So, the second movie of the Hunger Games trilogy came out last Friday. I had a ton of friends that went to the midnight premier and I plan to go over break with my cousins (SUPER EXCITED ABOUT THAT)! This past weekend alone, Catching Fire has made about $161 million and won first place for the November box office records. (BRAVO!) Catching Fire holds the 4th biggest opening on record and the first with a lead female role. It even beat the first movie’s opening which was $152 million. This makes me even more excited to see the movie. The first one held up some big expectations so I just know that this one will be just as amazing!
As of July 19, 2013, more than 50 million copies of the Hunger Games trilogy books have been sold both in print and as an ebook. Individually, each has been sold:
The Hunger Games: 23 million copies
Catching Fire: 14 million copies
Mockingjay: 13 million copies
The popularity of this futuristic trilogy has outsold the beloved wizard books. As of August 20, 2012, the Hunger Games trilogy book sales had passes those of the Harry Potter books. They did this in only four year with three book opposed to Harry Potter’s seven books. This just goes to show how much more popular the Hunger Games has become since 2008. These numbers are all from 2012, so as we get closer to 2014 with the second movie two weeks from release, I’m sure these numbers have tremendously gone up.
Apparently, the odds were in Suzanne Collins favor when she came up with the idea for these books!
Mockingjay is the last book in the trilogy and was published on August 24, 2010. The book is divided into 3 parts: The Ashes, The Assult, and The Assassin. As the book opens up, Katniss is standing in the ruins of her old home in District 12. After being taken to District 13, Katniss agrees to be “the Mockingjay”, the symbol for the rebellion. She is kept away from being in the battles and used mainly for rebel commercials. The Capitol comes back with commercials of their own, using Peeta, to play on her emotions. District 13 rescues Peeta only to find out the Capitol has brainwashed him into hating Katniss and he attemps to kill her upon seeing her again. They put Peeta in therapy which helps him slightly get better. President Coin, leader of District 13, sends Peeta with Katniss and her commercial crew to the Capitol. They go to a neighborhood in the Capitol to shoot their commercial and their plan backfires, making them go further into the Capitol. Many of her team member die as they head towards President Snow’s mansion, so Katniss decides to go alone. When she gets their she finds out that Snow has trapped several of the Capitol children to use as a shield. The children get blown up and medical teams are sent to help them and while they are helping them, more bombs are dropped, killing them as well. Among those medical helpers who died was Prim, Katniss’s sister. This makes Katniss fall into a deep depression. President Coin decides to punish the capitol by making them participate in the “final hunger games”. As Katniss is recovering from the bombing, she learns from President Snow that Coin was behind the bombing that killed her sister and that Gale made the bombs. At President Snow’s execution, Katniss realizes that Prim being there had to have been authorized by Coin to push her loyalty towards her. When the opportunity comes, she kills Coin which starts a riot that also kills Snow. Katniss tries to kill herself but is stopped by Peeta. She is then sent back to District 12 where months later, Peeta joins her. Katniss, Peeta, and Haymitch all write of stories of the Hunger Games. In the epilogue, Katniss and Peeta have two children whom they hope will not find out about their involvement in the games or the war.
In 2009, Catching Fire, the second book in the trilogy came out. The movie for this book is scheduled to come out November 22 of this year. Katniss and Peeta are back in District 12 and are preparing for the Victory Tour, a parade the victor of the Hunger Games goes on through all the districts. Before they leave on the tour, Katniss gets a visit from President Snow informing her of his anger from her defiance and to let her know she has possibly started a rebellion. On there first stop in District 11, home of Rue, a man in the crowd whistles the tune that Katniss showed Rue and they all salute Katniss. This is not pleasing to the Peacekeepers as it shows that an uprising is on the rise, just as President Snow had said. They continue to the rest of the districts and once the tour is over, return home. Katniss then meets two runaways who believe that District 13 was not destroyed like the other districts were lead to believe but still exist underground. An announcement is made that the coming up Hunger Games will feature 24 previous victors will compete. The Quarter Quell happens every 25 years and always has a twist to it for the Capitol’s enjoyment. When Katniss learns that she and Peeta will be going back into the games, she vows to make him the victor, but Peeta vows to protect Katniss at all cost. Once the games have started, Katniss and Peeta team up with some of the other victors who have a plan to break out of the arena. Katniss destroys the arena towards the and gets knocked unconscious. When she wakes up, she is being lifted to District 13 with two of the victors and her mentor Haymitch. She learns that Peeta has been captured by the Capitol and that Distinct 12 had been blown up.
Hunger Games movie came out March 23, 2012. For the most part the movie follows the book. A few scenes were changed or cut out. The movie is an two hours and twenty-two minutes long. If the whole book was put into the movie it would have easily been about three and a half hours long. The Hunger Games was the third-best debut ever behind the last Harry Potter movie and the Dark Knight. The opening weekend alone made 155 million dollars in America. Worldwide the movie made 214.3 million dollars.
Katniss loves Gale. Peeta loves Katniss. Gale thinks he likes Katniss. Wait what? Lets start with Peeta and Katniss. Since they were younger, Peeta has had a crush on Katniss. He heard her sing in class and from then on it was love… for him. Then when they got older, it was raining and Katniss was looking for food for her family. It was Peeta to the rescue! He is the bakers kid so while he was baking her burned some bread. Yum right. But that was the only way he could get it out to Katniss. His mother was extremely mad at him and told him to give the burned bread to the pigs but while his mother wasn’t looking, he threw some to Katniss so she wouldn’t go hungry. Katniss didn’t remember this until the day of the reaping but Peeta had always remembered it. Their love goes up and WAY down during the trilogy. Now Katniss and Gale. They met while hunting for food for their family and with this, they made a connection. It’s something that they do together, every week. During this, Katniss sort of falls in love with Gale but Gale doesn’t show emotions so it’s hard to tell what he is feeling. And it isn’t until Katniss goes to the games and shows her “love” for Peeta, that Gale shows his love for Katniss. Their relationship gets wrecked in the end and Katniss marries Peeta. But it’s fun to read/watch this triangle unfold!