Literary Influences on the Hunger Games

I’ve been pondering

And without asking the author out right – here are a few of my suspicions

Lois Lowry’s Classic

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If you haven’t read it yet – add it to your list!

Niccolò Machiavelli’s

Katniss struggles with the battle of fear and love and the same way Machiavelli says a prince must conquer, and realize it is better to be feared. Katniss also battles the inner struggle of acting merely out of necessity rather than love or honor.

The Great Story of Robin Hood

For the obvious reasons.


5 thoughts on “Literary Influences on the Hunger Games

  1. Jaclyn March 21, 2012 / 9:40 am

    Hey! Thanks for linking to my blog post! 🙂

    Interesting point about Machiavelli — I never made the link, but you’re right. The Hunger Games does show the need for some Machiavellian thinking to survive.

  2. Dawn Shipman October 30, 2013 / 1:56 am

    Hey, AnnieMae, did I meet you at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup a long time ago??? If so, thanks for finding (and reading) my blog. Keep in touch–Dawn (Hill)

    • anniemaeblog November 22, 2013 / 10:51 pm

      So good to hear from you Dawn! Tara & I stay in touch via facebook. You have a couple of super cute grandkids. The Lord’s Blessings upon you!

  3. Maggie Dudney November 26, 2013 / 12:24 pm

    Perhaps another layer of influence evident in the Hunger Games trilogy, especially in the first novel, would be from Greek mythology. The idea of defeated lands forced to send tribute to the conqueror land to keep away further ravages recalls the story of King Minos demanding seven youths and seven maids from Athens to perform in the infamous bull ring of Knossos on the island of Crete. The young tributes from each district controlled by Panem bravely sacrifice themselves for the sake of showing subservience to the conquering Capitol and therefore keeping the locals they represent safe and sound for another year.
    Another mythological image that comes to mind is that of the virgin goddess Artemis, the great archeress.. She loves the woodlands and her independence more than romantic love towards any one man.

    • anniemaeblog June 16, 2014 / 9:32 pm

      Just realized I neglected to respond! My apologies. Thank you so much. I found your response full of insight! Especially the parallel to Artemis. Thnak you! Happy Reading

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