Hunger Games. More than likely… you have heard of it. If you have read me for any amount of time, you have heard it here…. through book reviews, through the excitement over the movie…
To this day I still struggle when somebody asks me what it is about.
Because honestly, based on the synopsis I would have never read this book. Children fighting to the death? People watching from their homes as it is televised for all to see… children that were not born killers, but fighting because they had too… they were forced to for the pleasure of the Capital? For entertainment???
But then… I had seen the book reviews. People whose opinion I trusted were raving… and I read the book. And I loved it.
It’s hard to explain Hunger Games. It is the story of Katniss, living in a world broke into twelve districts, hers being the most impoverish of them all, District Twelve. She lives with her mother and her 12-year-old sister Prim. They have nothing but a roof over their head. Katniss hunt, illegally, with her friend Gale, trying to put any food on the table… a bird, a squirrel….
And then, there are the Hunger Games. Children from the ages of 12 to 18 are put into a drawing to see who will represent their district in a fight to the death. One boy and one girl from each district. Twenty-four children go into the Hunger Games, only one comes out alive. For each year from twelve on, you get your name entered. Occasionally for extra rice on the table, you can offer to have your name put in extra times. Prim is in the drawing once. Katniss is in there more times than she would care to remember… is it 20 times? 30?
And then.. the day of the drawing is held… and as you can probably guess, Prim’s name is drawn. It’s heart wrenching – in the book,and in the movie… and Katniss says NO, and takes her sisters place.
So enough about the book….
lets talk about the movie.
Myself and four friends went to the midnight showing on Thursday. While I know many people do not like to go to movies from books because they say they ruin them, I am not one of those people. I am always curious when a book I have enjoyed becomes a movie. I wonder if the movie will do the book justice, I wonder what the director will pull out of a book that I didn’t see… for better or for worse…
And of course, as book lovers, we do take some personal ownership in these movie choices don’t we? It has been interesting as they chose who would play what part and the buzz on the internet if the characters were the right ones for the part. Guesses were made and suggested…. rumors milled as to who would play Katniss, Peeta, and Gale…
and then it was done.
Hunger Games, much like the Harry Potter movies, leave me breathless. I know how the book made me feel…. I hope I get that out of the movie.
I can safely say I did… and then some.
Jennifer Lawrence is Katniss. I am sorry if you disagree, but I thought she was the perfect mix of tough girl, who could pull off the fighting for her life look as well as the dressed up version. Entering the games, her look of fear is spot on.
Josh Hutterson took a little while longer to grow on me (he is so little in real life!) but once they were preparing for the games… I found him to do an amazing job as well.
Liam’s role as Gale is so small its hard to get a feel for him.
Fantastically done, and tasteful seems to be a word I use that does not make sense when again… its kids fighting to the death, but it is done well. The actual killing is off-screen. You know what happened, but nothing is overly violent and gory.
It was kind of cool to see how the capital watched like “Big Brother” over the games, and how they made things happen if it was getting dull…
My recommendation is see the movie. If you have not read the book, do that too, but the movie does a nice job of covering all the bases so if you have not read the book (shudder to think of it!) you will not be lost.
On World Book Night, April 23, the book I am handing out is Hunger Games. Yeah, I appreciate it that much.
I will be going again.