It took me awhile, but I've finally gotten around to reading and seeing this insanely popular series.
While I'm sure just about everyone knows the story, I'll still offer my brief synopsis. It's dystopian future, set some time after a major conflict in what used to be known as the United States of America. As a punishment for the citizens' uprising, the central government hosts a yearly event which pits a select group of the nation's teenagers against each other in a battle to the death. The film focuses on Katniss Everdeen (played by one of my new favorites, Jennifer Lawrence), a representative from the country's poorest district as she attempts to gain honor and glory for her district...and survive, of course.
While I don't think the book was the best written that I've ever read, I did find the story itself to be really good (and I'm not going to go down the "it's been told before" road...I know). I think the movie was even better. It helped that the acting talent was pretty good and that they were able to do away with a lot of the filler. I typically try not to get into book trends (I still haven't, and never will, read or watch Twilight), but was happy that someone talked me into this one! I have the other two books of the series on loan from my manager, so I hope to get to them soon.
The Secret Sisters - "Tomorrow Will Be Kinder"
Neko Case - "Nothing to Remember"
Arcade Fire - "Abraham's Daughter"