Tonight the much-anticipated "Hunger Games" movie, based on the best-selling trilogy by Suzanne Collins, releases worldwide. Amazon says that Seattle is exceptionally burning for the 'girl on fire' with local readers purchasing more books and downloads than almost any city in the country.
Sales of the Hunger Games trilogy have made Collins officially the best-selling Kindle author of all time. All three books have remained atop Amazon's best-seller charts for months.
The South Lake Union based bookseller announced last week that Seattle ranks fourth in the entire country for "Hunger Games" print and Kindle purchases per capita, behind #3 Tallahassee, #2 Salt Lake City, and #1 Sunnyvale. Our high ranking sales make sense since Seattle consistently ranks either first or second most literate city in the country.
The movie studios are well aware how hot the Seattle "Hunger Games" market is. Just last week they brought the stars to University Village (pictured above) for a Q&A with hundreds of fans. Seattle-area show times for tomorrow night's premier are already selling out. In fact, CNET says over 2,500 show times nationally have already sold out, making it the top franchise opener in Fandango history.
Local book-lovers have been starved for a new and compelling fantasy series now that the Harry Potter saga is complete and the local Twilight insanity is finally fizzling. The SeattlePI has played up the local fantasy angle, showing what it would have looked like if the Hunger Games were set in Seattle (though they forgot to mention that Hanford, our own nuclear wasteland to the east, would make a perfect District 13).