Thursday, March 29, 2012

Jerry Hingle Cheers for the Hunger Games

Howdy Folks!
Alright, so there's been a lot of buzz lately around this movie called the Hunger Games. In case you haven't heard, it grossed more money on opening weekend than any of the Harry Potter movies, excluding the last one. What's the big deal?

If you've been living under a rock, I'm here to give you the scoop. Hunger Games is a young adult, dystopian book series about a girl named Katniss Everdeen who is simply trying to survive and feed her family. She lives in a society where people are lucky to eat one meal a day, and the Capitol (aka the governing authority) commands them with a firm hand, controlling what they do and how much freedom they have.

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away (North America)...

The people of this society led a revolution against the Capitol and lost. Now as punishment, the Capitol arranges an annual tournament in which a child from each district is chosen at random to fight to the death until there is one victor. Guess who is chosen?

Not Katniss, her younger sister, Primrose. But Primrose is sweet, innocent, and nothing but skin and bones, and Katniss won't let her go. She volunteers to take her place in The Hunger Games, and suddenly she is faced with this task of both surviving and defending herself against any big scary kids who try to kill her.

If that sounds like your cup of tea, go see the movie! It's a great adaptation of the book. If you're a fan of young adult novels written for girls, read the books too, but I will say that the movies are more gender neutral than the books.

Peace out, people! I'm off to read the 3rd Hunger Games book, Mockingjay, and make Peanut act it out.

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