There was Harry Potter, then there was Twilight... and now there's Hunger Games?
Well, no. I mean, there's beeen tons of phenomenons and although many of them were widespread, I've always been more attracted to the cults. You know, like The Last Airbender or Japenese anime.
Anyway, as I was saying - The Hunger Games.
Of course the hype started when The Hunger Games shot to the top of the Box Office. That's when some people, riding on the series' new-found fame, pretended to have known about The Hunger Games for ages while the loyal members of the cult got excited about finally seeing their favorite book on the big screen!
To be very honest, I hadn't heard of the series before the movie either. But atleast I didn't pretend to be an age-old Hunger Games fan-girl! I was highly intrigued, and even though a certain movie-buff scoffed at the concept of this movie - I stayed highly intrigued. It was showing in cinema's nationwide, at that time. But staying true to my avid-reader instincts, I decided I wouldn't watch the movie until after I had read the book. And now, having read the first book, I am really looking forward to the movie.
I feel like I am now in a position where I can form opinions about the book and honestly, I haven't read such a book for a LONG time. It was so... unbalancing; so unpredictable. It wasn't the story that was unpredictable nor the characters that much. Even the plot was obvious. But the way one thing led to another, what exactly happened, how it happened and how it was portrayed, perceived and expressed; all of this was extremely different. The emotions and themes discussed could not be related to, or atleast I couldn't. Because thank God, I have most of what life has to offer. But this book shows you how everything can and is taken away from someone who started with nothing in the first place.
To anyone who has watched the movie, for heaven's sake read the book! Because it is common knowledge that 9 out of 10 times, the book is better.
To anyone who has read the book, watch the movie for an all-round experience.
To anyone who has done both - read the other two books! Duh. ;-)
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