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By Maria Jackson

The Hunger Games Mall Tour: Atlanta!

Just in case you don't know, The Hunger Games is the next BIG THING.

 In the white hot anticipation of the theatrical adaptation of "The Hunger Games", actors Liam Hemsworth (Gale), Leven Rambin (Glimmer), Dayo Okeniyi (Thresh), Amandla Stenberg (Rue), Jack Quaid (Marvel) stopped by Atlanta for little Q&A and a whole lot of fan love! 

This was their first fan event for the film and they were definitely amazed and overwhelmed at the reaction they got. Particularly the repeated requests for Liam and Dayo to take off their shirts!

The Hunger Games is the first book in a triology of wildly popular YA novels penned by Suzanne Collins. The series centers are the the teenage Katniss Everdeen and the dystopian, post apocolyptic future of North America, now known as Panem. Panem is made of 13 districts and at the center, like a jewel in a crown, is the opulent Capitol.

Each year the Capitol requires the outlying districts to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to compete in the Hunger Games. The Games have all the pagentry of our Olympics only matched with the volence of a Gladitor tournament. Each child must fight the other to the death until a victor emerges. Every moment of the games is filmed and transmitted thorough out Panem as viewing is deemed mandatory.

I am a huge fan of this series and am toe-twitchingly excited for the release of the film. If you have not read the books, I suggest you rectify that right now! They are very well written, fast paced, and truly engrossing. 

 The Hunger Games hits theaters March 23rd!






 In the scene below, Katniss is showing off her skills to the game makers. Being from a poorer district that has a history of losing, the game makers ignore her efforts.