I’m doing the cliche thing here and talking about the Hunger Games. I just have to get it out…
I loved Book I. I don’t think Suzanne Collins is the best writer, but I have to admit that she knows how to tell a story. I was entranced by the book within minutes, and didn’t put it down. For an English major, I am a VERY, VERY slow reader… It takes me weeks, if not months to finish even short novels. But Hunger Games was definitely a page turner. Plus my boyfriend said that he’ll watch the movie Sunday morning with or without me. The competition within myself—to finish the book in time, to prove to him that I can do it—encouraged me to not put the book down. I read from 4-9pm Saturday, and then 11p-5:30am into Sunday. I was so tired though that with 30 pages left, I had to go to bed. Still, my mind was churning—wondering what’s going to happen next. I woke up early the next morning to finish the book. I ended up finishing it at Arby’s while waiting for food. I expected page 367 to have some more text, so I flipped the page in my Nook only to see “End of Book I”. This excited me even more. I couldn’t wait to see the movie.
The theater was packed, which is really rare now-a-days. When the movie began, I trembled. The anticipation was killing me. Many thoughts ran through my head. How will the movie portray the first person perspective of Katniss? Will the movie meet my imagination’s expectations? How bloody will it be? Per my previous post about when children should be allowed to read or watch certain things, even though it’s a YA book, visually, I believe the content could be borderline Rated-R.
I’m not going to spoil it for everyone who has yet to see the movie. I’m just going to say that I was awfully disappointed. I tried to watch it in two different ways and formulate two different opinions—one from a reader’s POV and second from a moviegoer’s POV. My bf didn’t read the book (he’s not much of a reader), so I was thinking in terms of him. Many things weren’t explained well. Relationships weren’t developed to their fullest potential, which is rather important. If they cut the part where Katniss is mending Peeta back to health in half, as a moviegoer, you don’t feel as connected with their relationship. And most of all, it’s in third person. You lose so much of the book by not getting what Katniss was thinking about. Her scheming plans, her wit, reasons why things were done. A charm of the book is that what she says isn’t always what she means. But since it’s in third person, you lose the charm and you lose a lot of meaning to the plot.
I’m always open to different ideas and POVs. So, readers and moviegoers who have watched Hunger Games, what are your thoughts?