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The Hunger Games are Coming

Cover of "The Hunger Games"

Cover of The Hunger Games

Did you see it? The flames? The arrow? The trees?

Are you thinking “What the heck is she talking about?” 🙂

I’m talking about The Hunger Games teaser that debuted last night at the end of the MTV VMAs. Based on the book by the same name, it features a female lead named Katniss. But before I say any more, how about a peek at the teaser?

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Like Twilight, The Hunger Games is another Young Adult book series trying to cross over to film. Instead of discussing the book or even the movie, per se, I’m curious about your reaction to this teaser. If you’ve read the books, did it make you excited for the movie? What struck you about the clip?

If you haven’t read the book, did it pique your interest? It’s pretty hard to tell what the book or the movie is about, so let me help you out. From goodreads.com:

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Personally, I was hoping for a little more than trees on fire. I’m guessing fans of the book would probably have liked to have seen the “love interests” – Peeta and/or Gale. (I use “love interests” very liberally. The Hunger Games is not really a love story, in my opinion. But that’s a discussion for another day 🙂 ) Me? I might’ve shown Kat volunteering to take her sister’s place in the deadly games and then a shot of the dangerous foes she has to face. Something just a little more telling about the actual plot.

More will come, I’m sure. This wasn’t an actual movie trailer, only a teaser. A few seconds meant to whet the movie appetite.

Did it work?

Happy Monday,

Robin

ps. if you’d like to read my review of The Hunger Games, click HERE

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The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, #1)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Many have raved about The Hunger Games, and I can see why. It’s an engaging, if tragic, story about a girl making the best of a hopeless situation.

I won’t give any kind of summary here – you can find many who will do it more justice than I can. Also, I don’t want to spoil you, which would be difficult if I tried to summarize. Suffice to say, that while the love triangle is relatively obvious, I found the political overtones just as intriguing, if not moreso. That’s what I will be looking forward to in the sequel.

Katniss is an interesting character: smart, athletic, resourceful…a survivor. On the other hand, she’s also young, and it’s her emotional growth that’s the basis of her internal struggles. By the end of the book, I had to really think about how old she was…

It’s the external struggle that’s still taking shape when this book ends, and what I’m most interested to see develop in the second book. I’ll admit I haven’t read 1984…but after this book, I think I should, just so I can compare the two. The idea of “big brother” isn’t new, but in Katniss’ world, it seems he’s not quite as all-powerful as he could be.

I recommend this to teens and adults alike, but younger kids may want to tread lightly. The deaths and injuries are graphic, and unlike other authors, Ms. Collins is not afraid to sacrifice a likable character.

I’m definitely picking up the second book!

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