“The Hunger Games,” last year’s blockbuster film adaptation of author Suzanne Collins’ young adult sci-fi novel, is finally slaking fans’ thirst for a sequel when “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” blasts into theaters on Friday (Nov. 22). Like the original “Games,” “Catching Fire” follows teenage heroine Katniss Everdeen as she deals with the complicated blowback from winning the Games, a murderous government led by an evil President, and, of course, heartache. Alongside Katniss is Peeta Mellark, her co-victor and quasi-love interest; Finnick Odair, a brooding new/old contestant in the Games; and President Snow as the icy villain.
Before “Hunger Games” fanatics camp out at their local multiplexes to watch “Catching Fire,” Billboard wonders: what songs would Katniss, Peeta, Finnick and President Snow be listening to at this point in their respective stories? Check out our custom playlists for some of the main “Catching Fire” characters, with songs that reflect their inner thoughts and desires. And don’t worry, Gale fans — he’s still rocking these tunes.
After the headstrong representative of District 12 earned glory in the Hunger Games, she now has to deal with a more complex series of problems — namely, keeping everyone she loves safe while the government paints a target on her forehead. She’ll face more physical challenges and heartbreaking emotions, but to paraphrase Paramore, there’s a time and a place to die — and for Katniss, this ain’t it.
Peeta had to hide his true love for Katniss in plain sight during the Hunger Games, and now his sincerity is further put to the test when he and his co-winner — who still has feelings for Gale, naturally — must continue acting like a couple for the Capitol. Peeta’s playlist is a mix of the forlorn and devoted: he has “tunnel vision” for Katniss, in the words of JT, but can he stand being in a bizarre love triangle?
Finnick is naturally beautiful — and when Katniss first encounters this other Hunger Games survivor, she mistakes him for naturally cocky. Is he an ally or an enemy? Can he turn his swag on but also be there for you? Let this playlist help you decide:
The head of the government is unquestionably dastardly, but he’s also frantically trying to maintain power as whispers of revolution spread through “Catching Fire.” Can this bad boy for life stay on his worst behavior and continue his wicked (Hunger) games?