Sep 27th, 2010 by Marilyn
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Panem is “the country that rose up out of the ashes of a place that was once called North America.” Much of the land was swallowed by encroaching seas. Droughts, storms and fires changed the landscape as we know it. A brutal war was waged for what little sustenance remained.
“The result was Panem, a shining Capitol ringed by thirteen districts, which brought peace and prosperity to its citizens. Then came the Dark Days, the uprising of the districts against the Capitol. Twelve were defeated, the thirteenth obliterated. The Treaty of Treason gave us the new laws to guarantee peace and, as our yearly reminder that the Dark Days must never be repeated, it gave us the Hunger Games”.
Today is the day of the reaping. One boy and one girl from each district will be chosen to participate in the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games are the super bowl of the Capitol where the tributes must fight to the death. Katniss, her best friend Gale and her little sister Prim stand motionless and breathless waiting for the first name to be read.
Katniss Everdeen is a teenager growing up in District 12. “She has no idea. The effect she can have.”
Book Club Ideas for The Hunger Games
The ideas for this trilogy book club party are endless, so I had to pick and choose among the ones that spoke to me the most. Please submit your ideas and comments at the end of the post. I would love to hear from you.
Symbols that hope was not lost are the burnt bread that Peeta gave to Katniss and the first dandelion (yellow) of the year. “I can never shake the connection between this boy, Peeta Mellark, and the bread that gave me hope, and the dandelion that reminded me that I was not doomed” (The Hunger Games pg. 32). I couldn’t find a yellow dandelion flower in the fall when I published this post, so I included a dandelion seed head.
What to Wear
You can dress as Katniss, a teenager trying to survive in District 12, hunting for food with a bow and arrows slung over your shoulder.
Make sure you wear your mockingjay pin, a gift Katniss received from Madge.
You can dress in any of the outfits that Cinna made for Katniss such as the girl on fire outfit (The Hunger Games pg. 67). Don’t laugh but this is the closest thing I found to “the girl on fire” outfit.
Another option is to dress like the people living in the Capitol: “The oddly dressed people with bizarre hair and painted faces who have never missed a meal. All the colors seem artificial, the pinks too deep, the greens too bright, the yellows painful to the eyes…” (The Hunger Games pg. 59). Be sure to include a bright colored wig, intense colored makeup, and tattoos and jewels for the face and body.
Options for a table centerpiece can include: a katniss (arrowhead) plant, “As long as you can find yourself, you’ll never starve.” (The Hunger Games pg. 52); a bouquet of wildflowers (violet, yellow and white) to represent the wildflowers that Katniss adorned Rue with (The Hunger Games pg. 237); white roses to represent the white roses President Snow wears on his lapel and the one that was placed mysteriously in Katniss’ room (Mockingjay pg. 74).
Here is the unofficial score for Hunger Games in an mp3 download.
Bird songs playing in the background are the perfect sounds for this book club party.
Bird Sounds CD
Book Club Menu for The Hunger Games
The meals at the Capitol are nothing like Katniss has ever seen.
Katniss and Cinna, her stylist, meet in the sitting room to discuss her opening ceremonies outfit. Cinna pushes a button on the side of the table and a second tabletop appears that holds their lunch - ”Chicken and chunks of oranges cooked in a creamy sauce laid on a bed of pearly white grain, tiny green peas and onions, rolls shaped like flowers, and for dessert, a pudding the color of honey”. (The Hunger Games pg. 65)
Baked Brie with Raspberries served with grapes, apple slices and crackers
Delicato Pinot Grigio goes well with this meal with its rich aromas of tropical fruit and citrus and the light, crisp flavors of pear and peaches. My mouth is watering just thinking about the wonderful flavors of this meal! Since The Hunger Games Trilogy is a young adult book, wine is a suggestion for adult book club parties only.
Other Menu Options for The Hunger Games
You can serve cookies for a dessert to represent the cookies given to Katniss by Peeta’s father. (The Hunger Games pg. 37)
Katniss’ dinner with Cinna, Portia, Haymitch, Effie and Peeta (The Hunger Games pg. 76) was ”mushroom soup, bitter greens with tomatoes the size of peas, rare roast beef sliced as thin as paper, noodles in a green sauce, cheese that melts on your tongue served with deep blue grapes” and a gorgeous-looking cake that they set ablaze.
If you’re up for the challenge, you can roast a pig and don’t forget the apple in its mouth. Katniss is performing for the Gamemakers but the majority of them are fixated on a roast pig that has just arrived at their banquet table. Katniss will not be upstaged by a dead pig. She shoots an arrow at the Gamemakers’ table and skewers the apple in the pig’s mouth and pins it to the wall behind it. (The Hunger Games pg. 101)
Katniss is impressed most by the lamb stew with dried plums at the Capitol (The Hunger Games pg. 127).
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Ratings for The Hunger Games at the time this post was published
|Goodreads: 4.61 stars (1,839 reviews)|
|Amazon: 4.7 stars (122 reviews)|
|Barnes & Noble: 4 stars (129 reviews)|
|My Rating: 4.2 stars Loved, loved, loved The Hunger Games but my interest died down in the middle of Mockingjay, didn’t feel like Katniss was living up to her Heroine persona.|
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