Sorry I broke my promise to have a post every 2 days, but recently I've been using my train time to read The Hunger Games Trilogy in time for the movies release date (March 23rd).
Anyway, I've only finished the first book, and I must say, I'm extremely excited for the movie to come out now. I'm not usually big into reading, but this book was ridiculously good. The day I finished it I had my girlfriend pick up the next book, Catching Fire, at Walmart while on the way to my house. I've been looking up the crew on IMDB.com, and I'm happy to see that Gary Ross is the director (Pleasantville). Also, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch? Sign me up. Couldn't think of a better character to play the part (although he's described as a stalky man in the book).
However, I am a bit dismayed that the movie is rated PG-13. I'm not going to lie; I do enjoy a graphic movie now and then, but that is not the reason that I believe it will be very difficult to properly portray the story on the big screen with such a leniant rating. It's easy to say that this book has some pretty detailed graphic scenes, but it's left to the imagination the extremity of the gore. Because of that younger teens can pick up the book and not shit their pants. But, how are you supposed to depict the graphic murder scenes in the film without showing too much bloodshed and violence? Bah, maybe my imagination has just portrayed the book to be a lot more gory than Collins intended.
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I am mostly interested in how they are going to portray Cato's prolonged death in the movie as that scene is not exactly suitable for younger teens. I'm willing to bet they use regular old wolves instead of the mutations as it will cast away any need for explanation. Also, I was hoping the tracker jacker scene would be absolutely gory and insane, but the rating rules that out. Apparently the actors are raving about that scene though; so, let's keep our fingers crossed.
Anyway, I know my promises mean nothing, but I will upload a better blog tomorrow. Also, if you haven't read the book, give it a shot; you won't be disappointed (unless you are and I look like a fool). Bah, anyway, I'm about a fourth of the way through the second book. I'm a slow reader.