As a young adult author, I am also a young adult reader. I read it voraciously, actually. One of my favourite books in the past few years was The Hunger Games. For the world of young adult literature, March is a HUGE month. It’s the month that the Hunger Games will come to life!
March 23rd is the date to mark in your calendar, but make no mistake about it–March is Hunger Games month. We’ll be hearing about the movie for the entire month. I’m beginning to wonder if the Star Wars phenomenon will take place with the lead-up to the 23rd and the beginning of the games. Are we going to see tents set up outside of movie theatres across North America? If not, I’m still going to take a leap here and predict that this movie is going to break all box office records previously set. I can already feel the momentum leading up to the 23rd, and it feels almost as though the Hunger Games are real…like they will actually ‘take place’ on the 23rd! Oh, those poor children! Yes, movie goers, blood will be shed. Only one Tribute gets out of the Hunger Games alive. Surely, I have not just dropped a spoiler into this blog post. Surely, every man, woman and child on earth already knows the premise of the Hunger Games.
This is one of those movies that makes you think, ‘Hmmm, I wonder when something like this is really gonna happen?’ I mean, it’s not that far removed from Survivor. Remove humanity from Survivor, and there you have it…THE HUNGER GAMES. Why are they so frickin’ fun, then, if all but one dies?! That’s a bit of the wonder of the trilogy: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire & Mockingjay. It’s a pretty violent Young Adult series, when it comes right down to it. But it’s also sinfully fun! I remember waiting for each book to release, being crazy excited to find out what happens next. Yes, I was hoping for child-bloodshed. God help me, I was praying for it! And young adult author SUZANNE COLLINS did not fail. With each novel in the series, she gave her blood hungry fans more to drool over. And, come on…face it…this series is for everyone. It’s been quite a while since I was a young adult! But I devoured this series with a gusto I haven’t felt since first discovering Roald Dahl as a child and NEEDING to read everything he wrote.
I have no idea what District I would live in, were this the real life order, but I do know one thing. I would be one of the citizens of Panem who glued themselves to one of the big screens positioned throughout the districts for all to witness the Games. I admit it. See, evil isn’t just the result of BAD people. It is also the result of GOOD people remaining silent. This, I think, is what happened in Panem. It is an evil alternate reality, for sure. But it also seems to me like an evil that could actually come to pass.
At any rate, this not so young adult is ready for the Games to begin. On March 23rd, be at the movie theatre to see the Games begin, or…be square. If you’re not there, you’ll be among the few. This promises to be the biggest blockbuster this side of Harry Potter. No guff!
The Hunger Games official Trailer: