Why You Should Watch The Hunger Games During Quarantine
During quarantine, it’s very difficult to find ways to keep yourself entertained. After quite some time, everything that you’ve been doing to keep yourself busy gets old. But I’ve got the perfect solution for you! Here’s why watching The Hunger Games series is a great way to make your quarantine a bit more exciting and bearable! To begin, there are four separate films based off of a book trilogy with each one having an average length of 2 hours and 20 minutes. That means that plenty of time can be devoted to these movies and they’ll give you a break from your normal quarantine activities. These films are action-packed, filled with plot twists, character development, and of course, the classic love triangle. Deciding whether you’re team Peeta or Gale—Peeta is the correct choice by the way—is enough to keep you invested in the series. Peeta, the bread boy, is the perfect guy: kind, caring, devoted, adorable, and beyond in love with Katniss. If that’s not enough to convince you, there are still plenty of other lovable characters—Finnick Odair, Haymitch, and Effie for instance.
Not only is The Hunger Games a suspenseful story that keeps viewers at the edge of their seats, but it also provides a quite profound allegory for today’s society. It represents how the people who are given the power can use it to do terrible things to those around them. It teaches the lesson that people, no matter the age—Katniss is 16 after all—must resist corruption when it is visibly present in order to create a fair society in which all people are given the ability to thrive. I’ve also enjoyed talking with my sister about the series and listening to her particular take on the meaning behind what we’re watching. Her reflection has to do with the idea of what humans find entertaining and our ideas of morality. “I’ve always found it interesting that we’re sitting here and critiquing the people in these stories for finding enjoyment in watching kids kill each other. Yet, here we are, watching kids kill each other. Granted, the books and films are fictional, but it still makes you wonder about the way humans do find an inherent pleasure in watching drama, strife and violence unfold.” The movie adaptations do a beautiful job of illustrating these messages and bringing them to life, while still providing an entertaining storyline.
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games is set in the country of Panem which is comprised of 12 districts. Each year, a female and male tribute from each district is chosen to compete in the Hunger Games, a competition in which tributes must fight to death. The games are used as a message from the Capitol—the wealthy and ruling part of Panem—to show that the districts are inferior and must be controlled. The story follows the protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, as she attempts to navigate the games, as well as personal relationships with those from her district and the other tributes.
While you’re at it, you might as well read the books (before you watch the films, if you’re a stickler about adaptations). Personally, I have chosen to re-read them during this quarantine as it’s super interesting to note the ways in which they differ and bear resemblance!