I concede that the Hunger Games is an important warning, a vision of the not too distant future if inequality and poverty persists as it does. This is the message of the Hunger Games. This is why I have a real issue with the blatant branding of the franchise.
There's a lot to get through, at times too much, and as someone who hasn't read the book it can feel like the writers are box-ticking to cover every plot point fans of the book are expecting. It's an understandable approach but it doesn't make for a wholly satisfying narrative.
The Hunger is upon us! You can't go anywhere these days without hearing talk of The Hunger Games premiere, and all the raving about how amazing the books and movie are. Only a few valiant souls still resist the madness, but us who've already caved know that it's only a matter of time. Right?