It would seem that in this day and age, if a novel has an immediate success rate, a film or television adaptation will follow swiftly afterwards. The film industry seem to be adapting even more written works into their Technicolor glory than ever before.

One of the most anticipated book to film transitions this year, is THE HUNGER GAMES. The film stars Academy Award nominee Jennifer Lawrence in the lead role. The book by Suzanne Collins is a young adult trilogy that has appealed to readers of all interests, whether they are oldsters enjoying a sneaky game of Foxy Bingo before dinner or they are a mother swiping the book from their teenagers room.

The Hunger Games Poster

Hunger Games Movie Poster

The books revolve around 16 year old Katniss Everdeen, a young girl who lives in Panem, a nation that rose up from a post apocalyptic North America. Panem consists of the Capitol and its surrounding twelve districts. Each year the Capitol force the districts to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in a brutal reality show called The Hunger Games, a tournament that only the winner will survive. When her younger sister is drawn to compete, Katniss takes her place as the female representative of District 12, sparking the events of all three books.

…a young adult trilogy that has appealed to readers of all interests…

It’s a brutal dystopia where the poor fight it out for the amusement of the rich. First published in 2008 by Scholastic, the books easily became best sellers. So it is no surprise they have been adapted so soon since their publication. Not even TWILIGHT was given the celluloid treatment this quickly.

The other novels, CATCHING FIRE and MOCKINGJAY will be adapted into screen versions if the first film is successful and profitable.

THE HUNGER GAMES hits theaters 23 March 2012, and you can buy the trilogy of books at all good book stores.

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Teresa Spreckelmeyer
Teresa St. Mary - Teresa, is a wearer of many hats (figuratively) including, mother, wife, graphic designer, event planner, web developer and a self-admitted, avid reader of historical romance novels. Although Teresa is a “small town girl” (again, figuratively) from Missouri, through her various workings with clients and events, in and out of the west coast entertainment industry, she laughingly refers to Los Angeles as her second home. Teresa has produced marketing design work for actors, directors, writers and film studios, among others and played a strong behind-the-scenes role in the creation of entertainment oriented, fundraising events in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas over the past nine years.