Review and Giveaway: 'Guide to The Hunger Games' Monday 16 April, 2012

With Hunger Games mania at an all-time high, there are quite a few unofficial guides and companions floating around out there (with more on the way, to be sure), but Caroline Carpenter’s Guide to The Hunger Games still manages to stand out from the crowd. Guide to The Hunger Games cover all three books in the trilogy, and it’s written in an extremely engaging and interactive way that seems suited to both older and younger readers of the series. It’s academic, yes, but also very approachable.

From dystopias and Cinna’s fashions to the parallels between District 11 and the Old South, Carpenter touches on a number of intriguing topics and leaves very few stones unturned. Her Guide includes thoughtful and thorough character studies, detailed information about each district in Panem, and even a “How to Survive the Hunger Games” manual. Many fans will appreciate the Team Peeta vs. Team Gale section, though Carpenter emphasizes that romance is “far from being the main plot point of the series.” She reminds us that — whether we like it or not — love triangles are common in many stories and draws some fascinating comparisons between The Hunger Games and Emily Brontรซ’s Wuthering Heights.

Each chapter includes a number of “fact boxes” full of interesting trivia tidbits and historical information that complement and enhance Carpenter’s analysis. For example, in a fact box that appears at the end of her chapter on the Third Quarter Quell, she reminds us that human sacrifice isn’t a new concept and likens President Snow’s Panem to the ancient Aztecs, for whom sacrifices were commonplace. Another fact box pops up in her District 13 chapter and includes examples of other fictional subterranean societies.

Perhaps the most unique elements of Guide to The Hunger Games are the fun, interactive activities sprinkled throughout the book. There are quizzes for the reader to take to test his or her knowledge of The Hunger Games as well as codes to crack and clever personal ads with “mystery authors” to identify. The guide even concludes with a space in which one can write a “personal review” of the trilogy.

We’ll be interviewing Caroline on tonight’s episode of the show, so be sure to tune in live starting at 10pm Eastern Time!

Plexus Publishing was kind enough to give us a couple of copies of Guide to The Hunger Games to give away to YOU guys (pictured above), so if you’d like to win a copy, please enter using the form below! The only thing you must do is leave a comment on this post and let us know how many times you’ve seen the movie so far. You can get additional entries, however, by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook, and tweeting about the contest.

U.S. and international residents are eligible to enter. The contest will close at 12:01am Eastern Time this Friday (4/20/12), at which point we’ll choose two winners at random and notify them via email. May the odds be ever in your favor!

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  • Carla Da Silva says:

    Iยดve seen the movie 7 and a half times!!!! SEEING IT AGAIN NEXT WEEK ……. AGAIN….. I LOVE IT SOOO MUCH….. MY OBSESSION HAS TAKEN OVER ME….LITERALLY – MY BRAIN IS 99& HUNGER GAMES 1& EVERYTHING ELSE…..I think my friends are worried about me!!!! hahahaha

  • Erin says:

    I’ve seen the movie twice.

  • Adele says:

    I’ve seen the movie 5 times ! and my mom thinks i’m nuts now ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I will definitly see it again !

  • Chandler Smith says:

    4 times and counting!

  • Catherine H says:

    Love the Hunger Games! Seen it twice so far and can’t wait to read all the books again! Roll on next November for Catching Fire ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Vijeta Walke says:

    I’ve seen it only two times and i wanted to watch it again! But, Sadly I live in Mumbai and the movie got out of the cinema within 2 weeks.

  • Karli says:

    only four and a half times :(((( (Been buying so much THG merchandise I don’t have money left to see the movie! Plus,the theater by me TOOK IT OFF THEIR SHOWING LIST… But I definitely hope to see it at least three more times…

  • Mira says:

    I’ve seen the movie twice. Can’t wait to have it on DVD! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Jonathan D. says:

    I’ve seen it 4 times, going on 5 soon enough!

  • Alison says:

    I have seen it 3 times and I am going again tonight!

  • Michelle says:

    I’ve seen the movie four times and I loved it more each time! The movie was shot perfectly and the cast was spot on. I think they did an amazing job bringing this incredible story to life.

  • Maia says:

    Hey all I have seen the movie only twice, I can only afford. But I am glad to have seen it and memorized all the lines in my head !

  • Michaela says:


  • Ellie says:

    I’ve seen the movie 3 times!

  • Emily says:

    I have seen the movie 3 times! First at midnight, then in IMAX, then once more because I enjoyed the movie so much! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • claudine ampolitod says:

    i have seen the movie 3 times ๐Ÿ˜€ and hoping to see more

  • Mel says:

    I’ve seen the movie twice! First time I’ve ever gone back to see something again in the cinemas! It was too good.

  • Samantha says:

    I’ve seen it three times!! Good luck to all!!

  • Moira says:

    I’ve only seen it two times, but I’m going to be seeing it more ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Kayla says:

    I have seen the movie twice and was amazing both times!!

  • Becca Mattsson says:

    Saw it three times! Hope to see it more!

