When 'The Hunger Games' hits the big screen in March of 2012, most avid fans of the books will be gathered at their local Cinema at Midnight donning their mockingjay pins or shirts, eagerly awaiting the start of a new pop culture phenomenon. The books have been gaining popularity at a fast pace and have most people wondering if this will take the teenage popularity torch away from Twilight. (Most would argue that 'The Hunger Games' is a much better read and a better representation of the average teenager)
But what will The Hunger Games do for today's pop culture movement?
The Lord of the Rings made the Epic Fantasy novel what it is today, and when you go to the epic fantasy aisle at Barnes and Noble you will see hundreds of books about dragons and new worlds and funny creatures and so forth.
Star Wars (and Star Trek) introduced the world to space-age fiction that gave birth to the modern science fiction fandom movement.
Harry Potter dominates the Pop Culture scene for over a decade and spawns thousands of books and shows about wizards and magic. The term 'muggle' was even added to the dictionary.
Twilight (whether people like it or not) has spawned hundreds of teenage vampire books and several shows about forbidden love.
So where does The Hunger Games fit in?
Well the obvious answer would be futuristic-dystopian society books could come along if The Hunger Games hits massive popularity. But there is one way that might dig deeper into the average American.
Should the movie include more info on the descent into dictatorship of North America? The world economy is in the tank and Americans are constantly in speech about the failing job market and our slow march to our potential depression.
If 'The Hunger Games' were to integrate a powerful scene in the movie depicting America's fall from grace to a 13 district wasteland ran by a central dominant government, I think interest in the novels could explode domestically moreso than previously imagined. Lionsgate understands that this is a series they absolutely CAN NOT mess up.
I believe they have been given a massive golden apple, with the potential for everyone to take a bite.
"If you make yourself more than just a man... If you devote yourself to an ideal... You become something else entirely- A Legend."