Saturday, March 31, 2012

Hunger Games

I saw this poster at the movie theater about a month before the movie release, and I remember standing in front of it for a good few minutes, marveling at the utter epicness of the image - until my friend dragged me away. There's something about Katniss's stance, the way her body is angled slightly toward the cheering crowds, that, to me, says a lot about who she is and how she deals with things. Not a confrontational or direct person, but also not afraid to stand her ground. Plus, I like her braid.

Reminds me a bit of the cover of another post-apocalyptic YA novel, Partials. Also a great book to read, for those who like a little more science in their stories!

So I finally went and watched the Hunger Games movie, which is a week overdue. I had read the first book when it came out and waited for both Catching Fire and Mockingjay. But upon completing Mockingjay, I was left with this insurmountable sense of dissatisfaction and bitterness that I couldn't bring myself to see the movie. I didn't think I could enjoy it, when all I could think of was the fact that I didn't like the ending to the trilogy. But I went anyway, and it's a decision I don't regret. In fact, the only thing I do regret is that I didn't watch it sooner.

The Hunger Games movie delivered in all ways. I was blown away by the artistic beauty, the food, the technology of the Capitol, the scenes in the wilderness, the fight scenes choreography, and most of all, Jennifer Lawrence's acting. She personified Katniss, her strengths and awkwardness, and I never doubted her for a moment.

It reminded me of all of the reasons I had loved the trilogy in the first place. It also made me warm up to certain characters, like Peeta. I felt his pain when he was crying after being chosen, in a way I hadn't when I read the book. On the other hand, I think that Rue's death was more dramatic and touching when I read it. But it was still sad.

There were things that I felt weren't emphasized or explained, such as why Cato was acting weird in his last moments before death (which seemed too sudden and wooden in the movie), and what spurred the children of District 12 to hold up three fingers near the beginning of the movie, when that seemed to be the sign of the rebellion. I did think that other things were explained well through conversations between President Snow and the Gamemaker. Being a first-person story, the film makers had to compensate for the lack of insight into Katniss's thoughts somehow, and they did a great job there.

The difference between watching this movie and Harry Potter/Twilight was that I also approached it as an aspiring young adult writer. I felt envious, not of the fame or the money that Suzanne Collins has made, but of the fact that people were lining up to see her movie. Just as they had lined up to buy her books, and spent time discussing/debating the story, their likes and dislikes. Every author wants that, to see the fruits of their hard work pay off when their stories entertain or teach or give others reason to dream. Suzanne Collins has affected a lot of young adults with her work, and it's something we all aspire to do.

In short, loved the movie. It's definitely worth watching at least twice.


  1. As an aspiring author, what have you planned to study/study/studied in college?

    1. I'm studying Psychology. I never really believed that becoming an author was possible for me, so even though I've had a passion for reading and writing since I was a child, I never took it seriously - until a couple of years ago. And by then, I had decided on Psychology. It's an incredibly engaging and intriguing field, so I'm enjoying it. But if I had pursued writing sooner, I definitely would have picked a field to compliment that.

  2. I totally agree with you about the Hunger Games!!!