In The Brilliant New Hunger Games Film, Katniss Can't Escape The Arena

The third movie in the Hunger Games series is supposed to be the one where the frame pulls back and reveals a bigger world than the teen arena of the first two. Instead, Mockingjay Part 1 does something more daring: it shows how all of the dystopian land of Panem is just the Arena writ large. Minor spoilers ahead... » 11/21/14 9:00am 11/21/14 9:00am

The 12 Weirdest Reasons For Banning Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

It's Banned Books Week! But people are trying to keep great books out of libraries and schools every hour of every day, year round. And often, people's reasons for challenging these titles are really, really... outlandish. Here are 12 SF and fantasy books that people have given incomprehensible reasons for banning. » 9/25/14 10:18am 9/25/14 10:18am

12 Incredibly Strange Underground Realms from Science Fiction

Don't judge a book by its cover. Beauty is only skin deep. There are countless aphorisms about looking below the surface of things, because you never know what you might find — for instance, if you looked below the surface of the Earth, you might find lost civilizations, underground empires, and/or lots and lots of… » 1/02/14 10:00am 1/02/14 10:00am

Which words turn up most in Hunger Games, Twilight, and Harry Potter?

Certainly The Hunger Games and Twilight are very different media experiences, but how do the YA series differ in their actual vocabulary and sentence structure? Slate put together a textual analysis of Suzanne Collins and Stephenie Meyer's series, alongside J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels. » 11/23/13 10:00am 11/23/13 10:00am

Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a captivating tale of privilege and PTSD

The second Hunger Games movie builds on the emotional intensity of the first, telling a harrowing story of what happens when you win a deadly game by playing dirty. Catching Fire is the rare film that's better than the original book. Even if you've memorized Suzanne Collins' text, you'll get something new out of it. » 11/22/13 9:00am 11/22/13 9:00am

Why The Hunger Games: Mockingjay is a Better Book than Catching Fire

Pretty much everybody loves The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins' masterful dystopian novel. But the two novels that follow are divisive: Some people love Catching Fire, others love Mockingjay. Very few people seem to love both. And for me, personally, Mockingjay is the superior novel. Here's why. » 11/18/13 1:20pm 11/18/13 1:20pm

Oh My God, Stop With the Absurd Hunger Games Merchandising

Rumors are bubbling about a potential Hunger Games amusement park, which would presumably combine all the joy and wonder of a dystopian police state with the thrill of being hunted down and murdered by a pack of desperate, starving child-warriors. And to this I say...really? Could we just not? Maybe not every popular… » 11/08/13 4:28pm 11/08/13 4:28pm

Could The Hunger Games get published today?

The Hunger Games helped to transform the landscape of publishing, convincing a ton of people that young adult novels could be important, serious books. It touched off a huge boom in books for teenagers about dystopian futures, and spawned a hit movie, with more on the way. In many ways, booklovers are living in the… » 11/07/12 1:25pm 11/07/12 1:25pm

The three actors rumored for Hunger Games' Finnick Odair

The last important casting decision in the Hunger Games franchise rests with Finnick Odair, the flirty red head who kills with a trident and wears nothing but a fisherman's net when he's representing District 4 in the parade for the 3rd Quarter Quell Hunger Games. He's bold, charming, and super-sexy. So who does… » 5/30/12 8:35am 5/30/12 8:35am

How The Hunger Games Should Have Ended makes a good case for the…

Disappointed with The Hunger Games ending? Confused as to why Peeta wasn't slowly bleeding to death? Well the the folks behind some of the best movie ending rewrites (including How Return To the Jedi Should Have Ended and How District 9 Should Have Ended) have officially submitted their Hunger Games takedown. What… » 4/19/12 1:05pm 4/19/12 1:05pm

Could Vampire Academy Be The Next Hunger Games?

In the wake of The Hunger Games dominating the box office, studios are rushing faster than ever to find more young-adult books to turn into movies. According to the Los Angeles Times, it's become a feeding frenzy, to the point that Universal paid $1 million for the rights to a book that's only sold about 23,000 copies… » 3/28/12 12:46pm 3/28/12 12:46pm

The Hunger Games Will Ruin You

The Hunger Games movie will punch you in the gut. The saga of Katniss, teenage dystopian gladiator, turns out to be just as addictive in movie form as it was in the books. The combination of insane spectacle and surprisingly brutal violence makes this movie exhilarating, and a little exhausting, to watch. You can't… » 3/23/12 9:00am 3/23/12 9:00am

Who's the bestselling author of all time on the Kindle?

The Hunger Games isn't just on its way to be a huge new hit movie — it's also confirming that Suzanne Collins is a huge literary powerhouse in her own right. And in the wake of Hunger Games fever, it's been revealed that Collins is actually the top selling author of all time on the Amazon Kindle. She became only the… » 3/21/12 4:30pm 3/21/12 4:30pm

The Girl Who Was On Fire: The Most Amazing Hunger Games Fan Art

One of the coolest things about Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games is the vivid pictures it sears into your mind. And even though we're excited about the movie coming out a week from now, we still cherish those mental images from the book. » 3/16/12 11:00am 3/16/12 11:00am

The Most Disturbing Hunger Games Merchandise

Most of the Hunger Games tie-in merchandise we've come across is a nice mixture of enticing archery-inspired accessories, clever t-shirts and the classic Mockingjay pin. » 3/15/12 11:10am 3/15/12 11:10am

Can The Hunger Games really capture all of Katniss Everdeen?

A lot of the writing on the Internet about The Hunger Games is snark about its derivativeness (It's Series 7 with kids! It's the Minotaur with television! It's Marathon Man meets The Long Walk plus a girl protagonist, minus Stephen King! It's Battle Royale for people who hate subtitles!). » 3/13/12 4:32pm 3/13/12 4:32pm

The first clip from The Hunger Games shows Katniss in action

We've seen trailers, stills, and ads, but now the first ever clip has been unveiled. This is what your Hunger Games movie is going to look and feel like. Watch as Katniss ruffles the Gamekeepers feathers by ruining their fancy pig roast party. » 3/02/12 6:45am 3/02/12 6:45am

Massive batch of Hunger Games stills show off the Capitol, the Hob, and…

We've got an insane collection of The Hunger Games stills that show off all sorts of amazing new places and faces from the land of Panem. Check out wacky Capitol fashions, the Hob from District 12, hospitals, hover crafts and the insane camouflage the tributes use to hide themselves inside the games. Images from … » 2/29/12 5:06pm 2/29/12 5:06pm

Hunger Games spoof explains why fighting to the death makes everyone…

The folks from The Second City have turned their attention to Hunger Games and have skewered the teens' super-sexy deathmatches. Go behind the mind of District 12's Gale as he encourages Katniss to "practice" her survival techniques on him. » 2/17/12 8:25am 2/17/12 8:25am

10 Things from the Hunger Games Books That the Movies Probably Can't…

The movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins' post apocalyptic teenage Thunderdome saga The Hunger Games is almost here. But if you've read the books, you know that there's no way that director Gary Ross can incorporate everything from the source material. And here's what we're betting doesn't make it in. » 2/16/12 10:29am 2/16/12 10:29am