The Hunger Games is a series that consists of three books, written by Suzanne Collins. The books were published between 2008 and 2010.
The first part was adapted for the screen in 2012 the other two parts will follow in 2013 and 2014.
What is it about?
The Hunger Games takes part in a not too far away post-apocalyptical future. After North-America was destroyed by wars and natural disasters the nation Panem was build from the ruins. It consists of 13 districts and the capitol where the rich people and the government live. When there had been uprisings, the 13th district was destroyed. In memory and to prevent this happening again the annual Hunger Games take place. One boy and one girl (the tributes) between the 12 and 18 years from each district are forced to battle each other in an arena until only one is left.
In the first part of the trilogy Peeta Mellark and Katniss Everdeen who volunteered instead of her little sister are chosen to fight for district 12. Like the other tributes they are taken to the capitol where they are trained and styled for the “event” of the Hunger Games. Before the games begin there is an interview with all the tributes during which Peeta confesses that he has been in love with Katniss for a long time.
When the two of them are fighting in the arena and some of the other tributes already are dead the masters of ceremony announce a change of the rules. In case two tributes from the same district are left at the end they both win. Katniss start to search for Peeta and finally finds him badly injured. They manage to beat all the opponents. But when only the two of them are left, the masters of ceremony change their mind and decide that there can only be one winner.
As no one wants to kill the other Katniss and Peeta decide to take poisonous berries. If they ate them, there wouldn’t be a winner. Regarding this as unacceptable the both are announced winners.
Book vs. Movie
In my opinion the book was very interesting as it is about something that may seem absurd at first but when taking a closer look and thinking about it maybe isn’t that unreal. Suzanne Collins managed to write a fascinating book that captures the reader. It is no surprise that the book became an international bestseller.
Suzanne Collins participates in writing the screenplay but inserted some little changes that in my opinion wouldn’t have been necessary. Some impression are lost that would have transported a good feeling for the story and the burgeoning revolution.
All in all the movie is nicely done and the actors where chosen very well. Thank God it only were little things that had been changed thus most of the stuff I appreciated about the book was preserved in the movie adaption.
The movie is definitely worth watching. You won’t be too disappointed comparing it to the book. I’m excited to see how the second movie will turn out as this book was the weakest of the trilogy.