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Jennifer Lawrence was trained by Olympic archer Khatuna Lorig. From this article: To prepare for her role as "Hunger Games" heroine Katniss Everdeen, Lawrence trained with professional archer and Olympian Khatuna Lorig to learn how to properly shoot with a bow and arrow. "She was lovely," Lorig told the Associated Press. "We had a great time ...


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I have a different take on why Katniss agrees with President Coin. I believe that Katniss connected the dots and realized the Coin was responsible for Prim's death afterall. She voted yes to feign allegiance with President Coin. As was previously said, if she wasn't with Coin then she was a threat. By agreeing with Coin, Katniss gains her trust and the ...


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Because nobody in Panem gets a vote Panem is not a democracy in any sense of the word. Don't let the term president fool you, there is no evidence anyone ever cast a vote for Snow: Coriolanus Snow is a native of the Capitol and is the tyrannical President of Panem. Although carrying the title of President, it is unknown if he was elected to the position ...


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There is one official rule: Survive; the last one standing wins. There are a few more rules that play into the Hunger Games but they are relatively minor compared to the above: Potential tributes are not to be trained in weapons or hand-to-hand fighting. This one is primarily to prevent the Districts' residents becoming proficient with weapons. It is also ...


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None that we know of. Panem is, as far as anyone else in the story knows, the last human civilization on Earth. The events preceding the creation of Panem (a combination of natural disasters and man-made war and disease), some 200 years ago, have rendered most of the rest of the world, including most of North America itself, uninhabitable, and dangerously ...


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The books are (deliberately, I think) vague about the apocalypse. We get some detail about what happened in the first book, but nothing about why: The mayor steps up to the podium and begins to read. It is the same story every year. He tells of the history of Panem, the country that rose up out of the ashes of a place that was once called North America. ...


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This is the best possibility he could have hoped for. He's been soundly defeated, so the death of his enemy is the best 'victory' he's ever going to achieve now. But breaking it down, we can find multiple reasons for him to laugh: Coin, his enemy, having victory torn from her grasp. He's lost the war, lost everything; the best he can hope for out of life ...


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I think this is completely intentional on the part of Suzanne Collins. From the interview at: http://www.thehungergames.co.uk/about_the_author In keeping with the classical roots, I send my tributes into an updated version of the Roman gladiator games, which entails a ruthless government forcing people to fight to the death as popular entertainment. ...


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In the books it goes into detail on that. Foxface, as Katniss called her, was fast and the most intelligent by far of the Tributes. That's how she survived so long; stealing from her opponents supplies using her speed and smarts. That was also her undoing. Because Peeta gathered the berries, Foxface never assumed that they weren't safe to eat. She thought ...


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In the book at least, it appears the Capitol can and does cut out scenes they don't want shown: The Hunger Games (Book 1), Part II "The Games", Ch. 18: Slowly, one stem at a time, I decorate her body in the flowers. Covering the ugly wound. Wreathing her face. Weaving her hair with bright colors. They’ll have to show it. Or, even if they choose ...


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Poverty doesn't make for good fighters. The people in the outlying districts live on the brink of starvation. They're deliberately oppressed, kept poor and ignorant and most importantly weak. Poverty implies malnutrition, and malnourished people don't tend to fight well. For the same reason, armies (especially in poor countries) tend to be more well-fed and ...


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There's nothing in the three books that explicitly states what would happen in the event that there was no victor. However, I think we can make some educated guesses about what might happen. First off, it's extremely unlikely that the final two Tributes are going to die. The Capitol is going to make sure of that. The arenas seem to be completely under the ...


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Seneca Crane, the Head Gamemaker, was the one responsible for producing the Hunger Games. He's the one who thought of the trick to announce two winners, and then withdraw that rule, to further excite the viewers. But when Katniss bluffed her way out of the games with the poisonous berries, he was humiliated - him, and worse, President Snow. Since Snow isn't ...


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This bird is the Mockingjay, a famous symbol used especially in later on books, but first mentioned in the first book. Basically, it's a pin that was worn by Katniss during the Hunger Games. The Mockingjay resulted from a genetic mishap where the Capitol created genetically engineered birds known as jabberjays, which had the ability to exactly reproduce ...


