Back in September, Cracked.com released this hilarious article about the sexually depraved undertones in Harry Potter that most of us pay no attention when we read the series.
That got us thinking. Even when a book isn’t particularly romantic or sexy, there are still some dirty, filthy references in its midst. The Hunger Games is no exception to this.
So what references have we been missing? Let’s explore!
#1. The Hunger Games Victor Prostitution Ring
This is the most obvious one. Finnick clearly spells out that he was forced into prostitution in The Capitol, doing the dirty deed with anyone willing to pay the price. The torture he was put through is ultimately what caused him to join the rebellion and fight back with the secret he’d learned about high-powered society. BUT he wasn’t the only one.
Haymitch says that after his family and girlfriend were killed, he was the person held up as a warning to “Finnicks and Johannas and Cashmeres” that The Capitol is not to be messed with. We figure Johanna didn’t play by the rules and become a Capitol-made prostitute, which is why she has “no one left to love” and we cry ALL THE TEARS for her. However, somebody else, probably multiple other victors, must have played along. We get the feeling that wealthy members of Capitol society have.. ummm.. differentiating tastes.
Does this make President Snow the ultimate pimp?
#2. Haymitch Sends Katniss Date-Rape Drugs
Sleep syrup. It can be used as an anesthetic or a remedy to sleeping problems. It tastes like berries, so it’s easy to swallow and not really detectable when mixed into food or drink. It sounds so innocent!
Then you realize that sleep syrup doesn’t just put your to sleep, it KEEPS you asleep through pretty much anything. Lucky for Peeta, Katniss’ only intentions were to keep him from following her, because she tricked him into eating a dish that would have enabled her to do anything she wanted with him for a few hours.
If some sleazy Capitol resident mixed that syrup into someone’s fruity little cocktail, the drinker would be in a whole world of trouble.
#3. Peeta and Katniss “Sleep Together”
Fanfiction writers have been abuzz for ages with this theory. Frankly, it makes sense. Two seventeen-year-olds, because they are irrefutably scarred by horrible events, sneak into each other’s rooms at night to seek comfort. They wrap their bodies together, fight off nightmares, and sleep.. and NOTHING ELSE HAPPENS. Really?!
Let’s be honest here. We were all seventeen once. If we were willing to share a bed with someone of the opposite sex, it was NOT just to sleep. We’re not saying Peeta and Katniss didn’t find emotional comfort in each other, just that that probably wasn’t the only kind of comfort they were getting, ifyaknowwhatI’msayin’. This is particularly true for the night before the Quarter Quell, when both characters are positive they’re about to be brutally murdered within a couple days. Why not throw your inhibitions to the wind?!
#4. The Naughty Housemaid
Outwardly, there are very few people that Haymitch Abernathy is actually fond of. Even toward Katniss and Peeta, to whom he serves as some sort of twisted caretaker, Haymitch acts like a drunken asshat at all times. We didn’t expect that to change. Then comes along Gale’s mother, Hazelle Hawthorne, whom Haymitch hires as a housemaid after she loses her laundry jobs as a result of Gale’s illegal hunting scandal.
There’s not much said about her new line of employment other than Haymitch seeming to be very fond of Hazelle, a rarity among rarities, and she has no complaints about him. This also occurs during a time when Haymitch is forced to sober up by a liquor shortage and everyone is forced indoors by the Great Blizzard of District 12. We’ve got no solid proof, but our mind goes to one place: Haymitch was TOTALLY getting it on with Gale’s mom!
So we thought of four examples. We guess The Hunger Games doesn’t have a lot of sexually depraved implications, after all! But now that you’ve got all these lovely images in your head, we bet you could think of some more that we forgot!
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*Not actually Donald Sutherland! Just his evil twin, Lou Adler.