Tuesday, 26 February 2013

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I was a little concerned about reading The Hunger Games to be honest. I'd heard a great deal about how good the book was but the thing is I'd already seen the film and loved it. I would much rather read the book first then see the film after, rather than the other way around. That way I can build up my own scenery, my own characters and delve in deeper, rather than having the protagonist's face be that of whoever played them on screen (this case Jennifer Lawrence, or J-Law (copyright MM 2013)).

From the off though I simply got sucked in. Of course I knew the story from the film, but it didn't matter one bit. Writing from the first person perspective gave the novel a deeper insight into Katniss Everdeen that the film never could get. The parts that were changed or not filmed are just as good as the bits that never made the film, and it was a richer read because of these. The back story of the Avox showed how destructive, authoritative and powerful the Capital really were.

One negative about the book is that part of it, in the caves, became a little repetitive. I actually think this is due to watching the film, as this seems to fly by on screen yet in print, there are many more things going on, in the physical world and emotionally.

The story was fantastic and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy, this time with no idea what will happen.

A solid 8 cushions on the comfometer.