Saturday, March 10, 2012

Olympic Level Anticipation for The Hunger Games




Just a few days ago, I had never heard of "The Hunger Games" except via a recent Wall Street Journal photo cut line mentioning Jennifer Lawrence as a key player in this upcoming film.

Last Sunday, thanks to Jennifer Brett and the PeachBuzz feature in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, I started to familiarize myself with the trilogy of bestselling books by Suzanne Collins, who must be a gazillionaire about now.

A local Atlanta media event for the film, hosted by Allied Integrated Marketing, also enticed me to learn more, and after an hour enduring the screams of a thousand teen fans in a tent at Lenox Mall in Buckhead (on site to see b-list stars of the anticipated film, including Leven Rambin, Liam Hemsworth, Alexander Ludwig, Amandla Stenberg and Dano Okeniyi), I sat in a local Barnes & Noble and read about 60 pages of "The Hunger Games" -- a good read!

Still wondering why the local media event did not include Atlanta hometown actress Isabelle Fuhrman.

A hunch was confirmed via some online searching: Collins cited Greek mythology among the inspirations for "The Hunger Games" -- specifically the story of Theseus, who is tied to Athens (the only threads to any Olympic connections "The Hunger Games" may have, as the other inspirations include Roman gladiators, the antithesis of the Olympic Truce).

Five-ringed ties or not, this blogger has joined the ranks of "The Hunger Games" fans, and the March 23 arrival of the movie will be interesting. Here's hoping the film lives up to the hype and is true to Collins' writing (based on the previews, which mostly portray the first couple of chapters, so far so good).

Photo credits: "The Hunger Games" book cover via Amazon.com; Jennifer Lawrence archery photo via Film-Book.com; Leven Rambin photo by Nicholas Wolaver copyright 2012.

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