Someone told me that ‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins was the ‘new Twilight’… so it was with trepidation that I watched the movie and, against all preconceptions, I really enjoyed it. Apart from the whole love triangle thing, I found the whole concept riveting. The Hunger Games is like a modern day version of the gladiators or a comment on the sick fascination we have with reality television; where death is sport and human pain and desperation to survive is food for the masses.
So, of course, having enjoyed the movie, I read the first book in the series. I discovered that the movie was even better than I thought… it almost exactly matched the book. Word for word, page by page. Whoever did the casting for ‘The Hunger Games’ got it spot on. At first, because of the similarity to the movie I found the book a bit boring but as soon as the games started and the fight for survival began I was hooked. I found the survival techniques of Katniss the most interesting (hunting, healing and finding water etc).
I also liked the idea of a futuristic world that Collin’s presents us with, full of colours and tastes and a fair share of cultural commentary. In the recent movie ‘In Time’, districts are graded in terms of wealth and time is the currency, the statement is posed ‘for a few to be immortal, many must die’. So it is with the country of Panem; for the Capitol to feast glutinously, many districts must starve. So it is with the world we live in.
There have been many similarities drawn up between this book and other books and movies but it shows that there is something special about ‘The Hunger Games’ that it is so popular and the other versions aren’t. I do want to watcht the Japanese movie ‘Battle Royale’ though. Apparently this movie is awesome.
So, if you liked this book:
continue with the series
and watch Battle Royale