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  • Taschenbuch: 224 Seiten
  • Verlag: Smart Pop (4. Dezember 2012)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1937856208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937856205
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"We really enjoyed The Panem Companion. It’s unapologetically smart and refuses to trivialize the series or its fandom … if you’re going to read [a companion book], we suggest you go for this one.
Victor's Village, a Hunger Games blog

"An in-depth look into Panem and its districts, this book will help you understand why Panem is the way it is, and how it led to a rebellion … Overall, an exceptional companion book to the Hunger Games that every fan should read."
HG Girl on Fire, a Hunger Games fansite

“If other companions are Hunger Games 101, this is the grad school class.”
Leah Wilson, editor of The Girl Who Was on Fire

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V. Arrow graduated from Knox College in 2008 with degrees in history and creative writing, specializing in 20th-century pop culture and young adult lit. Under another name, she has previously published at Pop Matters, The One Love,, and The Hollywood Reporter. Arrow has read a book a day for the last 22 years, and grew up to the age of 12 without realizing that the Muppets weren’t living creatures. She believes that pop culture affects, reflects, and informs all aspects of daily life in Western culture and that it is perhaps the most crucial form of media expression to analyze and discuss.

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Excellent analysis of THG world 21. Februar 2013
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Most fans of book series jump at the "companion" pieces that eventually appear. They want to *see* the world that the author has created, perhaps get a bit more background, insider information on what is happening.

The Panem Companion is not that sort of book. Rather than drawing maps of "this is the section of the Capitol that Katniss escaped from", this is a anthropologic and socio-economic analysis of what created Panem, how the Districts were divided, who was the true architect of the rebellion, sex and gender roles in Panem, as well as an examination of the two sides: District 13 and the Capitol.

Arrow has exhaustively researched the material for the book, incorporating both canon and fan theories. Occasionally I felt that perhaps Arrow was stretching too far and attributing to Suzanne Collins a bit more authorial intent than what was intended, but overall it was interesting to see where Arrow's theories fit in the world building of Panem. Arrow's theories and conclusion also give the reader something to think about when they're re-reading the series. Once the readers eyes are opened to the racial and economic divisions inherent in the Districts, they find an entirely new depth to the novels that was previously overlooked.

For example, the case of Finnick. He's presented in the novels as handsome, sensual, sexual - someone who always has a "companion" on his arm. It's not until the reader is presented with Finnick's tale of being sold to various sponsors that you realize there's more depth to him than you thought. Arrow posits Finnick's character as a rape survivor as, essentially, he has no choice but to comply with the Capitol's demands or risk having his family killed. While I've read the series several times, I had never considered that aspect of Finnick. Once I did so, his actions could be viewed in an entirely different light than before.

If you truly love The Hunger Games series and want to explore the world of Panem in more depth, this is the book for you. You "see" the Games, the Capitol, the Districts and the characters as an outsider would see them which, contrary to expectations, helps you better understand just what happened to Panem, how North America was divided up, how the Capitol works to enslave and keep the population in line, and why the characters behave as they do.
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V. Arrow is the Fangirl on Fire! 20. Januar 2013
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Witty, insightful, passionate, engaging, highly readable and with keen attention to detail: V. Arrow's THE PANEM COMPANION is all of this and more. I usually enjoy the stuff that Smart Pop puts out, but they've really outdone themselves this time! Arrow approaches THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy with the unabashed enthusiasm of a true fan and the critical eye of an academic, resulting in a guide that's everything I wanted - and more.

In fifteen chapters, Arrow covers a wide range of topics - from gender roles to race and class to culpability for war crimes, not to mention all sorts of wacky fan theories:

1 - Mapping Panem - Drawing on canon, textual clues, and scientific predictions about the effects of climate change, Arrow (with a little help from "geek friend" Meg) posits a likely map of Panem. The maps are printed on glossy, full-color paper, which I appreciate - but owing to the small size of the paperback, it's also a bit difficult to make out the details. This was the only chapter that didn't fully hold my attention, but I suspect that's because I'm not a very visual thinker and had trouble picturing the geographic changes. Still, the map is integral to some of the later discussions (such as race, class, and immigration), so don't skip it!

2 - How Panem Came to Be - Using modern history as a guide, Arrow considers how the dystopian society of Panem might have risen from the post-apocalyptic ashes of Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

3 - Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Panem - This is the discussion that THG fans - rightfully upset over the whitewashing of the film(s) - have been waiting for! Arrow presents a cohesive, convincing argument that Katniss (and her fellow Seam residents) are, if not persons of color as we understand the term, then most definitely "not white"; "other" - at least on Panem's terms. Taking care to distinguish between race and ethnicity, Arrow examines how race and class intersect to create a society divided into multiple levels of "haves" and "have nots." She also addresses the fan theory that Katniss has Native American or Melungeon roots.

