The Hunger Games is the first of a trilogy of novels by Suzanne Collins, featuring a post-U.S. nation of Panem ruled by the Rome-like Capitol. As punishment for a past rebellion, the indentured and impoverished Districts must each send one boy and one girl "tribute" from among their children to ...

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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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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 ...
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How long did the 74th Hunger Games last?

While digging through the book to answer this question, it seems that it lasted "several weeks." Is there any canon source that gives an exact duration of the 74th Games?
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What range do the implanted tracking devices have in the Hunger Games?

During preparation for the games, a tracking device is injected into participants. During the games Katniss seems to assume she is fully tracked at all times, and on video at all times. Yet on ...
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Can a victor volunteer for the Hunger Games?

Can a victor volunteer for the Hunger Games? I was thinking, that if a victor was in the age range for the games, would they be able to volunteer for another tribute? So to say, if Primrose was ...
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Is there a time limit on the Hunger Games?

If a Hunger Games went on for too long - what would happen? I was looking through the book for an answer and come across this quote: In two weeks, 23 of you will be dead. One of you will be ...
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Where will the break be in the Mockingjay films? (spoilers) [closed]

Is there any info on where in the Mockingjay book is going to correspond to the break between the two films? I always thought the book had far too much material crammed into too short a space, ...
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About Plutarch and Cinna's involvement in the Capitol

Spoilers for Catching Fire / Mockingjay I guess. I have just read the Hunger Games trilogy. One thing that is not very clear to me is the involvement of Plutarch and Cinna with the rebellion: ...
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Why would Capitol protest at all?

Clearly I haven't read the books. People from the Capitol seem to be doing a pretty well living, they even have luxury and stuff. Why would they want to protest against the regime? Or is it only ...
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Do Katniss' parents have a set name?

Does Katniss' mother have a known first name? What about her father? I would prefer canonical sources, the movie and author interviews if any are okay.
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Why did The Capitol need nuclear weapons?

As far as I'm aware, before they left the districts and Panem itself - District 13 was the district of Graphite and Nuclear Weapons, so I was wondering why The Capitol would have a need of using ...
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Why did Beetee's plan involve sending Katniss and Johanna away with the wire?

Please note, I have only seen the movie so this may be answered in the book. Towards the end of Catching Fire,
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What caused the apocalypse in the Hunger Games?

So the stories of the Hunger Games are set in Panem, a post-apocalyptic society situated in North America. Is there anything to explain what caused the Apocalypse? Whether from the main books, any ...
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Can Hunger Game winners take tesserae?

In the books, it is revealed that winners have a life of semi-luxury, never left hungry, capitols little pets. But can they take tesserae? It might be a time of general hunger or something of the ...
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Can a chosen tribute decline a volunteer taking their place?

At the reaping if someone volunteers can the original (chosen from the glasses jar thing) tribute say no if they want to compete themselves, say a career was chosen and another career volunteered ...
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What was in the other backpacks at the feast?

The backpacks at the Feast in the 74th Annual Hunger Games were designed to contain the thing that each district needed the most. We know that District 12's pack contained the medicine for Peeta's ...
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What did Katniss mean when she says “trust me”?

At the end of the first Hunger Games movie: What does she mean by this?
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Why didn't the Tributes jump the gun in Catching Fire?

In the Hunger Games, the games begin with Tributes on a platform surrounded by landmines. If they step off their platform before the cannon fires, they trigger the landmines and are blown to ...
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The Hunger Angst. Why the Arena tech yet the population is subjugated?

The Hunger Games stories demonstrate technology far beyond what we have today that are akin to Star Treks Molecular Machines. The arena can create force fields, creatures, water, terrain, food, tools, ...
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What is the option of “voice override” for Katniss' arrows?

When Katniss received her new, awesome bow from Beetee, she was admiring its features when she said that there was an option of "voice override" for the arrows but that she would probably never use ...
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Why does this character act as he does at the end of 'The Hunger Games - Mockingjay'?

I watched the hunger games, and the hunger games - catching fire a week back.. But it was too hard to wait for the first part of Mockingjay till November, so I went for the novel.. all three of them.. ...
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The Hunger Games: Where are the Arenas located?

I saw this map in one of the answers to another SE question: And it got me thinking that if Panem is divided into 13 Districts and the Capitol, then where are the Arenas located? Since Hunger Games ...
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Are non-citizens of the Capitol permitted to permanently immigrate?

Reading this question about Plutarch Heavensbee got me thinking about permitted citizenship. Are citizens of other districts allowed to permanently move to, or become citizens of the Capitol? My ...
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The Hunger Games: Where is Plutarch Heavensbee originally from?

