Here’s a fascinating quotation from Katniss Everdeen:
Ever since Panem was liberated from the regime of Coriolanus Snow, the Capitol’s archivists have been discovering large amounts of literature preserved in secret underground vaults. Among these volumes are sacred texts from our past: the Qur’an, the Bible, the Vedas. I have read through the Qur’an and the Bible so far, and the Gospel of Luke in the Bible especially caught my attention. It reminds me that life in Panem now is not so different from how life was hundreds of years ago.Katniss Everdeen, ‘My Thoughts on the Gospel of Luke’, in Cicero Aubergine (ed.), Reflections on the Archived Literature of the Capitol (Capitol: Capitol University Press, n.d.), p. 47
Just in case you were wondering, the above quote is entirely made up – by me! (No, really.) But I am a fan of The Hunger Games trilogy (and have been since 2010 – long before the films came out), and this recently published essay looks interesting (and this time I’m not making it up):
Karl Hand, ‘Come Now, Let us Treason Together: Conversion and Revolutionary Consciousness in Luke 22:35-38 and The Hunger Games Trilogy’, Literature and Theology 29:3 (2015), pp. 348–365Reading together Luke’s ‘reversal of method’ pericope (Luke 22:35-38) and Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Trilogy, this article argues that the Lukan Christ has insight into the kind of transformation that would drive a disciple to sell his garment and buy a dagger, and could also drive a young girl with only a backpack to steal a bow and arrow. It then suggests that not only could Christian love inspire a person to treason, but that such a transformation is exactly what discipleship entails in the face of imperial occupation, and that Luke has preserved for us a memory of Jesus who himself knew and taught conversion to revolutionary consciousness.