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!

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Jeanne watched the kiddos so Sandy and I could have date night. Talk about an awesome Mother In Law! Anyways, after a nice early dinner at Ruby Tuesday’s, we opted to watch Avatar in 3D.

All in all, its a really fun movie. It’s not complex, very predictable and visually stunning. If you have every played a Final Fantasy game, then you will recognize many parallels to those games in this movie. I liked it and would most likely see it again, if the tickets didn’t cost so much!

Side note: I have to admit that seeing Sigourney Weaver in a Sci-fi flick had me on edge. I kept waiting for this super scary alien to jump out and start eating people!