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Didn't Love the Hunger Games Movie? Watch it again!!

Updated on March 22, 2013

Did you love it? Hate it? Eager for Catching Fire?

The Hunger Games movie is the film adaptation of the brilliant young adult series of novels by Suzanne Collins. In fact, Collins also wrote the script for the movie!

If you're anything like me (a true Hunger Games fan!), then you've been on the edge of your seat for a while waiting for the movie version of the story to be announced. I've seen it twice now and am eager to see it again. How many times have you seen the movie? Will you go one more?

Official Hunger Games Trailer (1)

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The Hunger Games Logo
The Hunger Games Logo

So what IS the Hunger Games anyway?

Hint: It's not a video game!

In the space that was once North America, a new country has grown up, a country called Panem. Three quarters of a century ago this country went to war against itself. The people of the thirteen districts of Panem went to war against the Capitol, and the Capitol won the fight, but not before destroying District Thirteen, the District that once produced nuclear weapons. Now the government has total control over the people, who both live and die in the districts into which they are born.

Unless, of course, they are selected for the Hunger Games.

Once a year in the summer, the Capitol sends an escort into each of the remaining twelve districts in order to select one boy and one girl (between the ages of twelve and eighteen) to go into the Hunger Games, a vast arena in which the twenty-four "tributes" must fight to the death, because only one can be declared the victor.

The books are written from the point of view of Katniss Everdeen, the female tribute from District Twelve (the coal mining district, widely considered to be the least likely district to win the Hunger Games). The movie, however, will expose a different perspective, also following the lives of the people who are left behind, such as Katniss's mother and sister, and her best friend Gale.

Collins is quoted as saying "I feel like the book and the film are individual yet complementary pieces that enhance one another." (source) It's going to be interesting to see how this turns out. I, for one, am a bit nervous that there will be too little Arena action in the film adaptation of the story, and as always, I recommend that readers of this page read the books.

For those of you who are thinking "I can't get into that! I'm not into video games and that kind of stuff!" let me tell you: this isn't about video games. The Hunger Games is a series of dystopian novels by Suzanne Collins, not a video game!

Gary Ross Directs The Hunger Games

Gary Ross, the director of The Hunger Games movie, started out as a screenwriter, according to Moviefone. He has had quite a fascinating life, starting with his experience at the University of Pennsylvania. He dropped out before he could finish, however, wanting to gain some real-world experience. He started out his career wanting to write novels, but Paramount hired him and he was hired as a screenwriter. His first scripts failed, however, but Ross persisted and finally penned Big, which was a blockbuster hit in 1988. (Fandango) Ross continued to write comedic scripts for several years, including Dave and Lassie.

In 1998 Gary Ross began his directing career with Pleasantville, strengthening his resume of political movies. He did begin producing, however, the previous year. Since then Ross has produced a movie every few years, culminating with his directing The Hunger Games movie.

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Second Official Hunger Games Trailer

Suzanne Collins
Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games is the Creation of Suzanne Collins

Some readers might be surprised to learn that Suzanne Collins worked on the screenplay for The Hunger Games movie along with Gary Ross, but as it happens, she's been working on screenwriting for most of her career, writing scripts for children's television shows on Nickelodeon for shows such as Oswald and Wow, Wow, Wubzy! Later she wrote The Underland Chronicles, a five part fantasy series for children. Most recently she penned the wildly popular Hunger Games series. She worked on the script with director Gary Ross.

Fans of the book series have already noticed some differences between the books and the upcoming movie, however, such as the absence of Madge Undersee, the mayor's daughter and Katniss's friend who gives her the Mockingjay pin in The Hunger Games. Obviously some changes needed to be made in order to make the film work, and Collins explained some of this recently with regard to the fact that the movie will in some ways be more dynamic than the books, following the lives of the people back at home in the districts.

I'm up in the air as to whether or not these changes are a good thing, but right now the film is getting outstanding reviews on IMDb!

Dress as Katniss for Opening Night!

Dressing up for opening nights of movies is a popular trend, and I'm sure that you don't want to be left behind when you arrive at the theater and there are hundreds of people who are dressed up like primary players in the movie! Gear yourself up by dressing as Katniss Everdeen, or see below for other characters from the movie.

