Recently, I'd written an article about 5 possible plots for the Hunger Games spin off that was mentioned here. And a whole month after making my first post about the spin off, I decided to revisit the topic.
Why, you ask? Simply because I watched Mockingjay Part I again. And then I remembered the spin off. And then I got excited. And then I started thinking (a dangerous past time, I know).
So here we are.
To start off with, I will go into detail about all five of my possible plots for the spinoff. But for today, we're going to focus on just one. The one I find least likely. Why? Because I want to save the bet for last (and, yes, this ranking will be opinionated; you are more than welcome to agree or disagree however you please).
The possible plot I find least likely to happen (or I should say the one I'd want to see the least) is a sequel. A sequel series, that is, to the Hunger Games Franchise. And like all good sequels, it would follow Katniss and Peeta after the end of Mockingjay Part II.
I'm fully aware that movie has yet to be released. So, if you want to save yourself from the danger of all things spoiler, make the first legal u-turn and get out of here. If not, let's rock and roll.
If you've read the book, then you know that Katniss decides she wants to be with Peeta and that they get married. You know that they live in 12 all by their lonesome with Greasy Sae, Haymitch, and their two kids. You know that both Katniss and Peeta are burn victims and no longer look the same as they did before. You know that Katniss contemplated suicide a few times. You know that Katniss wasn't sure she even wanted children until she held her daughter for the first time. You also know about the memory book that the couple made to remember everyone they lost to the Games and the war.
This information all happens in the last chapter and the epilogue of the final installment. It ends things pretty nicely considering what horrors occurred in that book.
Here are the important plot points from that:
- Haymitch, Katniss, Peeta, Greasy Sae, and their two kids are in 12
- Katniss and Peeta are burn victims that suffered through PTSD
- Katniss and Peeta have two kids
- Katniss and Peeta make the memory book
What sort of movie could come from this?
The horrors of the Games and the war would destroy anyone. The destruction. The pain. The lives they lost: Rue, Mags, Cinna, Messalla, Boggs, Finnick, and Prim to name a few. The lives they took: Cato, Brutus, the civilian Capitol woman, Coin and Snow. But Peeta and Katniss have a few more tolls on themselves that the rest of the world does not. Peeta was hijacked. Katniss lost her mind in 13 because Peeta was hijacked. They were both burn victims.
The fact that they still found love with each other is a feat in itself. What's more than that is they were able to find happiness. Or at least some deranged form of happiness in their fallen home. They were able to move on with their lives.
The way I think they should go about this is with an older Peeta and an older Katniss. Their children are now budding teenagers, about Prim's age when the series came to an end.
What's hard in this situation (therefore the unlikeliness for this being the spinoff) is finding a conflict. The war is over. There are no more Games.
I understand that at the end of Mockingjay, the remaining victors decide to hold the Games for the children of the political figures. But that was a one time thing. That was the punishment they saw fit for the Games.
So, we have no more Games. But the Hunger Games are still a pretty big deal. While Katniss and Peeta have moved on, chances are the rest of Panem has not.
One conflict I can see is bullies.
Simple enough, you'd think. And strange considering all that the nation had been through. After those seventy-five years of games and one year of war, you'd think they'd be beyond bullying. But we all know that kids are mean.
So Katniss and Peeta's children go to school. The main form of bullying they'll be witness to is about their parents. It'll be indirect at first. The other children might not even notice they're doing it. But they'll say something bad in regard to all the victors. The ones dead and alive. They might even say something about how reckless the decision to have another Games was. That's the whole reason they went to war, after all.
So their kids will be upset by this. Clearly. One of them will let it get to them. Probably the more outspoken one. Personally, I'd like to see their son have a stronger reaction, maybe not a stronger personality however. Peeta was not a very entertaining character. He seemed weak compared to Katniss. I'd like this one-sided view to disappear with their children. The boy could be strong in his personality, in his views, in his words. Where the girl could be strong in her actions.
So, after this happens, the bullies will view the Mellarks (that's weird enough to think about let alone write down) as a target. The children won't just let it happen of course, but there's only so much they can do about it. But, I'd rather not have this be the central conflict. Just a minor bump in the road that gets mended by someone (probably not Katniss or Peeta because of how broken they became).
The way I see the story propelling forward is with the memory book. The kids come across it, possibly the first time, possibly the millionth time. And they see the book. They look at it. They want to know more.
I don't know about you, but if I were Katniss or Peeta, I'd try and shield my kids from the past as much as possible. It was so detrimental for them that it must be awful for their kids, right?
So now their kids want to know more. I'd like for the kids to go on an adventure to see where everything happened. It can be a coming of age type film like Stand by Me, The Way Way Back, or Big. It can also be a wanderlust type film like Into the Wild or Wild.
The children will go on an adventure. They might be accompanied by their parents, or Lionsgate will give the characters of Katniss and Peeta a break allowing their children to adventure with someone else, possibly Haymitch. Maybe even Annie.
The two will journey to the places that their parents went to. The different arenas. The Capitol where the training center is and where Peeta was hijacked. The different districts where certain other tributes were from: Johanna, Rue, Finnick, etc. And the Capitol again to see where the war happened. They could meet with family members of the fallen and reminisce. Or they could just explore on their own.
Instead of a thriller like the original trilogy, it would be about coming of age and finding yourself through adventure.
Possible characters to add
What'd be nice to see is characters barely touched on in the movies brought to light in this sequel, people from 12 that we hardly heard about. People like Greasy Sae, Ripper or Madge. Or they could bring back old time favorites: Effie, Gale or Johanna. Another character that could be involved is Annie Cresta, Finnick's love. Their son could be encountered at one point along the adventure.
I'd really like to see how Gale and Johanna are fairing after the events of the war. Gale was there, he watched his best friend burn and fall into madness. Johanna should have been there if it weren't for what the Capitol did to her. The children could bring out happiness for them again.
Greasy Sae is a wonderful character who is barely touched on in the books, but everyone has come to love and cherish. I hate that they left her out on this one. Ripper is seen for a brief moment before Gale was whipped in Catching Fire. I would like to see more of her and other 12 members. Now, I know that Madge is dead and not even in the movies, but her memory could be touched upon. Maybe a distant cousin was met or something.
This is least like to be seen because of how unlike the original trilogy it is. Also, it's kind of boring. Sure, those wanderlust and coming of age movie can be great. They can be done so masterfully that you walk away winded and breathless. But with the preface of the Games before this film . . .
I'm just not feeling it.
But you know, that's just me. Tell me what you think below. Is this good? Bad? Neither? Both?