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MTshowjumper
Mar. 17, 2012, 12:35 PM
I have got to admit to being psyched. I loved the books (and I am a 30yo adult), and I made it my goal to get as many of my fellow grad school classmates as possible to read it this last month. It might have been dettrimental to everyones grades, since once they started they all became obsessed and we are headed into finals week. My proffessors are even reading it now. We are going as a class to see it after our last final exam on friday. So far the reviews look good, and I loved the directers other two movies (Seabiscuit and Pleasentville) Anyone else excited?

enjoytheride
Mar. 17, 2012, 12:37 PM
I am, although I hated the third book and I wanted to smack Katniss upside the head during all three books during several points.

HappyHorselover
Mar. 17, 2012, 12:53 PM
Loved all three books too - was very sad to see the end of the trilogy. I'm 28 and I just read them ;) Cannot wait for the movie, the trailer makes it seems like it will follow the book fairly well. I'm super excited! Not seeing it until April 1 though with all my sisters-in-law and nieces (I live out of town, we are meeting halfway), or I'd have to go alone.

MTshowjumper
Mar. 17, 2012, 12:55 PM
I did have a difficult time geting myself to finish the third book. The first two just flew by, but the third one crawled. I didn't hate it, I just found it less enjoyable. As for Katniss being an idiot sometimes, that is part of what I liked. I hate it when the characters are "perfect"

DressageOverFences
Mar. 17, 2012, 02:02 PM
I can hardly wait for the movie. I loved the books (the first two quite a bit more than the third), and think they will be great on the big screen. From what I have heard, the movies will be straying out on their own a bit which im excited about. usually im a bit obsessed with movies and books being conjoined at the hip, but for some reason I really want to see how far they can take this story, because I dont think it was quite finished in the books. I think a bit of creativity from the makers will suit it well.

kookicat
Mar. 17, 2012, 02:23 PM
I'm going next week with my Mum. :) I can't wait!

PonyPeep
Mar. 17, 2012, 02:26 PM
Midnight premeire, baby! :)

SarahandSam
Mar. 17, 2012, 02:50 PM
Definitely! And chaperoning a field trip to take a bunch of my sophomores to see it, too.

blackpearl
Mar. 17, 2012, 03:45 PM
Can't wait! 50something teacher (haven't read book 3 yet....) LOVED the first two...got two other adult friends addicted so we will be with the tweens in line :D

enjoytheride
Mar. 17, 2012, 03:54 PM
What I hope is that the movie isn't ruined by turning it into a teeny love movie. The books are violent and bloody and the world they take place in his harsh. Katniss isn't in love with Peeta at all in the first book.

HelloAgain
Mar. 17, 2012, 04:09 PM
Loved the book, have BIG reservations about whether it can be made into a movie that ISN'T rated "R"... but the reviews have me hopeful.

kateh
Mar. 17, 2012, 06:42 PM
I'm visiting my friend in NYC and we're going to the midnight premier! And can I just say that I'm very excited to see Lenny Kravitz as Cinna ;)

Jumpthemoon16
Mar. 17, 2012, 08:58 PM
SO EXCITED!

ohrebecca
Mar. 17, 2012, 09:04 PM
Going to see it with friends but not until it's been out for a few weeks. I have no patience for teenagers in large groups.

Debbie
Mar. 17, 2012, 10:34 PM
I can't wait to see it. I've read them all twice and love them, especially the first two. I'm really happy with the casting; I think they'll do a great job.

vacation1
Mar. 18, 2012, 01:20 AM
I haven't read the books, thought the trailers looked mildly interesting, but was on the movie's website and one clip just killed my interest (and roughly 12 different characters). It's violence porn. And crappy, lame, unimaginative violence porn.

Indy
Mar. 18, 2012, 08:36 AM
Loved the book, have BIG reservations about whether it can be made into a movie that ISN'T rated "R"... but the reviews have me hopeful.

Me too. There are certain scenes from the book that, no matter how violent, I think are very integral to the plot and should be shown as-is but I don't know that they will do that especially since they involve children.

That being said, I"m SO excited to see it. I get all goosebumpy when I see the trailers on TV.

S1969
Mar. 18, 2012, 08:53 AM
I haven't read the books, thought the trailers looked mildly interesting, but was on the movie's website and one clip just killed my interest (and roughly 12 different characters). It's violence porn. And crappy, lame, unimaginative violence porn.

Honestly, the movie isn't "violence porn" -- the books are very violent. But that's what the story is about. I think the movie will be very difficult to do properly because it would need to be rated R....I'm not sure there is any way to actually tell the story without it being that graphic. So...I am excited to see the movie but am expecting it to be somewhat watered down.

What I find interesting is the number of schools that have read this book in class and some will be taking their classes to see the film. I wonder if the parents of the kids have read the books? I have a 13 year old and have reservations about her reading the book.

kookicat
Mar. 18, 2012, 08:55 AM
I haven't read the books, thought the trailers looked mildly interesting, but was on the movie's website and one clip just killed my interest (and roughly 12 different characters). It's violence porn. And crappy, lame, unimaginative violence porn.

