‘Hunger Games’ renaissance worth wait for franchise’s biggest fans


Abigail Nieto

Abigail Nieto, Special Contributor

When I was younger, I remember I would stay up past my bedtime with a night light just to read the Hunger Games. I would read in the car at night and wait for every time we passed a streetlight just to catch a glimpse of what happened next. The joy I would get from that stupid streetlight was foolish, but nonetheless it was joy.

That’s the feeling people want to get from the Hunger Games renaissance. It’s what they crave to find. Right now, everything’s expensive and getting jobs is difficult. Balancing school and sports and whatever else we have signed up for is a challenge. Each day, we have to wake up and do it all again. Finding happiness in something so small like a new Hunger Games movie can help someone feel so big.

This is one of the first book series I read and fell in love with, which is why a Hunger Games renaissance is no surprise. The renaissance trend is meant to bring back those feelings of comfort and nostalgia. I don’t think it is a bad thing. In fact, it’s one of my favorite trends.

Now that the Hunger Games prequel came out, fans have something to look forward to. For many, this series was a major part of their childhood. It might have been the strong main characters or the emotional roller coaster of a plot, but it was oddly soothing to read.

The odds are in our favor with the author and director, Francis Lawrence, in charge. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is a prequel to the Hunger Games trilogy. Eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow sees a change in fortune when he mentors the female of district 12.

The new prequel is supposed to conclude the series and give an explanation to the Hunger Games fans.

From the moment the franchise came out it, became a worldwide phenomenon. I wonder will the Hunger Games renaissance continue? Or will it end in a couple of years and become a distant memory just like our childhood? Nobody will realize change until we look at how far we’ve come. Whether we let go or hold on tight, there’s no denying the impact the series has made on people.