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The mockingjays repeated back whatever they heard, but they were not the birds created by the Capital. The Jabberjays are the birds created by the Capital as spies. All Jabberjays were male, and were trained/bred to only repeat what they heard to their keepers back at the Capital. However, the rebels still did manage to discover that the Jabberjays were ...


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The exact "N Men Enter, One Man Leaves" can probably be traced back to Roman Gladiator fights, where at least one example from 264 BCE has three gladiators fight to the death. It's likely that prior to that, other cultures had events that were similar. Many gladiator fights were one on one though. As far as what story or book first had the trope, it's ...


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Per the Hunger Games wikia, gambling is one of the primary reasons for the popularity of the show. This includes "in-play betting" such as on the outcome of individual encounters. Introducing a broadcast delay would allow unfair opportunities for those with insider knowledge. The Hunger Games is a major source of gambling and produce intense betting, ...


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Any given lottery ticket has an equal chance of being selected as all the other lottery tickets. The fact that one person holds more tickets increases their chances, but the fact is that everyone who holds even a single ticket has a chance of getting picked. I mean, that's kind of the foundational point of lotteries - that everybody has a chance. At the ...


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It's not a ball bearing; it's a pearl. At least, that's what it looks like. Recall that in Catching Fire, they're catching seafood in the water. Peeta finds a pearl in an oyster, and he gives it to Katniss as a gift. As she's worried about him in the Capitol, she's holding on to it as a reminder of him, and as a small token of his affection for her. Here's ...


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The most authoritative reference I can find is in this interview with Collins's editor Kate Egan: What are Suzanne Collins’s strengths and weaknesses as a writer, and how do you help her as an editor? Storytelling is Suzanne’s strength. As an editor, I help her develop the characters. For example, I asked her for more of the Peeta-Katniss-Gale love ...


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Plutarch stated that he did not know how it was going to work, at the end of the second book. He stated at the same time he showed her hoping she would be able to help whoever the District 12 tributes were. He pulls out his pocket watch and runs his thumb across the crystal, lighting up the mockingjay. "Of course, when I showed you this, I was merely ...


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I haven't seen the film, so this is from the book. The bees (called Tracker Jackers) had been subdued by the smoke from the earlier fire, so weren't particularly active or noisy. Katniss herself hadn't noticed them because of this fact, but has her attention drawn to it by Rue from a neighbouring tree. It's only in the morning, when the effects of the ...


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Easiest to just let Katniss explain it. A brief bit of history on the Hunger Games: The Treaty of Treason gave us the new laws to guarantee peace and, as our yearly reminder that the Dark Days must never be repeated, it gave us the Hunger Games. The rules of the Hunger Games are simple. In punishment for the uprising, each of the twelve districts must ...


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We must consider, that the novels were consequently written from Katniss' point of view. The form reminds of a so-called writing therapy, used by psychologists to help people, who try to overcome mental problems. We do not even learn, how and why she begun to write down her memories. Perhaps she did it as the result of someone's advice - Peeta may have given ...


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Foxface's body was emaciated when they saw her dead in the novel. That's hard to reproduce on screen so they didn't bother. In the book, Peeta shows Kat a handful of the berries he's picked, and Kat is examining them and remembering what her father had told her about them ("Not these, Katniss. Never these. They're nightlock. You'll be dead before they reach ...


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NO. Yes, Jennifer Lawrence was apparently trained by Olympic level archers. So I'm sure she had very good technique, based on actual archers. However - all of her training was precisely Olympic-style archery, aka target archery. Katniss would not be shooting at a stationary target, nor would she be standing very still for very long (I admit I am guessing, ...


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The books explain it. It's not cheating, it's a way to ensure the games are interesting for the viewers. When a tribute is too far away from the "action" the game controllers force them back towards the others. From http://thehungergames.wikia.com/wiki/Weapons The Gamemakers use fireballs to force the tributes closer together in the arena. During the ...


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There is plenty of evidence to suggest that Prim is still eligible for the Games Katniss directs Primrose not to put her name in more for food, known as the tesserae. She wouldn't need this if she was exempt. This was done as Katniss left to the Hunger Games. Otherwise, Katniss seems to prepare Prim for the games, should she be taken. Katniss is clearly ...


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