the books are amazing
Is this like a new tween series to replace that crap called Twilight? That's what I got from this trailer. I'm serious. Also, I swear I've already seen this concept in a Japanese movie about 10 years ago, can't remember the name though. Anyone know what I'm talking about?
I've never seen/read any Twilight stuff... This series is pretty violent and visceral, with much of it being downright depressing in the later books.
It's taking place in a post-apocalyptic world where the ruling district demands that the other districts sacrifice their children every year. I don't know if you could turn it into Twilight...
I read the book this morning. Good reading. I think the book was a mix of Harry Potter Goblet of Fire and Maximus. I hope it doesn't turn into twilight. Looking forward to the movie and reading the next 2 books.
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I enjoyed the books but have a feeling the movies are going to be more Twilight than Battle Royale/Running Man, we'll see.
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Strong female lead, torn between two very different guys.
Its been polled as the most anticipated movies of the year amongst its competition (which was listed as Twilight)
The books are classified as 'Young Adult' fiction...just like Twilight...so same target audience right from the get go. If you've read all 3, you can easily see how the ending of the trilogy fits the genre perfectly.
Hell, had Twilight not been made, you could virtually lift the cast of that movie and plunk it into the Hunger Games.
They were entertaining, easy reads. I remember reading them and thinking...'they've got to make these into a movie.' I truly hope they don't go the Twilight route, but won't be surprised at all if they do. So far I've been happy with the casting. IIRC, Woody Harrelson is Haymitch and Donald Sutherland is President Snow. The rest are teens I've never heard of but seem to fit the visuals you get while reading.
The Twilight comparisons are getting old, she doesn't even see Gale as a love interest or possible love interest until the end of the first book, Gale is not a vampire, Peeta is not a werewolf, they don't have teen-angst emotional outbreaks, there is no forbidden love triangle, also Collins didn't used the phrase "with pursed lips" every 2 paragraphs like Meyer did. /rant.
Also glad to see the same director (Gary Ross) has signed on to do Catching Fire.
Wish this movie was rated R, going to be interesting to see how much of the actual Hunger games gets censored with a PG-13
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I absolutely LOVE Stanley Tucci... I think he would have made a GREAT Cinna. However, I am pretty happy with Lenny Kravitz as Cinna. It just seems like a right fit.
I do agree that Donald Sutherland will be perfect as Snow... But still not convinced of Harrelson as Haymitch... Sure he can play a great drunkard, but it just doesn't feel like a good match to me...
I'm also disappointed that its pg13... I'd like it to be as violent and jaded as the books.
Article from the LATimes about Harrelson's "Haymitch"
for the TL/DR crowd.Originally Posted by LA Times by – Geoff Boucher
Harrelson's not going to do an over the top stereotypical drunk.
I'm almost done with the third book. It's a fun read...but I find myself struggling to get motivation to finish. It feels like a young adult book. Maybe the hype jaded me.
I'm super excited to see the movies though. Sure some scenes could be rated R, but I think they'll get away just fine with pg-13. Besides, they are not going to show nude 17 year olds anyway. The violence shouldn't be anything I haven't seen in a pg-13 movie. I for one welcome Harrelson as Haymitch.
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For the reasons I outlined a few posts up, I still think it'll be this year's twighlight. I genuinely hope it won't be, but its going to be closer than most want to admit. Mark my words, Gale and Peeta will play a huge role in the movies. Only one question remains. Are you team Gale or team Peeta?
That said, I'm still excited to see them. The books were entertaining, the story unique, and the casting seems great. Before starting the books I had heard Phillip Seymour Hoffman was rumored to be Haymitch. When I read the books I kept picturing him, so finding out about Woody Harrelson threw me for a bit...but over all I think he'll be great. He needs to blend his character from Kingpin with the attitude from Zombieland.
Movie comes out in 2 days...getting lots of hype and very good (pre) reviews so far!
What's interesting to me living/working in Charlotte is that a lot of this movie was filmed here and in the neighboring small towns and Blue Ridge mountains but it was kept under wraps and totally closed off for public viewing. From what I've read, the cast and crew was living in and around CLT for 4 months last summer and shot a ton of footage in uptown and nobody was aware.
My kids read the series so I decided back in the fall to check it out...just about to finish book #3 before I see it on the big screen w/ my kids this weekend.