Hunger Games

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Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen is PERFECTION.

I’ve been dying for the letter “H” in the A-Z Challenge since it started. Let’s talk about The Hunger Games shall we? For those that don’t know: The Hunger Games is a dystopian trilogy by Suzanne Collins about a world where two children from every district are put to the ultimate battle to the death every year. The last child remaining is victorious.

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.”

Alan Rickman

J.K. Rowling once said Alan Rickman was her dream actor for Snape. Hollywood gods made it so. Best. Decision. Ever.

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.

Comments 4

  1. I recently had a guest post on my blog about how the Hunger Games is not Twilight. I like this post; it shows how movies can remain true to the story! They don’t always have to cut everything and change the plot.

    Good luck with the challenge!

    Dianna Fielding

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      It’s true that Hollywood doesn’t have to cut everything and change the plot, but unfortunately they do often times.

      Good luck with the challenge yourself!

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  2. I just saw it last night, and I agree that they did a great job. Normally I understand a lot of the reasons they cut/change books as they adapt them, but it’s still annoying.

    In this case, there was only one thing they did that bothered me…which is pretty amazing.

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      I know! The only thing I’d really would have liked to see is a bit more of the tributes’ faces within the muttations. It was kinda there, but kinda not.

  3. I only read the book two weeks ago, and didn’t even stop to sleep until I finished. I couldn’t imagine how they were going to do the 1st person present tense justice in the movie, but I still rushed out to see it the next day. I was floored at how well they captured the book. Seriously, probably the best adaption I’ve ever seen. If I were Suzanne, I’d be thrilled with how it turned out, but I think you’re right that it really helped that she was part of the screenwriting team.

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