I’ve just finished re-reading The Hunger Games trilogy in preparation for The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes which comes out tomorrow (ahhhh!). I’ve always loved these books and reading them again was such a wonderful experience. I am so unbelievably excited for this new book and so I thought it’d be fun to do this tag.
Unfortunately, because this is an older tag I’m not sure who created it but credit is given to whoever did (and if you know, please let me know in the comments!).
Potential (definite) spoilers ahead, so beware of that!
1. What is your favourite book in The Hunger Games trilogy?
Like a lot of people, I adore Catching Fire because it answers a lot of questions that the first book raises. It really expands the world so you can get a sense of how tyrannical this society is even beyond the Hunger Games. I loved the political intrigue. That being said, I’m tempted to actually choose the first book, maybe because it’s the book I have the most memories of but I also think it does something so wonderful. It really hammers home the brutality of the society, as we see Katniss, an ordinary girl being sent to these horrific ‘games’. Although, in the film we do see a little of what is happening outside the games, all we have in the book is Katniss’ perspective. The first book has everything happening as normal for this society without the elements of rebellion, and I think that makes it very hard hitting.
2. How long would you last in the Hunger Games?
Not long at all. I’d maybe survive the first bloodbath because I wouldn’t try to fight for the resources at the Cornucopia but after that I’d be a goner. Let’s just say, I’m not the best at physical activity and I don’t have any survival skills.
3. What’s the strangest thing you thought was going to happen in the books (but didn’t)?
To be honest, I genuinely don’t know. I read the books for the first time around seven, eight years ago and I cannot remember a lot of what I was thinking when I read them, unfortunately (although I have many wonderful memories of this series). I know I have just re-read them but I wasn’t really speculating anything because I already knew all of the main events.
4. How were you introduced to The Hunger Games?
In primary school we used to have silent reading every morning and a lot of my class were reading them. I came across a copy in my library and picked it up so that I could see what all the fuss was about. I had the first book finished in two days when they’d been reading it for weeks. I think I must have liked it.
5. Favourite moment that happens in The Hunger Games?
There are so many moments that I think are amazing, like the iconic scene with the berries at the end of the first book, but the moment that comes to mind happens in Catching Fire. I love when the victors/tributes all hold hands in solidarity after being interviewed for the Quarter Quell. I think it’s just perfect and portrays exactly what Suzanne Collins was going for.
6. Who is your favourite character?
I love Peeta. I loved him the first time round and this has stayed true the second time. My primary school class used to have regular arguments over whether Gale or Peeta was better. I could never never (and still can’t!) understand how I was in the minority in choosing Peeta. He is just such a kind, lovely, genuine person and I think that makes him pretty hard to beat. Especially, when you consider all the horrors he was put through.
As is typical of me, I can’t give one answer. I also am a big Katniss fan. I don’t think I’ve read a character quite like her, before or since. Her strength is incredible, yet she’s often quite hard on herself and discounts any positive qualities she has. I think she is truly a character to be admired.
7. What district would you live in?
I wasn’t really sure how to determine this but I know that Panem is based on the US. I’ve decided to base this on the first place I ever visited in the US just because I really don’t know what else to do. Anyway, that would be California and according to Google that translates to District Four. Home of Finnick Odair- not bad.
8. What was the most emotional moment in the books for you?
Rue’s death, Finnick’s death, Prim’s death… all the deaths hurt so bad. Also when Katniss discovered that Peeta was being used by the Capitol against her and she breaks down crying which causes Finnick to start crying over Annie. It only gets more emotional when she finds out the extent to which the Capitol has tortured Peeta as well.
There are so many emotional moments in the books though. It’s difficult to name just a few, never mind one!
9. What item from home would you take into the arena with you as a token?
Um. Not sure. Probably some sort of chain with pictures of my family in it like Peeta brought for Katniss… except this would be for myself.
10. What was the most evil plan someone made in the books?
It has to be the Hunger Games themselves, right? What’s more evil than sending innocent children to their deaths? The plan to host a Hunger Games using the children of the Capitol at the end of Mockingjay was particularly horrifying.
11. What are you most looking forward to in the new book? (I’ve changed this question as it used to be about the film which is obviously, already out)
I’m genuinely really looking forward to learning more about Snow’s rise to power. I also know he’s a mentor for the 10th Hunger Games in this so I’m really interested in learning more about that role. Also, I’m super intrigued to learn more about the girl tribute from District 12 because the quotations that I’m seeing on Twitter are really something.
12. Who is your favourite villain in the trilogy?
When I was reading up on this tag I saw people answering with Effie so I guess I’ll do the same. I will also add in Katniss’ prep team although I don’t really view either of them as complete villains. Yes, I guess they were complicit in the atrocious actions of the Capitol but I think they were also victims of that Capitol. They were indoctrinated and brought up to think that the likes of the Hunger Games were not only normal but acceptable. They were constantly bombarded with propaganda which is evident in Mockingjay, so can they really be blamed for that?
That’s all I have for you! I hope you’re as excited for this new book as I am! My order has shipped and I could not be more excited.
Thanks so much for reading!