Typical Saturday night. Frat row. Drunk girls. Drunk boys. Red cups. Music. Lights. Make-outs. Beer pong. Everything you would expect. But wait, what is going on over there? Two girls cursing each other out? Fighting? Yes. Nasty fighting. Aggression. Anger. Jealousy. Too much for comfort. I try to pin point where I’ve seen something so familiar. Mean Girls?
No, high school is so over. And this isn’t an African animal fight.
Ah, yes. The Hunger Games. That book series I whizzed through over winter break and now find myself overly obsessed with.
These two girls are fighting to the death in the arena. Katniss Everdeen is the small, swift one on the left, and is that Glimmer on the right? Tall, blonde, skinny, strong. Yes, it must be. Then it hit me. College is Panem. College is the arena. I must share this discovery with the world. Suzanne Collins’ story in The Hunger Games series and the college experience are not all that different.
The story takes place far into the future where North America once stood. Panem is run by the Capitol, a metropolis somewhat communist government that leaves its citizens hungry in its twelve districts while they feast on all things fabulous. So Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is a citizen in District 12 in the country of Panem.
Each year two citizens of each district – one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 – are chosen to battle it out in the Hunger Games, a competition where the tributes fight to the death and one winner emerges. Why am I talking about this, you ask? Well first, I’m overly obsessed with Suzanne Collins’ series, but also I am here to explain just why The Hunger Games is like real life.
Warning: light spoilers ahead