‘Hunger Games’ Tributes Being Cast
After receiving several nudges to check out Suzanne Collins’ young adult ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy, I finally gave in and read it. I wanted to send a big Thank You care package to those that pushed me to start it. That rarely ever happens. I have always been a fan of dystopia, probably going back as far as my first time reading George Orwell’s ‘1984’. Since then, there’s no shortage of them. However, there is something to be said for any young adult novel, trilogy or series that can draw as many adult fans as they do young adult fans.
In less than a year, on 23 March 2012 to be precise, we’ll all be able to see our favorites on the big screen. Is that a good thing? Myself and others wonder … Have they cast actors and actresses that will fully represent the characters we’ve come to love? Everyone creates a picture in their head of the characters they read about, based on the author’s descriptions. But, sometimes the mark is missed.
Here are the updates on the cast members so far. What do you think? Good job or mark missed? Do you have alternatives you would’ve preferred to see? And, once the movie is released, will you be watching the movie? Or skipping it?
Per Wikipedia, As of February 11, 2010, The Hunger Games has sold 800,000 copies and 26 foreign editions. Rights to the novel have been sold in 38 territories, and there are over 2.9 million copies in print. The book is a USA Today and The New York Times Best Seller. It was on The New York Times list for over 100 consecutive weeks as of September 2010.
Per Goodreads, the trilogy has won the following awards:
British Fantasy Award for Top Ten (2009), Georgia Peach Book Award (2009), A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year (2008), Cybils Award for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2008), Amelia Bloomer List (2009), Amelia Bloomer List (2009), An ALA Notable Children’s Book for Older Readers (2009), Horn Book Fanfare Best Book (2008), West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award (WAYRBA) for Older Readers (2010), Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award Nominee (2011), Red House Children’s Book Award for Older Readers & Overall (2010), New York Times Notable Children’s Book of (2008), Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of The Year, South Carolina Book Award for Junior and Young Adult Book Awards (2011), Rhode Island Teen Book Award (2010), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award (2010), ALA Teens’ Top Ten (2009), Milwaukee County Teen Book Award Nominee (2010), Sakura Medal for Middle School Book (2010), Silver Inky Award (2009), Michigan Library Association Thumbs Up! Award (2009), Florida Teens Read (2009), Iowa High School Book Award Nominee (2011), ALA’s Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults (2009)
If you are one of the few that haven’t read it, what are you waiting for?? Trust me, you should read it! 🙂