So this is the third article I'm writing about the Hunger Games Spinoff that I'm more than excited to see come to light. If you want to read the first article, click here. If you want to read the second, click here. If you want to know more about the possible spinoff, click here. And if you want to see the other two possible plots I have up my sleeve, click here.
But if you don't want to bother or you've already read them, let's move along.
The third possible plot that I've thought of revolves around District 12. And not the District 12 we vaguely know from the books and movies. No, I'm talking about the District 12 long before Katniss and Peeta and Gale and Prim. I'm talking about the District 12 that Mr. and Mrs. Everdeen meet and fall in love in. It will be an origin story, not for Katniss, but for her home.
As I've probably mentioned more than once, I've always been disappointed in the way Twelve was depicted in the movies. There's so much life and excitement in the district that when you learn it's gone in the books, you can feel Katniss's pain. In the movies, yeah, you see that it was devastating, but your connection to her home is almost non-existent.
So, here's my proposal.
To really build a connection to Twelve, a connection that we can feel when we return to the original movies, we need something that will last longer than a few movies. And I don't just mean a memory. I mean a television series. Kind of like Gotham.
I get that Gotham is a little different than Twelve. Batman's story has been built up for years and spanned a few generations. When the series finally came out, we were all ready for it. We were all yearning for it. Hunger Games doesn't have the same following as Batman does. Very few things do, in fact.
But [Gotham](series:1127075) is still a success. And Batman isn't even involved. Yes, Bruce Wayne is, but Batman is not. So, I don't see why it couldn't work for the Hunger Games.
Here's my plan:
The series opens up with Mr. Mellark (yeah, Peeta's father) and Mr. Everdeen both in the same building (the school building, the bakery, Mrs. Everdeen's healing space, etc.) as Mrs. Everdeen, long before she becomes Mrs. Everdeen.
For those of you who've read the books, you might - however vaguely - remember that Peeta's father had wanted to marry Katniss's mother. But it was Katniss's father who prevailed. For those of you who didn't, now you know.
That could be one minor conflict that constantly pushes its nose into everything as the series goes along. The major conflict of the series could be a number of things. The Games. The mines. The Peacekeepers. Mr. Everdeen's adventures into the woods. Mrs. Everdeen and Mr. Mellark's attempts to keep him out of trouble.
I think all of these should play some sort of part in the series to make it well-rounded and constantly entertaining. Mr. Everdeen, like Katniss, goes into the woods to fetch game to provide for his family. We also know that he died in the mines, so the entire series could follow some of his adventures down there.
When mines collapse, he could help others out. He could save lives. When he goes out into the woods, he could be sent on missions to retrieve a certain plant that will help Mrs. Everdeen save lives. All the while, Mr. Mellark could be watching his back with the untrustworthy peacekeepers. Mr. Mellark lives in the better part of Twelve, so he could have more connections with the authorities. Especially being the only baker in the whole district. He could play a major part in Mr. Everdeen's success.
One other important character to aid in Mr. Everdeen's adventures would be Mr. Hawthorne, Gales' father. He was in the mines with Mr. Everdeen, and though I'm not 100% sure on this, I do believe he hunted in the woods with Mr. Everdeen as well. While Mr. Everdeen went to the woods, he could cover him. Or vice versa. These characters could all work together with the greater good in mind. Bringing food to those that need it. Saving those who need saving, both from physical ailments and mental traumas.
And as I've said before, Mr. Mellark could be working to protect the two men from the Seam.
What would be interesting to see is corruption within the Peacekeepers. Some who work with the heroes to bring food and hope to the members of Twelve. The rest working with Snow to keep Twelve underfed and deprived.
The way I see the series unfolding is that the Peacekeepers working against our heroes find out that it's Mr. Everdeen and Mr. Hawthorne are involved. Though many others are at the core of the relief efforts (Hob members, other Peacekeepers, Mrs. Everdeen, and probably many others) the only two found out are Mr. Everdeen and Mr. Hawthorne.
So, when the mining accident happens that kills both men, it is less than an accident. Mrs. Everdeen becomes truly withdrawn because she has no idea who to share this information with. Definitely not her children. That would ruin things for them. She doesn't know who she can trust of her allies anymore. Someone must have sold out her husband. That's the only explanation. So that's why she doesn't interact much with Mr. Mellark in the movies and the books. Because she doesn't trust him anymore.
The series could end with Mrs. Everdeen making a vow to protect her children from the truth at all costs. And if that includes not meeting with Mr. Mellark, a once good friend, ever again, so be it.
If you didn't see this one coming, I want to see District 12 favorites that weren't expounded on in the movies. People like Madge, Ripper, Greasy Sae, Darius. With a whole series to explore everything Twelve has to offer, we can really get to know these awesome characters.
On top of that, I want to see some people not touched on either in the books or the movies. For example, the Mellark family. We only ever hear of Peeta's family, but we never meet them. The same goes for Gale. In the book, we meet his mother. But he has two brothers and a sister that we are never introduced to. His father died in the same mining accident that killed Mr. Everdeen. That's one of the reasons he and Katniss are so close.
Long time favorites should return too. I'd like to see Haymitch grow into the grouchy drunk we meet at the start of the series. If we could see a younger Effie Trinket once a season at the time of the reaping, I'd really enjoy that. To see all of her strange outfits and wigs. And maybe a visit from a young Plutarch Heavensbee, Caesar Flickerman, Claudius Templesmith or a younger Snow would be interesting as well.
For the characters already mentioned earlier in the article, I want to see that halfway love triangle manifest. I don't want to see a full-fledged "oh, who do I pick? I just don't know." That's overplayed. I want to see Mrs. Everdeen clearly picking Mr. Everdeen, because that'd just be awkward if there was a good chance she was with Mr. Mellark.
I'd also want to see a happy, lively, determined and fierce Mrs. Everdeen. She is broken, damaged and weak in both the books and the movies. We all know, or at least accept, that it's because she lost her husband. She also lost her best friend, Maysilee Donner, to the Games. That's a heavy weight to bear. I want to know who Mrs. Everdeen used to be. Before her husband's death, at least. I'd like to see her be strong, brave and determined like Katniss. I'd have a greater respect for her and not have such an aversion towards her character.
I think this could work. I really want it to, also. I want to know more about District 12. What it was like before Katniss. Was it more lenient or less so? Who was Mrs. Everdeen before her husband died? Who was Mr. Everdeen? Was Haymitch always an alcoholic, or is that a recent thing? How did Capitol representatives view the District that had only one victor? Was it a shock or a disappointment? Or were they unfazed?
I think it could work. But if you haven't noticed, this is #3. That means I still have two more plots that I think will be a better bet. If you know the other two, which do you think is #1?
Alright, that's enough for one day.