“You’ve read Harry Potter and Twilight, so I feel safe asking you this: have you read The Hunger Games? I just finished the trilogy, and I’d like to say, it’s worth the time! It’s action packed, gripping, sad, etc. Seriously! You’ve probably read it, but I just wanted to check.”
After hearing such glowing praises from fellow bookworm friends like the ones above, I finally delved into the latest young adult sensation, and let me just say: I loved it!
As a fan of the YA genre and dystopian novels in general, the first of this three-part series hit the mark as spot on as Katniss Everdeen’s aim. To me, Suzanne Collin’s imagined world of Panem hearkens to The Giver (another fave) while the description of the nitty gritty details of survival reminded me of coming-age classics like The Hatchet and My Side of the Mountain. Unlike the Twilight saga, I never found myself lamenting the slow pace or saccharine dialogue. And while we might all lust after immortals who sparkle in the sun and forgo human blood, the protagonist and her ilk in The Hunger Games invite deeper examination as well as admiration.
Since I breezed through the first book — it’s a very fast-paced yet smooth read — I’m going to take a break before beginning the second. In the meantime, I have the motion picture to look forward to for as another friend said:
“Ummm…please please please read The Hunger Games!!! I’m stoked about the movie — the books were awesome. Although I’m a firm believer that the book is always better than the movie, this time I hope the movie is on par with the book. “
I didn’t let myself watch the trailer until I’d finished the novel. It looks as if the director tried to stay as true to Collins’s vision as possible — some of the snippets they showed look nearly exactly as I pictured them. And with a star-studded cast including Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, and Lenny Kravitz. Also, two fun movie tidbits:
- Liam Hemsworth, who plays Gale, is the little brother of Chris Hemsworth (a.k.a. Thor).
- The conditions in which Katniss Everdeen lives — living in destitution while caring for a younger sibling due to an absent father and distant mother — is very similar to another role Jennifer Lawrence had undertaken. Watch Winter’s Bone, the disturbing yet amazingly acted thriller that earned Jennifer an Oscar nomination last year. Personally, I’m glad they got such a talented to actress to portray the protagonist — even if she isn’t a natural brunette.
Can’t wait for the 74th Hunger Games to open on the big screen March 23.