Who’s to blame?
I might have said this before, but I’ve never been much of a reader. Finishing a book is kind of a big deal for me, and finishing a whole series well, that’s a really big accomplishment. Even though I have a wild imagination, I’m more of a visual person, so most of the time I’d rather watch a movie than read a book.
I have access to a lot of books at work, some people would yell at me for not taking advantage of that and reading every single thing I can, but my attention span is kind of short so it’s not easy keeping me interested in something.
The last series I finished was The Hunger Games, and the fact that I read 3 books in 2 days is a VERY big deal for me. The story line was very original, well developed for the most part but I think it could have been done a little differently to make it even more intense.
Even though I really liked the books and I recommend them to people, I’m not completely obsessed with them. I didn’t dress up when I went to the theater, I’m not on the Hunger Games diet, I don’t do the Hunger Games workout, and I certainly don’t go to the park and pretend I’m roaming around Panem looking for game.
After watching the movie today, I have to say I’m kind of disappointed. Besides the obvious you can’t put every single detail from the book on the movie because it would be too long, people who haven’t read the book will not comprehend half of what’s going on. The real meaning of the mockingjay pin, the gift that the people from District 11 didn’t sent Katniss in appreciation for what she did for Rue (they managed to leave this part out), the terror that the mutated creatures meant for Katniss, the dress being on fire on the chariot, it just wasn’t there. I can add dozens of things that they missed or messed up, but what’s done is done.
Now, who’s to blame? The Director Gary Ross? Suzanne Collins for giving the OK on the screenplay? The people in charge of marketing? The media for creating such hype for months before the release? Or is it my fault for expecting more after reading the book?
Should you spend some money and go to the theater to watch it? I’m still not sure about that. Whether you wait till it’s out on Blu-Ray or DVD is up to you, but do yourself a favor, read the book. As a non-avid reader let me tell you, it’s worth it.
Since I like to get to the theater early and watch the previous, I got to see one for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. I have read the book, and the trailer looks very promising (better than the one for The Hunger Games), let’s hope they didn’t mess this one up…