The Hunger Games – the first trailer

The Hunger Games

Haven’t heard of The Hunger Games? It’s the first in a trilogy of young adult novels by Suzanne Collins, set in a future America where the land is divided into districts. Each year, one boy and one girl from each of the 12 districts is chosen to compete in the televised ‘hunger games’ – a battle in which only one of them can survive (it’s been compared to Stephen King’s novel The Running Man and short story The Long Walk, and Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery).

The movie – due out in March – is being touted as the ‘next Twilight’, partly because it’s a fantasy/sci-fi story, partly because it has a love triangle between competitor Katniss, her childhood friend Gale and Peeta, another Hunger Games contestant, and partly because the cast is led by three hot actors: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson. The first trailer is now online, so see what you think (and if you have a teenage daughter at home, write March 23, 2012 in her diary as she’ll be desperate to see it).

Hunger Games trailer