As I sat in a sea of teens and tweens, I couldn’t help but wonder what they were all thinking there in the half-light of a local movie theater. We arrived an hour before showtime and were not alone. Many came in early, maybe to get a good seat, maybe to be a part of the anticipation that buzzed in the atmosphere.
“I hope it’s as good as the book.”
“I want to see the arena.”
“What will the Capitol look like?”
These were some of the comments made as we all morphed together around the star of the evening: The Hunger Games.
So, did it live up to the hype? Was it as good as the book? According to the teens I was with, both questions are answered with a resounding YES!
After the movie, while doing my “man on the street” interviews, I heard repeatedly, “It was awesome!” Most commented that they felt the movie was true to the book. Of course, there were missing details. Some who had read the book, lamented the absence of the deep relationship development that the book portrays. A good number felt the gore factor of the book, which helped the reader empathize with the horror Katniss and Peeta were experiencing, could have been portrayed more accurately and still stayed within the limits of a PG-13 movie. Even with these common shortcomings, which readers have become accustomed to when a book is made into a movie, the first comment out of every mouth was overwhelmingly positive.
Finally, I asked for reactions to the movie in three words or less. My favorite was, “Did it justice!”
— Michelle Blank, currently reading The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater