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It's been a few years since Katniss first captivated us with her charm, fierce loyalty,
and righteous archery skills.
So when you go back to re-watch the Hunger Games movies, you'll pick up on a lot more
about the them now than you did the first time around.
Here are some things you only notice about The Hunger Games as an adult.
All four movies pass the Bechdel Test
If you don't know about the Bechdel-Wallace Test, the rules are pretty simple.
A film passes if: there are at least two women with names featured, they talk to each other
at some point, and when they do, they talk about something other than a man.
It sounds simple, but there are thousands of movies that don't actually make the grade.
The Hunger Games movies, however, all pass the test.
Want proof?
In the first movie, Katniss has conversations with Prim, Effie, and Rue about lots of things,
although Rue does mention Peeta.
In the second film, Katniss talks to Prim, Johanna, Mags, and Wires about everything
from fish hooks to clocks.
In the third film, she talks to Prim about becoming a doctor, and Cressida about making
"propos," and in the fourth, she talks to Johanna about their shared trauma, and to
Alma Coin about battle strategy.
Katniss and Peeta swap traditional gender roles
You might not notice it if you're wrapped up in the drama of the games, but Katniss
and Peeta don't exactly conform to traditional gender roles.
Katniss is strong, stubborn, and heroic, while Peeta is kind, deferential, and submissive.
As Linda Holmes noted on NPR, Katniss "challenges a lot of traditional narratives about girls.
She carries a bow, she fights, she kills, she survives, she's emotionally unavailable,
she'd rather act than talk."
"Do you see that?
Fire is catching.
And if we burn, you burn with us."
All of those traits are almost always ascribed to men in Hollywood films, making Katniss
a true outlier.
Then there's Peeta.
How did you do that?"
"I used to decorate cakes down at the bakery."
He openly expresses his feelings, wears his heart on his sleeve, and follows Katniss'
lead throughout the films and books.
Given how successful the franchise was, perhaps more movies would cash in big if they broke
the mold more often.
Gale is a jerk
Gale is a tall, brooding hunter who works in the mines of District 12.
And sometimes his confidence clouds his judgment, rendering him insensitive and even condescending.
In other words, Gale can be kind of a jerk.
In the opening scene of the first film, he interrupts Katniss when she's trying to hunt
a deer, and acts like she wouldn't know what to do with it.
At the beginning of the second movie she reasonably suggests that they run away, but he talks
her out of it.
And in the third film, he has no sympathy for Peeta, who's been tortured and brainwashed
in the Capitol, despite Katniss telling him how horrific it can be.
Gale's kind of a creep.
The PTSD of the victors
Haymitch is an unapologetic alcoholic throughout the films, since he's trying to kill the pain
of his past trauma.
Johanna steals Katniss's medicine after being tortured in the Capitol to calm her
And Katniss herself wakes up screaming from horrific nightmares.
Clinical Psychologist Dr. Janina Scarlet wrote that it's clear Katniss and the other victors
are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
And after what they had to endure in the games and at the hands of the Capitol, it's completely
In addition to the nightmares, Katniss has flashbacks to the demise of Rue in the first
film, the destruction of District 12 in the third film, and nearly losing Peeta multiple
times, leaving her prone to moodiness, sleep disruption, and a tendency to be avoidant.
Even when she enjoys peace with Peeta and their children, she still suffers, telling
her infant that one day she'll tell them why.
District 11 and American
District 11 produces crops for the Capitol, and is one of the poorer districts along with
District 12.
But unlike 12, nearly all of the residents of 11 have dark skin.
Frankly, it doesn't take much digging to notice that District 11 is a direct comment on American
There's an electric fence around the perimeter, preventing anyone from leaving, they're
held there by threat of violence, subject to brutal punishments from the peacekeepers,
such as public hurting if you're caught running away.
Residents of the district have to labor in fields, but the crops they produce are all
sent to the Capitol, leaving them malnourished.
It's not hard to see what District 11 and the Capitol represent.
Cinna actually sparked the revolution
There's no question that Katniss volunteering to save her sister at the reaping was brave,
but that alone wouldn't have been enough to ignite the revolution.
Enter Cinna, whose stylistic genius and devotion to Katniss are the perfect catalyst to turn
her into the Mockingjay.
He's one of the first people in the Capitol who is genuinely nice to her, and unlike past
stylists, he's not just going to dress her up as a coal miner.
Instead, he dresses Peeta and Katniss in flames, getting the attention of everyone in Panem.
Then, in Catching Fire, he designs a wedding dress that flares up into a mockingjay — and
pays for it with his life.
Whether he was in on it or not, he outfitted her for the revolution.
Finnick is actually nice
Finnick Odair first appears on screen almost halfway into Catching Fire, decked out for
the tribute parade.
He's enjoyed a life of luxury ever since winning the Games years ago, but his high life has
some darker strings attached.
While they don't go into it much in the films, Finnick has been sold as an object by President
Snow to wealthy Capitol patrons, who use him for anything they want.
He alludes to it in his first conversation with Katniss, when he brings up secrets as
being the ultimate currency of the Capitol.
"What about you, Girl on Fire.
Any secrets worth my time?"
So if you've ever wondered why he was willing to fight for the revolution, that's probably
a big factor.
President Snow's poisonous past
It's easy to miss that President Snow sometimes bleeds from the mouth.
And while you might assume he has a disease like tuberculosis, that's not the case.
In the books, Finnick reveals that President Snow rose to power at a young age by poisoning
anyone who got in his way, whether they were friend or foe.
In order to deflect any suspicion, he drank from the poisoned cup as well, and acquired
sores in his mouth from the poison that will never heal.
That's also why he wears perfume-scented roses, too — to cover up the smell of blood from
his mouth.
"Never let them see you bleed."
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lawrence published on November 5, 2018
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