Tween and Teenagers
Move Over Teen, Mommy Gets Tickets to Hunger Games First!
I had a parent meeting at my son’s school today and like usual, those of us that arrived early just started chit-chatting. But I felt so out of the loop because all the moms were talking about was which book they were on, how long it took them to read it, and when they would see the movie. Yep, these busy, involved moms were discussing The Hunger Games.
If you haven’t heard (like if you have been living under a rock!), The Hunger Games opened last night at midnight to an astounding $15 million in ticket sales before it even opened! This movie that is based on the popular book series by Suzanne Collins is anticipated to earn $125 million this weekend. How does that compare to another popular-book-turned-movie series? Twilight opened with $70 million the first weekend and the first Harry Potter earned $90 million.
Fandango, an online movie ticket website, is selling 10 tickets to The Hunger Games per second! That makes this movie the third-fastest selling movie in Fandango history.
So what makes this movie so irresistible? That was the question I asked my fellow moms in our meeting. They told me that these books are full of suspense, keep you on the edge of your seat, and are impossible to put down. Sounds like my kind of book – but what is it about a book written for teens that has moms everywhere lining up for hours just to see the movie? It seems that the critics are agreeing with moms – and dads (both men and women want to see this movie equally) – since 88% of them recommend it.
The Hunger Games is based in a futuristic land once know as North America, where society sends teens between the ages of 12 and 18 to the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on TV – the ultimate reality TV. This dark story line is full of violence, suspense, death, and from what I have heard – hope. I am intrigued by this movie – and the phenomenon of people flocking to it. I don’t plan to watch the move in theatres (gasp), but I have decided that I want to read the book to try to understand the hype a bit more. I’m hoping that I won’t be disappointed.
Have you read The Hunger Games book? Do you plan to see the movie this weekend? Is it really that good, or is this just all a media-publicity stunt to get Hollywood sales?
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