The Hunger Games – From Novel To Film


Movie adaptations from novels have always been a challenge to filmmakers. The Hunger Games is no exception as opens this weekend in theaters. The highly anticipated film adaptation of the hit Suzanne Collins novel is part of a trilogy with young adults as its target viewers.

The plot is set some time in the future, a post-apocalyptic North America that seeks to entertain the masses by means of an annual fight-to-the-death tournament. The wicked twist to the games is that participants are boys and girls in the 12 to 18-year old range.

Main protagonist Katniss volunteered to play the game in place of her sister Primrose and takes past games winner Haymitch Abernathy for a mentor. As the tournament progresses, the rules of the game change to make things more complicated.

The plot may be more appropriate to mature audiences but the film was sanitized enough to be safe for young adults and for parents to feel better. The downside is that it somehow failed to provide enough reason to feel danger for the protagonists Katniss and Peeta.

The Hunger Games may lack some elements adult viewers may be looking for but it could be a suitable film for the family.

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