What 'The Hunger Games' Taught Three Millennials

But does Katniss actually endorse the Hunger Games?
What 'The Hunger Games' Taught Three Millennials
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Jennifer Lawrence in 'The Hunger Games'

Editor’s note: The fourth film in the Hunger Games franchise—based on the second half of the trilogy’s final volume—will be released this Friday, starring Jennifer Lawrence in the role of Katniss, whose experiences in the previous films have marked her for life. Now a symbol of the Revolution, she has to navigate tricky relationships with power and her future.

To discuss the series’ themes before the final film is released, we’ve called in three fans: Morgan Lee, an assistant editor at Christianity Today, and D.L. Mayfield and Matthew Loftus, both regular contributors to CT. In the chat transcript that follows (lightly edited for clarity), the three discuss the book’s themes of power and violence and wonder if anyone is really redeemed.

Important Disclaimer: No one in this chat has seen the latest movie but everyone has read Mockingjay, the book on which it’s based—and spoilers abound.

Who Holds the Power?

Morgan: When the third movie concludes, who would you say—among the Capitol, Coin, Katniss, Plutarch, and the other victors in District 13—holds the power? How do they conceive of each other's power? And which of those actors has the most effective "theory of change" in your opinion?

Matthew: The Capitol clearly still has a lot of power, mostly in terms of military strength and control of information—at the end of the movie, for example, they let the rebel hovercraft escape so they can send Peeta, their weapon, into District 13. But District 13 and Coin have some unique forms of power that they can use unconventionally and asymmetrically—Beetee's technical wizardry and Katniss's stardom mixed with sympathetic anger—to ...

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