If you’ve never read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, then let me just say, you’re missing an event. It’s a crossover book from young adult into adult, but not in the fantasy realm of Harry Potter. Nor is it a contemporary fairy tale. Not for the faint of heart, The Hunger Games is a mix between The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson, the reality show “Survivor,” and a twisted allegory. Set in the future, the story pits a young girl of 16 against 23 other boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 18. They embark upon a cruel ordeal of matching wits, strategy and combat knowing that only one of them will make it out alive.
Primrose Everdeen, the youngest member of the Everdeen household, is selected to participate in the annual Hunger Games of the nation of Panem. Enter Katniss, the older sister who volunteers as tribute for their district in place of her sister. True to contemporary society, the media gobbles up the selfless act and from there grows a riveting tale of survival, rebellion, love, and coming of age – all televised in magnificent oversized color in every household across the planet.
I picked up the book one day at lunch while looking for something “different” to read. Once in my car, I flipped open to the first chapter. Before I realized it, I was 30 minutes late getting back from lunch. The following morning I continued the book and ended up 45 minutes late to work . Again and again all week I followed the same tardy pattern until I was asked what in the world was the matter with me. I was accused of not being myself. While that was true, no one can be herself reading that book. I gloried in the story. I devoured the plot. I became the characters. I channeled Katniss. My own addictive interest intrigued my colleagues and the next thing I knew everyone on the campus was reading the legend. And like me, everyone left early for lunch and got back late – reading the book. We were Hunger Games junkies.
By the time the campus staff was halfway through The Hunger Games, I was already a quarter of the way through the second in the trilogy, Catching Fire. I polished it off swiftly then went around to everyone like the robot in “Lost in Space,” – “Warning! Warning! Don’t read the last page until you have Catching Fire in your hands. Failure to do so will result in a day of misery. Take heed. Warning! Warning!” By then they were true believers and before the day was out, there was a copy of Catching Fire on nearly everyone’s desk.
That’s where The Hunger Games reign temporarily ended. The last book in the series hadn’t yet been published. So along with millions of other fans, I checked out Suzanne Collins’ website every single day to watch the countdown clock to publication. I was hysterical with joy when the title, Mockingjay was announced and intoxicated with happiness when its dusty blue cover was revealed. I took a vacation day when it went on sale so I could read it uninterrupted. Mockingjay lived up to the reputation of its companion volumes and I read it with as much devotion and alacrity as I did the other two. It’s a marvelous set of books, although I will admit Catching Fire is my favorite of the three.
Now the movie is out. And in case you’re wondering, yes, I bought advanced tickets. Yes, I have a costume like Katniss. Yes, I intend to wear it to the opening. And yes, I go to the website daily to watch the countdown clock until March 23 when the movie debuts to the general public. You’d think I was going to Aruba. Obviously I’m a lifer. It’s possible the movie won’t be true to the book, but if the trailers are any indication, it’s spot on. Take a look at one below (I apologize for the commercial that comes with it at the beginning):
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