingjay. The next year was the quarter quell and there was no telling what could happen then and before then, Madge wouldn’t have been old enough to be able to survive. If this was going to happen, it had to happen during the 74th Hunger Games. And when Madge kissed Katniss, it wasn’t just an “I’ll miss you because you’ll be dead within the week” sort of thing, it was an “I’m sorry that I’m dooming you even if you survive, but this is for the good of all of Panem” sort of thing. Madge Katniss was a hunter (and, probably, that Peeta had a crush on her); if anyone from District 12 could survive Hunger Games, it would have been Katniss. It was just the rebellion’s luck that Katniss ended up being a more effective Mockingjay than Madge could have ever been.
Peeta and his father are the Baker and his son from Into the Woods.I'm going out on a limb here a bit, but it's WMG, it's allowed. The "Kingdom" that got destroyed was a secluded part of District Twelve, which was allowed to have it's little monarchy for sentimental reasons. After the Baker's wife died and he was left alone with his son, Cinderella, Little Red, and Jack, they wandered through the woods until they reached the Seam. Cinderella and Little Red went to live on their own when they got old enough, but Jack stayed with the Baker. The heartbroken Baker soon realized that he couldn't raise his young son Peeta on his own, so he married a woman with a young son of her own. She soon proved a bitter and cruel, jealous of the dead wife the Baker son clearly preferred. She took it out on Peeta, who after all wasn't her son, and doted on her own son. The brother that was too old to sacrifice himself for Peeta was Jack, and the other boy had grown up thinking being cruel to Peeta was acceptable.
Things would have played out about the same if Katniss hadn't volunteered as tribute.Katniss would have told Peeta to kill Prim last and protect her with his life until then, Peeta would have played the "I'm in love with the other tribute's sister" card, and the rule change would have happened because the audience wouldn't have wanted Prim's "mystery sister" to hate Peeta when he gets back. In the end it would be Peeta who comes up with the double suicide plan.
The people of Capitol are otakus.From where else did they get the idea of colouring their hair with odd colours? Anime of course. Global Warming is one reason for natural disasters to occur which, along with wars, caused the world to go to shit. The Ark is somewhere out there when the sea level rose. Just like Panem, The Ark is a Shining City but heavily besieged by warring rebels and security forces. The Resistance also hoped to make contact with civilization on the mainlands. They eventually found Panem and decided to take refuge in it rather than continue fighting on The Ark. Unfortunately for them, the Districts are just as bland as the Guest Slums, the Capitol treats them like crap and some of their younger members gets chosen to fight in a Reality TV deathmatch. And all of that pissed them off, again. Naturally, they contributed to the rebellion. Revolution begins again (with a nice touch of Le Parkour)!
Not all of Panem is divided into districts.If Panem is supposed to be the USA, there are clear divisions already, with some regions more likely to rebel and others aren't. And it's quite unlikely, if not completely impossible, for a single city and its surrounding suburbs to vanquish the rest of the country. So, a large swath of the country didn't rebel, and therefore were not divided into districts. The rebellious regions were reconquered and organised into the thirteen districts. Those regions that did not rebel were allowed to keep their original status, and are not required to send two tributes to the Hunger Games every year. In my headcanon, sixteen states and DC are part of the so-called 'Loyalist Regions:'
Katniss set the net that entangled Rue.Just think about it. The book mentions Katniss setting snares several times before she allied herself with Rue. It would make sense that she might use a larger trap she learned in training to capture bigger game. It would also provide another reason for Katniss to feel guilty about Rue's death.
An uprising was already brewing before the 74th Hunger Games.Let's be honest, uprisings and rebellions never happen overnight. The whole deal with Katniss and Peeta only set things off. It's made very clear how most of the Districts are in such poor condition, always oppressed, close to dying of starvation, and almost no possibility of moving up in life. Another rebellion was bound to happen sooner or later. If the whole Katniss+Peeta thing didn't happen, something else would've set things off. Especially since a Quarter Quell was coming up, which are worse for the tributes than most of the Hunger Games.
The Hunger Games occurs in the future after Fahrenheit451.451 ends with some kind of war beginning; despite losing a number of cities, America survived the war intact and at some point was reformed as Panem.
The new system of government at the end of the series will be based on the US Constitution.Thirteen districts combining to create one of the most successful and long-lasting republics in the history of the continent? Too good a historical parallel to pass up. And they can also use that precedent to deny the Capitol voting rights.
