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Fan Theories About YA Movies That Actually Make A Lot Of Sense

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YA fiction has become such an incredible genre for movies. From fantastical worlds to dystopian societies and the heroes and heroines that save them, YA films show that friendship and perseverance always prevail. One of fandoms' favorite things to do is come up with fan theories. From unanswered questions to character quirks, some passionate fans managed to come up with some interesting fan theories surrounding a few of the most well known Young Adult fiction adaptations.

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  • Photo: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire / Lionsgate Films

    From Redditor u/Burnnoticelover:

    TLDR: The Hunger Games aren’t just a propaganda tool, they’re a way to assess each district’s insurgency capabilities and test countermeasures.

    President Snow isn’t an idiot, he knows that his method of ruling is bound to cause a rebellion eventually, especially with district 13 lying in wait. Now as any dictator can tell you, you the only people you need to keep happy are the ones you’re afraid of. But how does Snow decide who to fear? Easy. Every year, he rounds up a smattering of kids from each district, and drops them into a controlled environment so that the capitol military can see exactly which districts are a threat. Who is giving their children combat training? Survival training? How would the average members of each district population fare in battle? It would be incredibly easy to get this vital information just by watching the games.

    Districts one and two don’t dominate the games because they’re treated well, they’re treated well because they dominate the games. Snow realizes he needs to keep them happy, because he constantly watches their fighters kick everyone’s butt.

    They use the reaping to gather a (mostly) random sampling. Giving extra food for entering your name multiple times ensures that they can see the skills of the truly desperate (those most likely to join a rebel militia) and allowing volunteers lets them see how the glory hounds and tough guys fare (those most likely to lead a rebel militia).

    From there, they offer training to see how quickly the average fighters from each district would adapt to combat training. How educated are they? How fast do they learn? Are weapons new to them, or do they have experience? They even test media savvy and ability to rally capitol citizens to their cause with Caesar Flickerman’s show. When they’re actually in the arena, not only is the capitol assessing the fighters performance in different environments (why do you think they keep changing the map?), but they’re also testing counterinsurgency weapons. That’s why there’s always new environmental hazards every year. They’re seeing how effective they are against armed, twitchy revolutionaries. Fireballs? 86 them, they didn’t hurt anybody. Mutant animals that remind the fighters of fallen allies? Keep those, they were good. That’s why we see all those traps in the capitol. They were the ones most effective against the tributes, so they were recycled into city defense systems.

    Interesting theory?
  • Photo: Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief / 20th Century Fox

    From Redditor u/EquivalentInflation:

    In The Last Olympian, Percy takes on "The Curse of Achilles" by bathing in the Styx. By doing so, he becomes essentially unkillable, with enhanced speed, strength, and reflexes, as well as invulnerable skin. However, it comes at a cost: he has a weak spot, where even a tiny wound can terminate him. For his weak spot, Percy chooses the small of his back. He dismisses the thought rather quickly, thinking that it's harder to hit, and has some covering from his armor. However, there's a far larger, subliminal reason for his choice.

    What is Percy's fatal flaw, that the goddess of wisdom straight up tells him? He's too loyal to his friends. Percy would sacrifice the world to save one of his friends, and because of his loyal nature, can't imagine his friends not doing the same.

    And who is constantly covering Percy's back in a fight? His friends. We see dozens of mentions of Annabeth, or Grover, or Thalia, or Beckendorf fighting beside Percy, and in almost every case, there's a mention of them making sure an enemy can't get behind him.

    In order to eliminate Percy, his friends would either have to fail him, or betray him, neither of which is possible in his mind.

    Interesting theory?
  • Photo: Twilight / Summit Entertainment

    From Redditor u/GodEmperorOfHell:

    Vampires in Twilight are not vampires, they are faeries. 1. They Sparkle. 2. They live in the woods. 3. In folklore, the Sidhe and Boabhan Sidhe drink blood, they are also unusually beautiful.

    From Redditor u/iamnotparanoid:

    That actually makes an incredible amount of sense. In Breaking Dawn they mention that European werewolves are a completely different breed from Jacob's clan,(real werewolves are the traditional full moon type) and that his clan just started using the term werewolves because everyone else did. It's not too far out picturing faeries doing the exact same thing just because they drink blood. This would also explain the random magic powers.

    Interesting theory?
  • Photo: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Warner Bros

    From Redditor u/EquivalentInflation:

    TLDR: The Sorting Hat choosing Gryffindor is a placebo effect; people allow themselves to be brave by choosing the option.

    When Harry tried on the hat, it mentioned all of the houses as options, and Slytherin in particular. But Harry got into Gryffindor because he asked. He didn't specifically say Gryffindor, but he ruled out Slytherin, and didn't want either other house.

    Same for Hermione: we find out the hat actually wanted to put her into Ravenclaw, but she asked for Gryffindor.

    Ron and Neville both talked about being worried about getting into Gryffindor, and not living up to the expectations. Harry never told anyone except Dumbledore about his choice until he was an adult, and Hermione only told a small group of friends her fifth year. It's pretty likely that they, and others, made the choice, then never told anyone about it.

    When all of the Gryffindors first come in, none of them actually seem to have the traits of the house: Neville is cowardly, Ginny is shy and meek, and none of the Gryffindors really seem brave right off the bat, certainly not as much as other houses, where Malfoy is clearly arrogant and cunning, Luna is clearly clever, etc. In fact, many Gryffindors seem like they belong better in other houses: Hermione, McGonagall, and Dumbledore were [all] exceptionally intelligent; Percy was extremely ambitious; Neville and Ron were loyal and hardworking, etc.

    Godric Gryffindor set up the hat purposefully so that it would never just choose Gryffindor. We know that the hat sometimes will shout out a house almost instantly, which we never see occur with Gryffindor. The test isn't if someone is brave already, it's if they have the bravery to make the choice. If someone wants to be brave, they can be, and by getting the validation from the hat, they then start choosing that for themselves. Neville stands up for himself, both to Malfoy and to the trio. Percy throws aside his ambition for his family, and for what is right, Ginny becomes self-confident and self-assured.

    Interesting theory?