As a hunter, squirrels are her specialty. Haymitch learns from Peeta that Katniss has a sharp aim. Haymitch asks her if she’s good and she says, “I’m alright.”
That’s when Peeta chimed in to say his father buys her squirrels and says that she shoots them right in the eye, every single time.
The Hidden Meaning of Katniss
Katniss is a plant, actually, Author Suzanne Collins said that she came across the perfect name for the bow-wielding heroine as she was researching edible plants for survival training. Katniss, also called the arrowhead plant, was the perfect fit.
As she read about it, she found more and more connections to the character she was developing. She discovered that the word had derivatives from Latin with a tie to the archer, Sagittarius. It’s an aquatic plant with tuber roots and arrowhead-like leaves.
Only Kills for a Purpose
President Snow’s logic: Instate the Hunger Games as a “reminder that the Dark Days must never be repeated.” He only kills for a purpose, ergo, let them kill each other!
The Capitol presides over the gruesome spectacle because it makes sense that only an annual violent event against innocent children will prevent a repeat of the First Rebellion. Spoiler alert: It’s repeated.
About That Elevator Scene
That elevator action was not a one-take, flawless shot. Far from it. Tribute Johanna Mason, in a bold move to intimidate the competition, stripped down. But filming it ran into a very unintended outcome.
Actress Jena Malone said it was a speedy elevator, which meant she had to get bare in six seconds or less. On one of the takes, a film assistant accidentally sent the elevator to the wrong floor. A patron holding two cups of coffee at the bustling Atlanta hotel was standing there when the door opened. Jena Malone’s bare backside was completely exposed.
I Need a Hero
Styling Katniss as the “Girl on Fire” and the Mockingjay heroine was all Cinna. Cinna, as her stylist, gowned her in a fiery spectacle to match her courage in saving her little sister. He nurtured her image as the symbol of the rebellion all along. Cinna styled the gorgeous wedding gown.
But he didn’t tell the star of the rebellion that it would morph into the fantastic Mockingjay gown. He paid for it with his life.