Sometimes you find a story that pulls you in and makes you feel part of a special little world, where you are gripped to the edge of your seat waiting to see what fate awaits the characters in it. It’s a rare quality and sometimes I find it where I least expect it. This is one of those times.
It might have been getting rave reviews since hitting the big time, but for some reason ‘The Hunger Games’ just didn’t seem all that appealing. I snubbed it on the basis of ‘here comes another teen fiction trilogy’. If I’m honest, I didn’t have the stomach for another Twilight saga (and that’s saying a lot from a bit of a Vampire fan!) – especially if I had to put up with miserable faced teenagers trying to look sexy and moody and only really succeeding at the latter. Trilogies can be hard to wade through. It takes some real talent to keep a story interesting and suspenseful for that length of time and there have been numerous cases where I have been completely lost by the third instalment. So, you can keep your teen lit to yourself this time round – I’m over it …. or so I thought ….
Roll on … me incapacitated on the sofa and in desperate need of some semi-adult entertainment (not that type of entertainment! Just non-toddler cartoon related). Flicking aimlessly through my Sky channels in search of a good movie to get my teeth sunk into, ‘The Hunger Games’ popped up on the screen. I uhmmed, I aaahhed. I decided no. Then I wondered if I should give it a shot, especially as there was bugger all else on. Then I googled some reviews just to make sure I wasn’t paying for a complete crock of poop. Oh, what the hell – and the rest is history, so to speak ….
After the first film I was a goner, left hanging in anticipation for the next. I even resorted to Wikipedia to reveal the rest of the story line as I’m that impatient. Then I had a wonderful surprise – the second instalment ‘Catching Fire’ was also on Sky – and so I kissed goodbye to the rest of the afternoon. But then that came to an end and with no third film yet made …. there was only one solution – hit Amazon and download the full literary version of the trilogy (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and the Mockingjay). Cue me, with nose firmly planted in my Kindle for the next two weeks as I became further absorbed by the ordeals, tribulations and love issues of Katniss, Peeta and Gale and ventured onto the final instalment to get the full lowdown on the end.
In all honesty it wasn’t the most eloquent book I’ve ever read, but what Suzanne Collins does manage to do is make you care what happens. I have no idea why, cause at times the heroine Katniss is not even all that likeable, in fact she can be quite annoying. As one of her fellow victors says, she ‘can be ‘hard to stomach’ and Peetas adoration is beyond sickening at times. Why everyone follows this girl around I have no idea, but maybe it’s because she’s so human that you can relate to her on some level. It’s not really a love story, it is so much more – a story of dictatorship, civil unrest, death and rebellion – all dealt with in a fairly light fashion, but the moral is there nonetheless. But at the end of the day, what I really wanted to know was who ended up with who. I knew the ending before I read it thanks to Wikipedia and it wasn’t what I had hoped for by a long shot. However, by the end of the last book the grande finale felt completely right …. Suzanne Collins did such a good job of weaving an ever-growing divide between two of the main characters, even I changed my mind on who she should be with!
It was nice to see that the film stayed true to the story line of the book – which often isn’t the case. It may not be the most in-depth plot, but there are some nice little twists along the way which keep you guessing. The choice of actors works well and for young actors they are surprisingly charismatic and entertaining. The film really pulls out the stops when it comes to the flamboyance of the Capital and some of the costumes and make-up are truly spectacular. Jennifer Lawrence plays the role of Katniss Everdeen well, portraying the emotionally drained, somewhat confused and distant girl on fire, who has enough spark to get us following along for the ride along with her other devotees.
I’m a little sad I have finished the books, but am waiting eagerly for the last film to get my final fix. Somehow I have become another one of the trilogy’s latest fans!
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