Life is full of lessons to be learned. When we’re thinking about how to best lead, promote, sing, or otherwise operate within the context of an a cappella group, it’s worth looking beyond the realm of a cappella itself to what other walks of life can teach us.
In this special, three-part series, we are working through the The Hunger Games trilogy, book by book, to discuss the lessons each book can teach a cappella groups. If you haven’t read the books before, beware—THIS SERIES OF ARTICLES INCLUDES SPOILERS.
You would think that surviving The Hunger Games would offer you some time for joyous celebration, or at least quiet reflection before you launch into your next challenge. The end of The Hunger Games, the first book in the trilogy, assures us this won’t be the case for Katniss Everdeen, who, hot on the heels of her experience in the arena, inadvertently opens a huge rift with ally/maybe-love-interest Peeta on the trip back home.
When Catching Fire picks up the story, the stakes are all the higher. President Snow visits our heroine to let her know he doesn’t appreciate her manipulating the end of the Games, and that if she doesn’t quell every doubt he has about her by the end of her victory tour, then there will be severe consequences. Subsequently, Snow cracks down on Katniss’s district with harsh new law enforcement and a re-electrified fence. Then he throws Katniss into her second Hunger Games—a sadistic tournament of champions that leaves her downtrodden enough to not even hope for her own survival, but rather to dedicate herself to protecting Peeta.