The Hunger Games is the first in a series of young adult novels written by Suzanne Collins between 2008 and 2010. It tells the story of a futuristic society in which adolescents are drafted by the government to compete in a fight to the death as reality entertainment.
- In an online video for Entertainment Weekly, Cookie Monster plays Katniss in a musical abbreviation of the story.
- "Oh, me the tribute from Sesame Street,
- hunting cookies 'cuz they good to eat.
- In this terrible distopia,
- making me way to cookie-copia."
- A teaser for the home video release of The Muppets capitalized on the March 2012 release of a theatrical adaptation of the first book.
- An edition of "Cookie's Crumby Pictures" parodies the film series with "The Hungry Games: Catching Fur." Cookie Monster portrays "Cookie-ness Evereat," who complains about the never-ending franchise. (This sketch is notable for being written and airing months before the film version of "Catching Fire" actually debuted, using the book as its source instead.)