Time really flies! Who would’ve thought that this month, ‘The Hunger Games’ celebrates its 10th anniversary? If you still remember, The Hunger Games kicked off a franchise of four movies based on Collins’ best-selling trilogy: The Hunger Games in 2008, Catching Fire in 2009, and Mockingjay in 2010.
And on March 23, 2012, The Hunger Games was released in theaters, directed by Gary Ross, and followed by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Mockingjay part 1 and 2 – with over $694.4 million earned.
The Hunger Games takes place in the world of the Panem Government- which is viewed as perfect and ideal because it dictates what every people and their district should do. The Hunger Games competition is held once a year, with two competitors from each of the 12 districts between the ages of 12 and 18. In a televised spectacle, the “tributes” compete to the death.
Let’s recall the lessons from The Hunger Games that are hard to forget:
Braveness in Volunteering
The story started when Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, volunteered to represent District 12 at the competition instead of her sister by the iconic three-finger salute. She is fighting through her hopelessness because of a promise she made to her sister that she will take care of them. So, she did her best to get that.
This scene teaches its viewer to fight and not be scared to voice out for the sake of their loved ones, not for themselves, just like what Katniss did. She never fought for her self-gain but to keep everyone that mattered to her safe.
A single voice can affect a thousand lives
The three-finger salute symbolizes resistance and solidarity, continues. Since Katniss showed its bravery, it awakened the eagerness of other districts to fight back. Until they created a movement against their dictator-government. This is where the “If we burn, you burn with us” line begins.
All that happened because of a single and determined voice from Katniss.
Every action has a consequence
If there’s an overall lesson from “The Hunger Game” that you would take with you, it is this. There’s always a domino effect. It’ll teach you to be mindful of every action you do. Like the movie, its government, its capitol, and all the districts received what they deserved.
Justice will always prevail in the end. But, it will never happen without effort. Katniss Everdeen showed us that throughout the movie. That’s why even till now, “The Hunger Games” continues to strive to the top. It is still loved by its fans, even after 10 years.
Aira is a content writer who believes in "everything happens for a reason," so she writes with a reason - to learn and educate. During her free time, she is either reading or watching Netflix. But what she enjoys most is her personal time vibing to her playlist with a coffee in her hand, looking at the view from her room.