When In Manila, you definitely can’t miss the craze going on about the Hunger Games. Thrift shops have been selling accessories related to the novel/book, and I’ve seen a number of fangirls in malls sporting creative statement shirts that say, “May the odds be ever in your favor.”
It was one of the most awaited films to show in 2012, and as the first film of the Hunger Games trilogy (based on the novels by Suzanne Collins) was officially released last Thursday, thousands of viewers have flocked the theaters and gushed nonstop about the addicting saga. Indeed, the movie did not disappoint fans of the series—including myself. It stayed as true as possible to the novel, as even the characters, the setting, and the different scenes depicted remained loyal to my imagination.
So what exactly is the Hunger Games? I can assure you that it’s very different from the Twilight saga, yet almost as addicting as Harry Potter—but that’s just my opinion, given that I’ve been a Potterhead since I was a child. The Hunger Games takes place in Panem, where it was originally composed of thirteen districts. Each district specializes in a certain skill—like fishery, agriculture, mining, etc. When District 13 rebelled against the Capitol who is run by President Snow, they were immediately wiped out of the surface to show the citizens of Panem that the Capitol would always be in power. And to serve as a reminder to all the Districts, the Hunger Games was formed where one girl and one boy the age of 12 to 18 would be chosen as a Tribute to represent each District and fight to the death.
It’s a whole different world in the sense that some aspects of it are futuristic and dystopian. But what makes it relatable, especially with underdog districts like 11 and 12 who aren’t as fortunate and well-off compared to the higher districts, is that there will always be hope despite the corruption that takes place and the strong hold the government has.
It’s a complex story of action, a little suspense…and yes, even romance. Watch out for the love triangle that takes place among the main characters: Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellarck and Gale Hawthorne—but I’ve already said too much.
When in Manila, be sure to see the first installment of “The Hunger Games” trilogy and may the odds be ever in your favor. Happy Hunger Games, everyone!
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