With The Hunger Games about to hit next week, and destined to become one of the biggest films of 2012, and hence also destined, along with its fans, to be overanalyzed and discussed by the media, a pressing matter is upon us:
What should we call fans of The Hunger Games?
(We should already have a name for the rabid fans, what with the craziest of them camping out for tickets to see the movie.)
This was asked by critic Laurent de Alberti, who the other day tweeted:
After the Twi-hards, how are we going to call the Hunger Game fans? The Hunggers? The Huggers? The H-Gamers? The HUGA’ers?
The obvious answer to me: Tributes. That’s what, in the story, the competitors of the bloodsport Hunger Games are called. Some Tributes are willing volunteers who prepare for years for the games, some are unwilling volunteers (such as our heroine, Katniss Everdeen), and some are plucked at random from the population. That seems an apt metaphor for the franchise’s fandom: some have read the books and are more than prepared to swoon and rave some more over the film, some will find themselves falling in love with the movie even though they haven’t read the books, and a few may well be people who aren’t even particularly expecting to like the film, and get won over. (This is, of course, assuming that the film works and inspires a mega fandom.)
What do you think?
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