Eager Fans Prepare to Devour The Hunger Games
On March twenty-third, Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennfier Lawrence) will volunteer to take her sister’s place as District Twelve’s tribute to the Hunger Games, and Woodside High School students will be watching intently.
The Hunger Games movie is based off of Suzanne Collins’ popular trilogy, but even people who have not read the books will journey to the theaters. Although the story includes Katniss’ love story, freshman Athena Saxon says, “It doesn’t sound like an average romance novel.” Because she has not read the books, she got her impression from what her friends told her. From what she has heard, “It sounds pretty interesting.”
She admitted, “To be honest, I feel a little left out when I hear people talking about it… also, there has been so much hype for it that it has become annoying.” The talk may bother her, but she still likes “the balance of action and a fun story line” that is expected from The Hunger Games.
The film’s official website, HungerGamesMovie.com, summarizes the plot by saying, “Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which ‘tributes’ must fight with one another until one survivor remains… Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.”
To sophomore Kasey Inglis, “It will be an exciting movie.” She has “seen the trailer and… heard that the books are great, and [she] wouldn’t want to miss it.”
Freshman Briana Whitney is also excited. She described her motivation to see the movie with two words: “Liam Hemsworth.” The actor will star as Gale Hawthorne, one of the main characters in the movie.
The book has also attracted its own set of fans that will flock to the theaters. Senior Grecia Cruz wants “to see if the movie is as good as the book,” even though she believes she will be disappointed.
Some other students are disappointed with the movie from the start. Freshman Remy Kops does not see any way the movie could be enjoyable. He described it as “the newest Twilight… the newest chick flick that everyone talks about and all the girls scream about.” He declared that he will definitely not be going to the movie or reading any of the books.
However, in an interview with Southland Times, the female lead shares that “there’s blood, death, stabbing, spears and arrows going into people.” The protagonist being female may give the impression of sappy romance, but the gore of the Hunger Games will definitely not be lost in the movie.
Some students are obsessed with the movie. Others want to avoid it at all costs, but one thing is certain: The Hunger Games movie turns war into a spectator sport.
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