Time for a new “Question of the Week!”
We’ve spent a lot of time in recent weeks, discussing the film and product tie-in’s. This week we are going to head back to a book topic, but one of a more hypothetical nature. This question actually comes from my 11 year old daughter, Kayla who has been asking this question since she read Catching Fire.
Okay let’s look at part one of the question…
In The Hunger Games, p. 19 Katniss refers to the mayor reading the list of past victors from District 12: ”In seventy-four years, we have had exactly two. Only one is still alive. Haymitch Abernathy…” Nowhere does it state when the first Victor from District 12 died, could it have been before they had the opportunity to mentor Haymitch? Or do you think this first District 12 Victor was indeed around for the task.
Now on to part two…
We know at the time of the Quarter Quell there was at least one male and female victor from each District, so the tributes of recent years did have someone to “look after them” in the Games. However, what about some time ago, near the beginning of the Games? Who mentored the first tributes? And what about as time passed and some Districts had Victors and others didn’t? Were these tributes given a mentor at all? Was someone assigned to them, perhaps from the Capitol or the District? Or were they left to their own devices?
Head spinning yet?
So, what do you think about either or both of these questions? To join in the discussion, just write your answer in the comments below. And feel free to respond to others answers too.
We look forward to reading your thoughts!
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