An important part of the first Hunger Games film concerns the Careers: kids from richer districts who willingly participate in Hunger Games kill-a-thons after years of training. Now, in the book, the Careers are just straight-up, unredeemable villains, but the movie finale actually tweaks their characterization to make the lives of The Hunger Games’ rich and privileged look less like Party Town, Panem, and more like Jonestown, Guyana.

Near the end of the movie, the last remaining Career kid, Cato, takes Peeta hostage and starts telling Katniss just to kill him. Cato is suddenly asking for death, saying that he finally realizes he was always doomed to die in the Hunger Games, before adding: “I didn’t know that until now." 

Just stop to think about that line for a second.

The rules of the Hunger Games are simple: A bunch of kids enter, murder ensues, and one kid survives. It’s a statistically messed-up deal and yet the Careers freely volunteer for it. Or do they? Cato’s little breakdown seems to suggest that the Careers don’t really understand the full ramifications of what they’re getting into. All they are told is that they will be bringing pride to their District, and it is continually beaten into their heads until the prospect of signing up for a reverse Russian roulette starts to sound … fuck, appealing.

As Den of Geek put it, the scene with Cato is brilliant because it makes the depressingly dystopian world of The Hunger Games look even more horrifying than it already is, all with just a few seconds of footage.

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Glimmer and Marvel both took steps back but Cato grinned, “i want her.”

“dont be so alpha male about it.” Marvel said between gritted teeth.

“i meant, i want her on the team.” Cato corrected himself.

“sure you did.”

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“there’s another one.” Marvel said, “the guy near the spears is flirting with Y/N.”

Clove laughed, shaking her head, “when will they learn?”

Cato wasnt as happy about it. he was glaring at the tribute, about to step in when you said something along the lines of ‘back off’. a small smile spread across Cato’s face. he was completely in love with you.

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In which Cato suggests cabbages.

Seriously, Cato was all about the cabbage. See his De Agricultura 156-157 for specifics. Here’s a taste, courtesy of LacusCurtius:

“Of the medicinal value of the cabbage: It is the cabbage which surpasses all other vegetables. It may be eaten either cooked or raw; if you eat it raw, dip it into vinegar. It promotes digestion marvellously and is an excellent laxative, and the urine is wholesome for everything. If you wish to drink deep at a banquet and to enjoy your dinner, eat as much raw cabbage as you wish, seasoned with vinegar, before dinner, and likewise after dinner eat some half a dozen leaves; it will make you feel as if you had not dined, and you can drink as much as you please.”

Victrix causa diis placuit sed victa Catoni.
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“The victorious cause pleased the gods, but the vanquished (pleased) Cato.”

- Lucan, Pharsalia, I.128

The Roman poet Lucan, writing about the civil war between Julius Caesar and the Roman Senate (49-45 BC) in his epic poem on the subject, expresses his sentiments on the subject.

Cato the Younger (95-46 BC) was a prominent Roman statesman and aristocrat in the late Roman Republic, known for his stubbornness, personal integrity, and spartan lifestyle. He assisted Cicero in opposing the Catilinian Conspiracy in 63 BC, and was also a firm opponent of the First Triumvirate of Julius Caesar, Pompey the Great, and Marcus Licinius Crassus.

After the defeat of the Republican forces at the Battle of Pharsalus in 48 BC, Cato and Metellus Scipio escaped to Utica, in modern-day Tunisia, with fifteen cohorts, to continue the fight against Caesar. Hearing of the defeat of Metellus Scipio at the Battle of Thapsus, Cato committed suicide rather than allow Caesar to capture or pardon him. Plutarch records that when a doctor found him and attempted to save his life, Cato pushed him away.

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when Clove jumped at you, the other careers were frozen for a second, then Cato rushed into action. it was easy for him to grab Clove and throw her off of you, “Clove!” he shouted, “what the hell!”

“its you and me Cato. we’re from the same district.” Clove glared, “its you and me.”

“no Clove.” Cato stated, “its me and Y/N. it will always be Y/N.”
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You're Holding Back - An Everlark Ficlet

A/N: Thank you to ombradellaluna and mrsbonniemellark for prereading/proofreading.

Based on the song “Shut Up And Dance” by “Walk The Moon”. I do not own the lines from the song or the Hunger Games characters, nor lines from the series. The other song quoted is from “White Christmas”.

I hope you enjoy!


Why she was in the damn class, Katniss didn’t know. She had been pushed, pulled, and prodded into it by her best friend Madge, who still had to bribe her and resort to blackmail. Damn that ugly Christmas sweater party. Damn cameras. Now Madge could play her like a piano.

Her friend claimed it was for her wedding, wanting Katniss to dance well enough to woo the best man, but Katniss had two left feet despite her perfect rhythm. Put her on a dance floor, and that would equal disaster.

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