Just in case you haven’t heard, there’s this huge movie premiere this weekend. What movie? The Hunger Games. If you’ve been up on your literary game, you’ve known about this epic book trilogy since its debut around 2008. But if you’re like me, you’ve been admittedly lost and had no clue what all the hype was about. I took the time to Google it and found out that it’s based only on one of the most interesting books ever! Okay, that may be an over exaggeration, but really… It’s awesome.
To give you a brief synopsis, and to hopefully get you to not only grab a copy of the life-engrossing novel but to also get you to see the movie, TwentyTweets Contributor Taylor and I came together to do a pre-premiere post for all of our readers.
So what are The Hunger Games?
The author, Suzanne Collins, writes about a society of humans in the future who live in a country called Panem (located in the area formerly known as the United States). The area is divided into 12 very economically diverse districts, all of which tried to combat against the Capitol and failed. To retaliate, the powerful people from the Capitol created a yearly event called The Hunger Games, which takes one girl and one boy between the ages of 12-18 from each district (totaling 24 contestants or “tributes”) to fight in a predetermined arena made by the Capitol. The only person who makes it out of the arena alive wins. To add to the intensity of this event, it is seen as sort of the Super Bowl/Mardi Gras (think: lots of parties, celebrations, etc) for the Capitol and it is televised for all of Panem to watch. The majority of it is mandatory for citizens to view, as well. Collins speaks through the main character, Katniss Everdeen, and brings readers through her journey in the games.
The book and movie series are predicted to be much bigger than the recently popular Twilight series. Taylor admits to being one of those teenage girls that was engrossed in all that Twilight had to offer (but I am totally indifferent… Actually totally not down with the whole vampire craze. Sorry, Tay.) The Hunger Games series encompasses a lot more than true love: it’s literally about survival. We both couldn’t put the book down, devoting any spare minute to reading. If you’re not that big into reading, we both suggest going to see the film on Friday (even though the book will probably be way better… Books always are!)
The cast for the film includes many up and coming stars, including Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer Lawrence, and Liam Hemsworth (see right). Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks, and Lenny Kravitz play some of the older characters in the movie. If you’ve read the book, you know it’s pretty gruesome, but the movie holds a PG-13 rating, so it probably won’t be as gory as the book describes. It hits theaters tomorrow, March 23rd.
To add to all the fun, Taylor has been harassing my Facebook wall with someecards.com‘s hilarious Hunger Games spoofs, and if you’re as obsessed as we are, you will absolutely die. The fandom for this novel-turned-movie is huge. Check out thecapitol.pn to find out what District you would live in and obtain your free District Identification card, which might look like this (yes, I have one… I dare you to call me a nerd!):
There are two more books in the trilogy that follow The Hunger Games. They are titled Catching Fire and Mokingjay. I just started book two and Taylor told me that she cried… so I can only imagine what happens. Now, enough blogging. Time to get back to my girl, Katniss.
How obsessed are you guys with The Hunger Games? Did you buy your tickets for a midnight showing of the movie tonight like our girl Taylor? Which District would you be in, and do you think you could survive in the arena?!? Let us know on @20sTweet, on our Facebook page, or even here!
May the odds be EVER in your favor! 🙂