Eva Bialobrezeski is a teen A&E Editor for The Patriot. For more student-written articles, head to jcpatriot.com!
Imagine a future world in which children are forced to murder each other for sheer entertainment.
The Hunger Games, a trilogy by Suzanne Collins first released in 2008, portrays this and has excited readers with its interesting adventure story.
The trilogy is made up of the three novels: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay, which are powerful depictions of a future world in which a powerful central government, the Capitol, controls its lesser districts with fear and violence. Katniss Everdeen, a teenage girl, narrates the prose giving the thriller a sense of believability.
The imagery used by Collins, and the emotional narration brought by Katniss, has produced a fan base comprised by a vast variety of readers. This is also the reason that the adoring fan base is skeptical of the film adaptation of the first novel.
Scenes in which young children are murdered or in which adult mentors are drunk and depressed give the novel an extremely dark base that might lose emotion when brought through in film. If the film wants to cover a wide variety of ages it might not be able to express its powerful emotions through center scenes. Scenes such as Katniss digging through a dead body to get supplies to survive, or a little girl being killed by an opponent who will later die anyway, push boundaries that might be too controversial to portray on screen.
However, with predecessors such as the Harry Potter franchise or even the Twilight franchise, The Hunger Games has a lot of hope to become not only a hit with its readership but also with the box office.
The film adaptation of The Hunger Games is due to be released March 23 of next year. The talented cast is made up of as actors such Liam Hensworth, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Stanly Tucci, and Donald Sutherland. The lead role of Katniss will be portrayed by Academy Award-nominee Jennifer Lawrence.
The incredible cast is sure to give the film the talent it deserves, and hopefully the screenplay and plot will keep to the novel.