The Hunger Games

Okay, so I decided to give in and read the first book of the Hunger Games trilogy. Man, what a twisted tale. It actually made me a little sick during parts. The lack of concern for a human life is so universally missing from the story that it’s a bit flooring. Kids brutally killing other kids? What kind of a story is that?! And published by Scholastic? Wow, just wow. What’s the world coming to?

While I get that the Author (Suzanne Collins) was shooting to drive home the point of how terrible and messed up life is in her book, I think she went a wee bit overboard. The enviornment could have been set by a bit (okay, a lot) more character development in the beginning, and a bit less blood spilling during the rest of the book.

In my opinion, the only saving grace is that the story premise *is* mildly interesting. It’s a standard run of the mill post-apocalyptic dystopian setting, but with an interesting ‘most of the people of the country are in permanent prison due to bad behavior‘ twist.

I will have to admit that I got a kick out of the ‘Game Makers’ in the book. Each time they threw in some new twist to the Game, I felt like holding up my fist and yelling, “Curse you Dungeon Master!!!!!” If you don’t understand, then rest assured: You are not a Geek.

If only the Author had added 6 years to everything, it would have been (in my onion) a much better book. A 14 year old boy impaling a 12 year old girl with a spear is NOT the kind of crud I want to read, let alone allow a 14 year old boy read. What’s on tv is already bad enough. So add 6 years: 20 year old boy versus 18 year old girl. I don’t know exactly why, but that has less of a sickening impact on me, as the reader, and yet still maintains the tragic and twisted enviornment I believe the Author was going for. Perhaps it’s the fact that a 12 year old girl is much less capable of self¬†defense¬†than a 18 year old girl is.

Anyways, I’m not sure I want to continue with the books. I went online and read the plot synopsis for the next two books and it’s just more messed up tragedy and blood. Not very enticing.

I did, however, look at the movie trailer. All the “young” actors and actresses, try as they might, don’t look anywhere near as young as the book gives the impression of. In my opinion, this is very good. Even Primrose doesn’t look a day younger than 16. Katniss is easily 18 and most of the boys look to be college age. This would make the movie a bit easier to partake of, I think. Then again, it IS Hollywood.

I think if Hollywood manages to tell the story without showing much of the gore but keep the action going… the movie(s) could end up better than the book(s)! We might have another Dances With Wolves here.

Oh one last thing: Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy? Perfect!

Giving it a go….


So, I’ve decided to give it a go. There’s this story that’s been kicking around in my head for some time now and it’s obviously the culmination of waaaaay to much Sci-Fi consumption. However, recently, the story line, characters, scenes, etc, all started to become very vivid and detailed. Little droplets of plot lines started joining together to form larger drops, larger drops further joining other larger drops until a small ‘puddle’ of plot exists in my head.

 

Deciding not to let this one pass me by, I dusted off the notepad that contained my previous notes on this story. After some very aggressive culling, i updated what little remained of my previous notes with the new vortex of ideas from my head. Much to my surprise, the action of updating my notes only increased the cohesion of ideas that were already rapidly forming. I wonder if this is what the point of all those ‘Note Taking’ exercises were in High School….

 

Well, I am hoping I can take the inertia I’ve developed and run with it, guiding it and adding to it as I go along. What has me intrigued is where it is going to take me!