An Open Letter CBM Members: The Hunger Games

What many of you may think as a girl book may be the book/ movie you may be missing out on

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By LMFA0 - 1/21/2012
Im sure many of you out there have at least heard of the hunger games, whether in book or movie form. While im sure some of you have read this book, i feel like by the comments on some of the Hunger Games related articles that the majority of you guys think this book is essentially Twilight 2.0. Im hear to tell you that, at least in my opinion, not only is this book not Twishite but is as brutal and thrilling as any of Stephen King's most thrilling books, which, also in my opinion, is saying something.

The basic summery of the book is that every year a boy and girl between the ages of 12- 18 are chosen from each of the twelve districts that now make up what used to be The United States. These kids must face each other and fight to the death with the winning child getting fame, enough money to live in luxury for the the remainder of there lives, and also food for every person in their district. Yes, Hunger Games may be similar to the Japanese story, Battle Royal, but I think that while Battle Royal may have been bloodier and maybe more brutal, The Hunger Games has a way better story and delves deeper into the issue of a all powerful government that starves and in slaves the many districts.

Without getting into spoiler type information, I would like to say something about the government which in this book and the scary future of our own governments. The government in The Hunger Games has complete control and absolute rule over the twelve districts, using the Hunger Games as both entertainment and punishment. Punishment for past rebellion and entertainment for the people in the Capitol, a place untouched by the hardships of the districts, filled with luxury and indulgences. The people of the Capitol are blinded by the government into thinking they are living in luxury when in reality are nothing more than pawns. I know it is a slight stretch to say internet censorship is a far cry from the future this book predicts, but is it really? How much of our lives are monitored daily by a faceless government that had complete control of us (whether you like it or not, they do). In this way, even if the book may not be as bloody as Battle Royal, the story it tells of an all powerful government speaks to people on a whole different level.

Think 1984 meets the Running Man mixed with Battle Royal.

My only complaint about this book, which really isn't a complaint but more of an annoyance throughout certain parts of the book, is the love story. Without going into detail the love story is the driving point of the novel, pushing the story forward and in many ways making the book even better by giving heart to the story. Without the love part, the decisions the characters make wouldnt have happened if there wasnt that love factor, and without these decisions the book would not have been near as good is.

While many people wont be motivated to read the book I can only hope they didnt screw up the movie. The hype from the movie, if it is anywhere near as good as the book, would potentially get a few of you guys to go out and get the book. Thats assuming the movie was adapted well enough and the director didnt screw up another great book in the process of making it into a movie. But, whether or not this movie is any good, I know this book is good and I recommend it to each and every one of the people that have read this article. Please believe this book is extremely thrilling, very brutal, and best of all a great read even if it may be too lovey in some spots through out the book.
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LMFA0 - 1/21/2012, 4:50 PM
@ Grif

Yeah it might be but go read the book, its not
golden123 - 1/21/2012, 6:49 PM
If I hear the movie is good, then I'll watch it.
Vafrous - 1/22/2012, 2:36 AM
The book was brutal. Petta and Gail have been miscast...
claybo4131 - 1/22/2012, 11:14 AM
You beat me to doing something like this.

This is not Twilight 2.0 by far. This has murder & mayhem in it (Sorry Teabag, no sex or anything, now get over your obsession of it)

It is the media that is promoting this as "The Next Twilight" which is bull**** IMO. No glittery vampires, pedophile werewolves or lacteal emotionless women. Yes there is a love triangle but that is not 10 % of the trilogy. When Access Hollywood, Entertainment Weekly and Good Morning AMerica say this is the NExt Twilight, the instant reaction guys will have is "Ah Hell No I am not going to be dragged to this garbage." True, buty I read all 3 books, and it took me 5 days to do it, very rare for me to do that.

I hear that Battle Royale comparisons, but the only comparison is the arena & deaths stuff. Author Suzanne Collins had never heard of Battle Royale when she wrote it and I never heard of it till after I read the books. She also wrote the screenplay to the movie & by looks of the trailer it looks pretty faithful to it (though I noticed 2 things that were NOT in the book that were altered)

Also the cast in this film has more talent than any Twilight film could ever dream of. Twilight is hated by people cause of the idiotic moronic attitude by tween & teen girls in the way they drool over this just like they do over that no talent Justin Beiber & by the fact that the movies are terrible as is the writing & script yet these girls say its the best thing ever.

This movie will be very good, I am looking forward to it.

LMFA0 - 1/22/2012, 1:57 PM
@clay
What were the two things you saw in the trailer they changed? I dont remember seeing anything
claybo4131 - 1/22/2012, 2:22 PM
@LMFAO Seneca Crane, the head gamemaker (the one with the Epic Beard) will have lines in the movie. IN the book, he was mentioned and never said anything.

IN the movie, Prim, Katniss' sister, hands her the Mockingjay pin. IN the book, its Madge, the daughter of the mayor of District 12. Madge is not even in the movie at all.

@teabag seek help
marvel72 - 1/22/2012, 5:12 PM
empire magazine says "twilight meets battle royale"

battle royale (f*ckin a)

twilight (f*ckin shit)

i've seen nothing of this movie that makes me want to see it i.e trailer & photo's.
LMFA0 - 1/22/2012, 8:39 PM
@marvel72

Why don't you.quit being a tool and go read.the book and form your own opinion. Trust me when I say I read the first twilight book so that my girl friend would shut up and the only similarity is.that there are two guys and a girl that are main characters and 1/3rd of them should barely be in the movie
Vafrous - 1/23/2012, 11:46 PM
I heard that in the movie, Gale comes with Katniss and Peta to the games but doesn't participate...
marvel72 - 1/24/2012, 7:15 AM
@ lmfao

definetly rental dvd,i'm not taking a chance with a movie when the trailer doesn't blow me away.
Jefferys - 1/24/2012, 7:36 PM
I have the entire trilogy in Hard cover and all it's done is collect dust. From these little summaries that you gave me, I actually might take a second glance at these novels. But when you come to think of it, doesn't every movie have that 'miscast'?
claybo4131 - 1/25/2012, 9:20 AM
I dont think there is a miscast in the film at all.

@vafrous That was what would have happened in the film if author Suzanne Collins did not read that script and said "NO" and wrote the script herself. Also she had final say so in casting.

Trust me people this is not Twilight 2.0

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