Classic Inspiration in Hunger Games
In this video interview by Suzanne Collins, she discusses how she found inspiration for the Hunger Games from classic literature. This video is great for discussing author's purpose, allusions, and the impact of classics in modern literature.
Girl on Fire: Hunger Games Song Analysis
This site contains a song inspired by the Hunger Games (scroll down to play song). The lyrics and a letter explaining the inspiration for the song are included on the site. This would be an excellent resource for teaching metaphor, allusion (to Romeo and Juliet), or author's purpose. Teachers could also use it to link lyrics from the song to scenes from the novel.
Hunger Games: Author's Purpose
In this interview segment, Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins discusses her reasons for writing the novel, including her belief that young people are in danger of being desensitized to violence.