The Hunger Games: A Review

I feel the need to, along with thousands of others, share my thoughts on The Hunger Games.

In short: It was good
In long: It was… okay

I feel that it was lackluster. Though wonderfully cast, I felt that some important scenes in the movie left something to be desired. You know, I can overlook some of the “errors” in this one. I mean, so what that Maggie wasn’t in the movie and Prim gave Katniss the Mockingjay pin? So what that Katniss kills Cato before morning? These are little things. What I can’t deal well with is how some scenes were left so… dull. Nightlock, for example. That scene flew and for no reason! It’s a pivota scene!! It needs to be treaated as such! Katniss has a moment of almost killing Peeta during that scene and the director skated over the scene in order to continue the love story the movie lent itself too. Don’t get me wrong, I appriciate the love story, but not at the sake of the true story. Katniss and Peeta have much to suffer through before the end of the trilogy and i have a funny feeling that the next two movies have the cards of truth stacked againt them.

I guess to sum up, it’s a fun watch and I always enjoy watching a book I love come to life, but I’m fearful of the two movies (maybe three) to follow.

Hmmm… am I wrong?


The Reaping

*sigh* by their ability to speak about and discuss the movie/books we shall know them…

The Hunger Games. This trilogy and I had a love/hate relationship from the beginning. I flew through book one (The Hunger Games) in less than a day and dove right into book two (Catching Fire) and I hit a brick wall. 

Catching Fire is merely a bridge to get from the beginning of the Hunger Games trilogy to the end of the series and the destruction of *SPOILER ALERT* Panem and the death of Snow and others. Catching Fire has, in my opinion, very little meat unto itself. It acts as a catalyst to justify book three (Mockingjay). The Hunger Games was such an epic tale that by the time I finished Mockingjay, I was disappointed.

But upon further analysis of this, I don’t think it’s completely the authors fault. I had an expectation of Katniss that wasn’t met at ANY point after the final page of The Hunger Games. Her character became self-absorbed and lost in (sometimes unjustified) pain. She was lost within herself; she took no step toward action until absolutely necessary. That wasn’t the character of Katniss that I had in my mind after The Hunger Games. Though, I must admit, its not an unlikely bit of character development, it did bother me because I wanted Katniss to be stronger than that. I wanted her to fight harder, but instead, for a book and a half she let life and circumstances happen to her.

Don’t misunderstand, I’m glad I read the series. Why? you ask. I’m so glad you ask; I’ll tell you why!

1) When I see the movie and rave about how good it’s going to be, I won’t be a poser!

2) I can’t NOT finish a series once I have started. It would be like saying”shave and a haircut…” without finishing it. (bugging you, isn’t it?)

3) When I talk about and analyze the movie (based on any points other than acting and cinematography) with others after seeing it, I won’t be a poser!

4) I entered a contact (as it were) with the author to appreciate the story that she began in book one. If I don’t finish the series, I have not completed my part of the contract and that puts me in a very awkward legal position. Why is this is contract? Because she created a specific story and if I only read part of it, I haven’t done her story justice. Yes, I see that as a contract… don’t hate!

5) If (and when) I wear Hunger Games paraphernalia, I won’t be a poser!

Did I make my “don’t be a poser” point clear? I’m a bit of a snob about this, I admit, but with good reason. If you want to see the movie and don’t want to read the books, fine! But don’t pretend to know more than you do! But upfront about it. Don’t pretend you are a diehard fan of The Hunger Games (or Harry Potter or The Golden Compass or a myriad of other great works that have been brought to the silver screen) if all you have seen is the movie! Maybe you don’t like to read books, but you love the movie. That’s fine, but again, don’t pretend to be more than you are which is a fan of the movie not of The Hunger Games. Wow… off my soapbox.

You know, this only really bugs me with a few choice people in this world and I’m sure you don’t know who you are and that’s fine. I’d like to keep it that way. Sorry to all of you not at fault for this, but seeing as this is my blog I am entitled to my soapboxes from time to time.

To sum up, read the first book but don’t enter books two or three with higher expectations. They are good, not great. They wrap up the story nicely, albeit roughly at times. They are a necessary ending to The Hunger Games and a must read once you have begun. So, that being said, “may the odds be ever in your favor” and may you find yourself blissfully lost in a battle for Panem, life, freedom, and humanity. “Real or not real?” You decide.