Monday, April 9, 2012

Hunger Games: The Book & The Movie

I recently posted about my hesitation to read the Hunger Games book and movie. After much discussion with coworkers, blog friends, twitter friends, and my siblings, I was convinced to read the book. The book was really good. After I read the book, I had to see the movie. I was excited to see the book unfold visually. At 2.5 hours, I was shocked at how fast the movie went and I was even more surprised at the large amount of content that was in the book but was left out of the movie. I don't want to ruin the movie or book for you if you haven't read it or seen it so I won't go any further. With that said, however, I would love to hear from you.

Did you read the book? Did you see the movie? What were your thoughts?

14 thoughts:

Kim said...

I just finished the series, I really wanted to read the books before seeing the movie. The third book was the hardest for me to get through, but I actually really liked the ending of it. I thought it wrapped the series up nicely and kept me surprised to the end. I'm seeing the movie tomorrow, and can't wait!

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

I quite enjoyed the series and the book as well! And I agree--the movie was so fast, and covered so much, and at the same time left so much out! I'm admittedly not very well read, but this was a movie where I was really glad I'd read the book first! I did wish that there had been more between Peeta and Katniss. From the movie, I didn't quite get how much he liked her, and how much she was playing along (and the part where they announce that there can be two winners, in the book she shouts his name--like involuntarily because she wants so badly to see him, but in the movie she just kind of whispered it) My favorite line in the book was also left out--the part where she says "you don't have much competition anywhere" or something like that. Anyone know what I'm talking about? Anyway, that being said, I really liked it, and also really liked how the whole series ended--though it bugs me a little when "heroines" can be rather selfish and rude and still get several guys falling for them. :)

Jacky {The Sweetest Petunia} said...

I held out for a long time on reading the series...they were just such a craze, I kinda felt like they couldn't be that good, you know? I finally did read the a couple weeks ago because my sis-in-law loaned them to me. I liked books 1 + 2, but the last one didn't really do it for me. I was glad that there was an ending, but I felt like it could have been done better.

We went to see the movie tonight, and I enjoyed it. I like that they didn't make the violence too over the top. I am glad I had read the books. The mister said it wasn't confusing to him (he hasn't read them), but I think he would get more out of it if her read them.

I do really want to see how they'll do the 2nd movie! Hoping it's good. :)

Watkins35 said...

Hee hee - so pleased you caved (& loved it!) :) are you now reading the other 2 books? xox

Lena Leson said...

A girlfriend and I read the books before we saw the movie on Thursday, and I felt the same way–I couldn't believe how much they cut, particularly moments that seemed so critical to the plot of the book! I guess that's movie-making though, and my guess is that we would have noticed those inconsistencies less if we hadn't been such recent readers!

CrowndVic said...

I loved both the book and movie, but the book moreso. I really wish they had narrated the movie through Katniss, like the book. Then we could feel how she struggled with the relationships.

Have you seen the link comparing the book & movie and the 31 differences?? (I promise it's not spam) It's interesting to see the parts they changed. http://www.film.com/movies/differences-between-the-hunger-games-book-and-movie#fbid=APOLyrcISTJ

I've also heard that they are going to possibly make the 2nd movie into 2 parts.

PS: I named my Kindle Katniss!

Gina {Hiya Luv} said...

oh wow! can't wait to check out the link! i wondered how many differences there were between the book and the movie so this will be fun! haha-i love the kindle name:)
gina

Gina {Hiya Luv} said...

you are so right! it seemed like they skipped over days of material; especially during the games!
gina

Gina {Hiya Luv} said...

i am going to read the other books for sure. i am waiting to borrow them from a colleague but in the meantime i just started reading an amish series that i really like also:)

Gina {Hiya Luv} said...

i agree with you that it was nice that there was not a lot of blood and guts in the movie. i did appreciate that. i have heard that book 3 is strange, odd, and not very good. I am excited to see how they will do catching fire in movie form.

Gina {Hiya Luv} said...

You bring up some great points Steph. The movie did not portray how much Katniss has feelings for Gale also. I think that played out more in the book. It was implied but it wasn't really a focus. They made it seem like she liked Peeta more than she really does according to the book anyhow....I am looking forward to the follow-up movies.

Gina {Hiya Luv} said...

Kim,
What did you think of the movie? Did you like it? I haven't read the 2nd or 3rd book yet but will start them soon! :)gina

Sheyb said...

I read the books a long time ago. Saw the movie too. The casting was great in the movie. But I will say I was really disappointed. They completely left out a ton of important things - the mockingjay pin's meaning and where it came from being just one of them. They barely touched on Katniss & Gale's relationship. I'm team Gale BTW. ;)
Anyway. Books were good. Movie was meh.

Sarah said...

I think Hollywood did the best job they could with the movie. There just wasn't enough time to unfold all the lovely details in the book :)

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