The Hunger Games: James Dashner's 5 Movies for While You Wait

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Sam Rockwell in "Moon" © Sony Pictures Classics

The fever around the 2012 release of The Hunger Games, based on the book by Suzanne Collins, is building steadily day by day. What's a fan to do? Take the advice of James Dashner, author of The Maze Runner series, and turn to his five suggested movies to stave off your hunger.

Unless you live under a rock in Greenland without any Internet service (hey, don't knock it till you've tried it), you've probably read and loved The Hunger Games trilogy or at the very least heard about it. And now we're all counting down the days until next year when the first movie comes out. Crossing our fingers all the while, praying it delivers. I can only imagine the visual wonder of seeing Katniss and the Arena on the big screen.

But the key words there were "next year." This is 2011. The movie comes out in 2012. Spring. That's a year away. (I'm just going slow here so everyone at home can keep up.) An agonizing wait for sure. But there is plenty of good news here.

First, at least it is coming. A lot more than I can say for the Ender's Game movie I've been waiting my entire life for.

And second, there are so many good movies to be seen. So many. I'm guessing you and I have very similar tastes because we're both currently on So the following is a completely random list of five movies that aren't quite as mainstream that I think you may enjoy while you wait for "The Hunger Games":

1. "Moon" (Same guy who made "The Source Code." So good and twisty!)

2. "Donnie Darko" (Let me know the explanation behind everything once you're done. Please. Thanks.)

3. "Following" (The first film by Christopher Nolan. His genius was evident from the beginning. Hard to find, but you can stream it on Netflix.)

4. "Sunshine" (A Danny Boyle scifi film. I seriously just don't understand why some movies don't ever get the spotlight. I absolutely loved this movie.)

5. "The Others" (I told you this list was random! It's been a long time since this movie came out, and its creepiness and clever plot has never left me.)

So there you go. That's roughly ten hours out of the thousands until Katniss comes to the big screen. When you're done, come back for more. Happy watching!

JAMES DASHNER was born and raised in Georgia but now lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains. In addition to the Maze Runner series, Dashner is also the author of The 13th Reality. To learn more about him and his books, visit

  • Liz

    Good list! Since you mentioned that you've been waiting forever for the Ender's Game movie, I just wanted to share that I met Orson Scott Card recently at a book signing event and he talked a little about that. He basically said he felt more optimistic at this point than he had in a long time because whoever has the movie options right now is the first studio to ever write a script that he actually approves of, or something along those lines. He said that the trick will be finding an 8 or 9 year old who could actually play Ender. He didn't seem to think that it was a realistic possibility. He did say that he was fully on board whenever the script and the kid and the stars all align.

  • Renee Collins

    These movies all look CREEPY! Mind you, a good kind of creepy. I've only seen The Others, and it was pretty brilliant. I'll have to check these out.

    Except for Donnie Darko, because that giant bunny would most likely haunt my dreams.

  • James Dashner

    Liz, that'd be awesome if they could do it!!! I'll keep my fingers crossed.

    Renee, you can do it. I know it. Donnie Darko isn't quite as creepy as it looks, it's just a mind twister.

    Watching these previews again reminded me of just how much I LOVE these movies. I think I'll have to have a repeat party. I still don't get how it can be that most people haven't heard of some of them. Sad.

  • Cynthia

    Donnie Darko and The Others are great movies! Gotta check our all these other movies...Renee, Creepy rabbit not so creepy after... I highly recommend Donnie Darko!

  • Rachel

    I think being a devoted Lostie helped me understand what the heck Donnie Darko was about.... time travel and paradoxes are easy once you've seen Lost.

    Now Moon.... THAT was a great movie. Source Code I just saw and loved.

  • Ladanea

    Ditto on Ender's Game. Call me faithless, but I have little hope left. Please let me be proven wrong!

    I am adding "Following" to the watch-long-distance-with-bff-on-streaming-Netflix list right now, though!

  • Migillicutty

    I totally agree about the Ender's Game movie. I'm reading through the whole series right now.... how can they NOT make that a movie? Except, of course, that there's not a child on earth who could do Ender justice....

  • megan

    so I am confused.... is there a maze runner movie?! i am looking eveywhere and get false informed yeses and nos, so will someone help me out here. is there a maze runner movie?

  • B.K. Bostick

    I loved Moon. How terrible to be so isolated, yet be able to see the earth everyday and wonder what's happening down there. I have to admit, I didn't guess the ending either.

  • Veronika

    I might be tempted to watch it right now!

  • Branden

    James, not only do I love your books, but you've got fantastic taste in films, as well (not to mention TV -- loved Lost).

    Can we be best friends?