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Photo Gallery: Evanston Public Library's 'The Hunger Games' Celebration

Nearly 40 people game to celebrate the novel and recent-film release.

morphed into a post-apocalyptic world Thursday night when local teens gathered to celebrate the March 23 release of The Hunger Games film.

The Hunger Games, a 2008 novel by Suzanne Collins, is the first in a trilogy about a dystopian future where young boys and girls are selected by lottery to fight to the death for the entertainment of others. The book was recently made into a film starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson.

Attendees mimicked the main character’s skill with a bow and arrow during a Nintendo Wii archery competition. The teens also made model Tracker Jackers (genetically-altered wasps from the story), participated in The Hunger Games trivia and went on a themed scavenger hunt.

Many of the nearly 40 people in attendance said they would likely see the movie this weekend, according to library assistant Dan Tafelski, and some were even heading to a midnight showing after Thursday’s event.

The Hunger Games has sold millions of copies worldwide and has a devoted following of young readers.

John C Thomson March 26, 2012 at 01:40 AM
What is the matter with all this craziness about The Hunger Games that as you say and I quote "The Hunger Games, a 2008 novel by Suzanne Collins, is the first in a trilogy about a dystopian future where young boys and girls are selected by lottery to fight to the death for the entertainment of others." This is one sick world and I guarantee you MARK IT DOWN, there will be forthcoming killings as a result of someone imitating what goes on in this movie. I guess then you can call it 'imitating art'. OMG!!

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