Like most post-apocalyptic stories, The Hunger Games trilogy depicts a bleak world for all but the ruling class. It takes place in the future in Panem, a nation built on the ruins of North America. The Capitol is located in the Rocky Mountains and is lavishly rich and technologically advanced in contrast to the rest of the country which supply its resources. The rest of the country consists of twelve districts existing in varying states of poverty. Every year one boy and one girl, between the ages of twelve and eighteen, are randomly chosen from the districts to participate in the “Hunger Games”. The Games are a televised event where the participants, called “tributes”, are forced to fight to the death in a dangerous public arena. The winning tribute and his/her home district is then rewarded with food, supplies, and riches for a time. The purpose of the Hunger Games is to provide entertainment for the Capitol and to serve as a reminder to the Districts of the Capitol’s power and lack of remorse.
Katniss Everdeen, a 16 year old girl from District 12 volunteers for the 74th Hunger Games in place of her younger sister, Primrose. From the beginning Katniss questions the rules and refuses to follow then. In an act of defiance, she places flowers over the body of one of the other participants, and in order to save Peeta’s life she threatens a double suicide. Her ruse is successful, and both tributes return home victorious. Because of her actions she becomes a symbol of hope that fuels the rebellion against President Snow.
The Hunger Games can be considered violent for YA, but I enjoyed them. Jennifer Lawrence plays the part of Katniss with just the right amount of grit and determination. She’s tough and she’s a survivor, yet she allows us to see the turmoil she carries inside. She have no love for the government, but she has no desire to be a symbol for the rebels. All she wants is to be left alone, along with those she loves.
A dish made from wild game would be appropriate to go with this movie, so here is one of my old favorites. A real stick to your ribs stew that’s great on a chilly night.
1 lb. Kiolbassa sausage, sliced
1 lb venison, cut in small chunks
1 onion, sliced thin
½ pkg Italian Beans (frozen)
3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut in chunks
1-2 Beef Bouillon cubes
1 T oil
Salt, Pepper, garlic salt to taste
Put oil in a dutch kettle, heat sausage until fat is rendered. Add onions and venison. Cook until onions are sauteed and meat is browned on both sides. Add potatoes, green beans, bouillon cubes, potates. Add water to cover. Season to taste.
Cook on top of stop at medium heat for 30-45 minutes until meat is done and vegetables are tender. Or cook in oven on 350 for about an hour. Great with rolls, biscuits or cornbread.