When you spend half a year screaming to the masses “THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BEST THING YOU HAVE EVER SEEN”, it is very difficult to actually make it the best thing people have ever seen, or even one of the better things people have seen this month. Against these odds, and my ever-existent desire to tell people that they were wrong, Lions Gate’s The Hunger Games really was excellent.
Shortly after Jon’s review of Hunger Games went up two weeks ago, I picked up the series myself, and have hardly been able to put it down. I blazed through the first book in a little more than a day, staying up until 4:30am to finish it. Besides making me largely useless at work that week, it has gotten me very excited for the upcoming film adaptation, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. Yahoo Movies stoked that fire (pun intended) earlier today when they revealed the brand new “motion poster” for the movie. It features Katniss Everdeen’s iconic Mockingjay pin wreathed in flame, and is really freaking awesome.
Kids killing kids. Kids killing kids while being filmed. Kids killing kids, being filmed, and being broadcast live across an entire nation, where every citizen is forced to watch on pain of death. Welcome to the nation of Panem, which rose from the ashes of what was once North America and gives us the willies the same way George Orwell’s Oceania did in 1984. In this fast paced and hip new trilogy, Suzanne Collins takes readers on a roller-coaster journey of love, pain, murder, betrayal, insanity, and revolution. Read more