Attention all tributes, for we are now mere hours — that's right, hours — away from running to the nearest movie theater in our vicinity and finally watching The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. It's an exciting time for both book and movie fans alike, especially since it's been an entire year since we last gazed upon Katniss Everdeen & Co. in last year's box office victor Catching Fire. But regardless of whether you opt for a midnight showing or a weekend viewing, there's one question that I guarantee is going to immediately be on everyone's mind by the time they walk out of the theater and that is: When is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 coming out?
Because that's what happens with any good franchise. The audience always wants to know not only what will happen next, but how long they'll have to wait until they can see it unfold. And The Hunger Games series is no exception. Unfortunately, those who hate having to wait won't find much comfort in this particular answer. Mockingjay Part 2's release date is Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, which is sadly still an entire year away. But don't let this length of time get you down. There are plenty of ways to occupy yourself in the meantime and make the odds be ever in your favor. Such as…
Take Up Archery
Now chances are you, unlike Katniss, won't be instructed to fight to the death in a massive arena. But, you know, it never hurts to play it safe. And I think we can all agree that being more like Miss Everdeen (or Jennifer Lawrence) is never ever a bad thing.
Offer Yourself Up As Tribute (To A Club)
Whether it be a nearby book club or a popular yoga class, you'll find that loading yourself up on activities will make you far too busy to be worrying about much of anything, let alone a movie release date. Trust me, the time will fly right by.
Reread The Hunger Games Trilogy
If you're anything like me (which I'm very sorry if you are), you probably read all three books so fast that it's hard to remember what happens when. This is the perfect time to go back and relive the entire series while also gearing up for all the good stuff there still is to come. After all, they're the reason you fell in love with the franchise in the first place. And to those who have yet to read the books at all, there's no time like the present. Believe me, you won't regret it.
Try Your Hand at a New Love Triangle
The best way to stop obsessing over one thing is to start obsessing over another, and the love triangle between Damon, Elena, and Stefan on The Vampire Diaries could be just the distraction you're looking for. You'll find yourself compelled to love them in no time.
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