Monday, April 9, 2012
The Hunger Games - Part I
I finally watched The Hunger Games last night. In a nutshell, I am underwhelmed.
First, the book. My friends recommended that I read The Hunger Games before I even knew they were making a movie out of it. The series received such rave reviews from them that I was even lent the books to read.
I am of course impressed by the thought process that went into writing the series. There are underlying social issues there that invited discussion. Like how those in The Capitol could stand to live in such luxury while the rest of Panem live in such desperate circumstances. Or how people can look at deaths as entertainment. And what those in power can do to remain in power and keep dissenters at bay.
Unfortunately, these aren't enough to keep me interested. I felt as much loathing for The Capitol as Katniss but I could not empathize with her. I could not count how many times I rolled my eyes/yawned while reading. I don't know if this is intentional. She is, after all, supposedly not likeable.
My friends were right when they said The Hunger Games was an easy read. I finished the book in a couple of days. But this was only because I was rushing to finish it and watch the movie before the Holy Week ends. If I wasn't so time-constrained, it just isn't a book that I wouldn't put down for meals or a bath like say [I can't believe I'm saying this] the Twilight series. Haha
Anyway, I watched the movie because I was curious about how the entire thing would translate into film.
(To be continued...)