Hunger Games hits theaters after much anticipation

Hunger Games hits theaters after much anticipation

Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games." (Courtesy Murray Close/MCT)

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March 21, 2012 • Jessica Ruiz, Staff Writer  
Filed under Entertainment

The Hunger Games is about thrill, political suspense, and romance. All it really needs to build up a fan base right from the very beginning. This science-fiction triology was written by Suzanne Collins and was first published on September 14, 2008. It is about a 16-year-old girl named Katniss Everdeen living in the poorest district in Panem, the remains of what was once known as North America.
“Katniss is an incredible character. She’s a hunter but not a killer, a 16-year-old who’s being forced into the arena.” said Jennifer Lawrence, the Katniss Everdeen character in the upcoming film of The Hunger Games (http://hungergamesmovie.org).
The novel is about a highly advanced group of people, known as the Capitol, that holds absolute power over the rest of the nation. The Hunger Games are an annual event in which one boy and one girl, called tributes, aged 12 to 18 from each of the twelve districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lottery to compete in a televised event in which only one tribute can survive.

“I was the first one out of all my friends to buy the book when it was first released. I was so excited!!” said seventeen-year-old Connor Williams, junior at Cibola High School. The book has had a ton of success with selling out at the very beginning according to sources. It has sold over 800,000 copies and 26 foreign editions as of February 11, 2010. It became a USA today, New York Times, and many other major magazines and websites bestseller for over 100 consecutive weeks. The book has recieved positive reviews from major reviewers and authors. Statistics say it has had a lot of success in the fans area as close to the franchise The Twilight Saga, written by Stephanie Meyer. The Hunger Games was surely followed afterwards with Catching Fire and Mockingjay because of the popularity that it recieved when it was first released.

The cover of The Hunger Games book is black and it features a gold mockingjay, a bird born from genetically engineered stock, with an arrow inscribed in a circle. It symbolizes towards the main character’s hope, a chance, from the Capitol, for all of the Districts to be free.

A film adaption, written and produced by Suzanne Collins herself, will be released worldwide on March 23rd of this year with Lions Gate Entertainment. It will be directed by Gary Ross who has directed the comedy-drama film called Pleasantville and is now too been offered to direct the sequel to The Hunger Games, Catching Fire. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katiniss, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, and Liam Hemsworth as Gale. “I can’t wait for the film to hit theatres! It seems like i’ve been waiting for a very long time.” said Mariah Simien, biggest fan of the Twilight Saga and The Hunger Games triology.

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