A popular book and exciting new film.

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Introduction

The Hunger Games is a book by the American author Suzanne Collins. It was published in 2008 and has sold millions of copies. It is the first book for young readers to sell a million electronic books and you can buy it in 26 different languages. The Hunger Games is now a very successful film. It made 152.5 million dollars in its first weekend in North America!

A Fight to the Death

The story is set in the future, after the destruction of North America. The country is called Panem. There are twelve poor districts governed by the rich Capitol. There was a thirteenth district in the past but the Capitol destroyed them because they rebelled.

The Capitol organises the Hunger Games every year to punish the districts. One boy and one girl aged 12 to 18 fight in a battle. Only one person will live. The chosen teenagers are called “tributes”. The whole country must watch the games on television.

The story is about Katniss Everdeen, a sixteen-year-old girl. Her father died and now she has to kill animals for her family to eat. Her younger sister, Prim, is chosen to be a “tribute”, but Katniss volunteers to go instead. The other “tribute” from District 12 is a boy named Peeta.

Where did the idea for The Hunger Games come from?

One night in 2003, Suzanne Collins was watching TV. It was at the time of the US invasion of Iraq. The only programmes she could find on TV were ‘reality’ programmes of young people competing to win a million dollars and news programmes about the war. Suzanne says that the two things started to mix together in her head and she had the idea for The Hunger Games.

She has always found news programmes of wars upsetting. When she was a child, her father was a pilot in the US airforce and he fought in Vietnam. It was a very frightening experience for her.

Too much violence?

Some parents in the US have complained about the violence in the book. But Suzanne says she was very worried about how much violence we see on TV nowadays. Suzanne is also worried about the amount of reality TV we watch. “We put too much of our lives on TV,” she says. “And we care less for people because of this.” She said that writing about death and violence in the story was the hardest thing for her to do and she hopes it will make people think about what they watch in future.

Brendan Dunne

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Discussion

Do you like The Hunger Games?

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Lisa_1103 4 January, 2017 - 12:58

I have never read the book but I have seen the film and I enjoyed it very much. The ideas of the Story are so amazing for me, because I would never can write a book. I have much respect for People who write books. It must be a great Feeling when you write a book and then it get so famous then for example the Hunger Games. I think the idea is a little bit crazy that People who don´t know each other must kill each other but for a book or a film it is really great. Some day maybe I will read the book but bevor I watch the next parts of the film.

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englishgirl 30 December, 2016 - 13:24

Hey guys,
My name is Ella and I am 14 years old. I read this text beause it is a exercise for my english Reading Portfolio. I must say I love the books and the films of this amazing story. It is full of Action, a little bit of drama and of course love. The Story was is about a Country named Panem. Every year there be on "The Hungergames",a play about life and dead. Katniss` little sister Prim was chosen to be a " Tribute" but Katniss volunteers to go instead. I like the the movies a lot but the books are more interresting to reading. My favourite book is "Mockingjay" and I also think "Mockingjay: part 2" was the best film from this line.

What do you think about " The Hunger Games" ?
Please give me a feedback.

So thanks for reading my comment and i hope you have a nice day,
Ella :)

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butterfly_333 31 May, 2016 - 19:25

I love The Hunger Games. They are one of my favourite films because it is a very interesting story with a lot of action, but it is also very touching.
I have also read the books and I like them aswell, but I think that the films are much more better and popular. I also like the actors espacially Katniss, she is really great. I would recommend the films and the books to everyone.

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junzi0phan 16 November, 2015 - 10:06

haha.I just watch this film on star movies yesterday ,that was awesome ,I do like Katniss she is really brave . a fight to the death is not only one person will live , in the film I see Katniss and Peeta two both still alive .

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Muskaan 17 October, 2015 - 16:02

I absolutely love The Hunger Games!!!!
It takes you to another world and like I always say, fictional worlds are better than the real world :)

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student123 18 February, 2015 - 15:07

I just LOVE Hunger Games' books and films! My favourite book is "Mockingjay" and I also think "Mockingjay: part 1" was the best film till now! I just can't wait for the next film!

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Taqya 18 April, 2014 - 12:55

the hunger games is a really exciting book AND movie. I have also read CATCHING FIRE and MOCKING JAY. both are MUST-READ. i have also watched the catching fire movie too.. great hits!

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Taqya 18 April, 2014 - 12:51

well you don't need to learn it, its a book you can read it any where on the internet and you can also watch the movie too.

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vilko 7 March, 2014 - 18:56

I think that Hunger Games is a very interesting book and I would like to read it but I wouldn't see the film because I think books are more interesting and helpful than films

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