The Hunger Games is a trilogy of novels (or just the first of these) by Suzanne Collins, adapted to a tetralogy of films, set in a post-U.S. nation of Panem ruled by the Capitol. As punishment for a past rebellion, the indentured and impoverished Districts must each send one boy and one girl ...

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Why couldn't tributes blow up each other with a heavy object before the Hunger Games begin?

I got an idea after re-reading THG: Tributes could conceivably blow up other tributes before the sixty-second countdown was over, for example a boot or shoe to the mines surrounding the tribute. In ...
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Why couldn't tributes keep the food from the Launch Room?

The books seem to say that there is food available to them in the Launch Room. Why couldn't a tribute just stuff some food into their pockets or something so that they could have an advantage? This ...
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Why didn't the Capitol besiege District 13?

This looks like it might be inspired by this question, but in fact it's been on my to-ask list for months. In the novel Mockingjay and the film adaptation Mockingjay Part 1, the Capitol and the ...
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Why did they have to attack the Capitol?

All the districts have formed a coalition and they have cut off power supply and food supply to the Capitol. That mountain hangar in district 2 has been disabled as well, so the Capitol cannot mount ...
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Why doesn't Mags talk?

In the movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Katniss and Peeta initially ally with Finnick and the old lady Mags, who never speaks but instead communicates in gestures. Why does Mags never talk?
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Did Haymitch fight in a Quarter Quell?

This answer includes the sentence: Yes, Haymitch is District 12's winner from the 50th Hunger Games. But... Quarter Quells occur every 25 years. And the 75th Hunger Games was the third Quarter ...
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Why was it so important to have a victor in the Hunger Games?

In the first Hunger Games book/movie, why was President Snow so insistent on letting both Katniss and Peta live in order for there to be a victor? This seems like a major plot hole to me, as the ...
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What age is President Snow?

I've seen it claimed on the Hunger Games wiki that President Snow is 76 in The Hunger Games and 76-77 in Catching Fire and Mockingjay. This claim is repeated (and quoted) on quite a few other sites. ...
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After everything Katniss did in The Hunger Games books, did their world improve?

Sure, President Snow is dead along with his likely successor Coin who was likely no better. But did things actually improve for people at the end? Sure, no more Hunger Games but did poverty and hunger ...
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The Hunger Games: Original books vs. Movie Tie-in Edition

I was thinking about jumping into Hunger Games universe, thanks to @randal'thor, but when I searched Kindle Store, I also found Movie Tie-in Editions of each books. I am now confused. What are the ...
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How many people guessed what Katniss was going to do at the execution?

Towards the end of Mockingjay (or Mockingjay Part 2 in film terms), Katniss Her decision takes almost everyone by surprise, but I'm wondering who was NOT surprised? Who saw it coming? Two ...
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Was Plutarch Heavensbee based on any real-life figure?

As a follow-up to this question about Caesar Flickerman... Was the character of Plutarch Heavensbee based on any real person? This time I'm more interested in his film portrayal by the late Philip ...
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Was Caesar Flickerman based on any real TV presenter?

In the Hunger Games books and films, Caesar Flickerman, the host of the pre-Games tribute interviews and in some ways the 'face of the Games', seems like a realistic depiction of a modern talk show ...
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Can Victors visit the Capitol in general?

I understand the Victory Tour happens about halfway between two Games, in which they make speeches and a feast, but this is between Districts and to my understanding, not within the Capitol. I also ...
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Why did Katniss not tell Peeta that she loves him?

In the movies and in the books, why does Katniss (not in the sense of denying) never say she loves Peeta or make him feel that she loves him, not until the end of the last book?
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Is Brutus's fate ever covered in film canon?

In the book Catching Fire, during the frantic last half hour or so of the Quarter Quell, Katniss hears two cannons, and knows that two of Chaff, Brutus, and Johanna are dead. When the hovercrafts have ...
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What was Caesar Flickerman's fate?

In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 2, Caesar Flickerman is seen in a propaganda video for the Capitol announcing However, I don't recall any mention of him after that video. I find this ...
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Which military rank does Katniss hold?

I've seen the second Mockingjay movie yesterday and I now ask myself what military rank Katniss has. She is often used near the front and at one point she commands the other soldiers to stop ...
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Who played these characters at the end of Mockingjay Part 2?

In the final scene of the (brilliant) film Mockingjay Part 2, I noticed in the end credits that Surely this is not a coincidence, since both the lead actress and the director of the film share ...
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What did Katniss accomplish in the Capitol?

In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 Katniss went to the Capitol to shoot propaganda footage for the purpose of rallying the rebel districts. However she wasn't on the frontlines since victory was ...
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How many of the Quarter Quell tributes were in on the plan?

In Catching Fire, the second book/film of the Hunger Games series, there is a very special Hunger Games in which How many of the tributes were in on this plan? It's clear that Beetee, Finnick, and ...
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Where does Panem's electricity come from?

In this answer to my question about Panem's population, it is assumed that the only source of electricity is the coal that is mined from District 12. However, in the movies the rebels cut power to ...
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Was the design of the Peacekeepers inspired by the Stormtrooper design?

The Peacekeepers of The Hunger Games and the Stormtroopers of Star Wars have many similarities: Both wear almost entirely white full-body armor. Both see out of dark, face-obscuring black glass. ...
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Why didn't the weaker tributes gang up on the stronger ones in The Hunger Games?

The Hunger Games universe presents that the wealthier districts have special training and volunteers for their tributes ("Careers"). While it certainly seems reasonable that the poorer districts could ...
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Who are the office workers in Panem?

