The Hunger Games is a 2012 American science fiction adventure film directed by Gary Ross, based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins. It is the first installment in The Hunger Games film series. The film was produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, with a screenplay by Ross, Collins, and Billy Ray. It stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherlandand Willow Shields, and features Lenny Kravitz and Stanley Tucci. The story takes place in a dystopian post-apocalyptic future in the nation ofPanem, where certain boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 18 must take part in the Hunger Games, a televised annual event in which the “tributes” are required to fight to the death until there is one remaining victor. Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) volunteers to take her younger sister’s place in the games. Joined by her district’s male tribute Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson), Katniss travels to the Capitol to train for the Hunger Games under the guidance of former victor Haymitch Abernathy (Harrelson).
If you were to pick the main theme of the Hunger Games series, the ability and desire to survive would rightfully come first and foremost. They are stories of survival, physically and mentally. Due to the poverty and starvation issues within Panem, survival is no sure thing. More apparent is the obvious fight for one’s life within the actual Hunger Games where teenagers literally must kill to simply preserve their own lives for one more night. For some free-thinking tributes, survival also includes keeping yourself in the face of utmost fear and danger. Being able to survive, something that should be a given to anyone, is often a scare commodity within Panem.
When I got my copy of the Hunger Games as an advanced, I devoured it in less than a day. It's one of those "can't put down even if it's 3 in the morning" type of books. I knew, quickly, it would be a recommendation I'd offer to ANYone looking for a great, new teen read. What I liked most about the book is its premise: in a maybe-distant-not-distinguishable future, Katniss, our heroine, finds herself participating in the ultimate reality TV show--a fight to the death. For teenagers in Katniss's world, a lottery could send them to the Capitol to fight in these Hunger Games, where the victor is the last teen standing. With a little romance, humor among the carnage, and an interesting new future set up, Collins' first book of the Hunger Games series is unforgettable.
Suzanne Collins combined some interesting inspirations to create the bestselling Hunger Games series. She took elements from the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, Gladiator history, and current American . Since 1991, Collins has worked on children’s’ TV shows and books until hitting it big in 2008 with .
Lionsgate Entertainment, the studio behind the film adaptations of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series, has been making significant moves of late. Recently, the studio acquired the premium cable and satellite television network Starz, aiming to amplify their content distribution and generate a larger marketing platform for their shows and films. In a recent interview with Variety, CEO Jon Feltheimer dishes on these major deals and discusses the possibility of extending The Hunger Games and Twilight franchises.
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