First it was The Hunger Games, now it is Catching Fire. I haven’t seen this month young adult enthusiasm since the early days of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight phenomenon. In fact, Ms Meyer herself is a big fun of Suzanne Collins‘ nail-biters.
Put these books into the hands of anyone above the age of 13 and you won’t see them again until their gasp of tension at the very last page. Believe me, I have tested this theory reasonably widely. And from the number of pre-orders we already have for the October release of Catching Fire, word has definitely got out. What will be interesting to see is how long it will take adults will get onto the bandwagon.
In the meantime, this is the sort of noise they are generating in the US, where they have dominated the charts since their release.
Here is a trailer for The Hunger Games.
A word of advice from the Collins’ fans in my household – you absolutely have to read The Hunger Games before you go on to Catching Fire. And after that – well, there is a long frustrating wait for the next one.