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It's an event
In Los Angeles a veritable tent city sprouted up before the premiere, bustling with fans waving signs anticipating cast-member visits. Leading up to the premiere, cast members
Fans feel a connection
Aarika Smith, who lives in Northwest Baltimore, bought tickets Monday for a Friday showing at Arundel Mills. "I'm off [work] on Friday, but my favorite movie buddy isn't, so the midnight showing Thursday night wasn't an option," she said. "I suppose I'll live." Smith, who has read each of the books twice, relates to main character Katniss, who's competing in the government-sponsored battle-to-the-death. "I think it is inside everyone to want to help humanity and to fight injustice, but we rarely act as long as our conditions are comfortable enough," said Smith, who is "seriously considering" picking up a signature mockingjay pin to wear to the theater. "I think everyone wants to believe that they would act as she did if called upon to do so."
There's a cookbook
While the book's grim dystopian plot does not instantly suggest baking options, Emily Ansara Barnes, author of "The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook," said she immediately got the idea for her culinary take while reading the first book. For instance, she was inspired by a scene in which pivotal character Peeta, the son of a baker, screws up an order so he can give an underfed Katniss the overdone results. "When I got to the part where Peeta burned the bread for Katniss, I thought, 'Wow, that bread sounds kind of good ... other than the burned part." Barnes' book, out now, boasts 150 recipes, from "Katniss' Favorite Lamb Stew" and "Rue's Roasted Parsnips" to "Capitol-Grade Dark Chocolate Cake." Barnes has been a big fan of the book series since first hearing about it from a friend's mother who's a school librarian. "She knew I was disappointed in a lot of recent YA literature, such as 'Twilight,' where the woman loses herself and gives up everything for a man," said Barnes. "Katniss always stays true to herself and does what's best for her — and, more importantly, her family — rather than what might make her romantic life easier." Plus, she loves a good stew.
There's fan fiction
The trilogy has joined the ranks of uber-popular books and TV shows that inspire original writing. At TheGirlonFire .com, one of many "Hunger Games" fan fiction sites, more than 1,000 members have written prequels and sequels. There are even crossovers that add "
There's even nail polish
In December, Lionsgate announced it had teamed with China Glaze to create a collection of "Hunger Games" nail polish. The colors? Well, one to represent each District in the country of Panem. And that was just the beginning. The studio has also worked with Cafe Press on licensed designs. The more than 250 products include T-shirts, bags and water bottles. Our favorite products are found on etsy.com, designed by fans around the world. Search "The Hunger Games" and you'll find jewelry that features "Peeta's pearl" and District 12 cupcake toppers.