You have a few different options for dressing up as Katniss. My suggestion is to dress like District 12 Katniss or as Katniss from the Arena since these are the easiest costumes to put together without paying a small fortune for a dress that lights on fire! I've given some suggestions below, and also supplied an addition that will give you more of an "Arena" look.

Your first option for a costume for Katniss is to dress as District 12 Katniss, Gale's best friend who hunts with her in the woods surrounding their home district. This is the simplest costume and will most likely be the least expensive to put together due to its general lack of accessories. Just make sure to leave the bow and arrow at home! Oh, and don't forget to braid your hair or wear a wig if your hair is short and/or a color other than brown. You might even go so far as to add grey contact lenses to the mix!

Betty Rides Women's Day Dream Magic Cargo Snowboard/Ski Pants (Black, Medium)
Betty Rides Women's Day Dream Magic Cargo Snowboard/Ski Pants (Black, Medium)

These cargo pants will also double up and work as a costume for Katniss in the Arena since they are so similar to the tribute uniform that is given to Katniss and the other tributes before entering the Games.

 
Champion Boys Big Boys' Double Dry Short Sleeve Tee, Dark Green, Large
Champion Boys Big Boys' Double Dry Short Sleeve Tee, Dark Green, Large

Add a green t-shirt like what you'll see in the movie, which can also double up as Arena wear if necessary. This t-shirt is at a great price, too!

 
Hi-Tec Women's Altitude Glide WP Light Hiking Boot,Dark Chocolate,8 M US
Hi-Tec Women's Altitude Glide WP Light Hiking Boot,Dark Chocolate,8 M US

Hiking boots aren't the ideal substitute for hunting boots, but they are a good replacement for a costume!

 
ful Unisex Adult Overton Backpack (Orange-Gray, 20 x 12 x 7.5-Inch)
ful Unisex Adult Overton Backpack (Orange-Gray, 20 x 12 x 7.5-Inch)

Adding an orange backpack gives you a very effective Arena look, even without the bow and arrows!

 

Use Common Sense

I mean this seriously, kids. Do not take a bow and arrows into the theater. They will probably be consfiscated if you attempt to take a weapon into the cinema in the first place, but you may also be removed from the theater. This is especially bad news if your parents have already dropped you off. Use common sense! Just because the bow and arrow are Katniss's weapon doesn't mean you can take them into the theater with you!

Key Hunger Games Characters - Those not listed above

  1. Gale Hawthorn
  2. Primrose Everdeen
  3. Haymitch Abernathy
  4. Effie Trinket
  5. Cinna
  6. Rue
  7. Thresh
  8. Cato

Know your Tributes!

The Hunger Games Tribute Guide
The Hunger Games Tribute Guide

I bought this little book only after seeing it in the store and putting my hands on it. I knew exactly what I was getting, and I find the little guide very useful in terms of reference for my Hunger Games pages and for myself. However, it must be noted that this guide provides very little information about the tributes themselves, especially for those who died too early to even be named. Even the major players, such as Katniss, Peeta, Thresh, Rue, Cato and Foxface don't have a lot of information for them. Regardless, I personally loved this book for its imagery and it is one of my favorite movie guides from The Hunger Games movie.

 

More Hunger Games Movie Guides

The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion
The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion

I own this book, purely on principle. It isn't my favorite of the Hunger Games guides that I've seen, but it has served as a good preview of what the movie is going to be all about as opposed to the books, and it helps to fill in the gaps for the reader who doesn't want movie spoilers!

 
The World of the Hunger Games
The World of the Hunger Games

This book isn't due to be released until the 23rd, but you can pre-order your copy on Amazon and have it sent to you!

 

Third Official Hunger Games Trailer

What's the buzz? Are you just as excited about the Hunger Games movie as I am? Go ahead and tell the world about how you can't wait for it to come out!

I'm not putting spoiler restrictions on this page because I assume that most of the visitors have already read the books. Please note, therefore, that if you have not read the Hunger Games trilogy that you might want to stay out of this guestbook until you have. I don't want the story to be spoiled for you, either!

Also note that I check all of my comments before they are approved. Spam will be deleted and I would appreciate it if you could keep your comments on topic. Comments like "nice lens" are wonderful, but a bit spammy. It is always nice to have the subject of the lens mentioned in your comments. Thanks!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The books were not good enough that I'd go see the movie, although if Gary Oldman WAS in it, I might go.

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Very nicely done; I love how your lens reads.

