The news that the opening of the movie, The Hunger Games, based on Hartford native Suzanne Collins’ novel, broke records this weekend for several categories of ticket sales came as no surprise to members of the Farmington Library Teen Advisory Group.
The Teen Advisory Group suggested March programs including a Wii Archery Tournament, The Hunger Games Jeopardy, and The Hunger Games Cornucopia Challenge in advance of the release of the film. All Teen programs are funded by The Friends of the Farmington Library .
The Hunger Games was on the New York Times Bestseller List for over 100 weeks. Along with the two sequels, “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay”, the trilogy made Collins the best-selling Kindle author to date.
Farmington High School 10th grader Francesca Caruso said about the books “I loved them. They were amazing. I’ve read each of the three books at least twice and would definitely recommend them to others.”
Horn explains the book’s appeal, “The Hunger Games trilogy is, despite comparisons with the Twilight Saga and the Harry Potter Series, popular for reasons that are entirely unique to the trilogy. Most YA books either appeal strongly to male or female readers depending on the gender of the protagonist. Series like Harry Potter do particularly well, because of the presence of a strong female character alongside a male lead and also because teen girls are typically willing to read a book with a male lead. Whereas, teen guys typically want to read books with male leads and not those with female leads. Of course these are generalizations and not hard and fast rules.
What makes the Hunger Games unique is its universality; it successfully obliterated this stereotypical reading trend. Readers don’t associate with Katniss because she is a girl with typical teen girl issues; they associate with her because she is a force of strength and hope in a world that is oppressive and brutal. She is fighting for her life because she is forced to, but it is the decisions she makes along the way that make her different from the other character. Her decisions make her human, they breathe life into what could have just been another character in a book, but instead she becomes a rallying point for change in society.”