With the story telling... movie wise, HOLES AHOY!
You can tell the budget when you know there is a lot to expand upon that could have been told to the users in many different ways, but are missed out due to limitations. Some things could have been done better, but i felt they spent too much time making the people from the capitol look like a cross between the survivors of rapture and the fifth element by some crazy coincidence met and had children. How the hell they managed to 'win' a war against 12 provinces i'll never know, just like from watching the film without a fangurl beside you the significance of the pin she 'picks up' is never revealed...
That's how the books feel too, it really felt to me like the author thought "gee that's a good idea" and just didn't know where to take it, for a book that's essentially about gladiators she just lost interest when it came to any sort of action, some of the fights almost would have been better if she said "there was a fight, x died" (and that's actually how a main character dies in book 3).
I thought it was pretty silly that they removed the whole "pin origins" thing, how much time would it have taken to show "hey this is my friend, the mayors daughter, she gave me her pin", although tbh it really didn't have much significance until post book 1 when the yuppies seized on it as Kat's symbol/**** the government.
Bonier wrote:Personally I haven't watched Hunger Games yet, but I probably will. 80% of the hype is probably just hot air... but then again, if Hunger Games is anything like Battle Royale, it's definately worth watching.
I just hope they haven't made it too "Hollywood".
They make kids fight each other, that's the entirety of the similarities with Battle Royale, somehow they even manage to strip out/ignore the commentary on society in favour of blatantly open and unsubtle anti-establishment rhetoric.
Mekon wrote:The Hunger Games is a book written for kids... the fact that they are published by Scholastic should have given that away.
I appreciate that literacy is on the decline, but you really can't judge books written for kids by the same yardstick as those written for adults. Not denying that many popular authors these days are rubbish and undeserving of the name literature, but still.
That's why this (and twilight) totally appalls me, i can understand teens being into the books but the RABID fanbase these series accumulate amongst 18-60 year old women is astonishing. This junk, more and more, is starting to be considered the norm for adult reading, it really makes me wonder what the hell is wrong with these people that they embrace such whimsical characters so enthusiastically, hell most of twilight was some kind of anti-feminism semi-rape fetish and it was WRITTEN BY A WOMAN.
Twilight and The Hunger Games have probably done more to drag down female characters in literature than any other books i ever remember reading. All throughout i just couldn't help but think "these women are worse than the ones in pulp science fiction, what kind of sick woman writes this ****?">