Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Hunger Games

Words can't express how excited I was to see this movie when it came to theaters in March. I'm a total bookworm and nothing warms my heart more than when a book I love makes the translation to film. I instantly become a book to film critic. If I've read the book, I have to see the movie to judge which was better. In my opinion, books are ALWAYS better. There has been one exception: THE HELP. Don't even get me started! But back to The Hunger Games.

The Hunger Games is told from the point of view of 16 year old Katniss Everdeen who lives in the country of Panem (previously North America). Katniss lives in what I imagine as the West Virginia/Virginia area of what we know as the United States. The Capitol, now in the Rocky Mountain area, holds power and all control over the rest of the nation. Why you might ask? At one time 13 districts thought overpowering the government was a good idea. The lesson learned? The government wins every time, a district is destroyed, the surviving 12 loss their freedom and someone must pay. This power has left much of  Panem in a destitute state. The Hunger Games are an annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12 to 18 from each of the remaining 12 districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle until only one person is left. Each child gets their name put into the lottery one time each for 6 years but can find themselves with the odds stacked against them if they take rations (food, water, medical supplies, etc.). The more rations you take the more often your name is entered into the lottery. What unfolds in the novel and movie, is a young girl's desire to protect her family and survive when the odds are against her. From love to loss to friendship to death to betrayal, the range of emotions is overwhelming. In the end, you don't know who is on whose side or what the government is hiding up their sleeves.

The movie was excellent!! However, I felt like the emotions weren't showcased as deeply and sincere as they were in the novel. I know it's impossible to get every bit and piece of a book into film but this is one book that I felt deserved the highest level creativity to do it justice.

Some people dare to question which series is better: Twilight or The Hunger Games. Let me give you my rational (which is right, remember that!). Twilight COULD NEVER HAPPEN. There is no way a human girl could love/marry/make a child with a vampire let alone have a werewolf as a best friend. It's 2012 folks, this just isn't likely! HOWEVER, The Hunger Games could totally happen. Attempting to overtake the United States government could only end in sanctions that would be miserable for those left to endure. For years, countries/governments have forced rules, regulation and restrictions on their people of their country when power has been tested.

I would suggest all my fellow bloggers read the book and see the move if you haven't already. The second and third book are just as good. My favorite of all 3 is the 2 novel.

Happy reading!


  1. Ive read all 3 and they were AWESOME!!!

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  3. The Hunger Games is by far one of my favorite book series ever! And that's saying a lot. ;-) The movie was great, but not as good as the books, imho.

    Twilight was a fun, "fluff" read, but I agree...couldn't happen. But Hunger Games totally could!


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