Ignoring Logic and Canon While Roleplaying The Hunger Games
Or, I Will Not Apologize for Killing Christmas in Panem
I am really not a picky roleplayer, I swear. I simply can’t understand why some THG roleplayers feel the need to ignore the canon information author Suzanne Collins has provided for us and not apply it to other aspects of the universe. While I do understand the want to have your character celebrate a holiday like Christmas, that is so unrealistic and selfish. Clean up your act.
Things That Can’t Possibly Happen in Panem:
- Anything related to religion. Collins explicitly states that our version of religion — or, really, any religion at all — does not exist in Panem. This means no references to any religious holidays, religious figures, religious customs, and so on.
- Name brand items. You’d think that this would be obvious, but I’ve had roleplayers get annoyed with me when I have my character not understand what their character means when they reference Kleenex or Nike or champagne.
- Current famous figures. You know who is famous in Panem? President Snow, gamemakers, Hunger Games announcers, and recent/memorable Victors. Note that this list does not include Bob Marley or Bill Clinton or Joan of Arc.
- History. Their history is the war and rebellions. No one remembers the Ancient Greeks and their belief system or America.
- Music other than folk. Within the districts, folk music is everyone’s jam. You do not rap, you just don’t.
- Non-propagandist literature. All Katniss gets to read is textbooks that were written by the Capitol to indoctrinate the districts. I highly doubt anyone has the time to read or that they are able to find anything other than propaganda.
- Different languages and foreign accents. Collins cuts Panem off from the rest of the world and so do their leaders so there can’t be any language other than English. Different dialects — within reason — can exist and Collins acknowledges this when referring to people from different districts. However, British and Scottish and whatever accents simply are out of character.
- Pets. I understand that pets can become ‘fashionable’ within the roleplay world, but, in a dystopian world where people are struggling to not die of starvation, it would be highly unlikely that they’d have a pet. Katniss considered eating a cat or just killing it, guys. If an animal can’t produce eggs or milk, it better be tasty.
- Rich food. They are starving so they will not be eating steak or pancakes or anything that is remotely fancy. Also, it is unlikely that anyone outside of District 4 would eat seafood. If they have to sign up their kids to die just for extra grain then I doubt they ever have a surplus of anything.
Other THG Things to Keep in Mind:
- Johanna is the only living female victor from District 7.
- Rich districts are still in no way comparable to the extravagance of the Capitol.
- Finnick was the youngest victor ever.
I would suggest that admins of THG provide basic info on the lesser known districts to keep things unified and in character. It also wouldn’t hurt to explain some of the things I listed to keep things from getting out of control.