As November 21st approaches, teens across Australia and no doubt the world will be lined up to see the next installment of the Hunger Games. Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the second film in the four part film series and is already proving to be popular among young people throughout the world with pre sale tickets sky rocketing. I can only imagine what it will be like come closer to the date.
The Hunger Games (1st book in the 3 part series) “was already a huge phenomenon before the March 2012 release of the Lionsgate film, the movie launched book sales into the stratosphere. Back in 2010, Hunger Games books sold 4.3 million copies, which jumped to 9.2 million in 2011; that number tripled in 2012, making for a 201% increase over previous year sales.” (Dianne Roback, 2013) With this in mind, it would be naturally assumed that these numbers have increased even more so in the last 18 months.
The book series no doubt has swept the stratosphere in more ways than expected and will continue you to do so until the final installment of the film series has shown its final screening. The third book Mockingjay is destined to be a two part movie like Twilight: Breaking Dawn and Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows. I’m not sure if this is to increase sales at the box office or it is as simple as, the books are too long to make into one movie. We wouldn’t want to miss out on any of the ‘good’ bits now would we.
Not only are there books and movies set to be released but as usual with pop cultured things there is a tonne of merchandise. You can buy anything from a shirt to a mug to jewellery to even action figurines. The list is endless for the crazed fans of this multimillion dollar enterprise.
No doubt The Hunger Games, like Twilight have taken over the world. I wonder what will be next. Only time will tell…. But whoever the lucky author is, ‘Well done and best of wishes getting rich off a bunch of obsessive teens. I’m sure you will be known for it for many years to come.’
Roback, D. (2013). The Bestselling Children’s Books of 2012. Publisher Weekly. Retrieved 28 October, 2013, from http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/56411-hunger-games-still-rules-in-children-s-facts-figures-2012.html