Since the premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 a few weeks ago, I've developed some questions about the series. (I could probably answer these questions by reading the books, or watching the movies, or just doing some internet searching, but I have no desire to read the books or watch the movies, and I am too lazy to do the internet searching.)
1. What is a mockingjay? Is it a mockingbird, or a blue jay (or some other kind of jay)? Or is it some kind of bird that doesn't exist in our world, which would imply that the setting of The Hunger Games is an alternate universe which diverged from our own sometime after the evolution of anatomically modern Homo sapiens around 200,000 years ago, but still long enough ago to allow for the evolution of a novel species of songbird?
2. Why is everyone hungry? Since they live in an advanced technological society, shouldn't they know how to grow crops? Did they lose the knowledge of how to plant corn?
3. Why is a brief period of gladiatorial combat between teenagers sufficient to distract an entire population from the fact that they're starving?
4. Why does everyone love Jennifer Lawrence so much?
5. What is a mockingjay?