7 things The Hunger Games series is making hot again

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire blazed into theaters this weekend, becoming the most successful November debut ever and the fourth largest opening weekend in history. The movie raked in $161.1 million at the box office domestically, and its popularity has sparked numerous popular culture trends.

Here are seven things that the movie series is making hot again.

1. The name Katniss or Kat

Katniss Everdeen the Hunger Games

Granted, Kat has long been an abbreviation for Kate, Katherine or Kathleen. The longer moniker seems to be picking up steam, however. According to Nameberry, the name Katniss was the 10th most popular girl name in the first half of 2013. The ranking was based on pageviews on the site, so it still remains to be seen if the site’s prediction comes true in the Social Security Administration’s actual name numbers at the end of the year.

2. Archery

USA Archery

Katniss’ proficiency with a bow and arrow has led to a rise in people taking up archery, specifically young girls. Since 2011, USA Archery has seen a 105 percent increase in membership. The heroine of the Hunger Games series uses her weapon to hunt animals for food, but most people are training for target shooting competitions — and USA Archery reported a 31 percent increase in participants in its summer national championship event from 2012 to 2013. The organization is even running Hunger Games-themed membership ads on their website.

3. Side braids

Katniss braid

Just search “Katniss braid” on Pinterest and you’ll see what we mean.

4. Strong female heroines

Hunger Games Catching fire featured image

Step aside, Disney princesses. Katniss doesn’t need a man to take care of her. In fact, she’s often taking care of love interest and fellow District 12 resident Peeta Mellark during the Hunger Games. She hunts to provide for her family and has a slightly prickly personality — but also a compassionate side. You go, girl!

5. Fighting for democracy

Hunger Games Capitol announcement

 The people of Panem aren’t happy under the oppressive regime of the Capitol. Even more so than in the first installment of the series, Catching Fire shows the hope and determination of a people desperate to regain their rights. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all!

6. Picking sides in a love triangle

Team Peeta t-shirt the Hunger Games

 Let’s be honest: being Team Edward or Team Jacob was pretty embarrassing. But the Hunger Games series has once again made it cool to pick sides in an awkward love triangle.  So are you Team Peeta or Team Gale?

7. Pins

Mockingjay pin the Hunger Games

Pins were once reserved for old women, but the mockingjay pin Katniss takes with her into the arena smashed that barrier. The jewelry has now secured a spot in pop culture — with more than 200 listings for “mockingjay pin” on each Amazon.com and Etsy — thanks to the Girl on Fire.

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