What sound does a flying knife make?

I am late to The Hunger Games — a book I am enjoying very much — but was brought up short by this bit: “Adrenaline shoots through me and I sling the pack over one shoulder and run full-speed for the woods. I can hear the blade whistling toward me and reflexively hike the pack up to protect my head. The blade lodges in the pack.” (page 151 of the hardback).

She heard a knife flying toward her? I don’t think so. Suzanne Collins is confusing real life with movies, which is the only place where knives ‘whistle’ through the air, the same way that, in movies, a sword will make a metallic ringing sound even when being pulled from a leather scabbard.

Update: Of course, one must counter this trivial mistake with the fact that, in the span of the book’s first ten pages Collins creates a likable but complicated protagonist, a believable, fully realized alternate world, and a killer hook that will pay out over three books. So there’s that.

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One Response to What sound does a flying knife make?

  1. missdisplaced says:

    Artistic license I suppose, although to be fair metal poles (like flagposts, goalposts, etc.) and such do make a “whistling” humming sort of sound on windy days.

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