Hi everyone! If you’re a new follower in the last month or so and you haven’t been around for one of these before, it’s pretty straightforward, each month I take a book and it’s movie adaptation and decide which one of them is better. This week I’m tackling one of the YA adaptation juggernauts and talking about The Hunger Games and its movie counterpart.
Granted, it’s been a long time since I read the first Hunger Games book, I was about 15 I think, but I was completely addicted to it. It was one of those books where I was up reading until late into the night, frantically turning pages to find out what was going to happen next. The combination of reality game show and Roman gladiator style fighting, was unlike anything I’d ever read before and I found Katniss such a compelling heroine. I’ll never forget reading the ending and wanting to frantically grab for the second book as soon as I could.
It was always going to be difficult to capture The Hunger Games on screen, but overall I think the film-makers did a pretty good job. I wasn’t a massive fan of the shaky cam on this, but I liked how we got an insight into the behind the scenes of the games. I also think that the cast was perfect, everyone really inhabited their roles so well. There are things from the books that I wish they’d kept, like Peeta’s leg being amputated and Katniss going deaf but overall, it’s a pretty faithful adaptation, enjoyable to both fans of the books and those who are new to the series.
Movie or Book Judgement:
I love both, and honestly this is really close, but I think I would still say book. It’s difficult because they both do different things very well, but the close first person perspective of Katniss is one of the reasons that I found the book so addictive, so for that reason the book just edges it. I still really love the film though!
I’m going to have another Book Vs Movie post next month, where I’m going to be talking about You, and the Netflix adaptation of it. In the meantime, I should have new Writing Corner and Jo Talks posts up over the weekend.