If you are sooo sick of hearing/reading about The Hunger Games, please stop reading now. I won’t be offended (or know, actually…) and you can come back tomorrow to learn about toothpicks.
Oh, good, you stayed. I am so happy. Did you hear the The Hunger Games movie comes out today? No? That’s weird, you must live under a rock or something.
I first read the series a couple years ago and then shared them with Chris. Since then we’ve been counting down the days until the movie opened. And today is the glorious day.
I’m a little leary of the movie hype because I don’t want this to be just about the movie(s). I want this to be about an amazing book series that turned into movies that made people want to read the books for the first time (or again). The English teacher in me wants this to be about the reading. Big wishes, huh?
Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Haymitch, Prim, Panem, the revolution—I love them all. The good and the bad. I really hope that the movies don’t spoil that for me. It’s one of the reasons I never read or watched The Twilight stuff. I was so turned off by how commercialized it was that I couldn’t just read the books and love them for being books. I had to love Robert Pattinson and Kristin Stewart in real life too and care about their dating lives. And, really, I just don’t care. (FYI: I just had to Google them because I didn’t know their names…that makes me happy).
Driving in this morning, NPR interviewed Jennifer Lawrence who plays Katniss and producer Gary Ross. They sounded in love with the story, in awe of unlikely hero Katniss, and spent more time talking about the books than the movie. I immensely enjoyed the segment.
And that’s what I hope–that people remember these are books. When we talk about The Hunger Games it’s because of the book that became a movie, not just this movie they made.
My book review was a little different today–sorry if that’s not what you were wanting. But read the books. They’re amazing on so many levels. And then go see the movie, eat lots of popcorn, and wear your mockingjay pin because that’s what I’m going to do.