Like the rest of you out there, I saw The Hunger Game this weekend. And, after suffering through endless vampire movie trailers (Breaking Dawn = Bella the deer hunter? Ha!), I finally got to see what I’d come for: teenagers fighting to the death in a government controlled arena. What better way could I spend my Saturday?
I’m usually one to stay far away from grim, post-apocalyptic type stories…but there was no way I could NOT read The Hunger Games. I’m sure a great deal of you read the books after you experienced a situation similar to this:
Me: What are the Hunger Games?
Friend: OHMIGOD YOU HAVEN’T READ THEM?! You HAVE to read them NOW.
Me: Okay…but what is it?
Friend: It’s this futuristic story where kids have to fight each other…and there’s this one girl who’s a badass…and…ugh just read it.
Then I, like so many before me, read it.
And I couldn’t put the darn thing down. I was one of those zombies coming in to work with a Venti instead of a Grande with my only excuse being, “I finished. I need Book 2.”
So yeah, I’ll admit it. I loved The Hunger Games.
(Except for the third book. That was the biggest literary tease that ever was. Katniss just blacks out?! Seriously? Did Suzanne Collins procrastinate on her deadline and have to wrap it up real quick? I mean, COME ON!)
But, I digress…
With a book that has captured the imagination of so many fans, young and old, the film had a lot to live up to. Especially when you consider the fact that it had to stick to a PG-13 rating in order to satisfy the series’ YA readership. (Okay, let’s be real here, it was to satisfy the parents of the tweens clamoring for Hunger Games tickets).
Considering these restrictions, I think they did a great job. Sure, there are always things you miss when you see a movie based on a book. There are always characters and places you imagined differently. It’s always, at most, only 99% as good as the original novel. But, overall, considering the epic story they had to bring to life, I think the filmmakers pulled it off.