Hunger Games Reflections

THE HUNGER GAMES

 

            Walk into any local Hot Topic, or look at the cover of any magazine, and you’ll be sure to see something about The Hunger Games. A brilliant novel, now made into a film, which came out on March 23rd. It’s everywhere.In general, fans are usually ecstatic  when their favorite book becomes a film adaptation: we’ve seen it in the Harry Potter series, Narnia, and The Lightning Thief. The  Hunger Games is no exception.  The Hunger Games follows the story of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who takes the place of her sister in the title’s competition. The Games are like a cross between the Super Bowl, the Olympics, and a reality TV show. Oh, and the 24 contestants- all teenagers- must fight to the death. And only one can win. Pretty heavy stuff for a young adult novel, but exciting nevertheless.

“I’m so excited. It’s going to be amazing,”  Eva Gnegy, a 14-year old Trinity Middle School student, exclaims about the movie. I’m a big fan too, and I must say that if it’s anything like the book, it will, in fact, be amazing. It’s one of those books that you are instantly hooked on from the first page. As cliché as it may sound, you just can’t put it down. You feel like you know the characters, a feat few authors can accomplish.

            When films come out that are based on a book, especially one that you love so much, some feel a little wary about it; whether or not the actors will do the characters justice, if the story line will be accurate, and so on. I know I’m definitely going to be disappointed if the movie is not comparable to the book. “Oh my gosh, yes, if they don’t get it right, I’m going to be so mad. But I’m one of those fans who’s like ‘No! Her braid is supposed to go straight down her back, not to the side!” says Delaney Elling, also 14 from Trinity. Gnegy nods in agreement. Many fans will be waiting to see whether or not their beloved book has made a “good enough” movie. In the film adaptation, Peeta and Gale will be played by heartthrobs Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, something that leaves female fans squealing in excitement.

             In the book, a love triangle is formed among the three main characters, leaving fans with a question: Team Peeta or Team Gale? “Team undecided!”  Elling, replies when I ask which leading guy she chooses. “Team Peeta, obviously,” replies Gnegy. Personally, I’m Team Peeta all the way. The love triangle formed in the novel, along with the male actors, often draws comparisons to a certain series about vampires and werewolfs: But don’t mention it to the die-hard fans. “I hate that. It’s nothing like Twilight. Twilight is garbage. The Hunger Games are so much better. Any book I try to read now just doesn’t measure up,” Gnegy states. I agree with her, the story lines and plot are completely different than Twilight. Don’t compare them.

            So far, the movie has received great reviews. Critics are raving about the performances of all the actors, the screenplay. Lines at the midnight showings were apparently out the door. I’m excited to see what the movie is like. So are fans everywhere.

            If you haven’t read the book yet, I highly suggest you do, before or after you see the film. It’s definitely a good read to say the least. As for the movie, this weekend, I’ll be one of the many fans going to see it. Whether it’s an outstanding one has yet to be seen. One thing is for sure, though; the fans of The Hunger Games are right to be in love with the book, and the commotion caused by the novel and movie are definitely far from being over.

Posted by Emily Palefsky in Teens and Youth