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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Page-To-Screen Review of The Hunger Games

An excellent review of The Hunger Games (the movie) on OverDrive's Digital Library Blog.

The Hunger Games"'The Hunger Games'" is a dystopian story about a girl who… actually, I'm not going to spell out the plot of one of the most popular books ever. And seeing how the movie earned $155 million its opening weekend, I'm guessing you’ve heard about this blockbuster franchise by now. I've read all the books in the Hunger Games trilogy, and I caught the film on opening night.

The movie is two and a half hours long, but it doesn't feel anywhere close to that length. In fact, the first 20 minutes feel a bit rushed. Those who've read the book (see: everyone) might feel a slight twinge of disappointment as, inevitably, the film omits quite a few lesser details you'll find in the novel. Back stories seem to take a back seat, unfortunately. There's a moment while on the train to the Capitol that Effie Trinket (played by the scene-stealing Elizabeth Banks) says, "Two hundred miles an hour, and you don’t feel a thing!" I found that statement ironic, because initially those were my thoughts exactly..."
(read the rest of the review)

Did you see the movie? Did you read the book (wait... who didn't read the book??)?
How do you think they compare?

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