Tech levels: The Capitol had technology at the level of plot. They had magic robots and lasers and drugs that did what was needed. I'm cool with this; it's even mentioned a few times that some districts are responsible for technology production. It's easy to imagine a scenario where, say, factory workers produce the worlds most elaborate technological doodads, but don't have access to them, or have an understanding of how to use them.
I am not complaining about the districts lacking the tech. I'm pointing out that with that level of tech, the premise that the capital is utterly dependent on the districts for base necessities like food is ludicrous. This is kind of foundational to book 2. Hell, what do they need the coal for? Do the hovercraft run on coal?
Hunger: I'm not sure why you would think this; the book pretty clearly uses fast forwarding to indicate that she spends inordinate amounts of time outside hunting. Depicting a singular scene where her and Gale interact in the wilderness, then, around nightfall, return to the town with a couple birds and berries seems a fairly accurate representation of a day of hunting.[/quote]
It wasn't, though. It was an unspecified amount of blackberries, a gallon of strawberries, a sack of greens, and a dozen fish. Firstly, none of that haul is hunting, so it doesn't really do a good job of establishing her as the archer/hunter. Secondly, that's a remarkably good haul, especially when it's established that people are willing to trade for even portions of these items. It's not really selling the hungry motif.
And of course, they also have cheese from the milk goat. Why do goats produce milk? For the same reason everything does. Because they had kids. If you're doing goat breeding and have a steady supply of milk and cheese, you're not starving. You might be poor, but you're not starving.
Katniss: Again, we're supposed to be treating this story as 'very serious world events told through the eyes of an innocent child'. As the protagonist, she's a fairly boring character, but she has what no other player seems to (which I think is emphasized ad nauseum), which is innocence. At a number of points in the series, we're made to understand that smarter, more capable people than her are shielding her from the stories events.
Meh. Rue is fairly innocent, far as we can tell. And even if that is true, innocence doesn't inherently make you important. Furthermore, if innocence was that important, that would be a fairly easy quality for president snow to denigrate in far, far easier and more straightforward ways. It's not a reasonable explanation for how people react to her.
And as for "very serious world events"...we don't actually see a lot of world events. We get told about a lot of very important world events. Massive difference.