4 - The Socioeconomics of Tesserae - In a chapter that can be seen as an extension of "Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Panem," Arrow examines the ways in which the tesserae system - which disproportionately affects the poorest of Panem's citizens - deepens race, class, and culture divisions. In addition to providing an awesome show of the Capitol's power and brutality, The Hunger Games also help to quash rebellious leanings by pitting members of the working class against the merchants.

5 - The Curious Case of Primrose "Everdeen" - Is Prim really Mr. Mellark's daughter? Probably not, but Arrow has fun entertaining this fan theory anyway!

6 - Family Life in Panem - The author looks to the Everdeens, the Mellarks, the Hawthornes, and the Undersees to provide four sharply contrasting examples of family life in Panem. Whereas the baker's son suffers horrific physical and mental abuse at the hands of his mother - and even the Mayor's family isn't immune to tragedy - it becomes evident that even the most well-off in the districts still remain victims of the Capitol.

7 - The Games as Exploitation, Exploitation as Entertainment - Familiar to even the most casual THG fans is the series' critique of reality television and exploitative media culture. Even so, Arrow manages to provide a fresh take on this oft-discussed topic, including a deeper (and more disturbing) examination of present-day reality tv.

8 - Gender Roles and Sexuality in Panem - As with the chapters on race and class, this one's worth an especially close read. Arrow repudiates the characterization of THG as a "romance" featuring a "love triangle" between Katniss, Peeta, and Gale, quoting the woman herself to drive her point home: "I really can't think about kissing when I've got a rebellion to incite!" She also talks about gender roles and reversals of such, most notably between Katniss and Peeta.

Perhaps most significantly, she addresses the tragic case of Finnick Odair. As a Victor, Finnick was coerced into sexual slavery by President Snow and routinely raped by prominent Capitol citizens. Forced to play along to protect what remained of his family - namely, loved one Annie and mentor Mags - Finnick outwardly projects the image of a "hedonistic sexual being," in Arrow's words. Disturbingly, Finnick has been described as a "sexy playboy" and characterized as a happy, willing prostitute by many in the media (and worse, fandom), despite his lack of consent. Et tu with the victim blaming, THG fans?

9 - District 4 - Through Finnick and Annie, Katniss (and the reader) learns a bit about District 4 culture, including the ways in which it differs from that of District 12. In the absence of contact with one another, the various districts would have developed their own unique cultural practices and mores - further isolating them from potential allies against the Capitol.

Additionally, Arrow presents an impassioned defense of Annie Cresta as a Victor every bit as worthy of respect and honor as Katniss, Peeta, Finnick, and the rest. Though she's often dismissed as "weak" or "crazy," Annie is a woman who suffered the loss of her family, possibly at Snow's hands; survived The Hunger Games when 23 of her peers did not; was forced to stand by as her lover was sexually exploited, perhaps to spare her own life; and withstood torture (possibly of a sexual nature) during the Second Rebellion. After all this, she still found the courage and optimism to bring a new life into this world. Frail she is not.

Related to the dismissal of Annie is her mental disability and/or neurotypicality. While nearly all of the Victors suffer from PTSD, depression, and related disorders, Arrow considers the possibility that Annie has a condition that predates the Games - most likely autism, but perhaps schizophrenia or OCD.

10 - Mythology and Music in Panem - The character arcs of Katniss and Finnick mirror certain Greek myths - most famously, the story of Theseus and the Minotaur (in Katniss's case), and Odysseus's journey in the ODYSSESY and the ILIAD (Finnick; though he's a much kinder, cuddlier hero than Odysseus). Evocative of antebellum "slave songs," American folk music is also important to the story; Arrow traces the possible roots of "The Hanging Tree" to Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit" and "Darling Nelly Gray."

11 - District 11 - Because we experience the story through Katniss's eyes, our view of districts outside of Twelve are mostly lacking. During the Victory Tour, however, we do get a good look at District 11, which is populated primarily by (unambiguously) black agricultural workers. From the Peacekeepers' strict enforcement of the rules to the citizens' inhumane living and working conditions, allusions to slavery abound in District 11.

12 - The Architects of the Rebellion - Haymitch Abernathy, Plutarch Heavensbee, Seneca Crane, Cinna, Mr. Everdeen, Madge Undersee, or (perhaps most surprisingly) Mags - who was the mastermind behind the Second Rebellion? Mostly likely a mix of happenstance and design - with all of the above playing a role - Arrow nonetheless gives each fan favorite her consideration.

