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From Chapter 2 of the first book: To the everlasting credit of the people of District 12, not one person claps. Not even the ones holding betting slips, the ones who are usually beyond caring. Possibly because they know me from the Hob, or knew my father, or have encountered Prim, who no one can help loving. So instead of acknowledging applause, I ...


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You are looking at the unfortunate Lavinia. She is a non-character in the movies, but does play some role in the novels. Note - If you go to any of these links, there are spoilers for the third book. If you haven't read it, be wary. From the Wikipedia she is: An Avox (a servant whose tongue has been cut out as punishment for treason). She has red hair, ...


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It is unknown whether Snow changed the plan for the third quarter quell to send Katniss back into the Games but it is likely that he did. A great number of the games were planned at the outset of the creation of the Hunger Games, including the concept of the Quarter Quell having an extra twist, but there's no information, either in the films or in the books ...


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The story takes place in the future. There is a bunch of unexplained tech around, like the force fields in the arena and the practice area. As far as I remember the books and movies, they are not explicitly explained, but rather waved away as sci-fi futuretech. Most likely it is not magic that is responsible for the effects, but technology. Remember: ...


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In the third novel, Mockingjay, we see a window into how the Hunger Games are operated. Events are triggered by devices called pods which have been placed ahead of time, and can be activated by triggers. While the movie might at times appear to show the Hunger Games as running on almost holodeck-level technology, every time we see a more solid description of ...


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It's not a part of the training center. It's what Peeta did for his assessment. He's been well established in the books and films as being a very talented artist – decorating cakes, and himself. Peeta used dyes from the assessment room to paint an image of Rue and it's what earned him his 12 along with Katniss'. From the book: Peeta seems to be struck with ...


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Did the cast or crew say that President Snow is supposed to represent Donald Trump? Jennifer Lawrence and her costars for Mockingjay, Part 2 did have a conversation with Entertainment Weekly where they talked negatively about Donald Trump, with Lawrence saying that “If Donald Trump becomes president, that will be the end of the world.” Her costars had ...


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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was rated 12A in the UK, which gives you one "F" word to use without affecting the age rating of the film. Any more and you get hit with a 15 rating, which would have negatively impacted the films box office takings as less people in the film's target age range would have been able to see it. It's likely that this is why the ...


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The starting points of the Hunger Games, the pedestals the elevator tubes are tied to, have explosives in them. Any attempt to ruin the game by not participating would be solved by remotely detonating a pedestal or two to motivate participation. Remember in the first movie, when Katniss walked too far away from the action, the game maker motivated her back ...


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TLDR: We don't know conclusively, but it's almost certain that the 75th Games (which were planned) were altered to include former winners so as to kill off Katniss (and subdue the rebellion). Answer: I think you've answered your own question. In Catching Fire, following Katniss and Peeta's victories, frustration among the people is growing. They have seen ...


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Peeta was the one that painted Rue, just before Katniss was called for her assessment. The entire scene is much different in the book, and essentially glossed over, leaving it to the audience to figure it out. In the movie, we only see the painting, and no reference to it before or after the assessment. Just Katniss' reaction to it. It reminded her of Rue's ...


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I have read all three books and seen both the films. In both media, both Gale and Peeta love Katniss but not in the same way. Peeta's love comes unconditionally, with devotion, and a complete willingness to sacrifice whereas Gale's love, I think, hinges on the fact that Gale and Katniss are comrades in the revolution against the Capitol. Another way to say ...


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I think there are a few reasons behind this. Firstly, it allowed Katniss Everdeen, the symbol of the revolution, to be seen and admired by all the Districts. Her appearance as a Mockingjay before the 75th Games began would have been inspirational to all the fighters in the Districts. It sent the message even though she couldn't avoid the Games and couldn't ...


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According to Nina Jacobson, the producer, in this answer on Quora: Practically, Phil had shot about 80% of his scenes. What we had to do with the remaining 20% was to give two key scenes to Liz Banks and Woody Harrelson. In MJ1, Effie gives Katniss Cinna's design for the mockingjay uniform instead of Plutarch, as was originally scripted. In MJ2, ...


