Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Katniss To Die In Mockingjay?

Recently, Suzanne Collins was interviewed by the School Library Journal (which can be found here, for any of you who haven't seen it yet). Before you read further, I must warn you that there are spoilers pertaining to The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Gladiator in this post.

Now, there was one particular question & answer pairing that jumped out at me, and it'd be great to hear you guys weigh in as well. Says Collins,
"But once the “Hunger Games” story takes off, I actually would say that the historical figure of Spartacus really becomes more of a model [...] for Katniss. We don’t know a lot of details about his life, but there was this guy named Spartacus who was a gladiator who broke out of the arena and led a rebellion against an oppressive government that led to what is called the Third Servile War. He caused the Romans quite a bit of trouble. And, ultimately, he died."
Could this possibly be foreshadowing for Katniss Everdeen's fate? And you know, it kind of reminds me of Gladiator, that 2000 film starring Russell Crowe. And *spoiler alert* Maximus dies at the end of the movie. I mean, from an emotion-evokation perspective, that would definitely carry heavy impact.

And considering Collins's style, I can't imagine her finishing off Mockingjay with a happy fairy-tale ending. So let's face it - there're going to be deaths. There's going to be carnage. The whole Gale-Katniss-Peeta triangle is not going to end perfectly for all.

So, what do you think? Will Katniss follow in the footsteps of Spartacus and Maximus and the like and suffer a Romantically tragic demise? Will she survive? Which of those close to her will meet untimely ends?


Liviania said...

Honestly, I doubt it. I guess I think of Collins the opposite of you - she tends to take the easy way out.

Hanna C. Howard said...

If she dies, she'll have to do so on the last page, since it's written in first-person-present.

But I wouldn't put it past Collins. Have you read the Underland Chronicles? They're MG, and the last book definitely left me wallowing in hiccuping tears. Whatever happens, it won't be cheery and glittery.

But, oh, it's only nineteen days away! AHHH!

Steph Su said...

I agree with what Hanna said. If that does happen, I'd be interested in seeing what happens after that, since it is written from Katniss' first-person present POV.

But reading that interview has made me EVEN more excited about the book. I don't think I can wait for my preorder to come in. I probably have to rush out and buy it at the nearest bookstore instead!!

Anonymous said...

I am beyond excited for this book.

Just like deathly hallows, there is going to be carnage. *whimpers*

deltay said...

Aha, that's a very good point about it being written in 1st person present. Wooow, total fail - somehow that kind of just slipped my mind in my excitement ;)

Getting even closer now! :O

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