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The Hunger Games and Real Estate

The Hunger Games and Real Estate

The Hunger Games is a box office phenomenon raking in more than three hundred-sixty million dollars and the numbers are still rising.  The only reason my husband and I went to see this movie came down to the fact we did not want to see any of the other 10 choices playing at our local theater.  

As a vintage player in this 21 century world, small business and real estate consultant, I initially heard about The Hunger Games as a mention in broadcasting at the 2012 Academy Awards. By the name I did not think it was something I would like to see.  I must have been under a rock in the YA  (Young Adult) world since the book series started in 2008 by best selling author, Suzanne Collins.  The Hunger Games book trilogy includes "The Hunger Games, Catching Fire (film to be released November 2013) and Mocking Jay."   Over 23 million copies are in print in the United States alone and the series has developed a massive global following.  It was on the New York Times Best seller list more than 160 consecutive weeks.

Fortunately,we went to see The Hunger Games with absolutely no preconceived ideas of the plot, the characters or the message of the film and was delighted with my movie going experience as I had no expectations. The connection was amazing and I hope you will try and see the movie soon and talk about it's deeper meaning.  Ponder what "games" might be going on between buyers, sellers and real estate agents.  Basically, in life what games are being played in your individual experience and how do you survive in any business or even social media venues?

Before going to the movie the title made me uncomfortable because reality shows are of no interest to me, at all.   AftePopcorn notesr watching Survivor the 1st season I decided that teaching people, including children of all ages to lie, create false alliances, misrepresent and manipulate people with premeditation and malice for a million dollars was something that I did not need to waste my time with.  What can I say about the reality Housewives series. if you have ever watched one episode you will know that money and fame creates deranged behavior beyond comprehension. The stage had been set for me to watch The Hunger Games with an open mind, except for the dislike of reality show and get whatever message there was for me to absorb. A steno note pad is a standard issue for going to the movies however, I forgot to bring it and all I had in my purse was an envelope which I opened to remind myself of important quotes and thoughts.  As the plot thickened I had to tear open my popcorn bag to continue with my note taking so I could remember what stood out during the first viewing of the film.  

Suzanne Collins wrote this book for Young Adults however the message is for ALL mankind. Her background as a screen play writer made the transition into film appear seamless.  The movie gets a two thumbs up from me as I connected today, Roman behavior, real estate and Easter dots all from one Hunger survival game.

The film is set in a "1984" dystopian type atmosphere in the country of Panem after a terrible war on the futuristic ruins of North America. The Hunger Games is the story of 24 children known as "tributes"  selected through a lottery system known as the "Reaping," to represent their District.  The game includes slaughtering one another in a terrifying government sponsored reality TV competition which was considered a national media event.  The games are a twisted punishment for a past uprising of the people and an ongoing  intimidation tactic by the government.

The story deals with brutality,and mortality of young characters from 12 districts.  The selection process starts the saga and the viewer is riveted to the seat the entire length of the film leaving exhausted from the journey. 

The winning tribute or survivor and his/her corresponding district is then rewarded handsomely with food and plenty. The purpose of the Hunger Games is to provide entertainment for the Capitol and to serve as a warning to the Districts to remind them of the Capitol's power and lack of remorse for the past uprising.

 The Hunger Games explores issues of life, love, survival, death, and corruption. Watching teenagers in peril and starvation is uncomfortable to say the least but to see the heroism and fight come alive for a cause is thrilling as the plot unfolds.

 The story line depicts the games of life through the ages comparing the Roman gladiators to the "tributes."  We see those who have been highly trained their entire lives to survive as participants, be pitted against those who only have innate survival instincts to pull upon as their resources to make it through.  There are impossible choices that have to be made in the arena against life and love. 