In the Hunger Games trilogy, there is no mention of where Plutarch Heavensbee is originally from. Are there any clues that I might have missed in the books about whether he is from the Capitol or one ...
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If not President Snow, who was the mastermind of the Hunger Games?

Undoubtedly, the ever ruthless and vicious man, President Snow, would quite fit the bill as the creator of the Hunger Games and he certainly has carried forward the sinister legacy to the best of his ...
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Was technology the same when the Capitol began hosting the Hunger Games seven decades ago?

Apparently technology seems to be the Capitol's ultimate strength and means of oppression. What with the high speed transport, hover crafts, cutting edge weapons, satellite enabled communication and ...
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Why did the Capitol's highly civilized people never vote down the Hunger Games?

They are not barbaric. They are not sadists. And yet, they seem to enjoy the Hunger Games year after year. Were they never moved, in seven long decades, by the misfortune of the Districts who had been ...
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Why are only children chosen for the Hunger Games?

I was wondering as to why only kids from each district are chosen to enter the Hunger Games instead of any of the adults?
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What happens if no one survives the Hunger Games?

It is possible that the remaining last two tributes might get killed at the same time, for example, by a land mine explosion, and in that case the games will end with no victor standing. Is there a ...
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How are multiple volunteers handled during the Reaping?

While skimming through the first few chapters of The Hunger Games to answer another question, I noticed this sentence when Katniss is describing the rules surrounding volunteers after Prim's name is ...
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How does the Reaping work in The Hunger Games?

I watched the Hunger Games movie for the first time today. I never really had much interest in it until a friend recommended it to me. I watched the movie and I am kinda curious as to how Reaping ...
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Quarter Quell Tribute Selection, in Hunger Games: Catching Fire

SPOILERS AHEAD... FAIR WARNING... In The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the 75th games were a "quarter quell". President Snow decides to make these games special in that... My question is... ...
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When did Haymitch organize the effort to get Katniss out of the 75th Hunger Games?

How did Haymitch do it? He couldn't have done it via phone, as no doubt the phones would be tapped. It seems like there was little time to organize the rebellion during the few days in the Capital ...
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Why did they make the Head Gamemaker Seneca Crane kill himself in The Hunger Games? [duplicate]

I don't understand why they locked him in a room with nightlock (kills you fast) what did he do?
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What is the traditional order that Districts are visited?

In Catching Fire, the Victory Tour starts with District 12, then goes down to 11, and seemingly in order to end at the Capital. Of course, that makes sense for a victor in District 12, but what would ...
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Why were the trackers necessary in Catching Fire?

So Why did they need to have another tracker implanted? Did the trackers go bad?
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Are there any differences between the Catching Fire movie and book?

So I recently watched Catching Fire. I thought it was pretty faithful in some parts with gaping holes in another. Is there a list of the differences between the two? The scene with Joanna in the lift ...
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Why are there so few children to select from in The Hunger Games

When the children are being selected, it seems each district gathers all their children in one location to be picked from. I'm just guessing but there doesn't seem to be more than a 1000 (maybe as ...
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Where do the bodies of the dead Tributes go?

I've only seen the movie-version of The Hunger Games, and have yet to read the books. Is it explained where the bodies of the dead Tributes go, if they are removed at all?
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Was Primrose exempt from future games?

Primrose was selected for the 74th hunger games, but Katniss volunteered to take her place (the first for this district). In other districts it is even more common for volunteers to take the place of ...
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Did they actually hold the 76th Hunger Games?

The ending of Mockingjay really bugs me — If we accept that it was subterfuge (as the top answer to the related question states), then the question still remains: did they actually go through with ...
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What happened to Seneca Crane at the end of the movie?

At the end of the movie we are shown Why did that happen?
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Why did they shoot fireballs at Katniss, and was it cheating?

Why did the gamemakers shoot fireballs at Katniss and was it cheating? I thought that the fight was between the players not the organizers.
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What were the creatures in Hunger Games made of?

What were the creatures in Hunger Games made of? As in were they photonic, organic, synthetic, robotic, siliconic (silicon based), carbonic (carbon based) or ghost (ghost based). ...I made up some ...
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Did the Capitol exploit the districts before the dark days?

We know from the books that the twelve districts are enslaved by the Capitol largely to provide goods for Capitol citizens. The Hunger Games themselves are as a result of the "Dark Days", the ...
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In the “Hunger Games” series, how long has Snow been president?

I've been wondering, how long has President Snow been president when the "Hunger Games" books (or movies) take place? Given the described medical possibilities, a 75-year presidency doesn't seem ...