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The Hunger Games Panel

Maggie Olson, Madonna and Gabriel Doucette

Hunger Games for Web.JPGThe Hunger Games takes place after the destruction of North America by some unknown apocalyptic event, in a nation known as Panem.

Panem consists of a wealthy Capitol and twelve surrounding, poorer districts.

District 12, where the book begins, is located in the coal-rich region that was formerly Appalachia.

As punishment for a previous rebellion against the Capitol in which a 13th district was destroyed, one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 from each district are selected by annual lottery to participate in the Hunger Games, an event in which the participants (or "tributes") must fight in an outdoor arena controlled by the Capitol, until only one remains.

Our panel discusses why the movie Hunger Games is so popular.

Listen audio (runs 15:09)