Plot Holes In 'The Hunger Games' Fans Couldn't Help But Notice
Photo: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire / Lionsgate Films

Plot Holes In 'The Hunger Games' Fans Couldn't Help But Notice

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Vote up the most obvious 'Hunger Games' plot holes.

There are dozens of popular and incredible YA book-turned-movies, but The Hunger Games will always stick out to us as a favorite. With a dark, dystopian reality setting and thoughtfully fleshed out characters, it's easy to see why. Even within the best stories, though, there can be more than a few loose ends. From unanswered questions to character quirks, we managed to round up some plot holes from The Hunger Games that made us go "Huh?" 

Vote up the plot holes that really made you scratch your head below!


  • 1
    646 VOTES

    The Wire Spool Should Have Rolled Freely

    The Wire Spool Should Have Rolled Freely
    Photo: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire / Lionsgate Films

    From Redditor u/CoreyTrevor1:

    When Katniss is unspooling the wire down the mountain it suddenly stops unspooling, on account of another tribute holding the wire. She is jerking and tugging on the spool of wire, and it wont budge. But since she is actually holding the spool, it should roll off freely, it wouldn't matter if someone was holding one end down!

    646 votes
  • 2
    616 VOTES

    There Should Be Way More Names In The Reaping Bowl

    There Should Be Way More Names In The Reaping Bowl
    Photo: The Hunger Games / Lionsgate Films

    From Quora user Paul Robinson:

    The Reaping. Lets consider there are around 20000 people in each district, we can say that 10-20% are of reaping age (which is probably optimistic), that gives us 2000-4000 people, on average, there are 3.5 “ballots” per person (1 for each 12 year old, 7 for 18 year olds), that means somewhere between 7000 and 14000 “ballots” - you would need a cement mixer truck to contain that (or even turn it) yet they reach into a glass bowl no larger than goldfish bowl to pick one. My assumption was they take all the ballots, mixed them in their cement mixing truck and then throw a bunch in a bowl for show at the “public” reaping.

    616 votes
  • 3
    638 VOTES

    Peeta Should Have Died In The First Games

    Peeta Should Have Died In The First Games
    Photo: The Hunger Games / Lionsgate Films

    From a Redditor :

    Does Peta just have some kind of futuristic chameleon paint that becomes whatever color he needs it to be? I mean, when he needs to blend into a tree, he has 200 shades of brown to match the tree exactly. When he needs to blend into a rock, he has 50 shades of grey to match the rock exactly. Where did he get all of this paint?

    At one point, we see Peta using his art skills to blend into a rock, since he has suffered a leg wound at the hands of Cato. This seems cool at first, but, when you think about it, it is very illogical. This means that Cato, a ruthless, seasoned, expert killer, stabbed peta IN THE LEG, and then let him limp/ hobble/ crawl away all the way to the river. Cato then let Peta spend 3 hours covering his entire body in paint.

    638 votes
  • 4
    398 VOTES

    The Escape Plan In 'Catching Fire' Relied Too Much On Chance

    The Escape Plan In 'Catching Fire' Relied Too Much On Chance
    Photo: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire / Lionsgate Films

    From Redditor u/llliilliilll:

    OK, so the escape from the dome. We are supposed to believe that Katniss shot an arrow 1000 (rough estimation) straight up in the air with a 1/8" copper wire attached that was perfectly timed with lightning bolt, and that's how they escape? Surely that couldn't have been the plan. Was the original plan to shock to water in the beach to overload the system? Is that explained in the books or are we just going to ignore the lack of an escape plan and just be happy that they magically escaped?

    Let's just go back to the original plan: poking the wall. That's still a very flimsy plan. I'm not saying it wouldn't work, but it would be very risky. Way too many variables. Way too easy to mess up. And if they do, what then? The "revolution" ends before it begins? Or was Katniss even that important?

    My main problem isn't with the physical impossibilities (those just add to my discontent). It just doesn't make sense to me that, when everything else is so perfectly calculated (with Heavensbee reaching such a powerful position to control both the president and the games) that they would leave the escape (the thing that everything else was set up for) to such chance. Obviously the arrow wasn't part of the plan. Otherwise they wouldn't have done everything to keep Katniss in the dark (even to the very end.) And obviously the poking plan had some major flaws (seeing as BeeTee is lying on the ground unconscious after failing.)

    So yeah. That's my beef.

    398 votes
  • 5
    632 VOTES

    The Odds Of Getting Chosen For The Games Would Decrease If Everyone Put Their Name In For Food

    The Odds Of Getting Chosen For The Games Would Decrease If Everyone Put Their Name In For Food
    Photo: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire / Lionsgate Films

    From Redditor u/timisplump:

    So they said in the books that if you add your name in the jar more times, then you get extra food. Imagine everyone doubled their name count, or tripled it (or multiplied it by 100). The probability of being chosen would stay the same for everyone and in the process, everyone would be getting 100 times the amount of food. Never made sense to me.

    632 votes
  • 6
    425 VOTES

    The Games Should Not Have Prevented People From Rebelling

    The Games Should Not Have Prevented People From Rebelling
    Photo: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire / Lionsgate Films

    From Redditor u/scartol:

    I don’t understand what the Games have to do with keeping the districts from rebelling. If anything, watching some of their children get murdered would seem to increase the likelihood of furious revolt. If spectacle is the point (as in Brave New World), where do gladiator-style deathmatches fit in? If brute force is the purpose (as in 1984), why bother with the elaborate process of drafting kids into postmodern murderball?

    425 votes