      (I had never heard of this movie before, but that's nothing new.)

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      Everyday-Miracles 6 years ago

      @TreasuresBrenda: I had to look it up when I was done reading the series to see if there was going to be a movie, but with this sort of thing, there almost always is! I cannot *wait*! There are a couple of shorts on the main lens as well. Really well done, but have spoilers.

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      lemonsqueezy lm 6 years ago

      I can't wait either! Fabulous lines - very nicely done!

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      mrsquidoo 6 years ago

      I really liked the first book... up until the ending. Thought it ended kind of poorly, and the 2nd book starts sooooo slow. At any rate, I will likely still finish the trilogy someday as all 3 books are on my kindle.

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      Everyday-Miracles 6 years ago

      @mrsquidoo: I agree that the ending of the first book was... Poorly executed. I think that's the right way to put it. I wasn't even fortunate enough to be able to roll right over into *Catching Fire* because I didn't have my copy of the book yet. On the other hand, I didn't think that the second book started out too slowly. If you haven't read Mockingjay... Well, you have to know how it ends, I guess, but if you think that the second was slow, the third is... Well, you'll see. I reviewed all three if you want to stop over there from this lens to see what my take on it was.

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      Jen 6 years ago from Canada

      I haven't heard of the Hunger Games book series or this latest upcoming movie. I will have to look further into these:)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @auntjennie: FINISH IT!!!

      The third book is amazing and wonderful....

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      lemonsqueezy lm 6 years ago

      Um... in response to your poll "Are you excited for the Hunger Games movie?" Someone answered... "what's the hunger games." Did that really happen? tee hee hee. Keep 'em coming. Thanks for the updates!

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      Everyday-Miracles 6 years ago

      @lemonsqueezy lm: If you don't know what the Hunger Games is, go out and read the books ;) That's my attitude. I don't know how you couldn't just absolutely love this series, but then, that's just my personal opinion.

      I'm really, *really* not sure about this cast though, to be honest with you. I'm trying to stay positive, but.... Yeah, I'm just not feeling it.

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Wow! I can't believe your excitement for this new movie. I'm afraid to admit that I'm not familiar with any of these actors in this movie or the books. Thanks for your info and update!

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      PocketfulofParis 5 years ago

      i love this!

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      Everyday-Miracles 5 years ago

      I just approved a comment that isn't showing up. I'm hoping I didn't slip up and delete. Anyway, if the commenter is subscribed, the answer to your question is http://fandango.com I prefer this site to any other option for ordering advance tickets, but you should also be able to purchase tickets at your local theater. I know that Regal Entertainment Group and AMC both offer presale tickets for upcoming movies.

      Hope this helps!

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      krakensquid 5 years ago

      Neither can I, currently half way done with the book and loving it, I must say.

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      Bizzyluvsanimals 5 years ago

      I love the Hunger Games too! They are my favorite books and I cannot wait for the movie! I've made a couple Hunger Games lens myself if you'd like to check them out :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Here's something that will drive you mad : in Paris, movies are released on Wednesdays. In other words, The Hunger Game will come out on Wednesday, March 21th =)...For once, I'm glad to be French!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i am so excited about the hunger games film! i really hope the film lives up to the books. if it doesn't i will be really upset.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      You did a great job with displaying these items for the Hunger games movie, I was reading it will be bigger than the Twilight Franchise.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I recently read the book and now my kids are fighting over who gets to read it next. I'll be able to hold them off seeing the movie for a bit because they want to read it first. Great lens. I guess I'll leave my bow at home.

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      ayng29 lm 5 years ago

      I like this lens! I watched the movie and I read the books. I think the movie wasn't as good as the book but it's good as well. I liked the story because even if it isn't real, it's moving and gets you thinking unlike other book series. I also made a lens about the hunger games. http://www.squidoo.com/9-reasons-why-the-hunger-ga... Would appreciate if you can drop by. Thank you!

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      wecomparebooks 4 years ago

      Great resource. I liked the movie but I liked the book even more

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      wwwScreenwritersForHireCom 4 years ago

      Good flick!

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      florin87 4 years ago

      Great lens.....

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      WhitePineLane 4 years ago

      Fabulous lens - well done! I've read the entire trilogy, but haven't seen the movie yet, as I am waiting for my daughter to finish the books so we can see the movie together. Note: I don't know how much longer I can wait!

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