I finally* saw The Hunger Games a few nights ago. Simply put: I loved it.
I’m proud to say that I’m a “real” Hunger Games fan: I read the book before it was cool way back in 2010**. I loved the book too. I couldn’t put it down. I mean, I read it in less than two days. Two days! Back in 2010 I was reading books in about a week, but even to this day, a book in two days is pretty good for me.
Yet, as much as I loved The Hunger Games, I never did get around to reading Catching Fire and Mockingjay. They’ve been on my To Read list for years, but they’ve never progressed to my TBR pile. That said, once I’ve finished reading a series I’m in the middle of, the entire Hunger Games trilogy will cut to the front of the line and I’ll finally be able to find out what happens once Katniss screws the Capitol. *excited*
The only faults I could find with the movie were the portrayals of Peeta and Gale. In my head, Peeta was a bit… I dunno, chubbier, I guess? I always imagined him with a dopey expression as well. And I always pictured Gale to be skinnier. Leaner, I guess is a better word. In the movies they were pretty muscular. But as I said, it’s been a while since I’ve read the book, so maybe my memory’s distorted the image I had for the two guys.
Two final thoughts: Primrose was a massive whiner/cry baby and I couldn’t stand her. Surely she wasn't that much of a whinger in the books? And finally, am I the only one who thought Effie Trinket was like a cross between Professor Umbridge and the Mad Hatter (portrayed by Jonny Depp)?
So, tell me your thoughts. Have you seen The Hunger Games yet? If you have, did you love it? If you haven’t seen it yet… why not? Let me know in the comments!
* Isn’t it weird how I said “finally”, when the movie only came out a week ago. I saw it four days after its release, but in the writing world I was one of the last…
** Many writers and readers had probably already read the book by then, but everyone else probably only started reading the books earlier this year.