There is some crossover in the fan bases of author Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games (and the rest of her trilogy) and Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (and the rest of his trilogy)—but not much. That’s largely because The Hunger Games has been marketed as a YA novel and adopted by a significantly younger and more female crowd. But now, as The Hunger Games comes to the big screen (the opening is scheduled for March 23), there is a good opportunity for Lisbeth/Larsson fans to see a movie that will reiterate a few of the same themes as Larsson’s work, and to meet another intriguing and powerful young female character, Katniss Everdeen. The Hunger Games promises to be far bigger at the box office than The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and with the new energy that will be infused into the book trilogy and the future film sequels, you can expect pop culture to be buzzing with allusions to The Hunger Games, its storyline, and its characters. If you have managed to miss The Hunger Games phenomenon, here are several quick ways to catch up:
- “10 Things You Need to Know about The Hunger Games” from Business Insider.
- A more in-depth look from our favorite literary/pop culture/educational web source, shmoop.com (which also has very good material on Stieg Larsson).
- From the UK newspaper, The Independent, what is billed as: The Hunger Games: A mums’ and dads’ guide.