The Hunger Games Might Be a Theme Park, but These YA Novels Would Make Better Ones
Earlier this month, the Hollywood Reporter spilled that a theme parked based on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy could be on the horizon. According to the story, Jon Feltheimer, the CEO of Lionsgate Entertainment, which owns the Hunger Games movie franchise, said he has been approached in multiple territories by investors interested in creating a theme park based on the hugely successful YA trilogy and movie series. The Catching Fire movie, the second of the series, will be released on November 22.
It's no surprise that investors are looking to capitalize on the Hunger Games' success with their own merchandising opportunities. And the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios — based on J.K. Rowling's YA fantasy series — has worked as a precedent. However, a Hunger Games amusement park has many raising eyebrows. After all, the YA series is based on an oppressive government that forces children to kill other children for their entertainment pleasure — not exactly the stuff family vacations are made of.
This summer a Florida-based kids' camp based on The Hunger Games was admonished in the media for promoting violence among children. A report in the Tampa Bay Times quotes children who attended the camp discussing how they intended to kill their peers and how they wanted to die.
With a rocky past for Hunger Games adaptations, it seems unclear how an amusement park based on the series would work, and Feltheimer has yet to speak out on any concrete plans.
On the other hand, YA novels and series are ripe for translation into a theme park world. These seven books could create a world more suited to vacationing than the Hunger Games.