The Hunger Games trilogy is set in the Bad Future of the DC Universe.The Hunger Games universe is what would happen if the villains won and got rid of all the heroes. The crazy death traps in the arenas and used as defense for the Capitol are inspired by the Riddler. Tracker jackers were created by adding genes from the plant that provides the hallucinogenic component of Scarecrow's fear toxin. The jabberjays were probably Penguin's idea. The first war that initially destroyed so much humanity was between the heroes and villains, then between factions of villains.
Panem isn't the remains of all of North America.It's the North Korea of a fairly prosperous world which has for the most part rebuilt itself, and occupies a fairly small area somewhere around Appalachia. Assertions that all of humanity has been reduced to a country of only a few million people is propaganda meant to discourage efforts to flee the repressive dystopia. Alternately, the districts are tiny city-states spread out across North America, and the train lines between them actually run across narrow strips of Panem land between other countries.
The Hunger Games is actually the past of the Fallout UniverseIt takes place almost immediately after the Great War. Then everyone either dies or becomes ghouls.
Haymitch and Katniss are related, and he knows it.There's repeated parallels drawn between the two, they look similar (granted, so do a lot of the Seam people), and once he realizes she's got potential, he's awfully intent on getting her out alive. She's the one he communicates with through sponsor gifts, because he knows she'll understand what he means. Granted, it could just be because he's setting her up to be the Mockingjay, but it's possible he's an uncle or a cousin or something and she's not aware of it.
Panem "forgot" how to manufacture planesAlong with all other present-day aeronautics knowledge, the collective body of information required to set up a production line was destroyed in whatever cataclysm resulted in Panem. The nonsensical excuse about atmospheric destruction started out a pure propaganda to explain why the all-powerful city uses hovercraft (with admittedly impressive cloaking technology) instead of jet aircraft that are faster, can be built smaller, and go move at several times to speed of sound to drop a payload from cloud level, leaving the victims with only the delayed sonic boom for a warning (a mental image that would be a powerful tool of fear). Either only the top people in Panem are still aware of this deception, or the fact it's a lie has been forgotten completely; but either way it's a better explanation for the absence of familiar aircraft that Artistic License - Physics.
Panem is within a Time Shard.Except the settlement is resilient enough on their own, and the people in charge are kind of assholes, so the Ilari and their glyphbearers declared "screw them" and skipped over that continent. Since the entire sprawling settlement that is Panem is within one shard, nobody is aware of the Wind or the greater cataclysm that took place.
Panem is not the only nation left in the worldIt is, however, the only nation that has any form of technology. If one was to go to South America, Asia, Africa, Australia or Eurasia one would find various tribal scavengers and iron age villages. Occasionally they send in airships to bomb villages that get too big.
Cato's explosive temper in the book was an actWhen watching him react to losing the supplies, Katniss notes how over-the-top and almost unreal Cato's reaction is. He actively pretended to be an Axe Crazy psychopath to intimidate the easily scared tributes, and to cause the others to underestimate him. Consider his reaction when being pushed off the Cornucopia: rather than freak out or throw himself at the Mutts, he calmly and methodically fights them off, utilizing the Cornucopia itself as cover, and manages to take out a few of them before finally being overwhelmed. Cato isn't a psychopath Blood Knight, he's a determinator who fought the Hunger Games on a psychological level, not just a physical one.
The story is set at least a century after IjiSpecifically, a full aggression path that left nothing but humans alive on Earth and a power-dependent, militaristic creed in her wake. That Alpha Strike would explain the state of the world, and the Tasen occupation and Komato invasion why there's only one surviving human civilization. In the intervening years, the alien invasion has been forgotten, but Panem has co-opted the nanotechnology for their... well, everything; hovercraft with perfect cloaking is just one example.
