Last night, I attended the Hunger Games premiere here in NYC. It was disturbing, shocking, and sick. And what does it say about me that I loved it? I was completely riveted. I haven’t read the books (or any similar series hits like Twilight, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, etc – so take what I am about to say with a grain of salt), but I am a bit a surprised the book-version is being read by 10-14 year old kids across the world. Many schools have even required this reading which is a bit mind-boggling to me. Had I read this when I was twelve, I wouldn’t have slept in the last sixteen years. I hope these tweens understand that it is about survival and not actually a killing game.
Here’s a little background on the movie in case you are as clueless as me about this phenomenon: In a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’ young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.
And here’s a little bit of the fashion for the evening. I found myself a bit giddy as the stars lined up in front of us in the theater to introduce their film – Liam Hemsworth is as HOT in real life and Jennifer Lawrence is as stunning. I didn’t see Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, or Stanley Tucci – but they were all excellent in the movie. On a side note, paparazzi are absolutely insane and I can’t believe how these stars manage to make a “pretty face” for the cameras flashing like crazy.