It’s almost here. I can’t tell you how excited I am. Obviously I’m talking about the premier of The Hunger Games. The lead up to this movie has been filled with Harry Potter and Twilight comparisons, but personally I am much more excited for this movie. I was a bit old for Harry Potter by the time all of the movies came out, and while I liked the Twilight books, I LOVED the Hunger Games books. If you haven’t read Hunger Games yet I strongly advise that you do, and before you see the movie (books are always better than movies).
The Hunger Games is a young adult, dystopian book. It takes place in the future world of Panem (originally North America), where rebellious districts are punished by a ruling Capitol with a twisted annual event called The Hunger Games. Two children are selected from each District and forced to fight to the death in a simulated arena. The games are broadcast all over Panem, and citizen’s watching and betting on the winner.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. Katniss and Peeta are taken to the Capitol where their drunken mentor, Haymitch Abernathy, victor of the 50th Hunger Games, instructs them to watch and learn the talents of the other tributes. During this time, Peeta reveals on-air his long-time unrequited love for Katniss. Katniss believes this to be a ploy to gain audience support for the Games, which can be crucial for survival, as audience members are encouraged to send gifts like food, medicine, and tools to favored tributes during the Games.
I don’t want to give much away, so I will leave the plot summary at this. I’m going to see the movie on Friday night. I bought my tickets quite awhile ago (I know, I’m a geek) so I’ll have a review up sometime this week. I really hope that they stick pretty close to the book though. I hate when the writers and producers change too much. I guess we’ll see though! I’ll leave you here with some tidbits I’ve found showing just how much people are looking forward to this movie: