The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

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“Winning means fame and fortune. Losing means certain death.
The Hunger Games have begun…”

Suzanne Collins - Hunger Games Trilogy

There’s no denying that Suzanne Collins’ depiction of kids killing each other for sport has sparked both controversy and obsession into the hearts of children and adults alike across the world.

I’ll admit, I fall into the ‘obsessed’ category. Having read all of the books last weekend in preparation for the movie release (which, by the way, smashed all of the box office records – take that, non-believers!), I now understand what all the fuss is about.

 For those who aren’t in the know, The Hunger Games is set in a post-apocalyptic America, where the Capitol strikes fear into the outer districts through its annual televised reality show, where each district sends two tributes to battle to the death. The teen still standing at the end of the games will be showered with rewards and become the hero of their district. However, when Katniss Everdeen volunteers as tribute to save her sister, the Capitol gets an unpleasant shock. Through her actions before and during the games, Katniss becomes a symbol of hope to the poor people in the outer districts, planting the seed of rebellion amongst the masses.

The trilogy that I repeatedly overlooked in bookstores because, yes, I do judge books by their covers and blurbs, are addictive. They aren’t just the story of violent pubescent mass murder; they’re about hope, justice, family, and freedom. Emotional in a way that former phenomena (*cough* Twilight) aren’t, The Hunger Games has something for everyone. Bloody battles for the boys, romance for the girls – or vice versa if you want to break away from stereotypes, like heroine Katniss Everdeen. There’s even some crazy couture fashion, advanced technology, and sneaky governmental conspiracy thrown in for good measure.

Even harder than writing a trilogy that can capture the imaginations and win the hearts of generations of readers is turning those books into a box-office smash. But, with careful casting, an amazing setting, and a script fairly true to the novels, The Hunger Games became a multi-billion dollar success almost overnight. With the sequel about to be released in Cinemas, you can expect a similar uproar in late November.

I would suggest reading the books before seeing the movie[1], for the sake of the extra background knowledge you’ll have, but it’s not necessary. If you do want to, you can get the trilogy (with the pretty covers) online here. Everyone who loves the story of the underdog beating the all powerful and mighty will get something out of this movie. I’m addicted to the point where I’m slightly depressed that there are no more books coming out (something that Harry Potter had going in its favour…).

 “May the odds be ever in your favour”

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[1] But be careful when purchasing from Book Depository, as the blurbs give away the crucial plot points… frustrating!!