Taking a step back to look at the real estate industry it is easy to see that "trust" is a concept that many people have issues with in a trasaction to buy or sell real estate as there are so many participants in the game so to speak.   Inspectors, Title companies, loan originators, real estate agents, banks as owners, buyers and sellers all make up the players and to win the game of a successful closing you must align yourself with someone who knows all the rules of engagement.  This movie addresses trust issues and knowing who to make an alliance with and who has the same values and visions.  Selecting the right real estate agent who knows what to do when things start going bad is the way to win as a buyer or a seller. 

Reality TV shows are staged, manipulated and not authentic.  This movie shows exactly how the process works behind the scenes to stack the deck. Connecting with the right person in real estate would be exactly like aligning yourself with someone who can win and knows how to take the high road when things start going south.  

Back to the movie......

Let the games begin…. The theme through the film repeats

“Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.

As the tributes prepare for their Roman gladiator type experience they are wined and dined in luxury they have never experienced.  Twenty-three of the children will die so the welcome oratory exclaims "Tributes we welcome you and we solute you for your courage and sacrifice."  

Woody Harrelson plays Haymitch, a former winner 20 year ago from the poorest Distric 12.  He tells Peeta, played by Josh Hutcherson, the bakers son from District 12 as they eat, he should "embrace the probability of your eminent death."  Haymith tells Katniss Everdeen, the girl tribute from District 12, played by Jennifer Lawrence, she should try and get people to like her so she can have sponsors who will send life lines to her in the field as the war rages. The concept of creating an image or doing something that was not honest was foreign to Katniss but she listens and responds to do what she needed to do to try and survive with poise.  After spending time with Katniss, her mentor, Haymith tells her to be herself because she is so strong. Katnicss would be th perfect real estate agent to work with.  

Katniss and Peeta the two tributes from District 12 discuss who they are and how they want to play the game to survive  They know that they do not want the game to turn them into something they are not.  This starts the beginning of an alliance and maybe more.  Katniss has left her widowed Mother, and 12 year old sister at home with her soul mate and hunting friend Gale, played by Liam Hemsworth.

HopeAs the games progress and the alliances are formed there appears to be a support sentiment that the President did not like.   The oppressors state that "the only thing stronger than fear is HOPE." so they decide to change the rules of the game to manipulate the crowd and their feelings about the game.  They want to give the public something to cheer for, an underdog.  The games are scripted just like the reality TV shows of today and the rules change when the sentiment moves.  When watching he movie you can decide if the change in engagement created hope and was that good for the oppressor or bad?

Watching the movie the question arises how anyone can see entertainment and joy from watching people kill each other.  Think about the "mind games" that go on in life and relationships in general.  Children of divorce with parents deceiving each other for custody, business alliances to capture market share, couples trying to justify behavior and just quite possibly buyers and sellers trying to influence real estate agents or REO companies.  This film makes one think about the games people play under many circumstance and then how distracted we get about injustice and cruelty that takes place with these games. 

Honesty is the best policy when making the biggest investment of your life in real estate.  It is NOT a game and actions should not be taken to misrepresent a buyers, sellers or agents position on any part of the transaction.  Trying to outwit one another only leads to a sinking ship where everyone loses.  In the real estate market we are experiencing today total trust and honesty has to be the mantra of all the players to get to the closing table. A Win/Win transaction means everyone wins, the buyers, the sellers and all the service providers, everyone is happy. 

The Hunger games very possibly could awaken the viewing public and take away the numb feeling about what is going on in the world today by the themes that are present in the film.

  1. Family Love and dedication to helping those that are in emotional need.
  2. Hunger, physical and mental
  3. Love triangle confusion
  4. Rules of engagement and living with change
  5. Fear and Hope
  6. Knowing who you are and staying true to that ideal
  7. Doing uncomfortable things we don't want to do
  8. Romeo and Juliet devotion
  9. Judas complex
  10. External control of our lives
  11. Standing out
  12. Creating a plan for survival aka strategy
  13. Taking the high road
  14. Working with others, creating a team

Wouldn't it be great if every person and family that watched this film discussed the 14 or more ideas expressed in the movie or the book and applied it to their own individual lives?   I believe that The Hunger games is possibly an  Academy award winning film which is going to make a difference in the way people think about what they do and how they act. 

