Waiting for The Hunger Games movie has been hard, and if you’re anything like us, you’ve been anxiously counting down the days until the film’s release (only 33 more days …). However, yesterday we got something in the mail to tide us over until the March 23rd release date. We received three books from publisher Scholastic: The Hunger Games Tribute Guide, The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion and the original The Hunger Games novel by Suzanne Collins, redesigned with an official movie cover.



   
           

Everyone at the RT offices poured over these guides and learned some very interesting facts. First, we read about how Suzanne Collins’ writing is inspired by her father, a military specialist and a political science PhD who pushed his children to ask questions when it came to the subject of war, allowing the author to wonder what makes war worth its cost. We also read about how The Hunger Games series was initially inspired by the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. In this ancient story, when the evil King Minos attacked Athens, the Athenian King made a deal: he agreed to sacrifice seven Athenian boys and seven girls to King Minos’ beloved monster, the Minotaur. The children were to be sent to the maze where the Minotaur lived, but instead the brave Theseus traveled into the maze to kill the monster. (Lovers of The Hunger Games will certainly recognize the similar theme of sacrificing children for the greater good of the community.)

But these awesome guides go beyond just the books. We also got some in depth information on the creation of the film. The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion has the inside scoop on how the cast and crew was chosen and it also has tons of great photos taken right on the movie set.

And The Hunger Games Tribute Guide has even more great information about each of the tributes that compete in the 74th Hunger Games.

(After reading about each character in the Tribute Guide, Clover is definitely the tribute we’re the most afraid of. She’s a small girl, but very intense and great with knives.)

The guide follows the tributes as they prepare to fight and ends with Katniss and her fellow tributes heading to the battlefield.

Want to know what happens once the fighting gets started? Then enter our giveaway where we will be giving away Collins’ novel along with The Official Illustrated Movie Companion and the Tribute Guide. Two lucky winners will receive all three books. To enter, leave a comment on this post tell us which Hunger Games tribute has you shaking in your boots. U.S. mailing addresses only, winners will be announced Friday, February 24th.

BLOG UPDATE 2/24/2012: The winners are Raine Drops and Arthiel.

Tags: Young Adult
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