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Hunger Games, Part 2

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Well, I finally got to see The Hunger Games in the theater! DH and I wanted to go together, and it was hard to find some spare time together without the kidlet. I had bought movie tickets online from BuyWithMe (now apparently defunct), and we couldn’t use them on the opening weekend. I don’t like going on opening weekend anyway, especially for something that’s been so hyped up, since it’s always so crowded. So we finally made it last weekend.

Overall, I was very happy with it. The cast was wonderful. I thought Jennifer Lawrence captured Katniss’s awkwardness and naivete, as well as her resolve and courage. Liam Hemsworth was perfection as Gale; I can totally see him as the future Mockingjay-era Gale already. Elizabeth Banks’s Effie was also dead on, as were Donald Sutherland’s President Snow and Stanley Tucci’s Caesar Flickerman. Woody Harrelson was an excellent Haymitch Abernathy, and I just wish he had gotten more screen time. They seemed to cut out some of the depth of his character in the movie. Same complaint about Cinna, even though Lenny Kravitz played him perfectly. The weak link for me in the cast was Josh Hutcherson as Peeta. Not that he was bad or anything, but I just didn’t feel like he had a very inspired performance.

The other complaint I have about the movie is the clothing. Specifically, Katniss’s clothing. The clothes that she wore at the Capitol were described in such detail that I had a very specific idea what they should look like, and the movie didn’t even come close to living up to it, particularly the dress she wore for her interview with Caesar. I can see her jeweled dress very clearly in my mind’s eye, and the orange number that she wore in the movie is just blah in comparison, flames or no.

Overall, though, my complaints are pretty minor in the scope of the movie. I laughed and cried in all the right places. I cheered for Katniss, but I still felt sympathy for the other tributes, even Cato, for being just as much of a pawn of the Capitol as she was.

I’m very much looking forward to the next book coming to life on the big screen. Catching Fire is my favorite book in the trilogy, and there are quite a few new characters to meet.

So if you’ve read the book, go see the movie. I don’t think that you will be disappointed overall. If you haven’t read the book, still go see the movie. DH hasn’t read any of the books, but he enjoyed the show just as much as I did, and we spent quite a bit of time talking about it later in the day. Either way, I think this is one movie that’s worth seeing on the big screen.

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The Hunger Games

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I know, I know. This post has been a long time coming. I first read The Hunger Games Trilogy in 2010, for heaven’s sake! I re-read them last year, and I expect that I will continue to come back to these books. They are that good.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of years, you’ve probably heard of The Hunger Games. With the premiere of the movie quickly approaching, Hunger Games mania is at a fever pitch. Even as little TV (well, commercials anyway) as I watch, I’ve been seeing more and more trailers for the movie. I’m checking in every few days on getglue.com to unlock stickers bearing images of the characters. (Remind me to tell you more about Get Glue sometime soon.) I watched the premiere of Taylor Swift’s Safe & Sound music video on MTV and snagged the MP3 for free from Google Play. Have I mentioned that I’m really getting into this?

So if you don’t know what it’s about, The Hunger Games is the first book of a trilogy that goes by the same name. It takes place in a future, dystopian North American country called Panem. Apparently a long time ago, the districts of Panem revolted against the Capitol. They lost, and now the Capitol keeps them in line in part by forcing each district to send two tributes, a boy and a girl, each year to play in the Hunger Games. The winning tribute receives status and privileges. The losers die in the game arena. Our heroine is Katniss Everdeen. She ends up as the female tribute for her district, number 12. The first book tells the story of how she became the District 12 tribute, her training, the Games, and the aftermath.

Like many first entries in a series, The Hunger Games could have been a standalone novel. However, it was a smashing success, and author Suzanne Collins went on to complete Katniss’s story with two sequels, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. It’s hard to talk much about the next two books without spoiling the first, so I’m not going to say much about the plot. Unlike the first book, the second one does end on a pretty big cliffhanger, so you will probably want to dive straight into the third. Luckily, I didn’t start reading these until all the books had been published, and I pretty much read straight through them all as quickly as possible.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I highly recommend these books. They were published as YA (young adult), but most adults seem to enjoy them immensely as well. I certainly did. I’m also anxious to see the movie, and I’ll let you know how I feel about it once I have.