What's the name of the country where The Hunger Games books take place?
And the answer: Panem.
Written by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games trilogy takes place in the dystopian, post-apocalyptic nation of Panem. The trilogy's narrator, Katniss Everdeen, lives in District 12, the poorest region.
Even before its popular movie adaptation starring Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games rocked the world of young-adult fiction. The first two novels quickly rose to the top of the New York Times bestseller list, and the third, Mockingjay, topped all US bestseller lists upon its release. By the time the film adaptation of The Hunger Games was released in 2012, the publisher had reported over 26 million Hunger Games trilogy books in print.
The dystopian redemption arc of the series immediately captivated readers of all ages. Collins' audience was drawn to its realistic yet apocryphal warning of what a society built around war can become – themes Collins drew from her own life to create. When prompted about the inspiration for The Hunger Games, Collins cited her fascination with reality TV, claiming the programs are like The Hunger Games because the Games are not just entertainment, but also a reminder to the districts of their rebellion. Collins also stated in a 2010 interview that it was one tired night while she was channel-surfing the television that she saw people competing for some prize followed by footage of the Iraq War. She described how the two combined in an "unsettling way" to create her first ideas for the series.
Since its cinematic adaptation, The Hunger Games series has only solidified its place as one of the most iconic releases of the decade. Sales for the novels have recently surpassed those for the Harry Potter series on Amazon, making it the best selling series of all time on Amazon.
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