Stories like Day Of The Barney and Cupcakes are told as bedtime stories in District 2.Hey, if your plan is to raise a killer from birth, might as well be sure they get used to these kinds of stories. Might account for Cato's apparent insanity.
the series takes place in the future of Power Rangers RPMIt's a distant future where computers are never mentioned, most of the country doesn't even use electronics. Panem is said to have risen from the ashes of North America and we are never told whether or not the rest of the world still exists. Those who are against the war fear that there will be no humans left. People barely seem to have knowledge of life before whatever happened to wipe out most of the world. Katniss says that she doesn't think much of their ancestors because of the state their ancestors left the planet in, with little care for what happened to future generations. Perhaps after the events of Power Rangers RPM, Corinth became the Capitol as the population began to expand into other parts of North America to become the rest of Panem. People began to abandon computers out of fear of another virus like Venjix. After a few hundred years, people who weren't around when computers were widely used stopped understanding the concept of computers and thus humanity forgot the details of why there was an apocolypse. They just know that humanity badly, carelessly screwed up with some technological advancement during a time of lots of pollution and war. This explains the vague apocolyptic scenario refered to in the books as well as the lack of modern technology.
Gensokyo exists in the same world as The Hunger Games, and the books take place shortly before or during Phantasmagoria of Flower View.Gensokyo exists as a fantasy, shaped and filled by things the people outside the barrier think are myth. Andquite simply, a core part of the Gensokyo lifestyle is the very antonym of life in Panem. Everyone is considered equal and can dispute whatever they like with anyone else. Fights are not a violent struggle to the death, but a routine thing both participants walk away from; they aren't a bloody spectacle everyone is forced to watch, but a vivid lightshow anyone would like to get an eyeful of. Ultimate authority exists, but she only reacts to keep order and fails hardcore at the oppressive parts of her job description. People dissatisfied with the state of affairs can launch a full-blown uprising, but a few sheets of danmaku and tea together later everything's smoothed over and everyone's happy. In other words, an utterly impossible fantasy for everyone living in Panem. As for the timing, between the end of Catching Fire and the rest of the revolution, there's a very high bodycount. Perhaps not a huge amount of souls in the absolute sense, but certainly a relatively intense surge of the dead, enough to cause the flower incident, especially considering the underlying reasons. If Komachi's lazy about the already forgiving trickle of souls coming from such a small human population, an entire district and war's worth at once would flood her inbox without a doubt.
Katniss chose her Weapon of Choice because of her name.
Panem was founded by the descendants of U.S. and Canadian Military Personnel stationed at NORAD
The Hunger Games takes place in the Warhammer 40K Universe
The war which brought everything down was waged from orbitAll those satellites are still up there on automatic - their access codes and broadcasts encrypted to to the point that Panem has pretty much given up ever making heads or tails of the data or being able to control them. The system will still blast any rocket or craft that gets above a certain altitude, which is why they rely on hovercraft.
President Snow is sabotaging himself.He's gone loopy. He doesn't have Peeta or Katniss executed quietly. Allowing previous tributes to go in the 3rd Quarter Quell is just plain crazy. A lot of his actions don't add up. He's like Hitler, made it into power and is just apeshit crazy.
Glimmer and Cato were hooking up during the Game. Glimmer is a snake-woman.In the movie, Cato are always sen next to each other and touching even though they don't come from the same district. After camping out in front of Katniss's tree they are shown to be cuddling together while sleeping. In the scene before, Cato is seen to had a massive hickey on his neck. Therefore, since no human bout could produce a hickey that large, Glimmer has retractable jaw.
President Snow is a Lamarckian.Like Stalin and Lysenko, he seriously believes that acquired characteristics can be passed on genetically. So by conditioning people to fear him, he expects their offspring to be born genetically easier for him to intimidate. This is why actions that, to us, merely look like gratuitous moustache-twirling villainy guaranteed to cause an uprising... actually make sense to him as a practical longterm investment.
Panem isn't in an alternate Earth at all, but in StrangerealThe world outside of Panem, across the oceans, isn't nearly as bleak as the Capitol's propaganda machine has people believing - in fact, it's modern and very comfortable for its several nations and their numerous inhabitants. The two civilizations are segregated by their defense measures - the Strangereal nations don't care to trigger Panem's nuclear option over a single continent in the middle of nowhere with minimal useful resources, and the only ocean-crossing military power Panem has is low-altitude bombers and big, lumbering hovercraft. You know, the kind of things that, say, Garuda flight would tear apart for breakfast.
Cinna is a timelord.He's very enlightened, and we need one of these.
