The Hunger Games

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This article is about the franchise. For the novel, see The Hunger Games (novel). For the movie, see The Hunger Games (film). For the annual competition that is the subject of the series, see The Hunger Games universe#The Hunger Games.
The Hunger Games
Creator Suzanne Collins
Original work The Hunger Games
Print publications
Novels

The Hunger Games trilogy:

Films and television
Films

The Hunger Games (film series):

Audio
Soundtracks

The Hunger Games is a multimedia franchise created by Suzanne Collins. Set in The Hunger Games universe, the franchise began with The Hunger Games, the first book in The Hunger Games trilogy. The novels have been developed into a series of films.

The novels in the trilogy are titled The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. The first two novels have been developed into films, while the third novel is currently being developed into two films. Soundtracks have also been released.

The Hunger Games universe is a dystopia set in "Panem", a country consisting of the wealthy Capitol and twelve districts in varying states of poverty. Every year, children are chosen to participate in a compulsory annual televised death match called The Hunger Games.

Media[edit]

The first novel, The Hunger Games, was written by Suzanne Collins and acquired by Scholastic Corporation in 2006. It was released in 2008.[1] The second novel (Catching Fire) was released in 2009[2] and the third (Mockingjay) was released in 2010.[3]

The first movie was titled The Hunger Games and released in 2012;[4] the second movie is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013).[5] The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 are set to be released in 2014[6] and 2015.[7]

Additional media within the franchise include soundtracks from the first two films: The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

Plot[edit]

Years before the start of the series, the thirteen districts attempted to start a revolution against the Capitol. The Capitol won, District 13 was destroyed and, as punishment, an annual televised death match called The Hunger Games was created by the Capitol. One male and one female participant, known as tributes, between the ages of 12 and 18 is chosen randomly in a "reaping" from each district, although children not picked may volunteer, therefore, an already chosen child, is discarded from the match, or, children to be selected, are also discarded. They are taken to an arena and fight until only one is left alive.[8]

Katniss Everdeen is a 16-year-old girl from District 12 who volunteers for the 74th Hunger Games after her 12-year-old sister Primrose Everdeen is picked for reaping. She survives the games along with Peeta Mellark when they both defy the Capitol by threatening to commit suicide.[8]

The Capitol is angry at their defiance, which inspired rebellion in several districts. Katniss and Peeta tour the districts, attempting to subdue the rebellion. Then, the reaping for the next Hunger Games takes place. For these games, part of the "Quarter Quell" that takes place every 25 years, winners of past games are forced to participate. When only a few participants remain in the games, including Katniss and Peeta, the arena is destroyed. Three of the tributes, including Katniss, are rescued by survivors of District 13, but the other three tributes, including Peeta, are captured by Capitol hovercrafts. [9]

The rebellion continues with Katniss being used as a figurehead.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sellers, John A. (June 9, 2008). "A dark horse breaks out: the buzz is on for Suzanne Collins's YA series debut.". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved July 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ "The On-Sale Calendar: September 2009 Children's Books". Publishers Weekly. 1 July 2009. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Roback, Diane (February 11, 2010). "'Mockingjay' to Conclude the Hunger Games Trilogy". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  4. ^ Valby, Karen (January 25, 2011). "'The Hunger Games' gets a release date". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 6, 2011. 
  5. ^ Weinstein, Joshua L (August 8, 2011). "The Hunger Games Sequel Set for 2013 Release". The Wrap. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  6. ^ The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. 
  7. ^ "The Two-Part 'Hunger Games' Finale 'Mockingjay' Sets Release Dates". movies.com. July 10, 2012. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Collins, Suzanne (September 14, 2008). The Hunger Games. 
  9. ^ Collins, Suzanne (September 1, 2009). Catching Fire. 
  10. ^ Collins, Suzanne (August 24, 2010). Mockingjay.