13 - Truly, My Name is Cinna - Seemingly an outsider in the Capitol, Arrow contemplates Cinna's ancestry: might he have been born in one of the Districts? If so, was he an artist first and a rebel second - or vice versa? Were he and Finnick really lovers? (This fan theory is new to me, but I definitely ship it.)

14 - District 13 and the Capitol: Two Sides of the Same "Coin": Delving deeper than the obvious comparisons between Presidents Snow and Coin, Arrow questions District 13's culpability in allowing The Hunger Games to continue. She also draws parallels between other District 13/Capitol counterparts, including Boggs/Cinna, Cressida/Caesar Flickerman, and Katniss's Prep Team/The Avoxes.

15 - Accountability for Acts of War in the Hunger Games - Assuming that Gale (and Beetee - you can't forget dear, lovable Beetee!) built the technology that killed Prim, is he ultimately responsible for her death? Or does sole blame lie at Snow's feet? What about the Career Tributes - to what extent, if any, are they victims of the Capitol, when they so eagerly volunteered to "serve" their country?

Also included is a comprehensive, 44-page lexicon of names. Though it's impossible to tell at a glance whether Arrow includes every character that appears in the series, all of the major (and many of the minor) players are accounted for.

THE PANEM COMPANION is a true gem: exhaustively researched and documented, it's an academic text that's just as suitable for lay fans. Arrow is fastidious in her research, and diligently distinguishes cannon from informed inferences and fan theories. While you may not agree with all of her conclusions, Arrow never tries to pull a fast one by stretching the facts to support her interpretation of the text.

I also love, love, love Arrow's focus on race, ethnicity, class, and socioeconomics. Initially excited to see that she'd devoted an entire chapter to the discussion of race, you can imagine my (happy) shock when I found that race isn't limited to just one chapter, but pops up throughout the book. Yay intersectionality!

Likewise, I'm thrilled that she correctly identifies Finnick for what he is - a rape survivor - when so many readers would rather label him a sexpot. That's rape culture for you.

In fact, there's only one plot point I wanted to see Arrow address that did not come to pass: Peeta's nagging (resulting in a decades-long campaign) Katniss to have a baby, despite her sustained objections:

"It took five, ten, fifteen years for me to agree. But Peeta wanted them so badly. When I first felt her stirring inside of me, I was consumed with a terror that felt as old as life itself. Only the joy of holding her in my arms could tame it. Carrying him was a little easier, but not much."

His seeming disrespect for her bodily autonomy is disturbing, to say the least - though I've encountered few objections to this online.

I've read a few books on THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy thus far - both the original and updated movie editions of THE GIRL WHO WAS ON FIRE (also published by Smart Pop), Valerie Estelle Frankel's KATNISS THE CATTAIL, and OF BREAD, BLOOD AND THE HUNGER GAMES, edited by Mary Pharr and Leisa A. Clark - but THE PANEM COMPANION blows them all out of the water. Honestly, I cannot recommend it highly enough. V. Arrow gets ALL the stars!
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Excellent, excellent analysis! 26. Dezember 2012
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As an avid reader/ fan of Suzanne Collins' "Hunger Games" series, it is so refreshing to come across Ms. Arrow's brilliant analysis of Panem and Collins' characters. This book is thoroughly researched and unveiled several points that I had never even BEGUN to think about, despite my own research and analysis. The text is wonderfully written; I highly recommend this to any and all "Hunger Games" fans!
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Interesting Analysis, To Be Taken With Salt 9. Juni 2013
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I was lucky enough to be one of the very first to read Suzanne Collin's The Hunger Games. Since that time, I've had a steady trickle of subsequent books, movies and various fan offerings. The latest, The Panem Companion: An Unofficial Guide to Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games, From Mellark Bakery to Mockingjays, arrived from the publisher several weeks ago. While I certainly do not agree with at least several theories put forth by the author, the book is an interesting, if sometimes over-analyzed read.

If you're looking for a clear cut guide to the novels and subsequent movies, this is not it. If, on the other hand, you are seeking a concise compendium of various fan theories, you'll find The Panem Companion: An Unofficial Guide to Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games, From Mellark Bakery to Mockingjays and interesting basis for thought and discussion.
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Wonderful! 31. Dezember 2012
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I devoured this book! It's very well-done and thought-provoking. It has all the best parts of academic analysis and fandom. The whole book is great - some of my favorite chapters were "Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Panem," "Family Life in Panem," "District 4," and "Accountability for Acts of War in the Hunger Games." I especially loved the District 4 chapter section on Annie Cresta (one of my absolute favorite characters). I really recommend it for any fan of the Hunger Games interested in delving deeper into the series. I'm sure this is going to be a book I come back to and re-read. I'm so glad I bought it.
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