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Okay, so the books are all read, and re-read, and now the movie is out. Your heart is pounding, you can't sleep, you can't eat, all you can think of is Katniss and that darn love triangle. You've already pre-booked your next viewing of the movie. Whether it's you or your 15 year old son/daughter, the question now is how do you get through The Hunger Games obsession?
Here's a few suggestions.
1. Turn off all your social media (stay away from the THG website, facebook, fanzines, twitter - yes, you can do it!), stock up on popcorn, copious amounts of chocolate and a doona and watch Harry Potter back to back - take yourself back to a more innocent time.
2. Take down all the posters and movie paraphernalia (yes, even those District wrist bands) and every single THG book, put them in a time capsule and bury them in your garden, not to be opened for 10 years - and resist all urges to dig them up again, blaming it on the dog.
3. Do not - I repeat, do not - enrol in an archery course, or any other extreme survival sports, with a view to becoming a Career Tribute.
4. Resist the urge to register to buy the Beta version of The Hunger Games game when it comes out - try Zelda instead.
5. Have a browse around Weekend Notes to remind you of all the other fun things there are to do which might distract you.
If all else fails, give in to it - turn off the phone, go watch Hunger Games as many times as you need to/can, read the books all the way through again, pre-order the DVD, dress up in a red frock and hold a Hunger Games Party with all your friends dressed as characters from the movie. Go crazy!
Do you have any other suggestions? I asked my 14 year old how she planned to get over The Hunger Games, and she just told me it's not possible, so she's going to watch it again tomorrow. Maybe I should write about how to feed the obsession instead?
If you haven't read or seen The Hunger Games (where have you been?), there is a great article by Weekend Notes writer, Simone Lee here which gives you a blow by blow description. There is also a brilliant and very funny blog about both the book and the movie by Nashville based singer Holly Maher here - which will no doubt just indulge your obsession a little while longer.
Are you dealing with a Hunger Games obsession in your household? Are you just running with it? What tips do you have for helping us all to move on?