Listen, I am as excited as anyone for The Hunger Games movie. I have the entire line of nail polish. I bought my “Peeta Has Croissants” T-shirt. I’m having tripped-out dreams about it! But I want to pose a question to you, O YA faithful, about what another mega-franchise like this could do for the books we love.
A small, world-weary part of me is nervous about The Hunger Games movie because I’m not sure non-YA readers are ready. Remember when Twilight came out, and parenting groups were crawling over each other to shout from the rooftops that BELLA IS A BAD INFLUENCE and that YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE IS ALL GROSS AND DARK AND SPARKLES?
That talk has subsided of late, at least somewhat (and no, discussions of Fifty Shades of Gray doesn’t count there). But now, what are we following that up with? The YA series where children are forced to kill each other on television.
Do you think people are ready for what this movie is going to be? Do they have any idea?
(These aren’t rhetorical questions! I’d love your opinion!)
I’m not dreading the movie, I’m dreading the first outraged adult to write an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal saying “I was led to believe this movie was about Miley Cyrus’ boyfriend baking pita breads BUT THEN there was moral purpose and I got confused and ANGRY!”
And that’s the last big YA movie that will happen until Fugulus Jace comes along in The Mortal Instruments and THEN we’re going to have Overreactors Incorporated all up in arms about incest, like V.C. Andrews never even happened.
How is The Hunger Games movie franchise going to alter peoples’ perception of YA? Will it be in a good way? I’m worried that the movie based on this book—this ruthless, beautiful book—is going to be used by many as a broad brush with which to paint YA as irresponsible, immoral, and dangerous…again. Are you?
What do you think? We seem to have avoided movie controversy up to this point. Is The Hunger Games the series that will actually give people a better perspective on YA?