Can you believe it’s been over seven years since the first instalment of The Hunger Games hit cinemas?
The franchise made Jennifer Lawrence a household name, and introduced a new generation to the unique abilities of dystopian fiction writers to reflect social and political issues.
Through the prism of Suzanne Collins’ post-apocalyptic Panem, viewers were given a glimpse into a future of gross inequalities. A place where the poor starved and fought to the death while the rich indulged themselves to excess.
I’m not ashamed to admit I only read and watched The Hunger Games as a so-called ‘grown-up’, having long been a real sucker for anything set in the future.
Although admittedly targeted at young adults, I personally found so much to enjoy in this dark, disquieting universe; with the movies faithfully catching the rebellious fire which blazed within the novels.
The scenes in the notorious arena made my heart pound with dread, with Lawrence’s depiction of resourceful Katniss Everdeen becoming more thrilling with each scene.
The Hunger Games trilogy certainly deserves a rewatch. And if you haven’t got around to it yet, Netflix is about to bring you the ideal opportunity to get hooked on all things Katniss.
This July on Netflix…
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Tweeting a list of everything coming to the streaming platform in July – which includes the likes of Derry Girls, Gavin and Stacey season three, Jackass 3, South Park: Bigger, Longer And Uncut , Zero Dark Thirty, and the final season of Orange Is The New Black – Netflix revealed they will be bringing us The Hunger Games trilogy . And it’s about bloody time.
This news comes just days after it was announced a prequel novel has been scheduled for release on May 19, 2020.
This prequel will be set in Panem, but will reportedly take place 64 years before the events of The Hunger Games trilogy.
As reported by CNN, Collins has made the following statement on her upcoming novel:
With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival,
The reconstruction period 10 years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days — as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet — provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity.
— Scholastic (@Scholastic) June 17, 2019
It’s certainly an exciting time to remember how much you love The Hunger Games. My social life volunteers as tribute while I rewatch these films…
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.