Kim and I just started reading The Hunger Games. I’m enthralled; In fact, I spent three hours reading in bed today, using my Kindle holder 😀
I love reading anything in the science fiction or fantasy genre. Ever since I read Brave New World in high school, I’ve been hooked. Imagining whole new worlds and societies with completely different social customs, ethics, morals, and values has always been so fascinating to me. I always imagine myself as a bystander, observing events as they unfold. I love pretending I’m character in each of my favorite books. Some things you just never grow out of.
The Hunger Games is fraught with action and theme of overcoming injustice and tyrannical oppression and authenticity amidst superficiality. Deep. Suzanne Collins constantly writes about food (well, the title says it all) – its abundance to one small part of the country while in other parts or districts, people are dying of starvation. Imagine a world where people live with so much while other people live with little or nothing. Sounds a lot like the world we live in right now.
Anyway, naturally, the movie is coming out in March. I’m having serious issues with their casting choices; most notably, Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss. First of all, Katniss is a courageous, self-effacing individual who is pragmatic, athletic, and thoughtful. I just don’t see Lawrence being deep enough to fill this role. She looks so… Hollywood. In an Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft sort of way. No bueno. I thought she was awful as young Mystique on X-Men: First Class. I sincerely thought she brought the movie down every time she was in a scene. Hopefully the movie survives this casting.
All poster images from here.
I think Elizabeth Banks will be great as Effie though. And Woody Harrelson as Haymitch. That’s it. I’ve never heard of the girl they cast to play Rue.
They could have done better with the male casting as well. Does anyone else think Peeta and Cato look like the same guy? I find these actors to be generic-looking.
Katniss, Peeta, and Gale look like a low rent Bella, Edward, and Jake. Sorry, but someone had to say it. Just look at their Vanity Fair photo shoot. You’re right Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games is not Twilight.
Personally, I thought Emily Browning of A Series of Unfortunate Events and most recently/unfortunately, Sucker Punch, would be perfect. Whatever – she’ll always be Katniss to me. 😛
I’m still pretty excited to see the movie though. 😀