Well I thought I would do a little blog on this huge box office hit The Hunger Games which is the first in a trilogy based on the best-selling novels by Suzanne Collins set in a post-apocalyptic future where teenage girls and boys battle to the the death in a televised contest. “The Hunger Games” cleaned up during its first night in theaters, taking in $19.75 million from late-night shows after 12 a.m. on Friday the 23rd of March.
The Hunger Games: Summary
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.
When 16-year-old Katniss’ young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She becomes one of the tributes from District 12, the poorest of the districts, along with Peeta Mellark (the son of the town baker). We see Katniss and Peeta’s violent struggle for survival in the arena, and their interactions with other tributes and citizens of The Capitol. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
Short description of the main characters:
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), 16-year-old protagonist who lives with her sister and mother in the poorest district Panem. Her father was killed in a mining explosion, and her mother fell into a depression thus leaving her to hunt for food in the woods to provide for her family just as her father had taught her. When Katniss’s sisters name is selected for the Hunger Games she volunteers to take her place, along with the male tribute from District 12, Peeta Mellark.
Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), a baker’s son very shy but confident and an unlikely looking tribute for the games who develops a complicated relationship with Katniss.
Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), is a middle-aged man who was the victor of the 50th Hunger Games, which occurred twenty-four years before the series begins. Being the only surviving Hunger Games champion from District 12 (one of only two in the history of the games), Haymitch was forced to mentor all of its tributes. Therefore, he acted as a mentor for Peeta and Katniss before they entered the Games.
Gale (Liam Hemsworth), 18 year old who lives in District 12. He is Katniss’s best friend and her hunting partner. His father died in the same mine explosion as Katniss’s father did.
Primrose Everdeen (Willow Shields), nicknamed “Prim”, she is Katniss’s younger sister. Prim is thoughtful, sweet, and somewhat delicate in spite of all she has been put through at a young age. Because of her personality, she symbolizes innocence in the trilogy. She is a skilled healer due to the work she does along side her mother.
President Coriolanus Snow (Donald Sutherland), The main antagonist of the series, Snow is the autocratic ruler of the Capitol and all of Panem. Though seemingly laid-back, this hides a sadistic and psychopathic mind.
Hunger Games Merchandise (so far… ther will be more to come I’m sure!) consists of 3 books and a movie soundtrack.
The Hunger Games Tribute Guide by Emily Seife
The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion by Kate Egan
The World of the Hunger Games by Kate Egan
The Hunger Games (Songs From District 12 And Beyond) Soundtrack
The songs that are featured on The Hunger Games (Songs From District 12 And Beyond) Soundtrack include:
1. Arcade Fire, “Abraham’s Daughter”
2. The Secret Sisters, “Tomorrow Will Be Kinder”
3. Neko Case, “Nothing To Remember”
4. Taylor Swift featuring The Civil Wars, “Safe & Sound”
5. Kid Cudi, “The Ruler And The Killer”
6. Punch Brothers, “Dark Days”
7. The Decemberists, “One Engine”
8. The Carolina Chocolate Drops, “Daughter’s Lament”
9. The Civil Wars, “Kingdom Come”
10. Glen Hansard, “Take The Heartland”
11. Maroon 5 featuring Rozzi Crane, “Come Away To The Water”
12. Miranda Lambert featuring Pistol Annies, “Run Daddy Run”
13. Jayme Dee, “Rules”
14. Taylor Swift, “Eyes Open”
15. The Low Anthem, “Lover Is Childlike”
16. Birdy, “Just A Game”
THE HUNGER GAMES TIDBITS:
Chloë Grace Moretz, Mary Mouser, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Lyndsy Fonseca, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Roberts, Kaya Scodelario, Emily Browning and Shailene Woodley were considered to play Katniss, the lead role. Jennifer Lawrence won the role.
Alex Pettyfer, Josh Hutcherson, Lucas Till, Nico Tortorella, Alexander Ludwig, Evan Peters and Hunter Parrish were considered to play Peeta Mellark. Hutcherson was later cast.
Liam Hemsworth, Chris Massoglia, David Henrie, Robbie Amell and Drew Roy were considered to play Gale. Hemsworth was ultimately cast.
Composer Danny Elfman left the film due to a scheduling conflict and was replaced by James Newton Howard.
The name of the main character, Katniss, is derived from the name of a group of edible plant species, genus “Sagittaria”, commonly known as “arrowhead”. This is a reference to the character’s archery skills.
The Hunger Games were filmed in North Carolina and the place has been a hot bed of tourism because of the wild success of the movie! I read that Fans are already showing up on locations ranging from forests to abandoned factory towns, with tour companies offering re-enactments, survival skills lessons, zip line excursions and hotel packages…
This film is looking to make a mind-boggling $140 to $150 million domestically after a $19.7 million midnight opening, the highest ever for a non-sequel. The Hunger Games will be a huge success because it is able to attract all 4 quadrants which makes it your typical blockbuster film. Some are even saying it could be in the top 10 films of all times.
Check out The Hunger Games site at http://www.thehungergamesmovie.com/
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