‘Hunger Games’ fans back in craze after Netflix launches movies back up


Julia Macari

All three books are available in the Citgo in physical form, as well in audiobook form. We definitely recommend checking them out.

Julia Macari, Staff Writer

By now, everyone has heard of the “Hunger Games” saga. This series includes four films, based off of the books written by Suzanne Collins. The story follows two teenagers named Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark in their dystopian society who have to compete in the annual Hunger Games, a competition where teenagers have to fight for their lives until one remains. 

Recently, the saga gained its popularity back from trending on social media platforms like TikTok, despite the film’s debut about 10 years ago.

Fans have been not only rewatching, but also rereading all four of the novels published for the franchise. Many have brought their new opinions and reviews of the series onto social media platforms and have found ways to enjoy the saga even after seeing it numerous times.

The short window of opportunity created a thrill for old and new fans alike, with people swarming to Netflix to rewatch the franchise before it disappears again until next year. Consequently, the huge fanbase is making videos about the lore, character backstories and more. 

It is rare for a franchise aired so long ago to have its popularity regained so quickly, but chances are this attention is due to the prequel of the series coming out later this year.

“The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” is set to release in Nov. 2023 and takes place during the 10th annual Hunger Games, 65 years prior to the first Hunger Games movie. This film focuses around the series main antagonist President Snow and supposedly will feed into the intensity behind his malicious character.

Though the craze will die down as time goes on, it was definitely a fun throwback to experience “The Hunger Games” in full force again. The games represent trust, power and loyalty, which are vital universal themes.