The movie, “The Hunger Games” debuted Friday with box office sales of nearly $70 million, and is on track to book between $130 and $140 million in its first 3 days. My neighbor’s daughter read the book for school, and has been telling me a little about it. Although she hasn’t come right out and said it, I suspect that one of the reasons the movie, based on the first book in a trilogy by Suzanne Collins, has resonated with young people in particular, is that many of them have a relatively hopeless view of the future and don’t see the premise as all that unrealistic.
There have been apocalyptic/post-America books and movies around for as long as I can remember. What are some of your favorites, and why do you think this latest example of the genre has so captivated audiences?