The Hunger Games is the first novel in a trilogy of young adult novels written by Suzanne Collins. It is also the book (and now movie) that everyone is talking about. Even the people who haven’t read it.
The book had an initial print of 200,000 (twice doubled from the original 50,000) Since its initial release, it has has been translated into 26 different languages and rights of production have been sold in 38 countries.
The Hunger Games is based in a post apocalyptic world where the all-powerful rulers in “Capitol” stage a gruesome reality television show as punishment for a previous rebellion.During this show a boy and a girl (aged 12-16) from 12 districts are chosen by lottery to compete in an outdoor arena until only one remains.
In the book 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen takes her younger sisters place in the fight known as The Hunger Games.
Journalist and entertainment columnist Laura Brodnik is a fan of the book and she writes:
“It’s shameful to admit but I’m a glutton for celebrity culture.
I can’t explain exactly why I find the highs and lows of these people so fascinating.
Maybe it’s because their lives are so far removed from my own, perhaps it’s because I can’t differentiate between them and their characters or maybe it’s just because they look so damn put together, carefree and cool while getting papped on coffee runs.
Whatever the reason, I’ve never seen anything particularly devious about my habit of following Lindsay Lohan’s court cases or the plethora of Hollywood relationships that fall apart in a tangle of abuse and headlines.
During my recent morning skim of the new entertainment headlines I came across a comment from Jennifer Lawrence that made me stop in my mouse clicking tracks.
For those of you who don’t know, Ms Lawrence is set to be Hollywoods new It Girl after portraying heroine Katniss Everdeen in the new blockbuster movie franchise The Hunger Games.
While on a publicity tour for the movie Jennifer compared the horrific hunger games to our ever growing culture of negative publicity.
“I was watching the Kardashian girl getting divorced, and that’s a tragedy for anyone,” the actress told Parade magazine of Kim Kardashian filing for divorce from her husband of 72 days, Kris Humphries.
“But they’re using it for entertainment, and we’re watching it. The books hold up a terrible kind of mirror: