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Go behind the scenes of the making of The Hunger Games with exclusive images and interviews. From the screenwriting process to the casting decisions to the elaborate sets and costumes to the actors' performances and directors' vision, this is the definitive companion to the breathtaking film. ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Scholastic Inc.
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Anjali P In a country named Panem, every year 12-18 year olds are chosen and put in an arena. They have try and survive for their life while the others try to …moreIn a country named Panem, every year 12-18 year olds are chosen and put in an arena. They have try and survive for their life while the others try to defeat them. Only one person could be made victor. The story revolves around a girl named Katniss. Her sister gets chosen for the arena but Katniss volunteers to take her place.(less)

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3 A game of Life and Death ★'s

“This is a girl who starts a revolution. This is a girl who changes the world!” Jennifer Lawrence

I absolutely love The Hunger Games books and the movies were brilliantly done! Phenomenal!!! (Think I may have to do a reread soon). I have seen all 4 movies over a dozen times... seriously no joke. I really liked getting a "behind-the-scenes" look at The Hunger Games movie! I enjoyed all of the information, the pictures, the actors/actresses thoughts and the step
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
I read this at Walmart (talk about being thrifty) when my mom was shopping for groceries. Oh you don't know how long it takes for her to just get meat, think about the milk, eggs, etc. Seriously, I could just die of boredom if this book wasn't there.

So anyway, I read this and it really helped me a lot to remember the characters names and who's playing who (I still don't remember most of them, only Katniss, Peeta, Gale, and Prim). The pictures just made me want to watch the movie more!
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
"...I think a book adaptation doesn't have to be just like the book, it has to feel like the book. That's what you want. You want to get the feeling from the movie that you got from the book, and you want the characters to evoke the characters that you fell in love with."
-Nina Jacobson (producer), pg. 20

I can't even begin to describe how many worries and fears about the making of the movie, this book put to rest. Just reading about the careful decisions that were made through every step of the p
Charissa Sophia de la Rosa
After reading this book, I just saw how much every crew member of The Hunger Games worked hard for the movie. You could see their perseverance to do it, to make it a great movie to make the fans happy- which didn't fail. I am so glad that the Hunger Games was a blockbuster for the makers of it really deserved it. Everyone prepared for it, the cast and crew and especially the director. They encountered lots and lots of obstacles like shooting while raining and many others. They also try their ...more
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was really interesting! I am really disappointed that for the movies, they are getting rid of the character Madge. They said it was because they could deal without her and that she really wasn't that important. All around, I believe that in the long run, Madge is the most important character. She gives Katniss the Mockingjay pin. That's the start of the whole rebellion! And, her mom was Maisyilee, Katniss' mom's best friend, who also fought in the Hunger Games with Haymitch. So, I thin ...more
Apr 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Jenn by: Holly Noelle
I am a sucker for these movies guides because I love all the glimpses behind the scenes. I love seeing how things work and how movies get made. When it comes to rating them, that's a little harder because it's not a story. So I figured 3 stars would be sum it up perfectly. ...more
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
For fans of The Hunger Games, particularly those with an interest in film-making, this book is immensely satisfying. I've read many articles on the upcoming movie, and I was happy to see that most of the photos, if not all, have not been previously published. Quotes were included from all of the actors, as well the producers, director, and various crew.

The book includes six parts:

Part 1: "The History of The Hunger Games" details the film industry's immediate interest following the publication of
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars

If you've seen the movie and love the book then this is a nice companion to the Hunger Games movie.

The Illustrated Movie Companion has lots of pictures and is divided into sections. They focus on the book, the casting, the places, the costumes and more.

As someone who loved the books and enjoyed the movie it was nice to see how everything transpired.

I especially loved hearing about Suzanne Collins (the author of the series) and things that happened with the Hunger Games book (and her i
Cassandra Noelle
Feb 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Since I really enjoyed the Hunger Games books, I've naturally been excited for the upcoming movie. My mama surprised me by giving me this movie companion and, while it was an easy read, all of the photographs and illustrations were incredible. This is going to be a visually stunning movie; from the food, to the set of the area, to the fashions and makeup of the Capitol.

Even though I'm not yet sure that I'll be seeing the film in March when it comes out, the book was well-worth the read to not o
Paula Bee
Feb 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: companion-guia
I really loved all of the information and the pictures in this companion! It's exactly the information I wanted to know about the director, what parts Suzanne Collins is in, casting, etc.... made me even more excited for this movie! I can't wait to see it! ...more
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved getting a "behind-the-scenes" look at The Hunger Games movie! ...more
Actual rating- 3.75/5 stars
Holly Noelle
Feb 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Hunger Games movie and book fans
More like a 3.5.

I enjoyed reading this. Unlike the other tribute guide (Ugh) I was pleased by how this was written. This was interesting, and gave me insight to the behind the scenes aspects of the film.

The interviews with Gary Ross and Nina Jacobson were precisely why I wanted to read it. I wanted to know why they chose to deviate from the books and why they went in certain directions. It threw me when Lenny Kravitz and Josh Hutcherson were cast, but I feel like this gives the audience a better
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I am one of those crazy people/obsessive fans that has a meltdown everytime it is announced that one of my favourite books is going to be made into a movie. Indeed after I found out that The Hunger Games movie is not just a rumour but is actually happening... well lets just say you wouldn't have wanted to be sharing brain space with me at that exact moment.

