Feb 23 2012
If we’re forgetting about assuredly awesome superhero movies (The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises) and likely fantastic hard sci-fi (Prometheus), there’s one film that transcends genre that’s one of the most anticipated of the year, The Hunger Games.
The hugely popular book series is kicking off with the first of four promised films this year, and it’s trying to fill the void that’s been left in teens hearts by Harry Potter and soon, Twilight, once that series takes its final bow in 2012.
The question I’m wondering today is how big exactly will The Hunger Games be as a film series? The books are hugely popular, and I would argue could even have a wider fanbase than Potter and Twilight in terms of those who enjoy them. Like me for instance. I recently read all three books and appreciated the harder, violent elements that are past anything Potter offered, and though it does feature something resembling a love triangle, is not nearly as flowery as Twilight.
But I’m wondering if it has what it takes to truly become the next massive teen lit adaptation on the same level as these past two properties were? I’m not sure. Harry Potter is a once in a decade property that The Hunger Games can’t quite match in terms of quality or imagination. And though I hate to admit it, I think Twilight has the more compelling romance. It’s not really a central focus of The Hunger Games, and I can’t see Josh Hutcherson making girls swoon the way Robert Pattinson or Taylor Lautner have.
It is however, the only real epic franchise out there that’s going to be specifically aimed at teens in the next year. There may be others, but The Hunger Games, barring unforseen calamities, pretty much already has all four films greenlit and has a better chance of success than any other competing properties that might crop up.
So, big hit, massive hit, or giant failure?
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