The Hunger Games by the Numbers - The HubThe series has more than million copies in print worldwide, and spent more than consecutive weeks on The Times best-seller list. The books have spawned four record-breaking films and many Katniss Halloween costumes. In a 10th anniversary edition of the book, which hits stores this month, David Levithan, a vice president and publisher at Scholastic Press, interviewed Collins. An excerpt from that interview, including potential spoilers , is below, condensed and edited for clarity and length. Suzanne Collins: Yes, I was flipping through the channels one night between reality television programs and actual footage of the Iraq War, when the idea came to me.
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The Hunger Games has had quite a journey since it first came out on September 14, From the humble beginnings of a ,book first run, it has become one of the bestselling books in recent years, with sales growing exponentially over the past year as anticipation for the film has mounted. And early surveys for the movie are showing that the adaptations could be some of the largest grossing of all time, even rivaling the record-breaking Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings movie series. Even with all this buzz, some of the numbers are astounding. Published in Pop Culture. I was practically in tears in the first twenty pages.
The Hunger Games is a series of young adult dystopian novels written by American novelist Suzanne Collins. The novels have all been developed into films starring Jennifer Lawrence , with the film adaptation of Mockingjay split into two parts. The first two books in the series were both New York Times best sellers , and Mockingjay topped all US bestseller lists upon its release. The Hunger Games universe is a dystopia set in Panem , a North American country consisting of the wealthy Capitol and 12 districts in varying states of poverty. Every year, children from the districts are selected via lottery to participate in a compulsory televised battle royale death match called The Hunger Games. The novels were all well received.
T here are many bestselling children's authors but only rarely do any come along who break through into the universal cultural consciousness. It's too early to know how durable this series will prove, but the signs so far are good. It has spent more than weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. More than 1m copies of the books are now in print in the UK, and last month Amazon announced that Collins had become the bestselling Kindle author so far. The woman behind the phenomenon is a bit of a mystery.
The books themselves were best sellers, spawning a four-film series and a general dystopia bug across Hollywood as studios scrambled to replicate the sensation—hello, Divergent. The Hunger Games series takes place in a dystopian future-America nation called Panem, in which each year 24 children—two from each district—must compete in a televised, violent survival competition called the Hunger Games. As the Times notes, the books expanded the purview of young adult fiction, moving the genre into more graphic, violent territory than previous hits like Harry Potter or Twilight. So it was only natural that a long list of imitators would soon follow. And indeed, her most recent book, Year of the Jungle, was far from dystopian fiction; it was instead an autobiographical picture book. The reconstruction period 10 years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days—as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet—provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity. Although the prequel news does come with the faint odor of a cash grab, one could argue that this does sound like a better idea than a Hunger Games sequel.