It seems that after the successes of Harry Potter and then Twilight, that the young adult bookshelf might just be the new barrel to which we have yet to see the bottom. Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games book will bring to life the post apocalyptic story of children fighting for entertainment. The second book of the trilogy isn’t out until fall.
The Hunger Games is the first in a trilogy about a near future world where a dictatorship called the Capitol has taken over the world in the wake of a series of disasters. They organize an annual televised event where a boy and girl from each of the twelve districts are forced to participate in a game of survival, killing each other until only one remains.
This really sounds like a bit of the Running Man combined with Lord of the Flies.
The book got some attention in the demographic when Stephanie Meyers (Twilight) took a break from swimming in her sea of money to give it a positive review. But bringing it to the big screen had nothing to do with her approving nods.
I wonder how a Fight Club for Teens would work out considering the violent concept and yet aiming it at the young adult crowd. Certainly a movie doesn’t have to be rated R to convey violence and mortal fear, but it will be a delicate balance.
I look forward to seeing how this plays out.