The Hunger Games – Discussion

31 Aug

I agree with what Adam Levine said about the VMAs, they’re the one day a year that MTV pertains to care about music. Let’s face it, music isn’t on it very much. Most of the time it’s Jersey Shore, Sweet 16 or other original reality shows. Judging by twitter afterwards music waasnt the biggest talk of the awards. More Lady Gaga’s costume (once again) but the biggest thing was The Hinger Games trailer. I hate the VMAs so I don’t watch, but with newspapers and the Internet I kind of saw what was going on.

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The Hunger Games is a series of books by Suzanne Collins that was inspired by TV channel surfing. It follows Katniss as she lives with her mother and sister in the remains of the U.S. And her having to go into a programme where she has to kill ore kids. It covers a range of themes centering on oppression, a dystopian world and starvation. Am I the only one who thinks this sounds a bit weird?

My issue with this series is the fact that there’s a need for the next craze. I still love Harry Potter and it’s a part of my childhood but I hate this need that is needed to replicate the success. The Twilight movies are almost at an end too so Hollywood feels the need to make another franchise and get people sucked into something else now. The Hunger Games is what they’re trying.

The books were a success so of course we have a Hollywood movie. Oscar nominated Jennifer Lawrence stars as the lead alongside Josh Hutcherson from The Kids Are All Right. At the VMAs, the first trailer was shown for it, and judging by twitter it’s got people talking and hey, I’m talking about it now too.

I for one do not care. This is all a bit much, this new franchise thing. I have read the books and they’re recommended for a younger set than me (teenage sector) but many have recommended it to me. Perhaps I’ll give it a go but this is annoying how there is a need for a new craze and something new to get people ‘into’. There needs to be more quality coming from Hollywood. I don’t want these types of movies being the only thing to be excited about at the silver screen.

What do you think? Many share or oppose my views. I’m all ears!

7 Responses to “The Hunger Games – Discussion”

  1. chiquititalove September 3, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    I’m a little excited to see how this movie turns out Cultured Lad, just because I really adored the first book, the second was eh and third had me wanting to throw it against a wall because she ruined the whole premise of the series. It was just so weird! I hadn’t seen this and instantly went to IMDB to see who they finalised for all of the places and so far, I’m kind of okay with what they’ve chosen, except Haymitch…yeah he isn’t how i pictured him. It definitely won’t be as big as Twilight and all that, but very close to it.

    • aculturedlad September 8, 2011 at 8:11 pm #

      Thanks for commenting!

      I might just have to pick up a copy of the first book, purely to see what all the fuss is about because is it is not my kind of thing at all. Jenniffer Lawrence really proved she could act in Winter’s Bone, and I can get why she did X-Men, she has to get out into the mainstream, but I don’t want her to just do big blockbusters. Josh Hutcherson was good in The Kids Are All Right so this is a big career move for him which will probably work. I’ll have to read it and get back to you as to whether they suit the roles or not!

      • battyfang September 11, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

        I just finished the first book earlier this week…
        I’ve been a big Harry Potter fan since high school. I read (and enjoyed, ashamedly) the Twilight series, and lord, those movies are awful… I’m a fan of Vonnegut, Bradbury, Tolkien, and sci-fi/ dystopian future scenarios… If this is your thing at all, give The Hunger Games a shot. Its worse to miss out on an enjoyable read, than to dredge through a crappy book. Plus, once you’ve read it, even if you hate it, you’ll be able to rip the movie apart even more articulately.
        And Hollywood has always been looking for the next big thing to exploit… We just have to pick and choose what is worth buying into.

      • aculturedlad September 13, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

        Thanks for the comment!

        Of course, I grew up with Harry Potter and love it but I don’t read a lot of fantasy. I’m judging by your comment that you’re more of a fan than me! Eventually I’ll get around to reding it to see what the fuss is about and like you said, it gives me an opinion to voice! It’s not a storyline that really grabs me if I look at the blurb but I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. I’ll put up a post once I’ve read it! Could be a while though!

    • battyfang September 11, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

      Chiquititalove-
      I read the first book this week. My friend who encouraged me to read the series, warned me of exactly what happened to you! She loved the beginning but hated where the story ended up…
      I agree that the casting seems to be going in an acceptable direction, but Harrelson as Haymitch was a big surprise. Even though he’s nothing like I imagined him, I think that Harrelson can totally do this character justice.
      As far as the movies go, I don’t believe they’ll be as good as Harry Potter, and I just hope they won’t be as terrible as Twilight.

  2. colincarman September 28, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    Many speculate that the books and upcoming films owe much to this controversial Japanese film:
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0266308/
    Regardless, I’m anticipating this female-powered, dystopic vision on screen.

    • aculturedlad September 29, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

      Never knew that! Looks like an interesting film. Might have to rent it soon! I’ll probably end up seeing to understand what all the fuss is about but eh, I’m not too excited for it.

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