The message of Suzanne Collins’s YA series, The Hunger Games, seems pretty straightforward: Poverty is bad, capitalism is bad, having children fight each other to the death is bad, “reality” celebrities are bad, The Capitol and District 1 (maybe 2) are kind of bad, having nice clothing is bad, Peeta sucks.
But since Catching Fire and its subsequent sequels confuse that point with a bunch of other stuff (mostly CGI) corrupt the best of intentions, the original book’s themes can get kind of lost.
But that’s why we have Sesame Street to break it down for us.
At the very least, even if you aren’t planning to do a marketing tie-in with Catching Fire, maybe you should check out the title of the series and realize that The Hunger Games and “Footlong” don’t really belong in the same sentence?
Perhaps this would have been a more critic-proof option for maligned literary novelist J.K. Rowling: Suzanne Collins, the author of the Hunger Games trilogy, is to follow up her widely read young adult books with an “autobiographical picture book.”
It’s a far cry from Capote: Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, next to be seen in P.T. Anderson’s Scientology drama The Master, is to play Plutarch Heavensbee in Catching Fire, the next installment in the Hunger Games series. Plutarch is the “gamemaker”–the gent who oversees the operations of the deadly competition in which Jennifer Read More
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The Observer recently nabbed a few minutes with one of the stars of The Hunger Games–no, not Jennifer Lawrence! Lenny Kravitz, who plays Ms. Lawrence’s stylist, told The Observer that he’d been cast on the basis of a similarly nurturing role in the 2009 film Precious. “People are seeing: he’s serious about acting!,” he told Read More
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Your children have been refreshing Fandango daily to see if tickets are available yet for the movie based on Suzanne Collins’ kiddie novels—think of them as Twilight, except with actual murder instead of benign vampirism. Games promises a chaste love triangle and lots of angst for the tween Read More
From well-loved children’s series to highly-anticipated film franchise, The Hunger Games has made a stunning cultural impact in a very short amount of time. The first book in the series was released in 2008 and the series has not merely generated a spring tentpole movie but also a forthcomic academic treatment, in the Read More