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The Hunger Games Series (Books/Movies)

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Offline MayTopic starter

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The Hunger Games Series (Books/Movies)
on: 12:36 am Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Have you read the books or watched the movies (or both)? Do you like them or hate them (or what do you like or hate about them)? Any favorite lines? And for those who've both read and watched them, do you prefer one adaptation over the other?

For me, I was reading the book series as they came out (and had an afternoon to grieve over what happened in Mockingjay) and watched all the moves when they came out (as expected, I bawled during Mockingjay Part 2 at around the same parts I grieved in the book). I really like the adaptations of the movies, they were pretty faithful (most changes occurred in the last movie) and elaborated on scenes hinted at only in the books (which were concentrated on Katniss, being in first person POV).

I really like most of the characters and wish we had more details about some of them (Cinna, for example, who must have a story of his own; Haymitch, Joanna, Madge, etc.). I think my favorite characters are Haymitch and Katniss (for their dry humor and jaded outlook). I wasn't very fond of the love triangle (though at that time most all the YA books coming out had love triangles, so I had expected it), to be honest, but I have to admit the resolution made me cry (was more attached to this series than Twilight, its strongest competitor among my friends at the time).

Anyone else a fan of this series?

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Reply #1 on: 9:06 pm Wednesday, November 25, 2015
i've seen the hunger games, and catching fire. i love the movies (still need to see mockingjay), but i'll get to see it soon

think it's out on dvd by now

i started reading the books after the movies, but i disagree. the first person really put me off and i stopped reading after a while

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Reply #2 on: 7:41 pm Thursday, November 26, 2015
@lady grantham :I know what you mean about first person POV - it seems to be the popular POV for YA books nowadays, sadly. I'm used to it, but it can be annoying. I guess maybe it's popular with teens (and the principal audience for YA books)? I think the Twilight series was also in first person and Divergent is also in first person POV...


Yes, I think Mockingjay Part 1 is already available on DVD, but the second won't be out for a while, I think (since it just came out in the theaters). I wish I had rewatched Part 1 before watching Part 2 myself, haha, but well, no time. I'm actually glad that Mockingjay (the book) was adapted into two movies - more details were shown and there really wasn't anything added to "lengthen" the movie unnecessarily.

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Reply #3 on: 8:34 pm Sunday, November 29, 2015
i'm just glad harry potter isn't in first person.

lol

bit of a potter fan

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Reply #4 on: 4:22 pm Tuesday, December 1, 2015
I haven't personally read the book but my aunt sure did and she doesn't fit the demographic. From her praise of it along with other people I assume it's better written than Twilight and the plot is more morally complex. I have watched all the films in the franchise though and I found it very refreshing with the take on a younger audience considering the only other Dystopian films/books/series I've seen are George Orwell's 1984, Huxley's A Brave New World and Amazon's The Man in the High Castle.

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Reply #5 on: 8:23 pm Saturday, January 16, 2016
I haven't watched the last movie but those movies were really confronting. I can't imagine people watching that or gladiators and enjoying it, it was painful to watch.

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Reply #6 on: 9:13 am Monday, January 18, 2016
I really like the Hunger Games.  But I was dissappointed in Mockingjay.  I felt like it didn't quite live up to the hype of the first 2 books.  The Hunger Games is my favorite book but Catching Fire is my favorite movie adaptation. I haven't yet seen Mockingjay part 2. I hope to see it soon.

Doesn't hold a candle to Harry Potter though.

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Reply #7 on: 6:23 am Tuesday, March 1, 2016
I read all 3 books and watched all of the movies as they came out. I absolutely loved them both! Even though some parts of the books were a little slow, they kept me intrigued and I finished all three of them pretty quickly. The movies were pretty faithful to the books, which for me makes the movies deserving of a very high rating. Casting was pretty spot on as well. (My favorite characters were easily Katniss and Haymitch.)

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Reply #8 on: 3:45 am Friday, March 18, 2016
I haven't read any of the books, but I have watched all of the movies, and enjoyed them. My problem is that I don't often retain much of what I read or watch, so the best way for me to enjoy movies and books in a series is to marathon read or binge watch them. I haven't had the opportunity to do that with these yet, but hopefully at some point I will. Although I enjoyed them and thought the story lines were good, I wasn't obsessed with the series the way a lot of others seem to be, although I would probably keep watching them if more were produced.

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Reply #9 on: 7:15 pm Saturday, March 19, 2016
I love the Hunger Games, tbh I love the books just as much as the movies. They are great. *SPOILERS* I hated it when Prim died... I seriously sobbed. They did an amazing job portraying how it is to live with PTSD :yay: :yay: :yay:

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Reply #10 on: 3:34 am Wednesday, March 23, 2016
@CoastalKitty, I feel the same way. Hunger Games is a great series to binge watch/read. (I actually got into the books pretty late, reading the first two books the week before the third came out (and then getting that one asap). With Harry Potter and Series of Unfortunate Events, I tended to read all the books again right before the new one would come out so that I'd remember again little details that might become important in the book that was coming out.

I'm actually not sure if there'll ever be anything Hunger Games produced again, but I'd be interested in stories of the other victors (Haymitch, Joanna, Annie).

@therealsherlock: When that person died in the books I think I was shell-shocked for a long while. It was one of the most painful scenes in the movies for me to watch as well.

I recently watched Allegiant (third movie of the Divergent book series that Hunger Games was being compared to a lot before) and I felt they were trying to recapture the magic of the Hunger Games movies but I felt that the movie suffered for that.

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Reply #11 on: 7:26 am Wednesday, March 30, 2016
@May I enjoyed the first movie in the Divergent series. I still haven't watched the others, but I tend to watch movies with a friend who's really into them, so I'm sure I'll be seeing them at some point.

I really want to marathon the Hunger Games series after I cut the cord. I'm still cramming everything off my DVR for now, so don't have time for much outside watching, although I did watch a new movie the other night.

I read the Southern Vampire Mysteries a couple of times, and would re-read them again before a new season of True Blood would start. I watched around 3 seasons of it, then cut the cord for a few years and got away from it. I sold the books when I needed some money, but would actually like to re-read them, so when I'm finished with this huge book I'm reading, maybe I'll see if my library has them. It would be good to re-read them again.