Just a couple of days ago I was reading something on the web about post-apocalyptic books, and somewhere in there was mention of Suzanne Collins’s young adult novel The Hunger Games. Now this morning we have news of a big screen adaptation of the book in development over at Lionsgate. Nina Jacobson (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) will produce, with Collins adapting her own book for the screenplay. Apparently the book has received rave reviews from Stephenie Meyer (Twilight), which explains the sudden interest. It does sound like a cool concept though.
The Hunger Games is the first in a trilogy about a near future world where a dictatorship called the Capitol has taken over the world in the wake of a series of disasters. They organize an annual televised event where a boy and girl from each of the twelve districts are forced to participate in a game of survival, killing each other until only one remains. Basically it sounds like Battle Royale, The Long Walk and The Condemned, but for a slightly younger audience. I guess that means it may not be as violent, but either way I’m willing to give it a shot. I just hope this doesn’t turn out to be another disappointment like City of Ember. No word on when they are aiming to have the first movie out, but the second book, Catching Fire, will hit stores on September 1st. Has anyone out there read the first book?