Thursday, 15 March 2012

Hunger Games

If you're interested in teenage fiction, in particular the dystopian kind, you can hardly fail to have noticed yesterday's premiere of the Hunger Games movie. See Yahoo! Movies for more information about the film and for details of when you can see it in Glasgow. There's a great review in Empire which gives it 4 out of 5 stars and says: "As thrilling and smart as it is terrifying. There have been a number of big-gun literary series brought to screen over the past decade. This slays them all." More locally, the Herald also gives it 4 stars and Literature for Lads gives it 9 out of 10.

I've written about the books, by Suzanne Collins, before here. If you want to read them, we have them to borrow - though you might have to wait for the first one. In the meantime, our booklist Survivor has a collection of other titles you might like. The film has produced a flurry of articles on why dystopian fiction seems to be so popular among teenagers at the moment, including Booktrust the Telegraph, the Literary PlatformSlate and We love this book . The Observer has also run a profile of Suzanne Collins, and some teachers are posting study guides here and here. The Guardian has a Hunger Games quiz, on which I only scored 3 out of 10 - oh the shame, I really need to read those books again!

If you see the film, let us know what you think in the comments.

NB this post has been updated with later material since first being published.

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