DIEHARD fans will break curfew in Warrnambool for the first taste of The Hunger Games at tomorrow’s midnight screening.
Set in a dystopian future where teenagers are forced to fight to survive, The Hunger Games is the latest franchise of popular books to hit the big screen.
Suzanne Collins’ first novel has been on bestseller lists for more than 180 consecutive weeks since publication and its two sequels are equally enjoyed by young adults, teenagers and their parents.
Brauer College student Kate Harrison, a self-confessed hardcore fan of the trilogy, has read and followed the Harry Potter and Twilight novels and films, but said nothing compared to The Hunger Games.
“It’s not like anything I’ve read before,” the 15-year-old said.
“It’s not the normal cliche love story. There’s a lot of violence, but they get the right balance with a romantic twist, suspense and just epicness.
“I’ve been counting down since the announcement a movie was coming out.
“A lot of books I’ve read have had disappointing movies, so hopefully they don’t skip any important parts.”
Warrnambool Capitol Cinema manager Greg Gent said the adaptation was expected to gain a similar following to the Twilight and Harry Potter film series. “We’ve presold about 40 tickets already,” Mr Gent said.
“It’s comparable to our Harry Potter and Twilight midnight sessions and they have a similar background and target audience, being based on a successful best- selling series.”
He said the theatre also expected to hold midnight screenings this year for The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Avengers.