The Hunger Games

Just to let everyone know, I am a HUGE fan of the Hunger Games series. I liked Suzanne Collins’ Gregor the Underlander series but the Hunger Games just blew me away. The story has stayed with me since I first read it and each time I re-read it, it touches me on an even deeper level. The concept is just crazy: kids forced to fight to the death in glorified games. And the stories are graphic, touching, moving and they play with every emotion that runs through us as human beings. I salute Suzanne Collins for her determination in writing this series and seeing it to its conclusion.

There is talk of Lionsgate doing the movie. I haven’t seen anymore news out there whether it’s in production or who the cast is. If anyone has info, please post here. I’m sure it will be one of those movies that the critics deem too violent for kids. Someone, somewhere, will probably go off on the moral implications on our children, and, if done properly, will probably secure an ‘R’ rating. But, it is a story that needs to be told. There are a lot of folks out there that don’t read (pity), and it is for those people I think this film should be made. I believe everyone should experience The Hunger Games.

With that said, I found this film on You Tube. I tip my hat to the actors, cinematographers, etc. who put this together. The scene between Katniss and Rue in the novel was one of a few rare moments of compassion and love we experience in the novels, and I feel the folks who did this film portrayed it very well.

I do warn you that there is extreme violence. Viewer discretion advised.

Synopsis of book: A dystopic Capitol requires its twelve subjugated districts to pay tribute in the form of a teenage boy and girl who are forced to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. When Katniss Everdeen’s little sister is chosen in the lottery, Katniss volunteers to take her place. Although persevering through hardship is commonplace for Katniss, she must start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love in order to win the games and return home.