So, I’ve read that the The Hunger Games franchise is slated to be the next Twilight and my first thought was “oh please God noooooo!” The last thing the world needs is another Twilight and I’m speaking as a fan. I devoured the Twilight series and fell in love with the characters just like everyone else, and like everyone else I could not wait to see my favorite characters come to life on the big screen.
The problem I have with the films however is that not only did they take some serious liberties with the story, they also hired the cast solely based on how pretty they are to look at and not how well they could play the part. This is my fear for The Hunger Games. I’m an even bigger fan of The Hunger Games than I was of Twilight.
I worry the upcoming film will not hold true to the book so here are the top 3 ways the movie will ruin the books:
1. Gore it Down
The Hunger Games is a violent book. The first half of the book is practically a montage of all the ways the people of District 12 are starving to death. The last half is people watching children kill each other for sport. They live in a world where murder is the ultimate form of entertainment.
It’s sick and twisted and I have a feeling that this is not how it will be portrayed in the film. I’m not saying that I want it to be a grotesque slasher film, but the only way to get the full effect of what’s happening is to not hide the horror that the children are facing.
2. Loving it Up
This is not a love story. I repeat, THIS IS NOT A LOVE STORY!! They got 3 very pretty people to play the role of Katniss, Gale, and Peeta. I may lose it just a little if they try to market it like Edward, Bella, & Jacob. Yes, it is mildly a love triangle and yes they do have to be “in love” while in the games, but it is not the entire story. This is a story of survival, fighting back against oppression and doing what must be done to protect what’s yours. Which leads me to…
3. Shifting the Focus
These books are well written and have a powerful message which I betting the filmmakers will completely ignore. They are going to focus entirely on the love triangle because they’ve seen how successfully that worked for Twilight. They will touch on bits of the main story, but that will not be the focus.
While reading this book I was outraged that the people of the districts were starving and dying in the streets and sacrificing their children as atonement for the sins of their ancestors, while the people of the Capital lived lives of extreme excess. Author Suzanne Collins is very careful to point out how easily this world could be a reality. My hope is that they stay as true to the book as possible and not sacrifice the real story for the sake of Team Peeta t-shirt sales.
Question: What about the movie are you looking forward to?