One word. AMAZING. (Click for a larger image)
Alternacoppa has figured how The 75th Hunger Games Arena would look like! Check out the description below:
The thing I loved most about Suzanne Collins’ Catching Fire (sequel to The Hunger Games) was the new arena she created to throw her characters into. It’s symmetrical, therefore easy to map out, extremely creative in it’s “clock-trap” concept, and far more detailed in it’s environmental descriptions & feature locations than the arena described in the first book. Therefore, more map-able! I felt I better do just that right now before a movie comes out and eclipses this version which I’ve based solely on the novel’s literary description.
I created the overall topography of the map, both endless jungle and beach with sea zone through assembly of real satellite photos pulled from Google Earth. It was actually a lot harder to pull off than the idea first seemed to make it. I had to locate beach & sea features such as atolls to help contribute to the curved edges of the beach line and stitch it all together in a way that didn’t cheaply repeat. However I knew using real photos was the only way I knew I’d be satisfied with achieving a realistic “Google Map” style for the final look.
I promise you I have done my homework on this map! Both distances, topographical features & their placements all correspond as best they can to the text presented in the novel, though I concede this is a fictional place and of course an error could have been made on my part by missing some small detail. I fully welcome friendly pointers/debate/corrections on the layout. I made extensive notes on all descriptive references in the novel to the arena along with what page numbers in the book that they appear on. I’d be happy to provide any detail of choice and page number I found it on if anything is suspected to be incorrect. I was actually going to type them all up and post them right here but while it may be hard to believe from looking at this thing, I do have a life and I really do need to get back to it at some point soon.
Only two numerical distinctions I have made on the map are the product of my (educated) guess work and deduction based on what’s written in book and not from direct mention by the author. I have very detailed and thought-out reasons for making the decisions I did when factoring them and again instead of writing a book about it all I think I’ll wait and see if anyone catches on to them and then go from there.
All that information aside, enjoy! I had a lot of fun researching and planning out this guide & have really enjoyed the book series!
UPDATE: A great question was asked on Mockingjay.net about the nature of the central island and spokes- “Isn’t it supposed to be an island?”
That’s what I thought too at first. It’s referred to as an “island” but if you look how the “spokes” are described, they branch out from the center island all the way to the beach. The first overt reference to this we find is when Peeta draws his map on a leaf on page 332 (hardcover edition)- “In the center the Cornucopia on its circle of sand with the twelve strips branching out from it.”
Next, we find several characters during the course of the novel are able to run on dry land from the island all the way to the shore & jungle without having to swim. For example, on page 333 Brutus and Enobaria both sprint down one of the sand strips to the jungle after attacking Katniss & her group just before the Cornucopia spins.
So it would seem the center land mass is an “island” only by virtue of the fact that it’s more of a large, circular, mass of sand than the thin spokes that connect it to the beach and not a “true” island surrounded completely by water without interruption.