Unless you’ve been living under a rock until recently, it is common knowledge that the much adored trilogy, “The Hunger Games,” has hit theatres. Many fans of the book had high expectations for the movie, and thankfully they were met — Suzanne Collins’ book was brought to life beautifully on the big screen.
Through the entire movie, I felt like I was watching exactly what I imagined as I read the book.
“The Hunger Games” takes place in the country of Panem, a post-apocalyptic North America. The Capitol rules over the entire country, which consists of 12 districts. There were originally 13, but District 13 was annihilated by the Capitol. The Hunger Games were designed as a reminder to all of the damage that District 13 caused. One boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 are chosen from each district at random to compete in a televised battle in which only one person will survive.
The main character is 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, who volunteers to be part of the Hunger Games in place of her younger sister. The male Tribute from her district is Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). Katniss’ best friend and hunting partner Gale is left behind to watch his friend fight to the death and fake being in love with Peeta for ratings. Katniss and Peeta are left in the hands of their mentor Haymitch, a previous winner from District 12. Although he is a drunk in the book, the movie focuses on the behind the scenes work from Haymitch to keep Katniss and Peeta alive.
I absolutely loved the books. When I picked up the first one, I was up all night flipping through the pages as fast as my eyes could read them. I think even though the book is directed at a teenage audience, many adults will enjoy it as well.
The movie was just as great, but I would recommend that you read the book before seeing the movie. There is only so much that can be crammed into two and half hours, so it was assumed that the majority of the audience would be able to fill in small blanks by having already read the book. So get out there and fall in love with “The Hunger Games,” and may the odds be ever in your favor.