Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games

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The world is exploding right now with The Hunger Games.  Okay, maybe not the whole world, but definitely my corner of it.  Have you read The Hunger Games trilogy?  Suzanne Collins, the author of the series has written what are arguably some of the best novels ever written.  If you haven’t read them, go do it now.  I’ll wait.

Done?  Good.  That’s about how long it took me to devour the set.

Hunger Games - Katniss
The first book, The Hunger Games, was turned into a movie which was released in theaters over the weekend.  I thought I was strong enough to wait until the crowds died down before I ventured into theaters, but I was wrong

I am no Katniss Everdeen.

This is the first time, maybe ever, I haven’t been disappointed in a movie adaptation of a favorite book.  The movie was SO good and the 2 1/2 hours {seriously.} flew by so fast I was ready for the next one on the spot.  That never happens.  I’m all kinds of invested and dying a little that the next movie isn’t slated to come out until November 2013.  I’m just not that patient.

I’ll spend the next FOREVER re-reading the original series, being grateful for the amazing heroine Katniss Everdeen, aka Jennifer Lawrence the most amazing actress on the big screen, and watching the masses argue about whether or not Liam Hemsworth,, *AHEM* Gale Hawthorne, should be Katniss’ one true love.  I personally prefer Peeta, but that’s because …

Well.

Read it yourselves and let me know what you think.

p.s. who’s seen it already?

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Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

20 Comments

  1. Rachel :

    I saw it yesterday and I was impressed with how much of Panem and the Stadium look like I imagined it to look. The only thing that seemed out of place to me was the Cornucopia – not how I imagined.

    As for Katniss – she has such a rugged, natural beauty in the movie… and me to – Peeta!

    Donald Sutherland was exactly how I picture Snow.

  2. KB :

    I completely agree with you. I said the same thing yesterday! It’s the first time I haven’t been disappointed with a book to movie adaptation! Even “The Help”, which was 95% exactly like the book was disappointing in the changes they made. I didn’t miss the characters they left out in THG, I didn’t mind the difference in the cornucopia, etc. The books are phenomenal (and I can’t wait until Catching Fire is made…since it’s my favorite book for obvious Katniss/Peeta reasons) and I think the movie was perfect. I might even go see it again this week! And how could you not fall in love with Peeta if you’re a true book fan? Love him.

  3. Kelli :

    I saw it last night…..totally LOVED it! I can’t believe how fast it flew by. I was honestly I little nervous about being disappointed with the movie because I loved the book and there was so much hype around this. Not the case at all! This movie was everything I was hoping for! I never see movies twice in the theater, but I may have to make an exception!

  4. robyn :

    wahoo! we went and saw it on Saturday, and loved every second of it! the only complaint anyone i know had was how shaky the camerawork was; my brother pointed out that it was intentional, and distracted viewers from the reality that they were watching children kill children.

    i can’t believe we have to wait more than a year to see the next installment – that’ll give me time to re-read all three books at least a dozen more times, though!

  5. jodi :

    i saw it with friends at midnight last thursday. it was so fun to see it with a theater full of fellow fans! i was pretty happy with the adaptation, but found the shaky camera work rather distracting.

  6. Erin O. :

    I LOVED it. I can’t wait for it to come out on DVD so I can watch it again…especially the last countdown when Peeta touches Katniss’ braid. OMG.

  7. Kelleyn :

    I think Gale is yummy! Peeta not so much!

  8. HollowSquirrel :

    Saw it this weekend and LOVED IT, too! Now I have to get the books back, that are out on loan to friends, so I can re-read!!

  9. Marie :

    LOVED it too. They did a fantastic job. My only problem is when they only have 2 hours for the movie. It could have been 2 hours longer for me!!! So I’m off to re-read it again!!

  10. Shannon :

    I expected Jennifer Lawrence to be brilliant, but I thought Josh Hutcherson as Peeta was a revelation. The subtle ways he showed how much Peeta loved Katniss killed me. Touching her braid before they ate the berries??? I’m welling up just thinking about it.

