May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor.

may the odds be ever in your favor

I’m thrilled today because I’m going to see the midnight showing of The Hunger Games and I know it will fill the Harry Potter sized hole in my heart. Thank heavens I have three more movies based on books I love to see me through the next few years. After that, I expect all hell to break loose unless Suzanne Collins or JK Rowling come to the rescue again.

The release of The Hunger Games movie is forcing us all to ask (or re-ask if we’ve read the books) ourselves how would we fare if we were forced to be a tribute? As for me, I see it going one of four ways.

1. I would be so hilarious and charming that no one would want to kill me and I would win by default.

2. I would be so hilarious and charming that everyone would want to kill me and I would be the first to go.

3. I would devise aΒ ludicrous strategy that was just zany enough to keep me alive.

4. I would devise a ludicrous strategy that was just zany enough to backfire and kill me instantly.


What about you? How would you fare in the hunger games?


50 thoughts on “May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor.

  1. If I were in the Hunger Games, I’d either pull a Foxface and try to hide from everyone (until I starved or ate something poisonous), or…yep, I’d die.

      1. I remember reading that of all the tributes, she’s the one most likely to survive because she’s the most cunning of the lot. Too bad she ate those berries. I would have rooted for her myself. Good model for trying to survive without killing anyone.

        Oh, by the way I just saw the movie last weekend. It was AWESOME.

  2. Usually i’m always the first one reading a book and knowing its going to become a movie. I don’t know why but this time I’ve just started hearing about it about 2 months ago and I have yet to start reading it. I always prefer reading the book before seeing the movie. I just viewed the official trailer and it look soooo good, im ordering the book today !!!

  3. I’m clumsy enough to fall in the first hole and then take advantage of my two left feet and cover the hole with branches, leaving a peep hole for my own viewing.
    In reality, I’m toast.

  4. Such fun! I will be at a late night showing as well. As for the games, I think I’d kick butt. I’m one of those introverts that people like to underestimate and look over, but I do a good job of reading people and sizing up my environment. I’ve watched tons of wilderness-type shows because you never know, right? And how I hate to be manipulated! While I wouldn’t want to kill anyone, I’d start a rebellion for sure.

  5. I’m looking forward to seeing it this weekend!

    If I were a tribute, I’d most likely embarrass my family and my whole district by clinging like a frightened cat to the chute, tube, or platform that they used to launch me into the arena — at which point another tribute (or the all-powerful eye in the sky) would kill me. Game over.

  6. So I was thinking about your question on how I’d fare in the Hunger Games and then I realized that I don’t really care whether I win or lose (ergo live or die). All I want is to participate in the Games and see how much of my humanity can be retained. Or whether the best part of the my human spirit would triumped. Either way, great blog. Thank God Suzanne Collins wrote these books. Definitely took out the smudge of Meyers books out of my gray matter. Forever, I hope! πŸ˜€

    1. I would like to think that I would find a way to not kill anyone and that my humanity would remain intact but I’m also like really competitive so…

      Also, huzzah for Meyers being wiped from the brain!!!

  7. I vote for #1 & #3. No one would find me cause this face would be buried in the pasta my Pita chip hubbie made for our family to celebrate the pre-party. Our household could be called The Hunger Games =)

  8. I am so ashamed to say I haven’t read the books (yet), but Babs got tickets for us to go this Saturday (she read the books) and I’m really looking forward to it (and only partly because this is one of the dine-in theaters where they serve booze)!

    1. OR- maybe you would make everyone think you were going to lose and then they would just kill each other off and not bother with you and you would be the only one left standing at the end. Good strategy.

  9. In the past 2 weeks I’ve read the The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. I started reading The Mockingjay yesterday. I started out just to read the first book, mostly based on your recommendation, and because I hate seeing a book based movie *before* reading the book it’s based on. I got caught up in the story and away I went. The Kindle makes this soooooo easy πŸ™‚ It’s like my fiction-obsession enabler.

    How would I fare?…. On the one hand I would do very well, I think. I have the violence/survival skillset and the ability to compartmentalize my emotions and do what has to be done with very little fussing about. It’s part of how I was raised, and the rest developed over time as a result of my work. I don’t have to kill people in my job, of course, but some of the things I have had to do and see would keep you up at night. Seriously.

    On the other hand, I’m extremely protective of people that I see as weaker than myself. That would be my achilles heel, I’m afraid. Grinding Careers into a mangled pulp wouldn’t cause me a moments hesitation…. but when faced with a tribute like Rue, or Nuts, or Volts? That’s a big roadblock for me.

    How about I just watch your back and protect you until you come up with a brilliant plan to get both of us out?

    1. Done and done. You are I are in the same boat when it comes to tributes we like. Most likely, I would try to form some rebellion with the tributes I like and then the Capitol would send in a flood or avalanche to take us all out. I’ll try and think of a better plan with a happier ending though.

  10. I suspect I would either learn very quickly about hiding/running away, or be killed right out of the starting gate, lol. I have actually fired a bow before, though, so maybe in the training thing I could take it from ‘sometimes hit target, sometimes stays in target’ to ‘could maybe do some damage’.

  11. I haven’t read the trilogy yet, but I know with certainty that a) though I am the right height (4’11”), I’m too old, so probably wouldn’t meet the eligibility requirements, b) I have a talent for imparting guilt – as in, ‘would you send your mother to such a fate?” and c) when all else fails, I am not above begging (see item a). Great post as always…:-)

  12. You are so funny. I don’t even know if ‘The Hunger Games’ has come out in Australia yet (it probably has but I’m not that ‘with it’ with movies). You certainly have got me interested!

  13. Hmmm…..great material for a blog post. I’m so excited about this movie because The Hunger Games is one of my favorite series’. See, now I seriously want to answer this question about how I’d survive (or not) but I don’t know how Lol. I’m no Catnip, that’s for sure.

  14. During training I’d keep on doing shameless plugs for my blog. They’d see it and think I can cook so they’d keep me alive to feed them poisoned mushrooms. Or they’ll see it and kill me instantly to save the world from my “humor”.

  15. SweetP says:

    I’m so behind the times! I bought book 1 for my daughter and I to read, so far my son, my daughter, my step-daughter have all read but I am still waiting for it! It took me till two years ago to finally read all the HP books! When I began I read my sons books and he had the first when he was 9. I was reading it on the plane, embarrassed a bit because the book was held together with staples and tape, the Flight Attendant saw it and commented, “Oh reading Harry Potter?” Sheepishly I said yes, my son’s book, now 10 years old πŸ™‚ I’ll get there with Hungry Games, probably after the next book I read.

  16. “Some kids who played games about Narnia
    got gradually balmier and balmier.”
    -Eustace Clarence Scrubb (and he almost deserves it), VDT.

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