It was almost two years ago when a student approached me, and told me that I needed to read a book. It was called The Hunger Games, and it was set in a dystopic future where children were forced to hunt and kill each other for sport and amusement. I finally agreed to read the novel, and by the time I was twenty pages in, I was hooked; I made it through all three novels within the month. Needless to say, as the movie approached my expectations grew exponentially.
The movie did not disappoint. That being said, the movie works far better as a supplement to the novel as opposed to just standing on its own. Having read the novel, it was quite refreshing to see events that could not have been seen in the novel because of its first person narration. The change from first person narration to third added a bit of depth to the already intriguing story. Unfortunately, because of its supplemental nature, those who only go and see the movie, without reading the book, may find themselves confused by many of the plot details (although the director does a fair job with exposition). Conversely, those who have read the novel may get a bit deeper of an understanding of the world created through the trilogy of novels.
Many people will object to some of the slight changes that were made. I would like to remind them that detail must always be taken out when transitioning from print to screen. The question is “Did they get the major elements and tone of the story right?” And this film did. I for one, cannot wait until the sequel.