Hunger games: The next big thing?
The end of the Harry Potter saga has left a franchise-shaped hole in Hollywood and the search for the next big series has started. What story will next capture the hearts of people all around the world?
Although the reach of JK Rowling’s enchanting world will be unmatched for years, the market is already looking for the “next big thing” and the money seems to be going into the upcoming book adaptation Hunger Games. This year’s Video Music Awards showed a sneak peak into the movie that has not even been wholly filmed yet and the hype surrounding it is massive.
Written by American author Suzanne Collins, Hunger Games is the story of a dystopian country where reality TV is taken to the extreme; children are made to fight to the death to enforce a dictatorship onto an oppressed and poor-ridden country. Every year, one boy and one girl are chosen from each of the 12 districts of Panem to fight in the championship called the Hunger Games. There is only one winner.
Katniss Everdeen, the 16-year-old heroine, is thrown in the arena when her 12-year-old sister is chosen to “play”. Bloody and violent, this trilogy is an amazing read for fan fiction lovers. The fights and battles are beautifully written and a love triangle completes Katniss as a complex and intelligent heroine. Collins deals with the themes of oppression, misery, violence and survival in a very touching manner, telling a horrible story with incredible insight into war and revolution.
But can this dystopian trilogy be the next big franchise? The world of Harry Potter was relatable to so many people because it was a world of such wonder and fantasy that no matter how terrifying the books were, it was a world apart where people could escape to from real life. This is the same for every franchise that has an absurd number of followers; Star Wars, Lord of The Rings and Star Trek all have an element of fantasy about them.
Hunger Games was very well received by critics and has a fair share of fans but it’s not a world you would willingly escape to. There is nothing wondrous in the series, the story is mostly about war and violence; the heroine hardly ever catches a break to be a teenage girl and more than twenty children die in the first book. It is unlikely that it will become a franchise of escapism but the amount of publicity the unfinished movie is getting is building it up to be the next big thing.
But I fail to see how it will have the same reach as Harry Potter. Science fiction fans will love this movie but it is too violent for children to watch and grow up with; the Potter franchise became scarier as the films progressed but it was never too bloody or dark (excluding the last one, of course) for children, whilst Hunger Games (at least the book) is very graphically brutal all the time.
It will be a new franchise to follow up and look forward to but it is doubtful it will reach as many age groups as Potter did. The little that has been revealed about the movie so far has been incredibly hyped up and it will probably be a big franchise; but as far as franchises go, the Potter substitute is not around the corner just yet.Tagged in: film, harry potter, hunger games, jk rowling, Katniss Everdeen, Suzanne Collins
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