March 19, 2012
It’s here. “The Hunger Games” is finally hitting theaters this Friday. I predict it is going to be a blockbuster and if you have read the books, you know why. Because the book was awesome.
I am really hoping that "Hunger Games" blows “Twilight” out of the water because it should. I liked “Twilight” the book, and I hated the movie. I loved “Hunger Games” and I’m hoping that the movie will be just as good. I hope it will be an example of how a super popular book series can be made into really good movies. It is a great story with lots of action, politics, love and drama. It has something for everyone and no sparkly vampires.
So here are my top 5 reasons I think “Hunger Games” will be better than “Twilight.”
1. The book has a better heroine. Katniss Everdeen is a strong, smart, courageous girl. Katniss’ problems are much worse than the love of her life leaving or not turning her into a vampire so they can be together forever. Katniss is fighting for her life and the well-being of her family and instead of getting herself into trouble and needing to be rescued, Katniss kicks butt and takes names.
2. “The Hunger Games” has better source material. “Twilight” was a love story set in the gloomiest part of the country where it rains most of the time. “Hunger Games” is an action story that has a love story in it set in a dystopian future with all kinds of crazy stuff such as mutant wasps, an evil, oppressive government and a fight to the death.
3. Speaking of the love story, “Hunger Games” even has a better love triangle. Katniss doesn’t have to choose between a vampire who loves her so much he leaves her or a werewolf who is in love with her (Well maybe not her per se. There is a ridiculous twist in the last book). And the love triangle isn’t the center of “Hunger Games.” Katniss has two guys who would do anything for her and want to be with her. Gale her friend and hunting partner from District 12 or Peeta, the baker’s son who has loved her from afar. But Katniss has bigger problems than deciding who to be with. She has to take care of her family and district, oh and stay alive.
4. “The Hunger Games” has better casting than “Twilight.” In these types of books, you have to get your heroine right. Casting is key. “Hunger Games” went and got an Oscar nominee in Jennifer Lawrence to play the heroine. I watched “Winter’s Bone” and Lawrence was great in it. When I heard they had gotten Lawrence to play Katniss, I knew they were serious about making the movie good. The only way Kristen Stewart would win an Oscar was if there was one for best pout.
5. “Hunger Games” has better action. Sure “Twilight” has vampire fights and werewolf fights and werewolf and vampire fights, but “Hunger Games” has The Hunger Games, an annual fight to the death that pits 24 of the country’s children against each other. Oh and the government and gamemakers can manipulate everything in the arena. They spring traps, create deadly weather and change the rules.
So go see “Hunger Games” and see what a real heroine is supposed to be like. I promise you won’t be disappointed.