When the tributes are selected at the start of the film is the selection process rigged? It's implied during the film that the selection process is random, but there are a few indicators that it might not be.
- During the start of the film Katniss Everdeen is talking with a boy on the hill, and he says he's entered the contest 42 times. That number seems unusually high to me.
- When the announcer woman is selecting names from the large fish bowl. She hand picked them without mixing the cards. She could easily grab pre-selected cards.
- During the hunger games the controllers use fire to redirect Katniss back into the action of the game. If they're willing to cheat to get people killed, then why not rig the selection?
- Later in the film President Coriolanus Snow talks to Seneca Crane about controlling
hopeand how they created the games to control sectors, by limiting how much
hopethey have of winning. He implies that Seneca should try to get Katniss killed, and this makes me think she wasn't intended to enter the games.
Is there anything in the film or book that confirms the selection process is rigged? and if it is rigged, then why?