The Hunger Games for Newbies


There’s been a lot of talk in the media around the release of a new movie, The Hunger Games. I’ve been casually observing this buzz with little interest because, well, I’ve never even heard the name until a few weeks ago. This morning, hearing that the film grossed $155m at the box office this weekend, I decided to educate myself.

So, thanks to wikipedia, here’s a breakdown for all you lovelies, who like me, might have been living beneath a rock.

The Hunger Games is a young adult (oh! that explains it!) novel by Suzanne Collins. It is written in the voice of sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in a post-apocalyptic world in the country of Panem. The Capitol, a highly advanced metropolis, holds absolute power over the rest of the nation. The Hunger Games are an annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12 to 18 from each of the 12 districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle in which only one person can survive.


Quick facts:

  • First published 14 September 2008.
  • Chloe Grace Moretz, Hailee Seinfeld and Abigail Breslin were some of the people considered for the role of Katniss. The role went to Jennifer Lawrence, the actress that played Mystique in X-Men-First Class.
  • Composer James Newton Howard (I Am Legend, King Kong, Six Sense) composed the score.
  • The book has been released as a paperback and also an audiobook and e-book.
  • Original print count was 50 000, since then it has been translated into 26 different languages and sold all over the world.
  • The Hunger Games is part of a trilogy and is followed by Catching Fire and Mockingjay.

Y’all are welcome.