Hello over-nineteens! Did you feel pain when you watched any film from the Twilight Series? Experience hysterical laughing fits when the Bella-Edward-Werewolf Guy love triangle was really kicking in? Wish at any point that the main female character was a little more empowered? Maybe you still wish you could re-write the dialogue or plot?
If you answered ‘yes’ to one or more of the above, you are probably experiencing post-Twilight Syndrome. There is only one cure: go and watch The Hunger Games.
Admittedly, the film does raise several questions that I’m hoping the book series will answer. Firstly, the militia seems to have a fair amount of military power but it seems not to scare the people in the regions as much as I expected (no deutsch Blicke when Katniss is talking to her sister in the street at the start)
Secondly, issues such as indoctrination haven’t been dwelt on. There is of course the acceptance of the annual Hunger Games, but surely if it had been effective, Primrose would not have publicly expressed fear about being chosen to represent her district and try to win them some food.
Despite this, the film has quite a lot of strong points. The script is strong, the acting is very good and the costumes are outlandish and make quite a beautiful point about our society (as well as the dystopian one, of course). The politics and political message delivered are touched but not dwelt on in depth. I’d like to think that this could entice some people to go away and read more dystopian or political fiction (1984 or 1Q84 spring to mind).
The concept of the Games works well as it shows that Katniss to be not merely a survivor but a heroine in the true sense of the word. She sacrifices herself to save someone she loves and she appears willing to risk everything she has for someone she’s never met.
Basically, she’s one of those people you can’t help but respect, even if you don’t know much about them.
I’m off to read the books now. 😉
What do you think of The Hunger Games? Have you seen the film or read the books? Have you found a YA series that you feel is better than this one? Share it!