Why 'The Hunger Games' May Be Bigger Than 'Twilight'
Is there a tween, teen or young adult you know who is NOT planning to see The Hunger Games (PG-13) this weekend? Some critics say it's the biggest movie series to launch since Twilight. I say it might be bigger. Here's why.
After reading both book series - and watching all five Twilight movies - I predict The Hunger Games will attract tween/teen boys and girls, their parents and all ages in between. Carolina Parent's 21-year-old intern and a group of her friends actually pre-bought tickets to see the midnight premier Friday.
Meanwhile, I couldn't pay my sons to read the Twilight books or watch the movies, but found out about The Hunger Games through my oldest son (14), who read all three books in as many or fewer days before I even had a chance to read the cover synopsis. Both he and my younger son (13) plan to see the movie with friends this weekend, leaving my daughter (10) stuck with me for the big event - if I decide to let her see it. I might even be able to convince my husband to go to this one.
The idea of communism and widespread famine in a futuristic Western civilization defies modern-day logic but thrusts the importance of food and basic needs to the center of the movie's plot. Poverty meets technology, bloodshed and brutality as children and teenagers battle for their lives in an arena harboring mutated dogs and genetically engineered wasps. All the while, a select group of the country's population lives high on the hog - and will do whatever it takes to continue living that way.
For those of us in North Carolina, here's another reason to see The Hunger Games: Much of it was filmed throughout the western half of the state. VisitNC.com lists 12 places to experience The Hunger Games in North Carolina here. From DuPont State Recreational Forest and the Blue Ridge Parkway to downtown Asheville and "uptown" Charlotte, North Carolina makes quite a showing in this movie.
View the trailer and download a sample chapter of The Hunger Games. Also, here's a parent-friendly review of the movie. I think you'll like what you see. Keep in mind, the movie is rated PG-13 so carefully consider your child's age and maturity level before you give him or her your blessing to see it.
"May the odds be ever in your favor" as you wait in line for tickets!