  11. katrina :

    I loved it, and I even loved how they “fixed” the lack of time and explanations… a.k.a. no bread = riots. It was lovely all around! <3

  12. dana :

    I took my tween and teen to the midnight show on Thursday and while we all liked it a lot, I had the most criticism. I felt like I lot of what made the book so thought provoking — i.e. life in an imagined police state….and how destructive our collective obsession with reality television really is — was missing. I understand that it’s hard to capture all the nuances but I felt the movie fell a little short. I would have liked to see someone more villianous as Snow…like John Malkovich…but I was really glad they didn’t play up the romance/triangle between Katniss, Peeta and Gale.

    • dgm :

      Finally, someone else agrees with me! I liked the movie okay, but I didn’t think Jennifer Lawrence had the chops to carry the movie as its protagonist. And I agree: to me the story is a political allegory, and there’s a very powerful message that was glossed over (it’s like saying “The Fountainhead” is a story about an architect.) I also agree that the story is about people’s obsession with watching others suffer and/or behave badly as a form of entertainment, and the media’s willingness to cater to that when there’s money to be made.

      (For what it’s worth, I took my 13 year old and she and I were on the same page about it.)

      Having said all that, I thought Woody Harrelson was terrific.

  13. Beth @ Remarkably Domestic :

    I really liked the movie, although I wouldn’t say I loved it. Everything felt too compressed. I think Peeta’s character suffered the most– he didn’t feel super charismatic to me. He’s supposed to be the speech-maker and the one everyone likes, but he seemed kind of drippy to me. As I finished re-reading the rest of the trilogy and saw all the times he comforts Katniss in his arms, he doesn’t seem strong enough. Maybe it’s because he’s 16 and she’s 22? I don’t know. But like Dana, I wished that the intensity of the book had come through. And it wasn’t about a lack of violence, it was more about the lack of suffering– we don’t see Katniss nearly die of thirst, we don’t really see Peeta suffer from his leg wound, and, perhaps most egregious, we really don’t get the depth and profundity of the bread exchange between young Peeta and Katniss.

    All that is to say that I thought it was pretty good. :-)

  14. Lindsey from therhouse.com :

    Loved the movie. Dressed like Katniss for the pre-screening. Bawled my face off several times.

    I have to say in the movie I am all about Gale …but in the book it was Peeta all the way. I struggled with that. But, the part where Gale sees her kiss Peeta–RIP MY TENDER HEART OUT!

    If I could, I would change 3 things:

    1) They left out my favorite little paragraph from the book about finding the dandelion and having it symbolize hope when Katniss and her fam were starving to death. Blast!

    2) I wish they would have played up how Katniss was pretending to love Peeta like she was in the first book. I think that was confusing for some of my friends who have not read the series but went with me to see the movie. (They did not dress up, btw. Pansies.)

    3) I wish they hadn’t changed how she got the pin. I thought the sentiment in the book was much more moving than accidentally finding it like they portrayed in the movie.

    …that said, I still wept and chewed off all my fingernails for the duration of the film.

    Can’t wait to see it again. I wonder if my husband would like it…

  15. Julie {Angry Julie Monday} :

    I loved it…Team Leprechaun!!! I mean, Peeta, lol…. Um those black boots pictured, I swear they are pretty similar to the ones that I wear for work.

  16. Athena :

    I took my two oldest kids to see it yesterday. The movie was brilliant! It was the best adaptation I have ever seen. They did not change anything significant in my opinion. Anything that was changed seemed to be because of time constraints. My daughter and I talked about the way Katniss “pretended” in the book to love Peeta, how they did not show this in the movie. It was the best movie I have seen in a long time. We live close to where the movie was filmed and a friend of ours owns the land where District 12 was filmed. My daughter walked around in Katniss’ house. Talk about an excited 14 year old. I might have to go and see the movie again. Loved it!!!!

  17. Liza :

    I saw it Sunday and it was great! I really loved the books and the movie but I still have to say that The Games of Thrones is the best (by a hair) adaptation from book to screen (and my favorite books ever).

  18. dawn :

    Yes! Saw the movie — loved it. I have not (ducking for cover) read the books yet. :( I wanted to, but just had to go see the movie. I heard about the books late, to my defense, and didn’t want to wait to see the movie. :)

  19. Alishka Babushka :

    Saw it last night. INCREDIBLE. I thought they did a most amazing job taking the book and turning it into a movie. Granted, I’m sure part of that has to do with the fact that Suzanne Collins was brought on as a screen writer. Overall, the movie was great. I can’t wait to see it again!