Having left behind the "arena" ¿ a wooded realm where teenagers from across the districts of the totalitarian Panem are set against each other in a televised kill-or-be-killed death match ¿ at the conclusion of 2013's "Catching Fire," "Mockingjay" moves into a greater war, where Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), the reluctant participant plucked out of the mining region of District 12, discovers a wider network of like-minded rebels.
What I didn't know as a child — most adults I meet are similarly oblivious — is that L. Frank Baum's book "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," upon which the movie is based, was a political allegory for American politics at the dawn of the 20th century.
To find the inspiration behind the actors, actresses and others who hoisted Oscars last night, look no further than the books at your nearest local library, bookstore or e-reader. The big winners were drawn from characters in adaptations that ranged from a mid-19th Century novel to modern magazine articles.
Entertainment Weekly's look at "Catching Fire," the latest installment of the Hunger Games series highlights the flexibility of star Jennifer Lawrence. On the EW cover, she sports a futuristic jump suit and quiver of arrows, part of her battle gear in the fight for Panem. She's the picture of a feisty teen, ready for adventure.