Forbes has compiled a list of questions that The Hunger Games book answers, but that the movie adaptation leaves fans wondering about if they didn’t also read the book.
Why were the tributes working together when the object of the Hunger Games is to kill everyone?
Districts 1, 2, and 4 have “career tributes,” known as “Careers.” They’re trained their entire lives to fight in the Hunger Games, and for them, it’s an honor to be picked. The Careers naturally band together, even in the cafeteria before the games begin.
Why did they let Peeta join their pack?
The Careers were jealous that Katniss scored an 11 in her pre-game rating—the highest of all the tributes. They let Peeta live because they believe he has information to help them get to her.
Why does Katniss blow up the food supply?
At this point in the movie, Katniss has allied herself with Rue. With Katniss’ hunting skills and Rue’s ability to tell which plants are edible, they can feed themselves. The Careers, who’ve spent their lives training for fighting rather than survival, can’t. By taking away their food, Katniss is taking away their ability to sustain themselves.
The people of District 12 are starving sit, yet they stare out at endless acres of arable land. Why aren’t they farming and hunting?
The districts of Panem are tightly controlled by the Capitol, and each has its separate function. The people of District 12 are miners. That’s it. Yes, there are a few who don’t mine, but for the most part, to do anything else—including saving yourselves from starvation—is illegal. And having a bow and arrows runs the risk of a public execution.
By the way, that fence isn’t for show: for all that Katniss slips through it regularly, it’s meant to be electrified. But because District 12 is so poor and remote, the power isn’t that reliable.
The real reason that Katiss and her family are so poor is because Prim doesn’t sign up for tesserae, that is, extra grain and oil. The price of the tesserae is to have your name entered into the reaping an extra time. At the age of 16, Katniss was entered 20 times, but Prim was entered only once.
If everyone is starving, why is the bakery up and running? To bake requires flour, eggs, and milk.
There’s a small merchant class in District 12. The average family only frequents the bakery on birthdays. The Peacekeepers need to be catered to as well.
Lest you think that Peeta’s family is rich because they have a bakery, his mother hit him for burning two loaves of bread, and he tells Katniss in a private moment that he’s never eaten anything that wasn’t stale and beyond selling.
Why do all the District 12 people give a Nazi-style salute when asked for a show of hands?
I’ll take it directly from the book:
“[A] shift has occurred since I stepped up to take Prim’s place, and it now seems I have become someone precious. At first one, then another, then almost every member of the crowd touches the three middle fingers of their left hand to their lips and holds it out to me. It is an old and rarely used gesture of our district, occasionally seen a funerals. It means thanks, it means admiration, it means good-bye to someone you love.”
Is the arena a real place or a Holodeck?
It’s real. It’s an outdoor arena, enclosed within a forcefield. After the game ends, the arena is preserved as a tourist destination. Collins writes, “You can even take part in the reenactments.”
If the entire district is fed if Katniss wins, why didn’t they say that in the movie?
The movie also didn’t mention the Victor’s Village or the Avox or the many other details that make this book an excellent read.
Some other questions were:
- Why weren’t the sponsors, actually, ya know, sponsoring?
- Why won’t Katniss use her bow to pick people off at long range?
- Why does Katniss not make her own bow?
- Peeta’s family have pigs out back. Pigs breed really quickly and eat almost anything, and self-replicate. Why doesn’t everyone have them?
- Why is Katniss unimpressed with both the city she’s never seen and the endless amounts of food available?
- Why don’t the Careers set watch when they’ve treed Katniss?
- Why doesn’t Clove kill Katniss when she has the chance?
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