Fun Facts Friday: The Hunger Games

March 23, 2012

 The Hunger Games movie comes out today. I thought it would be fun to bring up some fun facts for all the fans. Check out this blog tomorrow for my thoughts on the novel.

Fun Facts Friday: The Hunger Games

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1 ) Author Suzanne Collins (website) said she got the idea for The Hunger Games while surfing channels and seeing people competing on a reality show and footage of the invasion of Iraq. The two blurred and an idea was formed.

2 ) The Hunger Games’ initial print was 200,000, bumped up from 50,000

3 ) The book has been translated to 26 different languages

4 ) Suzanne Collins is the first children’s or YA author to sell over a million Kindle eBooks and, as of March 2012, Collins is the best selling Kindle author of all times.

5 ) The Hunger Games can also claim 29 of the 100 most highlighted passages in Kindle eBooks and, at the time of this post, Collins has written 17 of the top 20 most highlighted passages.

6 ) The novel ranks fifth on the American Library Association of most banned books for 2010 for being “sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and violence.

7 ) Suzanne Collins noted that some of the themes in The Hunger Games are “severe poverty, starvation, oppression, and the effects of war among others”.

8 ) The bird on the cover of the book is a Mockingjay – a genetically engineered bird.

9 ) Even though the reviews for The Hunger Games were mainly positive, some critics were saying that it was similar to the 1999 novel Battle Royale by Japanese author Koushun Takami. However, author Stephen King noted that the TV series Badlands as well as the novels The Running Man and The Long Walk (both written by King) are all similar to Battle Royale. Collins on her part maintains that she have never heard of Battle Royale before her book was “turned in”.
It is now generally accepted that both The Hunger Games and Battle Royale, while similar, have “enough possible sources for the plot line that the two authors might well have hit on the same basic setup independently”.
By the way, conveniently the release of Battle Royale‘s DVD is scheduled for today.
Coincidence? I think not.

10) The Hunger Games have received numerous awards including:

  • Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year for 2008
  • The New York Times Notable Children’s Book of 2008
  • Gold Duck Award in the Young Adult Fiction Category – 2009
  • 2008 Cybil Winner for fantasy and science fiction books (along with Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Bookmy thoughts | cover gallery)
  • One of the School Library Journal Best Books of 2008
  • Booklist Editor’s Choice – 2008
  • California Your Reader Medal – 2011

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8 Comments

  • le0pard13 March 23, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    “By the way, conveniently the release of Bat­tle Royale’s DVD is sched­uled for today.

    Funny how that worked out ;-). Fun post.

  • Lilian Cheng March 23, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    I haven’t watched Battle Royale yet even though I have the DVD sitting on a shelf at home(because I know the story and I don’t think I can take it)
    But I am planning to catch The Hunger Games today since I am a fan of the series (but I admit the last book bored me to the point I put it away for about a year before finishing it.)

  • Jonathan March 26, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Who are you to criticize? You’re a man after my own heart, that’s who. I love the dystopian themes and world building, but I have to grit my teeth against all the angsty teen trappings. And the names? It’s as if Collins wants you to make fun of them.

    But I agree with you on what you said at the beginning of the review–can’t let our wives out-read us, now can we?

    • Zohar - Man of la Book March 27, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      Thanks Jonathan. I also got the impression that Collins is having fun with the names. Maybe it’s part of the dry humor in the book.

      No, we cannot let the wives out-read us, LOL. Even though I just bought my wife 50 Shades of Grey but I don’t think I’ll be reading it.

      • decoteau September 20, 2012 at 1:59 pm

        Thanks Zohar for that request i like that book to and hunger games totally sweet

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