I have a question about the end of Hunger Games:
BUT it’s a major spoiler alert so I am putting it UNDER THIS CUT
Before the epilogue when Katniss once again feels “that thing again, the hunger that overtook me on the beach” (which at some point earlier she describes as a heat springing from her chest and I was like UHHH LIL LOWER KATNISS, LEZ BE HONEST GIRL) that’s when she and Peeta finally have zexytime, right?
Cause first she says, “On the night I feel that thing again…” she’s not just talking about a general swelling of like, lovey dovey hot feelings for Peeta over time. She’s talking about one event on a specific night when they’re kissing (the line before that is “And eventually his lips.”).
And then it also says she needs Peeta because she needs “the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction”… and spring and flowers always represent procreation in literature, ie sex.
But the biggest clue for me is when Katniss says “So after, when he whispers, ‘You love me. Real or not real?’”… After? AFTER? AFTER? AFTER WHAT!? Ya, I think we’re talking about post no pants dance cuddle time.
And then, of course, it cuts right to the epilogue, which begins with Katniss describing their two children, and being pregnant with them.
Pretty clever of Suzanne Collins considering no kids under the age of like pubertime would ever pick up those references (NOT that kids that young should be reading these books anyway, I’m 23 and I feel like I was too young, sheesh).
And for those saying Katniss was too young, the average age that American women lose their virginity is 17. It’s not America and Katniss isn’t an average woman, but Suzanne Collins’ readership is.
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- heldine answered: I always wondered if they had sex.. I want to re-read it now. :P
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- diariesofasoliloquist answered: I figured that was sex too. I mean, what else would it be?
- mimosajardin answered: Yeah, I didn’t realize there was any ambiguity about that scene. But the added symbolism is a nice touch. :)
- notvalidanylonger answered: I kinda thought so too, but you went into a way deeper analysis then I did lol. Also, I really liked the way it was written.
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- microspark answered: Not the first thing I thought of when I read the ending… but I guess the symbolism works.
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- jemelleeave answered: O__O i didnt pick that up… unf. but thanks for opening my eyes lol <3
- msanthropology answered: I read “after” and I was like, “Yep, the just boned.”
- ericacv answered: I also didn’t pick up on it, but holy crap haha
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- thesparklynarwhal answered: i thought this was the direction she was going in when i read it, too. points well-made.
- offbeatmel answered: I didn’t see it that way, but now that you say that I could see Suzanne meaning it that way.
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- poetnine answered: I thought the entire trilogy was an allegory for the notion that premarital sex destroys civilization. Was I wrong?
- aphienai answered: I didn’t even pick up on this. It’s obvious now, though.
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- emergencycocktail answered: I think it was just kissing. Katniss is not one who would just have sex randomly with a guy she’s kissed twice. + she’s 16 and not a romantic
- jmrichards answered: Yeah…I didn’t catch the other stuff, but the “so after” part made me think that’s what she was referring to.
- curlique answered: didn’t even consider this until you posted it and I’m 18 LOL
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- nabzilla answered: Omg, I didn’t think about this until you posted. Now going back it makes sense! Clever, Collins. Clever.
- bnayy answered: exactly what i thought when i first read the series. a very tasteful and tricky way to bring in a no pants party. hahaha
- clarencemight answered: Eye of the beholder, I guess? At first I thought it was metaphorical, but that bugged me as well. I thought my mind was just in gutterville.
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- radiyum answered: HOLY SHIT I WAS JUST DISCUSSING THIS RIGHT BEFORE I READ THIS! I definitely think that’s what happens though, hard to catch for the younguns.
- notoriously-nice answered: No I didn’t think of this but I think it’s a very interesting point although it still shows that Katniss has deep feelings for Peeta.
- bluebunny answered: …… I’m 18 and I never picked up on those references. Good job on catching these!
- changelingways answered: Yeah that’s definitely what I figured happened, though she phrased it very cleanly which I liked.
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- w31c0m3h0m3 answered: …That honestly did not occur to me at all. Wow.
- iocassandra answered: you’re not. i totally thought the same thing!
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