Monday, November 28, 2011

THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins

THE HUNGER GAMES and sequels by Suzanne Collins are narrated by Carolyn McCormick, and is set in a future when the United States has collapsed due to debt, war, famine, and reality TV.  (In other words, we're pretty much on this path now.)  Take American Gladiator, Survivor, and Shirley Jackson's The Lottery, and imagine that twelve defeated "districts" (ie. States) must now send two representatives to compete in win-or-die matches by the government (ie. the Super Rich.)  Naturally, everyone has to watch, pretty much like you have to watch the Superbowl or be considered an outcast by society (or the 2012 Election Debates to see the hunger coming).  This first book of the young adult trilogy was written in 2008, and is getting renewed attention due to the blockbuster movie being released in March, 2012, with Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta.  Also starring is Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Willow Shields, Stanley Tucci, Alexander Ludwig, Isabella Fuhrman, Amandla Stenberg, Wes Bentley, Donald Sutherland, Tody Jones, Lenny Kravitz, and Leven Rambin.  (The other two books in the trilogy are Catching Fire and Mockingjay.)  Other movies based on books are THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, starring Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Stellan SkarsgĂ„rd, and Robin Wright.  JOHN CARTER, an SF adventure based on Edgar Rice Burroughs novels, starring Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins.  A remake of TOTAL RECALL, based on the Philip K. Dick story, stars Kate Beckinsale, Colin Farrell, and Jessica Biel.

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