Movie gets attention, thanks to much-desired Hollywood actors. Book becomes even more popular. Movie is released. Screaming fans hoard the theater, decked out in movie attire, lining up outside the theater, praying to catch a supposedly breath-taking glimpse of a sparkling vampire or a human-werewolf in HD.
After a while, it seems to get old.
However, “The Hunger Games,” although following a seemingly similar trend, is bringing something new to the table.
“I am really excited for the movie because we can finally see what the books are all about,” said sophomore Mona Kabbani.
Suzanne Collins’ dystopian novel takes place in a post-apocalyptic world known as Panem, where North America once existed. The story follows sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen on her journey of being forced to combat 23 other teens to the death, in an annual event known as the Hunger Games. The Capitol, which appears to parallel Orwell’s “1984”, documents her each and every move, anticipating her deceit and attempts to rebel, advertising these teens and their struggles as a way to boast their power.
“I heard the movie was going to be amazing,” said freshman Gabriela Garvin.
Collins manages to tie in a variety of genres, creating appeal to a greater span of readers. Katniss must choose between her lifelong friend, Gale, or her new partner in the Games, Peeta, establishing a troubled romance and arising anticipation for her final decision between the two.
“I think it’s going to make a great film. Collins writes to make the story a visualization,” said Mr. Adam Schachner, “she wrote it with the film in mind.”
It’s just one of those books; once you start, you can’t stop.
On March 23, “The Hunger Games” comes to life on the big screen, giving dedicated fans of the book and passionate movie-goers something to look forward to. Unlike previous movies in theatres, such as “Twilight,” the movie does not attract a stereotypical crowd. This, of course, is reflective of the more sophisticated plot, as well as subject matter appealing to a greater range of people.
Tickets go on sale February 22. For more information, visit www.thehungergames.com.