Read the books. I'm very picky about what I read and I was hooked. It's not violence porn, honestly.

kateh
Mar. 18, 2012, 01:36 PM
What I find interesting is the number of schools that have read this book in class and some will be taking their classes to see the film. I wonder if the parents of the kids have read the books? I have a 13 year old and have reservations about her reading the book.

I just read a newspaper article about this today, how teachers are using it in class to spark discussion on current themes like video game violence, privacy laws, reality shows, propaganda, etc. I think it'd be a great book to get students critically thinking about what they read.

I think the violence issue is interesting to think about, how much is appropriate for what age. I'll actually be seeing the movie with my friend and her 13 year old sister (who loved the books).

spotted mustang
Mar. 18, 2012, 10:00 PM
I listened to the 1st book on audio and am now on the second. It's an ok story, reasonably well told, but it hasn't wowed me so far. All that lovey-dovey stuff gets annoying.

And "Katniss Everdeen" has got to go down in the annals as the worst fictional name ever. Catpiss Evergreen...ya.

...but the movie so far has 100% on rottentomatoes. com. That got my attention and makes me hope it'll be an improvement on the book :)

RacetrackReject
Mar. 19, 2012, 08:56 AM
I want to see the movie, but I already have concerns about how much they've changed it. I noticed in one of the trailers that they changed something from how it was in the book so that has me disappointed a bit.

In the books, the mockingjay pin came from Madge and was given to Katniss right after the reaping, prior to her departure for the Capitol. In the movie trailer Katniss has the pin before the reaping and gives it to Prim saying "Nothing bad can happen to you as long as you have this". Then, of course, Prim is chosen, Kat volunteers, and Prim gives Kat the pin back.

In the books, the story of the pin goes back to one of Madge's relatives who was chosen for the games and who was a friend of Katniss' mother. If I remember correctly, it was sort of a pivotal point of Katniss stepping outside of herself and realizing for once that her mother was a person who lost friends in the reaping as well.

Oh well, I guess we will just have to see how it works out.

It also irks me that the guy they chose for Peeta is so short. I know he won't look that short in the movie, but he's not what I had pictured for Peeta.

DarkStarrx
Mar. 19, 2012, 09:05 AM
Racetrack I'm not sure what you are worried about. Is it just the fact that Madge isn't in it? I wouldn't worry about it. S. Collins co-wrote the script. The 2 major changes are Madge and the Avoxes back story is not fleshed out. I enjoyed Madge's story, but it is not pivotal to the story or subsequent stories. I think the way they are doing it is going to give Katniss' father more worth and connection. The movie has received rave reviews. I will be there, midnight in Norway, rocking the side braid. I know it will be fantastic. Gary Ross has truly created something special, he hasn't bought into the love triangle as a main focal point, and he has kept the story what it is supposed to be about. Jennifer Lawrence is Katniss and Josh Hutcherson is def. Peeta(and I was a skeptic on both.

RacetrackReject
Mar. 19, 2012, 09:11 AM
Racetrack I'm not sure what you are worried about. Is it just the fact that Madge isn't in it? I wouldn't worry about it. S. Collins co-wrote the script. The 2 major changes are Madge and the Avoxes back story is not fleshed out. I enjoyed Madge's story, but it is not pivotal to the story or subsequent stories. I think the way they are doing it is going to give Katniss' father more worth and connection.

I don't like movies changed very much from the books. If there are already changes in the trailer, then how different is the movie going to be, is my concern. Like you said, they are changing it to give Katniss' father "more worth and connection". More than what? The book? That's changing a not insignificant part of the book, which is not something I care for personally.

witherbee
Mar. 19, 2012, 09:12 AM
I can't wait to see it and wonder how they will handle the violence as well - the books were VERY violent.

I have to say, I am not happy with the casting of the guy in Peeta's role - he does not look at all how I pictured Peeta and I cannot picture this guy being as charming as Peeta was in the books when being interviewed on tv in some scenes. Hopefully the guy is an amazing actor and will change my mind.

I like the name Katniss, and the actress looks very much like I pictured her in the book. The rest of the casting was very good IMO as well.

LexInVA
Mar. 19, 2012, 09:16 AM
I think I may skip it and just watch the original Japanese version "Battle Royale" instead.

DarkStarrx
Mar. 19, 2012, 09:20 AM
Have you guys seen the scene Lionsgate released "the pivotal interview scene" I watched it up until he says the ever important book changing line. The scene is WORD FOR WORD, from the book, and he is perfect Peeta. Katniss' father is important to her, but we do not get to see it a lot in the book. I would of liked to see more of it. As for the changes Madge and the Avoxes are the only major changes. Everything is else is very book like, and Gary does an incredible job of translating entire pages of narrative with effective camera work and J.Lawrence's acting. He also gives us a look at things we didn't see in the book, like the Gamemakers room. That is going to be exciting. Books and movies are never going to be the same. It is impossible. The message of the book however is very much translated beautifully.

