Posts Tagged ‘YA Fiction’

The big news in the realm of YA-book-turned-teen-movie was the recent release of the new Twilight movie, which raked in $283.5 million over the weekend.  If, like me, you are not one of the millions of twi-fans bursting with delight at the thought of Bella and Edward walking down the aisle, the trailer for another popular YA series–the most important of the last decade, imho–also debuted this week:

I had my reservations about this book being turned into a movie, but based on the trailer, I’m excited! In addition to a kick-a*$ heroine, The Hunger Games is a story with strong characters and powerful themes. Not only does the author create a terrifying world ruled by a gluttonous, reality TV entertainment-driven,  government–the Capitol–THG deals with the brutal reality of violence, the fight for freedom in a totalitarian system, and the lasting effects of war.

It was not at all surprising to learn that Suzanne Collins, the author of ths hit trilogy,  is a military brat.

Collins’s father, who served in Vietnam, was a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force and a professor of military history at West Point.  In a New York Times article–“Suzanne Collins’s War Stories for Kids”–Collins shares her thoughts on dealing with the absence of a deployed parent.

“If your parent is deployed and you are that young, you spend the whole time wondering where they are and waiting for them to come home. As time passes and the absence is longer and longer, you become more and more concerned — but you don’t really have the words to express your concern. There’s only this continued absence.”

I’m curious to hear the thoughts of other military brat fans of The Hunger Games. What is it about the story that impacted you the most? Do you think the movie will live up to the book?