Author; Kate Egan.
Publisher; Scholastic Inc.
Publication date; March 2012
Reviewed by Vicki Griffin. BA-UNE,
The Hunger Games has become a phenomenal success so it’s only fitting that this movie companion is released for its diehard fans. The Hunger Games revolves around a simple storyline – the rules are simple, in punishment of the uprising each district (there are 12 districts) must provide one boy and one girl called tributes to participate. The twenty-four tributes are imprisoned in an outdoor arena and over a period of several weeks the competitors have to fight to the death! The last tribute standing wins.
This movie companion is done in an immaculate format, the photographs are glossy and full of detail, section one goes into the history of The Hunger Games and how the film was adapted from the book without too many changes. Brilliant pictures of the sets and the construction will catch any movie buffs attention. I particularly like the way it sets out and tells the reader interesting tidbits for example;
‘in the book every tribute wears exactly the same thing to the games. They’re all on an equal basis and that’s fine in a book. But in film you’re not going to know who anybody is if everyone is in black jackets. So a decision was made that every district would have a different coloured jacket’.
It is these little pieces of information that make this book stand out more. It is a hive of trivia! Along with chapters on props, places and people there is also a chapter on the cast which makes for interesting reading. A well formatted book, thoughtfully written with beautiful pictures to compliment the text. A recommended read and would make a great gift for anyone who loves The Hunger Games or is a ‘Bill Collins’ in the making.