January 2012

Hunger Games Adaptation to Be Altered

Do you want a different spin on Haymitch and no Madge?

By now if your Charlotte Book Club hasn’t read The Hunger Games, you probably have it on your schedule, at least. If you don’t, or you simply haven’t read the trilogy yet, what are you waiting for? The novel may be marketed as YA lit, but it’s a vividly engrossing story for older readers as well. (Spoilers ahead.)

Fans are eagerly awaiting the release of the film, which is less than two months away, and it sounds as if, while the majority of it will remain true to the book—after all, the author was involved heavily throughout production, including in the writing of the script—there are some major differences that will be included. I can understand these alterations in terms of how a book must be adapted for the screen; after all, first person narration doesn’t work so well, and we’ll need to see the entire point of view of the cast, not just Katniss’s, while she is in the arena. But some changes simply don’t make sense.