It is increasingly rare for a series of books to permeate the cultural stratosphere and solidify itself amongst the pop culture pantheon. Yet, that is exactly what Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games” trilogy has accomplished. Introducing the world to Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant heroine who allowed herself to become the face and bleeding heart of a rebellion that would bring an end to a tyrannical caste system in the not so distant future. Collins’ novels defined a generation of readers and sparked a pop culture frenzy not unlike when the “Harry Potter” franchise exploded on to the scene.
After four critically acclaimed films, resulting in wide-spread box office success, it’s no shock that Collins opted to return to the world of Panem and deliver up a self-contained prequel novel in, “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” which hit bookstands backs in May of 2020. The entertainment industry being what it is, the film rights were quickly sold off and here we are now on the eve of the much anticipated feature film adaptation of that very THG installment.
Cultural phenomenon is a brain worm of a thing. “Stan” culture, especially amongst avid readers and YA book fans alike has a tendency to root itself in fans and audiences hearts and remain there for years and years. Once and “stan”, always a “stan”. For many, this extends all the way to permanently covering your body in symbolism from the very books and films that you hold so near and dear to your heart. In honor of “The Ballad of Songsbirds and Snakes hitting theaters, take a look at some of the best “The Hunger Games” inspired tattoos out there.
You can catch “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” in theaters on November 17th.