Only the first book is factual.The Hunger Games is the story of an ordinary, everyday girl who gets caught up in a gladiatorial contest staged by a vicious ditatorship, and only just manages to survive. Catching Fire is a repeat of the first story, but is interrupted when a powerful resistance appears from nowhere to sweep in and rescue the girl. Mockingjay is the story of how the girl becomes the heroic, beautiful symbol of the revolution and leads the overthrow of the dictatorship. Doesn't that sound a heck of a lot like a Mary-Sue fantasy? The first book is a true account of Katniss and Peta's involvement in the games. The second book is true up to when the game begins, at which point Katniss starts mixing in fantasy elements because she can't face the truth - that Peta was killed and she went on to win by cutting down the other contestants. The third book is pure wish-fulfilment revenge and rescue fantasy, written while Katniss sits alone in the Victor's Village, her life now completely controlled by President Snow and his goons. Alternatively there's the even darker version. All the above is true, with the added fact that Katniss killed Peta herself in their second games.
The entire series was written by Katniss as pro-herself propaganda to explain all of her actions to the reader (and herself)A combination of the above WMG about the memory book and all of the Headscratchers about how positive Peeta is portrayed. In "reality" Katniss is nothing more but a crazy lady living under an extended, life-long house arrest with her equally crazy husband for killing the President of District 13 and the political leader of the rebellion. Some might even remember her as a cold-blooded killer who survived two Hunger Games and was all too willing to keep killing for the rebellion. Katniss wanted someone to remember her and Peeta in a more positive light, so she started writing a journal - except this "journal" twisted nearly everything; the Careers from the 74th Games and Snow were almost irrevocably evil, Coin showed her true colors to be no better, Peeta was the victim of PTSD and torture, Rue and Prim were just innocent helpless youths caught up in the violence, Haymitch was just understood in the end, Cinna and the rest of the prep team were infallibly good despite being Capitol citizens, etc.
The Mockingjay moviesMy guess is that the cutoff between parts 1 and 2 will be sometime around the bombing of District 13. It's a very climactic event, and occurs around the middle of the book. Either that, or after Peeta gets to Distict 13, which is right after the bombing.
Clove actually wanted to die.That, or she's incredibly, incredibly stupid. She guessed that Thresh was nearby and decided to provoke him by saying all those taunting things about poor little Rue whilst trying to kill Katniss; after all, she's hardly portrayed as a stupid character, and the amount of time she spends just gloating rather than getting on with the kill could be a sign of something other than arrogance. Maybe she genuinely wanted Thresh to hear and attack her. My guess is that she saw Cato and Glimmer snuggling up in the movie and was heartbroken due to her own feelings for Cato; when Glimmer died, she still felt resentful of her and realised, in her resentment and jealousy of the dead, what a terrible person she was, and how terrible the games were. At that point, she lost the will to live...but changed her mind at the last moment, crying out for Cato as Thresh attacked. She's pretty young; it's likely that she'd be immature enough to make such a decision without really thinking about it, especially under the pressure the Games put all the kids under. Alternatively...
Clove realised that Katniss could become a symbol of rebellion before anyone else.Which is why, when she came to the aformentioned realisation that the Games were cruel and terrible, she couldn't bring herself to kill Katniss; her reason for wanting to die was not because of her own problems, but because she knew that her own death would preserve Katniss' life, and save many lives to come. Of course, she could have just left Katniss to survive and preserved both of their lives...but that's not as dignified as a Heroic Sacrifice, and she comes across as pretty arrogant. She still had an image to maintain, after all. Alpha Bitch Massie and her Girl Posse standing in for other tributes from the 74th Games. Massie herself is a re-imagined version of Glimmer, Clove became Alicia, and "Foxface" became Kristen. Rue was written in as Layne, Claire's BFF who was also rejected by the rest of the Pretty Committee. President Snow became Mrs. Burns, the somewhat tyrannical and insane principal of Octavian Country Day Girls' School. Katniss also gave Claire a love interest, Cam - who obviously is a version of Peeta. The other boys would be versions of the other male tributes. I'm not sure where Prim fits in though, or who Katniss made into Dylan.
Johanna Mason was inspired by Shego.She's a twentysomething, Deadpan Snarker Action Girl who develops a vitriolic friendship with the main character. Described in Mockingjay as being "a sick greenish color."
Cinna's last name is MonJust cause.
