Both the Harry Potter and Twilight series have been compared to The Hunger Games a lot but personally I think their main similarity is that all three are hugely popular teen fantasy series; other than I think they couldn’t be more different. To be honest I didn’t warm to The Hunger Games as quickly as I did with Harry Potter but when I was five I fell in love a lot easier. However the void in my heart when the series ended needed filling and I picked up The Hunger Games, at my friends while she was asleep and read half the book before she was awake. This was way before it had got popular and I had never even heard of it; I was just bored. Little did I know how amazing it was going to be and I laughed and sobbed my way through all 374 pages. (I read the whole thing again the week before I saw the film just to be prepared!) Anyway, it was not an easy book to read but I literally had to have it dragged out of my hands. Personally I think Susanne Collins has done an amazing job of creating an imaginative world filled with characters you can relate to and adventures you can only dream of. Also, now that she’s following in JK Rowling’s footsteps in being a multimillionaire hopefully she will be as generous with her money to a lot of good causes.
|The three main chacters: Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Gale (Liam Hemsworth).|
|The gorgeous Cinna (played by Lenny Kravitz).|
Many of the supporting characters were also powerful forces in the plot. Prim, the little sister who is the reason for Katniss’ descent into the arena was very moving and convincingly acted by Willow Shields and I was stunned to discover she is only 11. Out of the other tributes: Clove, Cato, Thresh and Foxface were particularly memorable as well as Rue (13 year old Amandla Stenberg) whose death was so important in understanding Katniss’ defiance of the political nature of the Games. I also thought Rue and Prim would have made a great team if they had ever had the chance to meet, and weirdly both actresses reminded me in different ways of my sister and I really related to Katniss’ protectiveness to the characters. I don’t mind admitting that it was these two plotlines that made me get more emotional than the love triangle, which sadly was something that came across more powerfully in the books, as when reading it you feel more connected to Katniss’ thoughts and emotions about the situation than when you just see it visually. Hopefully this is something that will be improved by the time Catching Fire and Mockingjay appear on our screens.
|The two young stars: |
Willow Shields as Primrose Everdeen.
|Amandla Stenberg as the mysterious Rue |
from District 11.