The Hunger Games: Denver The Capitol
April 1, 2012 by staff
The Hunger Games: Denver The Capitol, Minutes after arriving at Denver International Airport, I found myself standing near the baggage claim, gaping at a bizarre mural called “The Children of the World Dream of Peace.” A creation of artist Leo Tanguma, it depicts a gas-masked soldier brandishing a gun and stabbing a dove with a sword while a group of children cower amid ruins nearby.
I have to admit, though — I wasn’t totally surprised by what some might see as a child-terrorizing image.
I read a lot. And ever since the 2008 release of “The Hunger Games,” the first book in the best-selling sci-fi trilogy by Suzanne Collins, the rumors have been floating around: Denver is quite possibly home base for — cue Beethoven’s Fifth — the forces of evil.
Seem impossible? Consider this: The novel, set in a post-apocalyptic, starvation-plagued North America, describes the decadent futuristic capital of the totalitarian dictatorship of Panem as “built in a place once called the Rockies.” Suspicious, no?
The Capitol, as this city is called, is ringed by 12 poverty-stricken districts that it exploits for its own well-being. Two teenagers from each district — known as “tributes” — are brought to the Capitol annually and forced to fight to the death in a horrific reality TV show called the Hunger Games. Although the novel never pinpoints the Capitol’s precise location, it has set the Internet buzzing with fan speculation — from detailed maps of Panem to message board discussions — that today’s Denver area is the future haunt of nasty President Snow and his corrupt, hedonistic minions.
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