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It’s only been three years since the first installment of The Hunger Games film franchise was released, but it’s difficult to remember a time before we looked to Katniss as one of our biggest and baddest heroines.
From a young girl risking her life to save her sister’s, to now becoming the symbol of an entire revolution, we’ll likely never be ready to say goodbye to Katniss Everdeen. Thankfully, the magic of books and movies means we can always go back and revisit one of the century’s greatest stories of heroism.
Still, tomorrow’s release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 will signify an end of an era. Even though we’ve read all the books (twice), we know the tears will still be flowing over our heavily buttered popcorn in the theaters this weekend.
To celebrate Suzanne Collins masterpiece trilogy, we’re looking at the 10 things we’ll miss about The Hunger Games.
10. The Interviews
Few casts in the history of film have shown such strong chemistry and friendship both on screen and in their personal lives. We’ll definitely miss seeing Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth at their silliest.
9. The Fashion
The cast of The Hunger Games played killers on the big screen, so it only made sense that they murdered every red carpet. From the dresses to the pant suits to the hair and make up, we’ve loved seeing what Jennifer Lawrence, Julianne Moore, Elizabeth Banks, Jena Malone, Natalie Dormer and more from the cast would wear to the many red carpet premieres.
8. The Music Videos
The Hunger Games soundtracks have consistently delivered dark and emotional songs to accentuate the intensity of the trilogy. We’ve been introduced to some of our favourite new artists, while chart toppers like Lorde and Taylor Swift have branched out with their offerings and gained new fan bases.
7. The Costumes
Braid. Mockingjay pin. Bow and arrow. No costume in the history of Halloween will ever be easier/comfier/more badass than the girl on fire.
6. The Spoofs
A movie about children being forced to fight to the death every year understandably is low on the laughs. That’s why it’s nice to sometimes look at The Hunger Games from a more funny, fart-filled angle.
5. The Clips
If you don’t like spoilers of any kind, we suggest avoiding clips that have been released from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. They don’t give anything away, but we totally get wanting to see the movie with fresh eyes. For everyone else, Lionsgate has released a small handful of moments from the film and lbr, we’re already ugly-crying.
4. The Trailer
Same deal-y with clips. No spoilers? No trailers. But frankly, we just can’t wait that long.
3. The BTS Featurettes
For those of us who just can’t get enough intel on The Hunger Games, there are all the behind the scenes interviews and shots from the Featurettes.
2. The Books
While most film adaptations elicit the statement ‘the book was better’, The Hunger Games managed to accurately represent a trilogy of thoughtful, stirring and accomplished YA novels. Of course, time constraints did require some story lines to be changed, which only means we get even MORE Hunger Games.
JK Rowling has released additional material on Harry Potter even after the final book hit the shelves. Hint hint Suzanne Collins!
1. The Movies
After you’re finished speed-reading all of Collins novels, get comfy and re-watch the first three films. We never get tired of seeing Effie’s incredible costumes, hearing Haymitch’s tough-love one-liners, or watching Cinna reveal Katniss’ incredible costumes.