Hunger and Twilight: The Fans Want More

For someone with a Hunger Games vision and two million dollars, this could be an appealing business opportunity:

Whether you're a raging or closet "Hunger Games" fan... you'll be thrilled to know that District 12 is up for sale.

Yup that's right. You too, like Katniss Everdeen, can crouch by the Mellark family bakery... or trudge home to the Everdeen family shack after a long day in the woods.

But it'll cost you a cool $1.4 million. District 12, or the town formerly known as Henry River Mill Village near Hildebran, N.C., is owned by 83-year-old Wade Shepherd.

Though it's now world-famous for being the hometown of the movie's three protagonists, Katniss, Peeta and Gale, to Shepherd (who has never read the books) it's just a parcel of land that's attracting an excessive amount of (apparently unwanted) publicity.

 "I'm getting too many visitors," Shepherd told The Associated Press, of his decision to sell.

"Day and night, they're driving through, taking pictures, getting out and walking. I'm just bombarded with people."

 The situation has gotten so extreme that the local sheriff's department has been working with private security guards to keep the fans at bay, concerned about liability if someone gets hurt...


Certainly, there is a model for someone wanting to create a Hunger Games destination.

That is if one looks to a place in the Western United States that is described as the rainiest town in contiguous America.

With the Twilight series, I think business leaders in Forks, WA have done an excellent job in harnessing an opportunity for "popular" tourism.

They have a website that pitches the area to show/book fans.

In Forks, a visitor can get information and an audio tour of sites and related to Twilight or attend the annual special event: Stephenie Meyer Day/Bella's Birthday Weekend.

The folks in Forks even compiled a list of a Guy's List of things to do; a must for men entertaining themselves while female friends are lost in a different world.

It will be interesting to see the price Mr. Shepherd sells his "town" for; this potential tourist attraction.

25 comments:

Sarah Pearson said...

So would it be written into the new owner's contract that they have to let the film producers film the next two movies there?

Secret Agent Woman said...

I don't want to see the Hunger Games and happily let Twilight pass me up. But many of the non-hunting things things on the "guy's" list appeal to me.

Jax said...

The Hunger Games was alright. The plot kept me entertained, but it wasn't my type of story. Anything involving killing children isn't going to get obsessed over by me. lol I can't imagine people going out of their way to visit that man's farm. I would sell it too!! hahahaha

Clarissa Draper said...

People will try to cash in on anything. Well, I hope it goes well.

oceangirl said...

Very interesting..

Pat Hatt said...

That is kind of ridiculous, they do realize it is fiction right? People are a tad out there at times. Neither has been watched by me and Twilight never ever will watch that crap.

icedgurl said...

trekking your blog!!!

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..TREK..

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
And to think that FORT WAYNE was the hometown of the MAIN character in the original PLANET OF THE APES movie (Charlton Heston, 1968) and we're STILL not seeing the "popularity" from THAT...

(Or are we? Depends on how you DEFINE popularity...or is that notoriety?)

Good post.

Stay safe out there.

Anthony said...

I might eventually watch 'The Hunger Games.' I don't think I will ever watch any of the 'Twilight' movies...but you never know.

Carol Kilgore said...

People continue to amaze me.

messymimi said...

Just because i like a story doesn't mean i have to go tramping over the places it is supposed to be based upon.

Never have understood this, but i hope he gets a fair price and can settle elsewhere in peace.

Jennifer Hillier said...

This is interesting. It's really unfortunate that the land owner is being bothered, but the books and movie are so huge right now that it doesn't surprise me that fans would want to see where District 12 would be.

As a writer, I think it's cool that a fictional story can have this kind of impact.

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

I think I'm missing the girl gene when it comes to this and Twilight. Ha!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

If I had the money, I wouldn't buy it. However I enjoyed the film more than the book.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

That is hilarious.

I don't suppose the place comes with Katniss, Gale, and Peeta. :D

SuziCate said...

If he doesn't get a buyer yet, I'm sure he will be the completion of the other two sequels.

chuckmullis said...

District 12 (Henry River mill) is 5 minutes from my house. When they were shooting the movie it was worse because they had all of the roads closed down during the day and there was always people rubbernecking as you drove through at night.
My wife and I thought it was pretty convenient that it was up for sale now.

vic caswell (aspiring-x) said...

yikes! where are they going to shoot the catching fire, then? you'd think the studio execs would pick it up...

Holly Lefevre said...

I will not tell my son this...because he will want to go visit!

Maxi said...

"…killing children." What the hey?

rachelsjunkinthetrunk said...

Fascinating .....

Amy Sullivan said...

Ahh, yes, we don't live far from the actual District 12 in NC. Guilty of wanting to drive by, but haven't yet!

How funny, poor guy. I wonder if it will sell.

Lisa said...

I dunno, something about a Hunger Games destination is disturbing to me. Could be that whole "kids killings kids" theme. Just sayin'....

Anonymous said...

I have always loved the mill village and thought it was a beautiful place, like a step back in time and know absolutely nothing about The Hunger Whatever. It's like a landmark around here for locals, and now that it's been "cleaned up" and mowed, it's like a sweet little park, with lots of sharp old stuff and broken glass (lol) lying around.

If I had the money I'd buy it in a minute just to keep it like it is. I loved it as a child and wanted to live there until my parents explained to me that none of the homes had the comforts I was used to, like insulation, plumbing, electricity, etc.

Going there now is no different than going to an antique store, you just can't buy anything. It's just a ghost town and that's exactly what it feels like. I'm just glad it's sort of "open" now for people to walk around. I've always been afraid to before now, since trespassing is not my bag, and it's not a good thing to stir up a nest with Wade.

I took my 12 year old and we had a great hour or so driving through and just looking around, and we don't know squat about the books or the movie. I just love the village.

I believe it's a treasure to our area and I hope it stays that way.

Slamdunk said...

@ Anonymous on 4/27: Thanks for giving us non-locals insight into the mill village. We have some sites up this way that are wonderful to explore, and I understand how the folks who reside close to that site would have a more informed opinion than me the outsider.