After finishing Suzanne Collins’ excellent novel The Hunger Games, I realized why it would make an equally awesome movie, and why so many people were looking forward to its release. I still need to go through Catching Fire and Mockingjay, the other two books in the trilogy, but you can bet I will be at the cinema for this movie, as eager as the rest of you to see a truly great story brought to the screen.
In more ways than one, this looks like it could shape up to be a phenomenon similar to Harry Potter, in that it takes an example of excellent storytelling (as opposed to popular but flawed novels, like Twilight and Eragon), and helps an entire generation find heroes and characters they can connect with intuitively. It’s much like how Generation X related to Han Solo or Princess Leia, or how we have in recent years grown to love Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger. Now, it seems to be time for Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark to step up to the plate, and become some of the defining characters of our generation.