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We know very little of the political system of Panem, as the Capitol tends to keep its citizens and the districts ignorant. And since everything is told in Katniss point of view, that means we learn very little. We do know that Panem is set in a post apocalyptic North America, and can simply conclude that certain terms were kept. They all speak English with ...


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Out in the wilderness, a different place each year. The land mass that used to be called North America is nowhere near completely filled by the Capitol and the Districts; there are vast tracts of wilderness in between where nobody lives. As @Mistu4u said, it might be unfair to set up the Hunger Games arena in one of the Districts - but then, who said the ...


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We don't know, as the films/novel appear to differ. In the films, it is initially implied that he ate the poisoned berries though. We see him locked in the room at the end of the films with the berries. However, as you say Plutarch tells Katniss something different: Plutarch: Seneca decided to quit breathing. Katniss: Decided? Plutarch: It was that or ...


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Judging from this interview between Suzanne Collins and Scholastic, there doesn't seem to be any other meaning in the name of Panem other than the Latin phrase which is why she chose it: 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 ...


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Suzanne Collins, the author of the novels, is known to be a huge fan of ancient Roman and Greek mythology. For example, from this interview: Q: Thanks to a cruel futuristic government, 24 children are chosen by lottery to compete in the annual Hunger Games—a fight to the death that’s televised live. How did you come up with that idea? A: It’s very much ...


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Maybe because it's a B and not 13? There is another one which is to the right which you can make out through the fence.


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Pure and simply, Guilt. Katniss feels guilt for many things in her life. She feels guilty for leaving her sister alone with her mom as she was pulled into the Games. She feels that she is the provider to her family since her father died, and when she can no longer do that, she feels guilty for not being able to support them anymore (she assumes she will ...


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OK, first if you have not read Mockingjay, then I would want you to know that both Peeta and Gale are Katniss' love interest as both have qualities that she adores, e.g. Peeta can make her feel safe, whereas Gale gives her strength. While Gale is ready to slaughter anyone to ensure his and his people's safety, Peeta would rather surrender himself than to ...


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There's not a very simple answer to this: both love Katniss, and she makes her choice in the course of the trilogy. As of the first two books/movies, Katniss prefers Gale, but pretends to love Peeta for the sake of public opinion: In The Hunger Games, to play up the "star-crossed lovers" story in order to get sponsors. In Catching Fire, to try to keep peace ...


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The posters follow the other extra-canon media presented to boost demand and anticipation for the film. This includes blogs, websites, games and video propaganda as if it were made in-universe. This is a viral marketing concept called In-Universe Marketing over at TV Tropes (Also Alternative Reality Game.) Transformers did it in a particularly big way. ...


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As far as the book and the movie are concerned, there is no rest of the world. It has also gone completely untouched by Suzanne Collins. The book sometimes implies that the rest of the world was destroyed, between wars and geological disasters (Panem is located in North America [Canada, Mexico, USA], but most of modern day coasts are shown as flooded, Sea ...


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Snow's control of the Capital relies on keeping them constantly entertained, so that they care for nothing except their spectacles, their dramas, and the big stories that are constantly pumped on the television. For that, Snow wanted them emotionally invested in the Katniss/Peeta love story. Exposing her as opportunistic or duplicitous might have harmed her ...


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TLDR: I don't believe he was senile. I believe overwhelming anger amongst the districts, coupled with District 13, coupled with a meaningful figurehead, presented a rebellion so large even his intelligence and cunning wasn't enough to defeat it. (Very, very) long Answer: I'll confess, I don't have a word of god interview. It appears Suzanne Collins ...


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He wants to destroy the symbol of the revolution. Think back to the end of the first film. Katniss saves Peeta's life by threatening to eat the poisonous berries, and thus kill them both. In doing so she forces the government's hand, making Snow look weak. Katniss then has to pretend to love Peeta, and this love is shown to the public. Snow even taunts ...


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This is explained a little more in the Novel, and is easier to understand with the hindsight of knowing Plutarch Heavensbee was subversively finding ways to assist the tributes who were complicit in the revolution... It doesn't explicitly state 'Plutarch did this because of this and this...' because that would be terrible clunky writing, and Collins is a ...


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