This popular book series has also proved it success on the big screen and here are 50 facts about both the film and the book which is a futuristic tale about teenagers who are forced to fight each other to death in order to survive.
1. The fascinating Greek myth revolving around Theseus, the brave hero and Minotaur, one of the most terrifying monsters was the inspiration behind Hunger Games. Suzanne Collins as a child was horrified by the story where Theseus killed Minotaur with bare hands and the tragedy that follows. The myth remained embedded in Collins’s mind when she started working on the book.
2. The second inspiration for the book for Suzanne was her father who was working in the Air Force. Her father was fighting at the Vietnam War and she recalls how her father wanted the children to remember the costs and the consequences that a war brought with it. This forms an integral part of the Hunger Games series.
3. Before Hunger Games came along, Collins had been working as a children television shows writer and has to her credit Oswald, Little Bear, The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo and Clarissa Explains It All. She was inspired to write books for children later on and has written five books in the Gregor series. She has also been nominated for the Writers Guild of America in animation for Santa Baby where she was a co-writer.
4. The protagonist of the series- Katniss Everdeen’s name is derived from that of a plant called Katniss. It is an edible plant and this water plant also is known by its name arrow head. Katniss, the heroine of the series is well known for her archery skills. At one point in the novel, Katniss who is starving actually eats the plant’s edible roots.
5. Katniss catches and kills squirrels for her family’s survival. Actress Jennifer Lawrence admits to knowing how to skin and cook squirrels. In the Winter Bone, Lawrence’s film, she has caught and killed squirrels for her family’s survival and Hunger Games is the second film where she is seen doing this.
6. When it came to culinary treats that are mentioned in the book and shown in the film, there is The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook: From Lamb Stew to Groosling – More than 150 Recipes Inspired by The Hunger Games Trilogy by Emily Ansara Baines. There are several recipes inspired from the land of Panem and includes dishes like Lamb, fig and olive stew which was Katniss’s favourite dish.
7. The Cornucopia in the film drew its inspiration from architect Frank O. Gehry’s buildings. He is considered as the most important architect of our age and his many buildings including his private home are considered as tourist attractions. In the book the colour of Cornucopia is gold while it is silver in the film.
8. Effie Trinket portrayed by Elizabeth Banks is a character who is mentioned a lot of times in the book but in the film, her name is not mentioned at all. Effie is the only tribute escort that has been named in the Hunger Games series. Her name is an Anglicized version of the Greek name Euphemia which means all-praised.