Profile of The Hunger Games
It went on to win MTV Movie Awards, Teen Choice Awards and
Hey, I'm Brice Sander for About.com, and we're profiling the sci-fi action film series The Hunger Games. The Hunger Games Overview Based on Suzanne Collins' best-selling book trilogy, The Hunger Games follows Katniss Everdeen, a teenage girl living in a dystopian nation known as Panem in the not-so-distant future. Panem is separated into 12 districts. Each year, one boy and one girl, known as tributes, from each district are chosen to compete in The Hunger Games. After the now non-existent District 13 rebelled against the Capitol, the Games were created as a punishment. The tributes chosen from each district must fight to the death, against the other tributes, in an outdoor arena controlled by the Capitol, until only one individual remains. After her sister, Prim, is picked in their district's lottery to compete in the games, Katniss volunteers herself to take Prim's place. She is joined by Peeta Mellark. The duo undergo extensive training before entering the games. Once in the arena, it's a battle to survive. In the process, Katniss and Peeta fall in love, and the whole thing is televised for the world to see. The Hunger Games ends with, spoiler alert, Katniss and Peeta being crowned the first ever dual victors of the games. But the couple's story does not end there. Katniss and Peeta are called back to the arena to compete in an all-star round of the games, a story that plays out over the course of three more films. Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence won the coveted role of Katniss. She's joined by Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, along with a supporting cast that includes Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci and Liam Hemsworth. The first film, released in spring 2012, was a box office hit, grossing more than $600 million worldwide. It went on to win MTV Movie Awards, Teen Choice Awards and countless critical accolades. And that's a quick look at The Hunger Games. For more information, check out About.com.