Thursday, 15 March 2012
Why I Love The Hunger Games
I don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't read it but I do want to share with you my excitement over one of my new favourite books. Here's a brief synopsis:
Katniss lost her father in a mine accident and has since been providing food for her starving family. She hunts animals in the woods, barters with traders in the market and takes care of her little sister. She is excellent with a bow and arrow and has had no time for love in her short life so far, despite spending a lot of time roaming the woods with her male best friend.
When she volunteers to enter the Hunger Games, she is taken away from her family and her hunting buddy Gale and thrown together with the district 12 male tribute Peeta. He might be falling in love with her but Katniss has no illusions about the way the Hunger Games work. It's kill or be killed and there is no chance for alliances and partnerships to survive in a battle to the death.
To say anymore would be to ruin it. All I will say is that Katniss is no damsel in distress. She is a born survivor and will do what it takes to get back to her family. Let the Games begin...
The Hunger Games may have been compared to Twilight but it is so much more. And judging by what they are saying over at Anomalous Material, The Hunger Games is going to open a can of whoop-ass all over the latest installment of that franchise. I for one hope they are right.
If you're still thinking that it sounds crap, soppy, for kids, for girls or whatever, here's my top 5 list of reasons why you should jump aboard the Hunger Games bandwagon RIGHT NOW!
1. Awesome female hero. Could be as cool as Ripley and Sarah Connor.
3. The casting is brilliant. Lawrence is perfect; tough and beautiful for the boys while the two guys (Hutcherson and Hemsworth) add sex appeal for the ladies. Donald Sutherland is in there as the President, Woody Harrelson as a former Hunger Games winner, Stanley Tucci as a TV host and Lenny Kravitz appears as Katniss' stylist.
they've just cut it to get a 12A rating but at least it's not a PG and you never know, perhaps one day they will relase a 15 rated version. Anyway when the story is about kids as young as 12 fighting to the death in a specially designed arena filled with mutated creatures and brutal weaponry, I can understand the need to go easy on the gore. When some of these kids get nailed, it's going to have an impact on the audience, whether you see the gore or not! Trust me.
So there you have it. I've unleashed my inner teenager and screamed and fainted over the latest franchise. I'm saving the remaining two books in the trilogy for after I see the first film and I'm hoping like hell that they are as good as the first book. The UK premiere was last night so the reviews will be coming in shortly. If you fancy a pretty quick and easy read, you've got a week to get through the book before the release of the film. It will be worth it.
Who else will be seeing this as soon as possible and why do you love The Hunger Games?