RacetrackReject
Mar. 19, 2012, 09:32 AM
That's fine that YOU are happy with the changes to the way you would like the story to go. Some of us are purists though and liked the books as is, so that's why we aren't crazy about the changes. No, books and movies can't be exactly the same (I can't honestly remember any differences from the book to the movie of The Green Mile though), but major shifts in plot or storyline should be avoided. You can say and think everything is well and perfect because it is for you, but luckily, we are allowed to have different ideas and opinions of what we like. Kudos to you that you are going to love the movie no matter what, but I still don't have to agree with you.

Since the movie hasn't been released, how is that you know the message of the book has been translated beautifully? Are you involved with movie? I have watched pretty much all of the interviews I can find trying to make myself like the guy that plays Peeta, but I just can't. He's not what I pictured, but I can deal with that. Katniss is exactly how I pictured her though.

Btw, I knew that Kat's father was important to her, but the book wasn't about him or their relationship and I don't need a movie to change things to make me see that he was important to her.

DarkStarrx
Mar. 19, 2012, 09:48 AM
I have several close friends(and several fan site runners) who have seen the movie. The important Peeta interview scene was released to the public. I always have major gripes with book to movie adaptations, and I was cynic on this project as well until recently. I'm going to trust that the author who co wrote the script has the books meanings and intentions in the forefront of her mind. As well as any interview with J. Lawrence and Gary Ross, they both show they have an in-depth grasp of the book's themes and meaning. You don't need to see a movie change to understand Katniss and her father's relationship, but a casual movie goer will. Sadly, they need book fans and casual movie goers to cover the costs of the movie and make the sequels.

Renn/aissance
Mar. 19, 2012, 10:03 AM
I enjoyed the books, although I thought #1 was derivative, #2 this close to being filler, and by the time we got to #3 I didn't think we had enough connection with Prim to make her death as moving as it needed to be (because #2 was filler... could have been spent developing Katniss' relationship with her.) I think the movies will probably be entertaining. I really like Jennifer Lawrence as an actor and am sure she will do an excellent job, but not sure she looks like the olive-skinned Katniss.

Rel6
Mar. 19, 2012, 01:58 PM
I am, although I hated the third book and I wanted to smack Katniss upside the head during all three books during several points.

Agreed.


I haven't read the books, thought the trailers looked mildly interesting, but was on the movie's website and one clip just killed my interest (and roughly 12 different characters). It's violence porn. And crappy, lame, unimaginative violence porn.

Really? You can judge that from ONE clip? Doubtful. Its actually a very interesting commentary on the nature of government, power, and politics. And unfortunately government, power, and politics often go hand in hand with violence.

My 300lvl political science teacher recommended it to me actually.

Aggie4Bar
Mar. 19, 2012, 03:33 PM
What I find interesting is the number of schools that have read this book in class and some will be taking their classes to see the film. I wonder if the parents of the kids have read the books? I have a 13 year old and have reservations about her reading the book.

The private Christian school my stepkids attend added the Hunger Games to the 7th grade reading curriculum. Most of the kids had already read them, so it made for good discussion. My stepdaughter tried to get me to read the books, but I didn't pick them up until other parents started talking about it. Frankly, I loved the books and did not feel it was age-inappropriate or overly violent. I thought it tackled some tough but relevant topics and particularly appreciated the conflicts/choices Katniss faced in Book 3 when the tables turned. Looking forward to the movies!

SarahandSam
Mar. 19, 2012, 06:06 PM
I don't have a problem with the removal of Madge--she's kind of a throwaway character anyway, really, and the movie does have the challenge of introducing not just Katniss, Gale and Peeta, but 22 additional teenagers to keep track of... even in the book, it can be hard keeping all the tributes straight, and you can go back and look things up then; in a movie I can justify attempts to simplify or streamline the characters. You can keep the central themes and messages and ideas clear without her existence, so go ahead and cut her.

And I say that as an English teacher who believes the book is *always* better than the movie. It's like the LOTR adaptation... I love the scenes with the barrow-wights and Tom Bombadil, but I can understand how they really didn't fit into the flow of the already long movies that had tons of background history *and* action to fit in. Would the Tolkien purist in me like to see everything perfectly exact, even if it meant sitting through six hours per movie? Sure. Would the part of me that has other crap to do in my life be willing to say, "Hey, if I want to see that scene, I'll just read the book again"? Yup.

KateKat
Mar. 19, 2012, 06:43 PM
I am! Although probably not until next month since I don't think I will be able to convince the hubs to see this with me. I feel like I have been waiting ages for it though.

So I think it makes this weekend best. Weekend. Ever since not only is the Hunger Games coming out but MAD MEN IS BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!

threedogpack
Mar. 19, 2012, 08:10 PM
I am STOKED about it!

Indy
Mar. 19, 2012, 08:54 PM
So I've seen a few previews on TV lately and the end of them got me thinking....you know at the end of all of the trailers, when they flash the Mockingjay symbol and they play a short kind of haunting whistley song (it's like four notes) --- is that Rue's tune?

Does anyone know what I'm talking about and is thinking the same thing?

I hope that's what it is and if it is I love how they're using it in the trailers.

SarahandSam
Mar. 19, 2012, 09:20 PM
Indy, that's what I assume it is... and I like it.