There has been a huge amount of media attention surrounding the new movie The Hunger Games. The merchandise tie-ins include t-shirts, pins, buttons, books and even a line of nail polish! All of this began, of course, with the young adult book by Suzanne Collins. Ms. Collins, a Connecticut resident, says she got the idea for the story when she was watching television, and switching between channels showing the war in Iraq and reality TV. Collins’ story of a dystopian world where the government forces teens to fight in televised battles certainly struck a chord with readers: the 2008 book sold more than four times its initial print run and The Hunger Games and its two sequels, Catching Fire and Mockingjay, are consistently on best sellers lists. The Ridgefield Library owns twenty copies of the trilogy, and with the release last week of the film, we are hard pressed to keep any on the shelf! The film looks like it will be faithful to the spirit of the book – author Collins herself wrote the script and was a consultant throughout the filming. We know many patrons, both teens and adults, who have read and enjoyed Ms. Collins’ books. Why not check out what all the hubbub is about for yourself?
Contributed by Geri Diorio, Teen Services Librarian and Head of Children's Services