(NOTE:Spoiler Alert – This list may reveal story details of the entire trilogy, not just the first book.)
The film version of The Hunger Games will appear in theatres worldwide this week. I just finished reading the trilogy and here are eleven things I learned from the Scholastic Press books by Suzanne Collins:
- If your younger sister is selected for certain death, do not volunteer in her place! You’ll save countless lives and 80 chapters of angst. Let her go.
- Girls, if you have a choice between the Baker’s son and a really good hunter you should move. There are better options than the dregs living in your District and hopefully they won’t come with all the baggage.
- Katniss Everdeen needs a really good health plan.
- Presidents should use Victors at their own risk….especially ones with a really good aim.
- A marketing plan built around the concept of ‘the girl on fire’ is a bad idea, especially in fiction. Writers love irony.
- A society built around government-imposed, segmented industries is a really stupid idea. Just ask U.S.S.R., East Germany, and China.
- Reality shows suck…but I knew that before I read this trilogy.
- Not everything that falls from Heaven is good.
- Well-ordered books may be a sign of a compulsive author. (3 books, each book with 3 sections, each section with 9 chapters…somebody has a color coded underwear drawer.)
- Fashion designers should avoid pissing off the Man.
- Books that infer minors involved in graphic violence, nudity, and prostitution can be best sellers…as long as the author keeps the main character celibate.
A version of this article first published as
The Hunger Games Trilogy: 11 Things I Learned