That description alone was enough to intrigue me to start reading it. I mean, really? Children killing each other? So when I saw that I could buy the box set for like, $4 brand new, I made my purchase and never looked back. And let me tell you something. It was amazing. I refused to do anything for an entire weekend until I had all three books devoured. My family, having dealt with this sort of behavior with Harry Potter were nice enough to leave me alone while I was swept away. So when Hollywood said, “We’re going to make it into a movie!” I was like, “DON’T MESS IT UP.”Let’s face it, Hollywood doesn’t exactly have the greatest track record when it comes to book to movie adaptations. It’s difficult to take some 500+ page book and condense it enough for it to really work within 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 hours. As much as I loved the actors in Harry Potter (I can’t tell you how perfect Alan Rickman is for Snape) I always felt cheated that they left some information out or shortened it to the point where it just no longer existed. I mean, c’mon. What kind of a funeral was that for Dumbledore in Half-Blood Prince? Heck, we didn’t even get to see Snape’s adorable relationship with Lily until the last movie! Because of this, I vowed to myself that I wouldn’t look at any reviews and stay as far away from the internet in regards to the movie when it came out. Though, admittedly, I couldn’t help myself and bought the soundtrack before I saw the movie. (Those songs!)
When I was able to sit down in a theater and watch it, I found myself unable to pull away. Having Suzanne Collins on board to help with the screenwriting was like the smartest move the Hollywood gods ever did. It literally felt like I was watching the book. Admittedly, reading the book will give you a more in-depth look on backstories and character relationships, but for the most part, I thought the movie was spot on. And that’s saying something for someone who is usually very picky about book to movie adaptions.
Fun fact: Another great book to movie adaption, to me, is Joy Luck Club. And guess what? The author, Amy Tan, was part of the screenwriting team for that movie. Coincidence? I doubt it.