Hunger Games

Had the chance to go see the Hunger Games last week. I had heard many good things and my wife had gotten to see it one day when a theater did a take your baby to the movies showing.

I went into the movie only knowing the basic premise, that these kids were forced to fight each other to the death. I always wondered why the kids didn’t just band together and refuse to kill each other. Movie did a decent enough job explaining that, since it seems the evil guys could just fry you on the spot.

Overall, I thought the movie was very well done. It didn’t seem to pull any punches, despite being a kids book, but also was not unnecessarily gaudy or gory. I’m curious now to read the actual books, and see where things go in second and third.

It’s always better to see a movie first, since there is a whole lot that gets left out, even if you now know the basic story, there’s a lot more to discover in the book.  I did that with the first Harry Potter movie and it probably helped me enjoy the book more and get into the series.

It is also always nice to be able to have a face for all the characters. As anyone whose read my book knows, I’m not the best at painting a picture of what a person looks like, nor am I very good at developing a picture when i read any other book. It’s not an easy thing to pull off with writing.

The movie eluded to a lot of interesting themes that I’m interested to see where the books go with them. Unfortunately, I have so many other books and things that I have intended to read for quite awhile I have no idea when I’ll get to it.

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One Response to Hunger Games

  1. I thought it was a good representation of the book, in hindsight. Like you, I went in only knowing the basics, without having read the book. I picked it up afterwards, and then immediately got the second and third.

    You’ll like the books, if and when you get the chance to read them. Lots more going on that you didn’t see in the movie, although there are some differences. Oh, and it’s alluded, not eluded. Unless they’re running from those interesting themes. 😉