Hello, blogosphere. It's been a while.
As soon as "The Hunger Games" opened this weekend, I knew it would be the topic of my blog. Although I am a huge fan of the book series and was pleased with the movie adaptation, I really wish people would not take the story so seriously. It even became a topic of discussion in my Media in Society class today. People actually argued whether or not it was a dystopian or adventure novel. One student even claims that Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games knowingly ripped her story off of a Japanese novel. C'mon, really?
I mean, I understand why everyone is talking about the series. The LA Times wrote that the film's opening is the third biggest in history and biggest ever for a non sequel movie. LAtimes.com goes on to list some other positive repercussions from the release of this film, such as straying away from the annoyingly popular 3D and casting stars of Indie films.
The movie's release has also brought about some unnecessarily negative commentary on the film's casting. Apparently, some people were offended to see one of the characters portrayed by a young black girl. Some tweeters claimed that it even "ruined" the movie. I honestly cannot fathom how some people were able to muster up this reaction. The actress's skin color made no difference on her character whatsoever. And, more importantly, the character is identified as being black in the novels. Do your homework if you are going to complain about movie adaptations.
I definitely recommend this movie, but I really wish people could let it be what it is – a movie.