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March
28th

‘Hunger Games’ has power to create scores of avid readers


Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games." (Lionsgate)

This editorial appears in Wednesday’s print edition.

With its huge opening last week, “The Hunger Games” is a bona fide film phenomenon. What’s important to remember is the driving force behind that popularity: Suzanne Collins’ trilogy that has enthralled young readers – and a lot of not-so-young ones as well.

With its huge opening last week, “The Hunger Games” is a bona fide film phenomenon. What’s important to remember is the driving force behind that popularity: Suzanne Collins’ trilogy that has enthralled young readers – and a lot of not-so-young ones as well.

The movie has a built-in audience eager to see if its version of Panem – a future America – and its inhabitants match their own imaginings. The series’ avid fans are invested in its teenage heroine, Katniss Everdeen, and the other characters. The story is set in a dystopian version of the future where society has taken the concept of “Survivor”-like reality shows to their ultimate, logical conclusion.

Many have compared “The Hunger Games” trilogy to two earlier literary phenomena that became wildly popular film franchises: Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” books and J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series. About all it has in common with them is the fact that it was written by a woman and involves young people in dangerous situations. Read more »