Glimmer was planning an alliance with KatnissGlimmer gets the bow and arrow from the cornucopia. A curious choice because she's apparently not very good with the bow and arrow (evidenced by her being unable to hit Katniss). Maybe she got the bow for Katniss, and planned to break off from the careers with Peeta and Katniss (she didn't tell Marvel her plan). She might have also been better with the bow and arrow than she showed — she missed Katniss on purpose. She also tried to climb the tree to get to Katniss — but happened to break a branch on the way up. This might have been done on purpose in order to stop the others from climbing up, and to give herself a reason NOT to kill Katniss. She then agrees with Peeta that they should wait Katniss out. Furthermore In the movie her preferred weapon is stated to be the bow and arrow. Given that she gets a good score in training, chances are she really did miss Katniss on purpose.
Prim is a figment of Katniss's imaginationA sweet girl that is embodiment of kindness and love seems a little out of place in a dystopia where people living in Districts must struggle to survive. Interestingly enough Prim only speaks to Katniss and her grief stricken, hysterical, mother. Regardless of what Katniss does, Prim only holds unconditional love. For Katniss, Prim sounds to good to be true. Maybe because she is. Prim's true birth was paralleled by the death of Katniss's father. With his loss, Katniss did not lose one parent but two. Her mother retreated from the material world and from her responsibilities. Friends were rare in Districts, it was easy for citizens to betray one another because food was always scarce; people could only trust those whom they had strong bonds, with blood being one of the least conditional. Unfortunately, for young Katniss her mother unintentionally switched the roles with her daughter. Katniss was now the caretaker, a child tasked with feeding a full grown adult in ruthless world. So she invented a sister to ease her mindset into her new role. Prim was simple, she needed to be fed and loved; she allowed Katniss to feed her mother without thinking of the complex emotions she was facing or secret hatred Katniss held for being forced to grow up. Mrs. Everdeen never denied Prim's existence, it was easier to agree than argue, and she was barely in touch with reality to begin with. The lottery never picked out Prim's name. The odd's of Prim being chosen astronomically low but Katniss's wasn't so lucky. As the announcer called out her name, a sea of emotions flowed through Katniss. She was scared, scared of dying, scared of killing, terrified that her life would change forever. So like how mother dealt with depression, Katniss retreated into her own mind; she made herself volunteer, she was a hero because she saved her sister from certain death, she was powerful and not afraid. Prim's existence saved Katniss's life because she gave her purpose. Katniss could not kill to save her own life, her life was brimmed with tragedy and anger. She couldn't kill for mother, for she had abandoned her child when Katniss needed her. But Prim was a constant, a fairy tale of her own creation, as long as Katniss could go to Prim, she would survive. Not killing Peeta could be seen as Character Development, as he proved that real people could be trusted and selfless. It's why Katniss put her life on the line, in spite of dying meant never seeing Prim again. With her faith in real people restored, Katniss started thinking of thoughts outside of survival. She saw people wanted to rebel and saw her refusal to follow the code of the Hunger Games as a symbol to lead them. So she started a revolution, but that did not mean she abandoned her illusions. Prim was still Katniss's sanctuary and Katniss was going need her now more than ever for the acts of war the revolution would commit. Prim's non-existence is further proven by the Revolution's determination to save Peeta. They thought he was Katniss's motivation to survive because he existed to them and was the one person in their reality that to whom Katniss showed affection. They never thought of Prim because Prim was solely Katniss's creation for only her to love. Prim's death was caused by the loss of Katniss's sense of purpose. By caring for real people, Katniss lost her impenetrable armor as feelings like sympathy and empathy returned to her and were turned against her. When children were killed in the bombing, Katniss's mind snapped. She was no longer a care taker, she was a murderer. Someone as a pure and beautiful as Prim could not exist with someone so evil. So she died and a part of Katniss died with her. It's why she got away with being mentally unstable, because she always was. Dr. Aurelius knew it would be eaiser for Katniss to live with this then try to convince her otherwise. So Katniss lived the rest of her life mourning the death of a girl that never lived.
The Hunger Games is really a sequal series to Suzanne Collins' other YA series, the Underland ChroniclesIn that series, there is an offhanded comment about a vision of a destroyed world. The Hunger Games is the Underland Chronicle's far future. What do people think?
In the Quarter Quell, the Career tributes (Districts 1 and 2) are in on the plan.Since so many of the victors are Careers, any attempt to set up a resistance among victors will have to include a few of them. Also, the main risk in the Quell to the plan comes from the opponents of Katniss' alliance. There has to be some opposition or the entire game looks staged. Better that the opposition also be following the plan. The career tributes gave their lives for the plan, knowing that they'd only be remembered as stereotypical brutes opposing the heroes of the rebellion.