Katniss Everdeen is a 16-year-old who lives in constant fear of herself, and her family, dying of hunger. She also fears the Reaping, a day when each District offers one boy and one girl, aged 12 to 18, is offered up as a sacrifice to the Capitol as a penance for an uprising that happened over 74 years ago. The 24 tributes enter an arena, where they fight to the death until only one tribute remains and they are crowned the victor of The Hunger Games.
Based on the international best seller, written by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games follows Katniss after she volunteers for her sister, Prim, and is taken to the Capitol along with her fellow tribute from District 12, Peeta Mellark.
The people in the Districts live under the rule of the Capitol, who uses the Games as a weapon to keep the people oppressed and fear the penalities if they defy the Capitol. While the population in the Capitol sees the Games as just that, even betting on who will win, the populations in the Districts are forced to watch it every year and only see their children being led to the slaughter.
Without consulting Katniss, Peeta and Haymitch Abernathy, District’s 12 last victor and their mentor, come up with a plan to make Katniss desirable. The night before they go into the arena, Peeta confesses his love for Katniss and create a story line the Games has never had before: a love story.
Once in the arena, a twist in the Games allows Katiniss and Peeta to team up. The pair are led to believe that they could win it, as the new rule says that two tributes from the same District could both win if they are still alive. The twist offered ends up being receded, and Katniss lights a spark that could be dangerous to save herself and Peeta from the arena.
I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and the book, though I do have some bookworm issues with the movie. Reading through the trilogy, you understand what Collins was trying to do with these books. She was attempting to hold a mirror up to reality television, and the way we are toward it. By giving the Games a deadly twist, it really puts reality television shows into prospective.
The books, and the movies, raise important questions: could this be where the entertainment industry is heading? We pay loads of money to watch people be killed in horrific ways, how far off are we from watching actual people being killed and see it as sport?