1984, advanced bushcraft, battle royale, catching fire, dale carnegie, dave canterbury, field & stream, fik meijer, george orwell, how to win friends and influence people, howard pyle, hunger games trilogy, into the woods, james lapine, koushun takami, mockingjay, robin hood, rockridge press, stephen sondheim, suzanne collins, the gladiators: history's most deadly sport, the hunger games, the paleo cookbook, the total bowhunting manual
Have you ever wondered what your favorite characters are reading? Read by… is a peek behind the curtain into the literally preferences of the characters we all know and love. (Minor spoilers for the series ahead.)
Read by…Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins)
Katniss Everdeen has inspired millions of people (both in the Hunger Games Trilogy and in real life). They say behind very great man is a great woman, and I think the same can be said for people and books.
I like to think that Katniss’ father read to her each night when she was young. I think he would have read The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood to her over and over. I think he would have also shared more educational books with her including Advanced Bushcraft and The Total Bowhunting Manual. On dark nights after Prim and Mrs. Everdeen had gone to sleep, Mr. Everdeen would pull out one of the books that had been banned by the Capital, 1984, and read it to Katniss as their little secret.
Katniss’ diet in District 12 is very similar to a Paleo diet. Of course, she does eat grain and bread as well, but one of the big principals of a Paleo diet is the “hunter/gather” aspect of it. Katniss and her family rely on her to hunt down most of their meals, and while they do get rations from the Capital, it’s not enough to live on. I’m sure The Paleo Cookbook came in handy.
On the train to the Capital, Haymitch probably tossed Katniss and Peeta copies of Battle Royale and The Gladiators: History’s Deadly Sport and told them to read up.
When Haymitch works with Katniss and Peeta on the content of their interviews, he most likely only give her a copy of How to Win Friends and Influence People, since he thinks she has “about as much charm as a dead slug” (The Hunger Games, Chapter 9). Peeta obviously doesn’t need this book since Haymitch explains to Katniss that Peeta is going for the approach of “Likable. He has a sort of self-deprecating humor naturally […] Whereas when you open your mouth, you come across more as sullen and hostile” (The Hunger Games, Chapter 9). Haymitch probably handed her How to Win Friends and Influence People as he said, “I give up, sweetheart. Just answer the questions and try not to let the audience see how openly you despise them” (The Hunger Games, Chapter 9).
*SPOILER ALERT* for both Hunger Games Trilogy and Into the Woods.
The end of the Hunger Games Trilogy is bittersweet. It’s not a happy ending, but it’s also not as bad as it could have been. Into the Woods is similar in this same sense. While Into the Woods doesn’t have a “happy ending”, as you expect with “fairy tales”, it does have a more realistic ending. Sometimes bad things happen in life and all you can do is hope for an “okay ending”. It’s not perfect, because real life never is, and because both of these stories have taken their characters to places that they can never fully come back from. Katniss would be able to relate to this ending better than the endings of most stories.
What do you think Katniss would read? Let us know in the comments!
Read by… is written by Kaitlyn and her orange tabby, Grif. She currently lives in Fort Worth and loves reading, writing, theatre, and photography.