So for months and months all these scenarios have been running through my head on why I am not going to like this movie.
* The actors won't ma
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Hunger Games Fans and people interested in book to movie adaptations.
Shelves: 4-stars
"This is a girl who starts a revolution. This is a girl who changes the world."

I feel like reading The Hunger Games and watching The Hunger Games movies all over again in order to re-live my experiences and emotions while reading and watching The Hunger Games. The nostalgia is real!

This movie companion reads like a magazine. It's full of stunning graphics, pull-out quotes and vibrant colours which makes it easy to browse through and enjoy.

The Hunger Games:Official Illustrated Movie Companion
Mary Ann
Mar 24, 2012 rated it liked it
I enjoy reading about all that went into making the movies. I didn't read it before the movie because I really didn't want a lot of spoilers. I liked the parts in which Suzanne Collins is quoted the best. Since it is the author's story I like to hear what the author has to say the most. i.e.

"If Josh had been bright purple and had had six foot wings and have that audition, I'd have been like 'Cast him! We an work around the wings!' He was that good."

and her thoughts about what she wants people -
Abi Holligan
Jan 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I thought this Movie Companion would be like the Twilight Saga one's and in some ways it was, it had pictures from the film and the book talked through the film and how it was made, but it didn't really give a lot of insight, I knew pretty much everything that was in there already, for example the Twilight Eclipse companion told about how they created the whole snow scene and filmed it indoors, that was a shock because it looks so real, there was nothing like that in this.
The pictures were good
It was heart racing, exciting and the most adventurous books i have ever read in my life. The narrating was so good i was at the edge of my seat all the time! It was very realistic too. About the wars. About the conclusion of our generations. I truly believe that as time goes on it's a possibility that nations will fight for land. In overall it's definately worth reading. ...more
Abdulrazaq Alasfour
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Truely the best selling novel..
Chelsea R.H.
Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it
A fun look into the process of creating the Hunger Games movie, including conversations with Suzanne Collins, Gary Ross and Nina Jacobsen, the director and producer, and then others such as Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, the set designers, costume designers, food stylists and a host of other people.

I definitely recommend it to anyone else obsessed with the movie series :)
Abby Johnson
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is really good it’s about this girl named Katniss and she has to do this battle to the death was between like 24 other people.
Melissa Hamm
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Incredible for someone who's a film fan and loyal fan to the Hunger Games. Highly recommend this was both entertaining and informative. ...more
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It all a game white district but Peter love
Linda Kaban
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I've watched each movie over a dozen times each (easy with Netflix). But I loved reading this "making of" book. A short but sweet experience. ...more
Sharon Powers
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Book Review by Sharon Powers.


The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated
Movie Companion, by Kate Egan is 160 pages;
it sells for $9.99 to about $18.99, of course,
depending on where you buy your book.
The Movie Companion is divided into six parts, as follows:
(1) The History of The Hunger Games;
(2) The Cast of The Hunger Games;
(3) The Look of The Hunger Games: Places and Props;
(4) The Look of The Hunger Games: People;
W Steven
Good book
Mar 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Madeline Janus
Period ⅘

The book I read was “The Hunger Games”. It is the official illustrated movie companion. This book told you about how they made the movie. How they filmed, produced, and got creative ideas. This book told you about the characters and recent jobs they did before the started casting “The Hunger Games”. Also it told you how the characters acted with each other on and off set. The book also shows pictures. The pictures are off things on and off set. It showed you how
Feb 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Loved the detail and dedication Kate Egan put into this book: creating a detailed picture of the cast, sets, and costume/cosmetic decisions used in the film. I loved the section on 'Capitol fashion' which was hideous, but in a way which I feel looks true to the books' description. There were a few new stills as well :) ...more
Josie Talbert
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book had a lot of interesting things in it. I was so excited for the movie to come out I just had to read this book to satisfy my hunger to see the movie! The pictures are great and I loved looking at the capitol children. I would definitely recommend this book to any Hunger Games fans!
Cass -  Words on Paper
Apr 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012
Didn't take me too long to read, cover to cover. I suppose I did expect a little more behind the scenes stuff, more of the making of the film. I got some of that, but it's not nearly as detailed as I thought it would have been. Whether it's worth your money? I don't know. How big a fan are you?

(I bought my copy at Big W for $15.)
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A gripping adventure.
A political commentary.
A love story.
A cautionary tale.
Some call it science fiction, some call it potential reality.
Some say it's for teenagers, some say it's for adults.
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“I felt that Lionsgate really understood the material and that they would let us make a faithful adaptation; that they wouldn't soften it, they wouldn't age up the characters, to make them older so that it would be more palatable. I felt that the power of the book was in the youth of these protagonists and that you couldn't cheat on that in terms of their age in the story. Lionsgate was on board for, of course, the PG-13 version of the movie, not something full of blood and guts, but something more thematically driven. -Nina Jacobson, pg. 14” 3 likes
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