Rumors are bubbling about a potential Hunger Games amusement park, which would presumably combine all the joy and wonder of a dystopian police state with the thrill of being hunted down and murdered by a pack of desperate, starving child-warriors. And to this I say...really? Could we just not? Maybe not every popular book/film franchise is ripe for a bunch of ridiculous merchandise and tie-ins. Especially when said franchise concerns a bunch of essentially enslaved teenagers raised in grinding poverty rising up against their authoritarian state to protest being forced to kill one another for sport.
I mean, I liked the Hunger Games just fine, but the story isn't exactly packed with whimsy and fancy and fun the way, say, the Harry Potter universe is. And I know I'm being overly credulous by even entertaining the idea that "taste" and "sense" and any concept not $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$-related might make their way into these merchandising decisions at all, but I'm saying it anyway. This is WEIRD. This is a WEIRD IDEA. A HUNGER GAMES-THEMED SANDWICH IS WEIRD. A HUNGER GAMES-THEMED HOTEL IS WEIRD. ALL OF THIS STUFF IS WEIRD.