Oct 25 2010
This month our Book Club selection was chosen by… YOU! We held a poll in September giving you some choices for our next Book Club selection, and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins was our winner for October. I may well have been the last person to read this fantastic tale, but that works out well for the Book Club because so many of you will be able to join in our discussion!
Because The Hunger Games was such a popular choice, I was able to find discussion questions in a variety of places on the web. Below are a selection of discussion points found on About Bestsellers and Scholastic, as well as a few I’ve come up with myself. Don’t limit yourself to the question below though! We always want to hear what you have to say, so please feel free to bring up anything you would like to discuss about the book. Veering off topic is encouraged here!
**PLEASE remember that this discussion covers ONLY the first book in the Hunger Games trilogy; so try to refrain from spoiling anyone by discussing the other books in your comments. (If you must talk about one of the other books, please put it in a separate comment and clearly label it with a SPOILER warning.)
The Hunger Games Discussion Questions
1. Who was your favorite character in The Hunger Games? Why?
2. What did you feel was the most emotional moment in book? Which part was the hardest to read?
3. Why do you think fire is an appropriate symbol for Katniss?
4. How does Katniss’ early encounter with Peeta affect their relationship after they are chosen as tributes?
5. Did your perception of Peeta change over the course of The Hunger Games? How and why?
6. How does the fact that the tributes are always on camera affect their behavior from the time they are chosen? Does it make it easier or harder for them to accept their fate?
7. Why does Katniss ignore Haymitch’s advice to head directly away from the Cornucopia? Did she do the right thing to fight for equipment?
8. Why does Peeta join with the Career Tributes in the beginning of the Games? What does he hope to gain? Why do they accept him when they start hunting as a group?
9. What did you think of the fact that they changed the rules partway through the games to allow two winners from the same district?
10. Do you think the glamorization of the Games and the treatments of its stars before they are sent off to die is a reflection of anything in our modern society?
11. Reality TV has been a part of the entertainment world since the early days of television (with shows such as Candid Camera and the Miss America Pageant), but in the 21st century there has been a tremendous growth of competitive shows and survival shows. Discuss this phenomenon with respect to The Hunger Games. What other aspects of our popular culture do you see reflected in this story?
12. What other books do you feel are comparable to The Hunger Games? (Because who doesn’t want more great reads like this?!)