  • Alvin says:

    Twice. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ashley says:

    I have seen the movie 10 times…best way to spend my money!! I have the soundtrack and everything<3

  • I’ve watching The Hunger Games 5 times. My city’s theater only had it out for 4 weeks so I went twice the first day it was out, once with my school, and another time with my best friend (the 5th time was online but it still counts right?). I cried every time. I can’t wait to have the DVD in my hands!

  • Sam says:

    three times! midnight premiere, IMAX, and just to see it with my friend ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Siana says:

    Three… One for each book… But I’m going to see it again this week once I’ve finished re reading the trilogy ^.^

  • Jordanne Morrow says:

    I’ve seen the movie 4 times so far!

  • John Morrow says:


  • Lissi says:

    I’ve seen the movie twice :’3 Though I would love to see it a million times more!

  • Katie Wong says:

    I’ve seen The Hunger Games 3 times and plan to watch it again this weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I have seen The Hunger Games 4 times, so far! I can’t get enough of the amazingness of this film.

  • Carly Ellis says:

    I’ve seen the Hunger Games 5 times!!! And yet the scenes when Rue dies and when Katniss volunteers as tribute STILL make me cry… You think by the 5th time, I would know its coming but apparently not

  • Ryan says:

    twice and im going again this weekend

  • Swetha says:

    I’ve seen it once – IMAX Midnight Premiere!

  • Eva says:

    I have seen the movie two times, and I’m dying to see the movie again… But my mother won’t let me go… I have read the first book 4 times, the second two times and the third 3 times. I can’t wait to have the movie on DVD at home! My friends think I am addicted but I think I am not! You’ll agree, right? I hope I’ll win one of the guides. May the odds be ever in your favour.

  • Claire says:

    Not yet, but I’m dying to!

  • annie browen says:

    i have only seen the movie once opening night i went full out in hunger games gear i would like to see it again but money is really tight right now due to my mom being sick if i could afford to see it again i would but as a said cant afford it i have dedicated my life to the hunger games it takes up 99.9% of my brain i get yelled at on a daily basis for talking about it i have read the series five times goin on six i sold my 2 only game systems just to get money for merchandise im am now broke i wear my mockingjay necklace everyday i refuse to take it off the hunger games is my life it has cured me and i will never give it up i love it i need it its my life in a book

  • annie bebe says:

    i have seen the movie once seeing it again this weekend so excited i hope the odds are ever in my favor or i will need some nightlock haha lol jk :p

  • Mattie says:

    I was at Barnes and Noble on Sunday and saw this and I wanted to buy it! This would be awesome if I win. (:

  • Mattie says:

    Oops. I’ve seen the movie 4 times and hoping to see it again soon!!!

  • Joel S. says:


  • David says:

    Twice!! Really want to see it again though ๐Ÿ™‚

  • dser28 says:

    I’ve only been once :-/ but I’m going again soon!

  • Julie says:

    I’ve watched the film three times… I don’t mind watching it again but no one wants to watch it with me! lol

  • Katie Wong says:

    Three times, soon to be four! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Isabella says:


  • Victoria Lopes says:

    I’ve seen it 4 times, and I’m watching again on saturday!

  • Hridi Das says:

    lost count but I think at least 10 times ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nelly says:

    I’ve only seen it twice.. but have been itching to see it more times!

  • Michelle says:

    I’ve seen it four times! Every time it’s just better and better.

  • Madison says:

    I’ve seen the movie three times.
    It gets better each time I see it, and each time I see it I get annoyed because Catching Fire is so…far…away.

  • Cesilia says:

    I <3 the boy with the bread

  • Cesilia says:

    I’ve seen it once

  • Amy says:

    2 times! On my way to see it a 3rd time tomorrow!

  • Kim Russo says:

    I’ve only seen the movie twice so far, but I am thinking this would be a good weekend to go for a third.

  • Ysa says:

    I’ve only seen it once. ๐Ÿ™ But when the DVD comes out, I will watch it over and over again!

  • Elizabeth says:

    I’ve seen it twice, both on March 23rd. Been meaning to see it again. Hopefully this weekend.

  • Tara S says:

    I’ve seen it 3 times in the theater so far, definitely try and get a couple more in before it’s gone. (:

  • Angie Nichols says:

    Ive seen The Hunger Games 2 times. once in Ultra AVX and once in IMAX

  • Jada T. says:

    I’ve seen it twice but I REALLY need to see it a third and maybe a fourth time! Hehe I’m kind of obssessed with the hunger games… But that’s okay! [; OMG I LUV THE GUY WHOLPLAYS CATO! AND JOSH HUTCHERSON!!! <3 EEEP! Hehe! [;

  • Julie says:

    I’m ashamed to say I’ve only seen it once thanks to lack of finances. Once it comes out on DVD, I’ll amend that immediately.

  • Froy says:

    I have seen the movie 4 times!

  • Melissa says:

    Ahh I’ve seen it 5 times!

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