In the Hunger Games books and films, the nation of Panem is split rather sharply into two: the Districts, populated mainly by underfed and overworked people who spend their lives mining coal (12), ...
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Prim's cat in the Hunger Games films

Who played Prim's cat in the Hunger Games films, and why the change? What do we know about the cats who play Prim's cat Buttercup in the Hunger Games films? In the first film, he looks like this: ...
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What is the population of Panem at the start of The Hunger Games series?

We know that District 12 has a population of about 8,000: The square's quite large, but not enough to hold District 12's population of about eight thousand. The Hunger Games, p.17 This ...
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Does Katniss depict proper handling of a bow?

In the Hunger Games movies, Katniss uses a bow as her primary weapon. Not considering her actual shots (hitting her targets), does Katniss show how to properly use, hold, and handle a bow? Did ...
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Why give Effie Trinket such a major role in Mockingjay?

In the Mockingjay book, Effie Trinket has only a tiny bit part at the end, where she appears as a rather unconvincing 'rebel' to help Katniss with her costume and preparation for the In the ...
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Who was responsible for the bombing at the end of Mockingjay?

At the end of Mockingjay (both the book and the part 2 movie) In both the novel and the movie, it's never stated definitively who is responsible for that happening. The assumption is that ...
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What was Beetee trying to do towards the end of the Quarter Quell?

As far as I can tell, neither the books or the film make this particular scene very clear. I will describe the scene from the film's retelling because that is currently fresh in my mind. My intial ...
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Is it true that Suzanne Collins was forced to add a love triangle to the Hunger Games?

TV Tropes states that Collins' publishers forced her to change Gale from Katniss's cousin to a love interest. I've heard this before in different places but sometimes the facts are slightly different. ...
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Hunger Games - are Victors' children safe from the Reaping?

I've looked endlessly and haven't come to any conclusion about this, but would the victors' children in a district (if they had one or a few) be equal candidates for Reapings?
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Are District Mayors Elected?

In the Districts do the citizens elect their Mayor or is he/she appointed by the Capitol?
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In the world of The Hunger Games, can people move to a different district?

The Hunger Games take place in an area of the world that is divided into 13 districts, all of them subserviant to the Capitol. Each of these districts offer a different "service" to the Capitol, ...
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Why does no one in the Hunger Games have to travel to attend the Reaping? [duplicate]

Reading the Hunger Games books and watching the movies, I have noticed that everyone in Panem's districts seems to live in the same general area. Everyone in District 12 knows everyone; there is no ...
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Can Capitol citizens buy tributes?

I've heard from a friend that citizens of The Capitol can buy tributes for various reasons. Is this true? If so, please provide a source and more information about this.
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Wouldn't the Capitol's bombings be more effective?

So while I personally have put this down to a discrepancy within the book-to-movie transition, I want to hear other alternatives. Its been a while since I read Mockingjay but from what I remember, ...
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In The Hunger Games series, which part of our current real world becomes Panem in future? [duplicate]

Wanted to know if Panem is based on current real world location or just a conceptual place? Maybe in future, part of Mexico is divided to form Panem according to the story.
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Why was Haymitch conspicuously absent during the early part of The Hunger Games Mockingjay?

Disclaimer: Viewer, not a reader. At the end of Catching Fire, Haymitch is in the middle of a meeting with Plutarch when Katniss walks in on them. The next we see him is only after Katniss agrees ...
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Was Prim's selection rigged?

As we all know, Prim was originally selected to be the District 12 Female Tribute for the 74th annual Hunger Games. However, here's the problem: Prim only had one entry into the Games. There were ...
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What is District 13?

I haven't read the books. I had hoped that Mockingjay: Part 1 would be sufficient to fill me in on the details presented in the books, as the previously two films had done. So what exactly is ...
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What does Katniss' song “The Hanging Tree” mean?

During Mockingjay (both the book and the movie), Katniss sings a song called The Hanging Tree. It's the one that she sings in District 12 when her and her film crew go for a visit. I remember ...
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Is Peeta's name a reference to pita bread?

Related to, but not a duplicate, of Were there any other names that were plays on words in The Hunger Games? as far as i can tell. Peeta is the son of the baker. His name sounds almost exactly like ...
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Is the Three-fingered salute from The Hunger Games trilogy based on something from the real world?

I've noticed that a lot of the symbolism in the series is based on something from real-world history, or is supposed to reflect it. For example, the way that Panem is laid out is similar to the Roman ...
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What was Katniss' metal ball?

Early in the film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1, Katniss is frequently seen playing with a small metal ball. It was about the size of a ball bearing. I don't recall seeing this ball in the ...
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Why did Peeta suggest that they wait Katniss out?

In the movie Hunger Games when the gang was chasing Katniss and she climbed a tree they started shooting at her. However, Peeta suggested that they wait for her to get down, why would he do that if he ...
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Panem-HungerGames: Are there no other countries to stop these types of “games” [duplicate]

I'm reading the Hunger Games (now starting Mockingjay), and I have seen the movies (not the new one). While I'm reading, I have a big question. Are there no other countries to avoid this type of ...
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Why would they show the Hunger Games live?

It appears from the movie (never read the book) that the Hunger Games are shown "live". That there is no delay in the broadcast. It appears to be shown live as the audience is shown watching scenes ...
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Why did Peeta's mother sound like District 12 had never had a winner?

When they are in the train, heading to the Capital, Peeta tells them that his mother said that "District 12 might finally have a winner", talking, as he explained himself, about Katniss... But isn't ...