Let the Games Begin!

The Hunger Games trailer debuted this morning! I’ve watched it four times already 😀

It looks like it’s going to be AHHHHHHHHHSOME.

Want to hear something lame? I actually choked a little when Katniss ran after Prim! Jennifer Lawrence, I take back every bad thing I said about you, including the bit about how I thought Emily Browning would have been better for the role. I’d forgotten you were Oscar-nominated for your role in Winter’s Bone. Judging from the trailer, your portrayal of our beloved Katniss was pretty on-point. Thank you.

P.S. I’m not mad at you for ruining parts of X-Men: First Class anymore.

One thing that inexplicably irked me: Katniss’ jacket is supposed to be her father’s old hunting jacket, not something that came off the Elizabeth and James’ runway.

Anyway, this weekend while we were in Dallas, I finished reading the trilogy and I felt a wee bit sad it was over. The trailer for the movie is just what I needed. In fact, before heading through security I purchased a copy of the current issue of Vanity Fair which features a photo of The Hunger Games’ cast. Unfortunately, there’s only one picture but at least  it’s something.

We arrived at the airport early and the wifi is only $4 for two hours so I figured, what the heck. I’ll take pictures of the spread and post it on my blog while paying our car insurance bill. You’re welcome.

From left to right: Clove, Marvel, Foxface, Thresh, and Glimmer.

From left to right: Cato, Rue, Peeta, Katniss, and Gale.

I’m not sure why they decided to include minor characters such as Marvel and Glimmer and not Cinna, Effie, or Haymitch. I was disappointed that the photo is so stylized; it would have been better if they were dressed in character. I think it takes away from the film, which I was pleasantly surprised to find is as gritty as I’d imagined. The trailer is, anyway. I hope they don’t give these minor characters bigger parts than Suzanne Collins did. Even if Marvel (Jack Quaid) is the son of Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan.

The trailer will play during the previews for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1. There have been a lot of comparisons made between Twilight and The Hunger Games. One thing I loved about both books was that the authors wanted to preserve the innocence of their characters instead of romanticizing teenage lust. Edward Cullen was adamantly against pre-marital sex. After Gale told Katniss he loved her, she didn’t reciprocate because she didn’t feel that way about him. Hollywood of course, ruined Twilight for everyone with the Bella and Edward make out scenes. But there is still hope for The Hunger Games. I really hope they didn’t sexualize the main characters just to get people to watch the movie. People will watch the movie no matter what; there’s no need to cheapen Katniss, Peeta, and Gale.

Let the games begin! I’m so excited 😀

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