If you pay any attention to pop culture, you’ve probably heard the hype about the recently released movie called The Hunger Games, based on a bestselling novel of the same name. It’s been a smashing financial success so far. The sensation of both the book and movie raise some interesting questions. Certainly, one of them is whether or not a story like this is too graphic for its intended “young adult” audience. However, I’m most curious about the trend among successful literature aimed towards young people.
Recent, very successful series of books such as Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games have sold millions of copies and inspired hundreds of thousands of children to read. Considering how important reading is, at a time when younger people read a lot less than ever before, these books have done a great job getting children to read when they otherwise wouldn’t. However, the books then become movies – although some children will certainly still read them, some won’t and just watch the movies. I can’t begrudge the authors for selling the movie rights for millions of dollars, but this trend cannot be good. Can it? You tell me.
The first Harry Potter book was published in 1997. The first movie wasn’t until 2001. The first Twilight book was published in 2005. Its first movie? 2008. Finally, The Hunger Games (novel )was published in 2008; obviously, its film came out a few weeks ago. There’s a several-year period lag between books and novels; maybe it doesn’t make a difference by then. Or maybe, the hype surrounding the movies increases the sales of their books – as counterintuitive as it sounds, these movies may make children read more. What are your thoughts? Feel free to comment below!