This film shares how to act strategically to possibly combat established power structures, how to take the high ground, stay true to your beliefs and position yourself to survive.  The controversial topics showing an imperfect world brings the movie goers to a place of questioning and a desire for more. I encourage you to see the film, discuss it with your family and friends to make a difference.  When selecting a real estate agent think about everyone winning in buying or selling together as a team.  Determine who has the skills to take yoiu where you need to go and has the connections that will enhance your experience.

There are other themes that came out of this film and you can see them at my original post Connecting With The Hunger Games.

Real Estate is NOT a game but you do need the right team  if you are in it to win it with knowledgeable people you will set the bar high for your journey and others can learn from you just like the players in The Hunger Games.

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Comment balloon 10 commentsCarra Riley & Declan Kenyon • April 07 2012 05:41PM


Carra, you really put a lot of thought into this movie.  Thanks for your breakdown.  Very thought provoking.

I am planning on seeing it.....just waiting for the excitement and long lines to die down.  There has never been a movie that I have wanted to see where I was going to stand in long lines and hope I get a good seat when I finally got in the theater.  My husband & I enjoy going to the movies several weeks after release when we have the pick of the theater.  I haven't read the books either....yet.  When I do that I am usually disappointed in the movie.

I too am not a fan of all of the reality shows out there.  There are so many now that really are teaching the wrong concepts to our kids.  No wonder we have kids coming out of college thinking they should make 6 figures and work 40 hours or less a week with weekends off.  We are living in a crazy time.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Ph.D., Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 8 years ago

Paula ~  The movie is a pleasant surprise if you are looking for more than just entertaiment... Kids killing kids would not be entertaiment to me but the underlying messages make a statement.  I re-did this post because Anna Banana and Margaret Rome told me aobut Roger's contest in doing a movie review and tying it to real estate... so that is what I did.  Thank you for taking the time to read it and comment... Look forward to hearing what you think after you see it.  It will be a movie that people will talk about for a very long time I think.. and then the sequels.  Have a beautiful Sunday.

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 8 years ago

Thanks so much for your participation and entry to

“Be The ‘Star’ Of Your Own Movie”

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 8 years ago

Unique take!!!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 8 years ago

Roger ~  You are welcome.. I am here because of Anna Banana and Margaret Rome... Lots of great entries... I probably took the review part too serious.. but it's what I do so hope everyone enjoys it and goes to see the movie.  Did you read the book or go to the movie yet? 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 8 years ago

Unique take!!!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 8 years ago

Carra- I wasn't sure about seeing The Hunger Games but I might after reading your post.  I'm not a big fan of "reality" shows because it blurs the line of what really is reality.  

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 8 years ago

@Laura ~ Sure is...Did you see it and what did you think?

@Kathy ~  You should definatly go see it.  Then come back and tell us what you think!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 8 years ago

Carra, I have two young adults, 19 and 18, who both read the series. I went to the movie not having read the books but the movie has inspired me to do so. As a result my husband has already read the first two books. Like you, I didn't like the thought of children killing each other and was surprised at the number of people who brought their young kids to the movie. I hope these parents do just as you suggested and take the time to talk to their kids about the underlying these of the movie. This was an excellent review on the movie and how you took the lessons learned to heart.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 8 years ago

Tammie  ~  Thank you for your thoughtful response to the post.  My original post went into other things then Margaret Rome suggested I do something for this AR event... so this is what I came up with.. there are so many lessons and I am still discussing them with my graphic designer who lives in Florida.  She went with Nations Charity board of directors at my suggestion and they are spinning with ideas to help kids learn life lessons from this movie and the books.  Again, thank you for the time to comment, it means a lot.   

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 8 years ago