The countdown is on until March 23, when 'The Hunger Games' -- Suzanne Collins' best-selling young adult thriller -- hits theaters. If you haven't seen the awesome trailer or read any of the three chart-topping books, you may not know what the 'The Hunger Games' is about; it's not only one of the most anticipated releases of 2012 but it's set to become the Next Big Movie Franchise. In other words, this is the latest page-to-screen series with a hardcore built-in following that's stirring up teen and adult fans into a veritable frenzy.

Here is a handy primer of what you need to know to get ready for the big screen adaptation of the popular series.