Saturday, April 16, 2011

Hunger Games

First of all, if you have not read these books, read them. 
I love them, although whenever I tell people the premise I have to start with a disclaimer that my description of the books isn't great, but the books are.   Maybe I am not explaining it right, but whenever I tell people its a post-apocalyptic North America, where the capital city of 12 districts choses 2 teens from each district to fight to the death in a reality show/battle, people give me suspicious looks. 

For those of you who have read it, what do you think? Did you love the 3rd book or hate it, or a combination? Being vague because I hate blogs with spoilers,  I'll just say I loved the first 2 and have mixed feelings about the 3rd and feel the last couple chapters were quite rushed, but was OK with it all in the end.

Anyway, I am reading them all again, after this lady got me to read them the first time.  I found out they were making a movie of it a while ago, but they only just released who the 3 main characters would be a week or 2 ago.  I have been SO anxious and nervous to see who they would be. (dramatic, I know, but I am picturing a Twilight movie-like-disaster.)

So, if you don't already know, or if you care, here they are. 

Jennifer Lawrence (Winters Bone) as Katniss Everdeen, the Main Character who is the narrator of the story, who is terribly poor, and hunts to take care of her mother and sister after her father's death.  She is a survivor, and is supposed to be small, thin and very plain but incredibly strong willed. 

I have never seen Jennifer Lawrence in anything, but she seems awfully tall and curvy, and not scrawny or plain by any means.  She got a lot of buzz at the Oscars so I am hoping she does not disappoint.

Liam Hemsworth (The Last Song), as Gale Hawthorne.
He is supposed to be Katniss's friend and hunting buddy who is like a brother, but Katniss struggles about what kind of love she has for him, and if there really is more.  

Aside from the fact that he already has a point against him being most known for a movie with Miley Cyrus and also her boyfriend, and that he is supposed to have darker wavy hair, he works alright i guess.  One plus is he is pretty darn hot, so I won't have any qualms watching him hunt.

And lastly but not least, Josh Hutcherson (The Kids are Alright) as Peeta Mellark.  Peeta is a boy in love with Katniss that is thrust in the games with her.  He has unconditional love for her which makes him tragic and sweet.  Katniss struggles with what she feels for him too, and why she feels what she does. Add to the mix Gale, and its a fabulous love triangle. 

For me he is the most beloved character, and the one I was anticipating the most, and consequently the most disappointed in who they chose.  BUT I have never seen him before so the only thing I have to go on are looks, and I am hoping he does the character justice.   His physical characteristics do not match what I pictured.  Also, I feel like he looks 12 and Katniss looks 20 and a foot taller than him.

What do you guys think!?  Besides the fact that I am taking this all too seriously. {Rachel I blame you.}


rachel said...

I would comment on this even if you didn't call me out! I'm so glad you took the plunge and read them! I know what you mean about "the look". I hate describing the premise of the trilogy, especially to more serious readers, but they're SO good! I loved the first two and felt a bit meh about the third. I liked it but maybe since it didn't take place during the Games I couldn't really connect, I don't know. Still love everything about the trilogy though.

Casting. I'm disappointed. I was really hoping for the girl in True Grit to get the part of Katniss. Have you seen True Grit? SO GOOD. And she is constantly put down for being plain and ugly. Match! Hello! Also, the dudes......ummmmmm..........what? I know we can never have a perfect match of what the author describes but I think these guys are kind of far off. Don't you think they should ask the author to pick? Then you could blame the author if you hate the choices! Sometimes it seems like the casting directors don't even read the material - they just pick a name out of a hat and away they go!

We'll see. We should figure out how to be in the same city so we can go to the premiere together!

Lacey Voris said...

I loved the books! They were so good! I am really not sure about the movie though. I might wait until Redbox because I don't want to be disappointed. Glad you got to read them though ;)

Jerilyn said...

Rach: Yeah, its disappointing so far. :( You are right about the True Grit girl, she would be good. (and yes, great movie).

I just can't believe it is so hard for them to do well at picking good matches, there are SO many people with SO much talent. Thats why Harry Potter has been so successful, b/c they got the cast totally right. And thats why Twilight.... well. I think thats all I need to say.

And yes, we need to see the midnight showing of this together. No question.

Laurel Bogar said...

I had the exact thoughts when I heard who was playing Katniss! She seems to be the almost the exact opposite of how I pictured her. Way too blonde bombshelly. I think Saoirise Ronan would have been PERFECT if they dyed her hair and stuff. Have you seen Hanna? She's amazing. And the boy who is playing Peeta looks more like the Gale i pictured. Or at least more like him than Peeta. Maybe they pull off the personalities of the characters so well that they just went with them anyway??? Fingers crossed. I'm really hoping the movie will be good!

Anonymous said...

Funny you posted about this, it wasn't long ago my mom told me I should read this series and though I had heard that it was great from many people, she explained what it was about and I thought there's no way that I would enjoy THAT! Maybe I will. I'll give Hunger Games a try. It's now on my to-read list.