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Does The Hunger Games Have Werewolves?

March 16th, 2012 § 8


As pretty much every living person knows, The Hunger Games is a HUGELY popular young adult series written by Suzanne Collins, and soon to be a hugely popular movie (the ticket pre-sales have already beat out Twilight’s Eclipse). It’s pretty clear that this series is dominating. What isn’t clear is why I am talking about it here, on a werewolf website. Well, according to an email I recently received, The Hunger Games has werewolves. Hmmm…

Since I have yet to read the books (it’s next on my to-read list) I can’t exactly confirm this. What I can do is use the magic of Google and see if there is even a smidge of truth to it.

According to the book description, the series tells the tale of Katniss, a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games.” The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat’s sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place.

No mention of werewolves there. But they are kind of mentioned on the Hunger Games wikia page. (warning: mini spoilers below)

According to this, the series has beings known as “Muttations,” also known as “mutts,” and they are animals that have been genetically altered by the Capitol for use as weapons, intelligence, and other activities. The site says that in the books there are wolf “mutts” that are a mixture of wolf and human DNA. “These creatures were able to balance on their hind legs and jump very high, and had four-inch long razor-sharp claws” says the description.

It sounds somewhat werewolf-like, but I am not convinced yet. Since the description isn’t very detailed and I haven’t even read the books yet, I can’t say “YES, these are TOTALLY werewolves!” So instead, I’ll let you decide.

Does that tiny bit of information above sound like werewolves to you? Have you read the books, can you give us a little more insight?

- Moonlight

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Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to werewolves and other supernatural beasties. She writes for top genre sites like Vampires.com and Werewolves.com. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of folklore with coffee in hand. Touch her coffee and you may lose a limb. You can stalk her via her Twitter.


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8 Responses to Does The Hunger Games Have Werewolves?

  1. riventree says:

    They’re not werewolves. They’re genetically engineered dogs. In the first novel of the trilogy, Katniss is horrified when in the final round a group of dogs appear that resemble the former contestants who have been killed. She maintains that these were only dogs genetically engineered to look like the contestantsl that there’s no way that the contestants could have somehow been turned into these dogs. (Of course, that might just be what she tells herself to preserve her sanity…)

    Anyway, not werewolves. No human minds, and no possibility of ever turning into humans again. Just your average dystopian genetic horror.

    • moonlight says:

      Thanks for clearing that up. :) I kind of figured it wasn’t werewolves.

    • admin says:

      It definitely refers to wolves, not dogs. That much I can say for sure. Maybe a foreign language translation might have indicated something closer to dogs, but the english versions definitely indicate wolves. They were also able to walk on two legs, somewhat. It was a genetic mix of wolf dna and the previous tributes dna. I know we have a lot of articles here where things are “not quite” the traditional werewolf, but I’d say these are closer than most. They can’t transform between human and some version between human and wolf.

  2. Pugbok says:

    Yeah I read the seires… I WILL NEVER TELL!!!!

  3. Rhio2k says:

    I don’t care what they are. If they can’t transform, there’s nothing “were” about them.

  4. Silver Fox says:

    I’ve not read the series either, but this is enough to pique my interest to look into it.

    However, given the descriptions given. They are more the Genetically engineered creatures than the traditional, mystical werewolves.

    To me, in a very broad sense and loosely used term… if you want to try and call something a werewolf or lycanthrope. Even a Shape-Shifter, it should be able to shape-shift. Transform back and forth.

    So these things aren’t even shape-shifters.

    • hrimhar says:

      Then never read Brad Steiger’s book. ;)

    • moonlight says:

      After just finishing the book, I am not so sure. They are a mixture of wolf and human DNA, but they don’t transform. Also, they just took the DNA from the dead Tributes. The lack of actual transformation from human to wolf and back doesn’t sound werewolf-ish enough.

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