Suzanne Collins joined the club of J.K Rowling (Harry Potter) and Stephenie Meyer (The Twilight Saga) when her first novel for the young adults, The Hunger Games hit the shelves.
The novel is set in Panem, a nation that grew out of the ashes of North America, and run by the Capitol. In order to exercise total control, the Capitol selects one male and one female from each of the twelve outlying districts to compete in the annual Hunger Games—a fight to the death between twenty four tributes from ages twelve to eighteen. Sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen is chosen for the games along with Peeta Mellark. Together, they will create an unprecedented game and create a spark to change the course of history and maybe something more. A USA Today and New York Times bestseller, 9.6 million copies of the book was already being read in the United States when Lionsgate decided about the movie adaptation.
On March 23rd, 2012 thousands of fans will be lining up outside movie theaters throughout the world in anticipation of the midnight premier. The Hunger Games, starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, has the potential to be a brilliant movie. The book itself is written in first person and present tense which gives the reader a great insight into Katniss’s personal thoughts and creates a suspenseful and intense atmosphere that would translate amazingly onto the big screen.
Trailer: The Hunger Games (English, 2012)
Even though I am not sure if Jennifer Lawrence is the right choice for Katniss as she looks a little too healthy compared to what Katniss is, as described by the author. But then again, there was one Brendon Gleeson as Mad Eye ‘Moody’ in the Harry Potter series who was nowhere near the character as described in the books, so far as looks were concerned. So, I’ll keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best.
While I expect the entire movie to be excellent, I have some high expectations for a few scenes in particular. If you haven’t read the book yet, I’d recommend stopping now; unless you don’t mind major spoilers.
The scene where the tributes ride through the chariot. Oh, yes, that one. When Katniss’s dress catches on fire, it had me enthralled in the book. It was, however, a little difficult to picture accurately in my head. With the help of special effects, though, this scene will spectacular.
The arena. Granted, this isn’t exactly one scene but rather, a location. Either way, I’m really looking forward to how they’re going to make the arena.
Rue’s death. Considered amongst most fans as the most heartbreaking scene in the whole book, I have high hopes for this scene. The book very nearly brought me to tears and I’m hoping the book nudges me over the edge.
Release date: March 23rd, 2012 (Worldwide)
Directed by: Gary Ross
Produced by: John Kilik, Nina Jacobson, Suzanne Collins
Screenplay: Billy Ray, Gary Ross & Suzanne Collins.