A few years ago, I remember my son reading through the three books in The Hunger Games series. He described the premise as a sort of post-apocalyptic story in which poor districts outlying a rich and extravagant capitol have to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 & 18 each year to fight to the death in a live television broadcast. This is their punishment...their retribution...for an uprise against the capitol that happened many years ago. I thought it sounded pretty intense, but seeing as it was written for teens...and I'm not a fan of censoring books...I waited to hear his updates.
And then my son told me that the film adaptation was coming to theaters. I saw the previews...and teared up a bit...and knew I'd be the one going with him to see it. I fell hard for the film. And I immediately came home and dug out his books. And plowed through all three in a manner of days. I was officially hooked. I'm happy that I saw the film adaptation before I read the books. Why? Well, because it's almost guaranteed that if I read the book first, I will loathe the movie. But seeing the movie first allows me to separate the two and look at them as individual projects. The thing is, this film was extremely well done. Probably because the filmmakers included the author, Suzanne Collins, in the process of making the film.
It shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that the book(s) are fairly foodcentric. From the humble hunting, fishing, foraging, baking, cheese making, and cooking of the poor outlying districts to the richness and extravagance of the meals provided in and by the Capitol, food played an integral part of the book. Sadly, I though it was sort of grazed over (if you will) in the film. Left on the backburner.
For this reason, I chose The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins as a selection for Cook the Books Club AND Food 'n Flix. That's right. It's a special edition of both Cook the Books and Food 'n Flix. We're joining forces over December and January to bring you The Hunger Games. Of course, you are under no obligation to do both, we just thought that it would be a fun collaboration. Read the book first and then watch the film. Create a post for Cook the Books Club inspired by the book. Create a post for Food 'n Flix inspired by the film, but use the book as reference and background for the food. You can combine your two posts, if you're playing along with both. But please don't let it scare you off if you don't want to watch the film - that part is optional for Cook the Books.
So, without further ado... "Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor."
Once your post is complete, please leave a link to it in the LINKY TOOL below. Submissions are due by Tuesday, January 29th at noon EST. I can't wait to see what inspires everybody this round! An update on who our judge for this round will be posted once I figure that out...