The Hunger Games- Why?

The biggest opening weekend of a non-sequel ever.  And not even during the Summer.

The top four books on Amazon as of 8:30 am, March 28, 2012  (they can change hourly):
#1.  The Hunger Games (book 1)
#2. The Hunger Games Trilogy (boxed set)
#3. Catching Fire (book 2)
#4. Mockingjay (book 3)

What makes The Hunger Games so popular?

Here’s a post from Ellen Painter Dollar reflecting on The Hunger Games and Justice.  You can buy the ebook from Julie Clawson, The Hunger Games and the Gospel.  

I’m still hoping someone writes a book entitled, God Behaving Badly and the Gospel.  You know you’re big when that happens.

Half my family has finished the trilogy and I’m battling my younger son right now for reading rights to Mockingjay.

So, why is this story so popular?  Thoughts? 


  1. I have been thinking through this for a while now. I think it’s a fast paced page turner that lacks depth in every area other than its story line and its quick appeal matches our consumer society. A preface with a page and a half explaining “smokeweed” doesn’t work right now.

    The other big concept I’ve been working through is that its about a realistic human in a fantasy setting. Bourne started this possibly (at least on my radar) Twilight is a normal girl who enters the fantasy world, Walking Dead is about normal people in Zombiefied America, Harry Potter (havent read it) I think is similar, and Katniss Everdeen is a normal girl in fantasy modern America.

    To tie in point one, the complaints I have personally heard about Walking Dead and Twilight is that they were long winded. WD season two got to character specific and focused on relationships and not their interaction with the fantasy world. Twilight got too relational and wasn’t face paced enough.

    The best I can tell, is that a ratio of both these two things creates a hit story. I may be completely on holiday and missing something though. What do you think?

  2. The boys love it as an action flick. The girls love it as a romance story. The boys love it as a video game/reality show with not-so-virtual violence. The girls love the idea of being torn between and pursued by two amazing, courageous, honorable hunks.

  3. Who can keep up with all of this? I just finished Harry last summer. And why do we need to have book after book about every “big” book or movie? The “we” here is evangelicalism, but I think the mainline is doing the same. Sermons on Harry, or “Twilight,” or now “The Hunger Games.”

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