Hunger Games for Beginners: 25 Things to Know

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The Hunger GamesCatching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)
I recently read all three books of the Hunger Games trilogy and highly, highly recommend them to both teens and adults. I loved each and everyone of them. But don’t wait too long. I predict that when the first movie opens during the Spring of 2012, The Hunger Games will become as talked about as Harry Potter and Twilight.

25 things you should know about the Hunger Games trilogy:

The Books
1. The names of the books, in order, are The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay.

2. The Hunger Game books are dark and violent and are not for children or tweens.

3. The main themes running throughout the trilogy are death, justice, survival, good vs. evil, government and haves vs. have nots.

4. The Hunger Games takes place in an unidentified future time period after the desruction of North America in a nation known as Panem. As punishment for the uprising of a 13th district, and to keep the remaining 12 districts in line, the Capitol requires each district to send one girl and boy, between the ages of 12 and 18, chosen through a lottery called a reaping, each year, to compete in the Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death.,

5. The lead character is 16 year old Katniss Evergreen, from district 12. After her younger sister, Prim, is chosen in the reaping, Katniss takes her place.

6. Katniss has lived alone with her mother and sister since her father’s death in a mine explosion (most of the men in district 12 were miners) when she was 11. She became the sole provider of food since her mother’s grief was overwhelming.

7. Katniss did all her hunting with her best friend (and somewhat romantic interest) Gale. Since hunting was illegal, they had to sneak out of the district to do so.

8. The other tribute chosen from district 12 to go to the Hunger Games with Katniss is Peeta, a baker’s son and the same age as Katniss.

9. Another very important character is Haymitch Abernathy, the only living winner of the Games from District 12, a drunk, and the mentor to Katniss and Peeta in the Hunger Games.

10. Characters from the capitol includes Effie Trinket, the escort for District 12; Cinna, Katniss’s stylist and President Snow.

11. Most of the other characters in the book are the other tributes. Tributes are what those selected for the games are called.

12. Career tributes are kids from the richest districts, one and two, that train for years for the Hunger Games and are generally the strongest.

The Movie
13. The first movie of the trilogy, The Hunger Games, is tentatively set to open March 23, 2012.

14. Jennifer Lawrence, Academy Award nominee for Winter’s Bone will be playing Katniss Evergreen.

15. Josh Hutcherson (The Kids are All Right) will be playing Peeta Mellark.

16. Liam Hemsworth (The Last Song) will play Gale Hawthorne.

17. Most fan complaints over casting are about hair color! (Hair dye, anyone?)

18. The plan is for the Hunger Games movies to be rated PG-13.

19. Fan speculation has now turned to the casting of Prim Everdeen, Katniss’s younger sister, and Rue, the young girl from District 11 that Katniss befriends during the games. I am most interested to see who will play Hamish. Shouldn’t be too hard to find a middle-aged actor who needs to be sarcastic and drunk for most of the movie.

The  Author
20. The author of the trilogy is Suzanne Collins, who previously authored a 5 book series for tweens, The Underland Chronicles.

21. Suzanne Collins worked on the staffs of Nickelodeon shows, Clarissa Explains it all and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, among others.

22. While working on a WB kids show, she met children’s author James Proimos, who talked her into trying books.

23. If you are a fan and want to discuss the books or upcoming movie, the are many Hunger Games fan sites and forums available online, such as and

24. The Hunger Games has its own Hunger Games Wiki. This is in addition to its Wikipedia pages.

25. Test your abilities for the Hunger Games with a Trial By Fire simulation test.

One of the best qualities of the Hunger Games books is that you can’t put them down. Once you begin the first, you better have the second and third on hand. If you’ve already read The Hunger Games trilogy, whatever else you may think, you can’t deny that they are extremely exciting.

See also:
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