Friday, March 23, 2012
Midnight at the Movies
Yes we went. Of course we did. There are a million things I loved about last night, but I will start at the beginning...but right before will say this-
This is not pretty prose today. I've had three hours of sleep and do not have the most creative words or phrasing today.
Okay. You've been warned.
I was late to the Hunger Games phenomenon. A friend recommended the series to me a couple of years ago, telling me it was so much better than the Twilight Saga. Truth, yes? But life passes and I honestly forgot about the recommendation. But I trusted friend's assessment of the books and stuffed Hunger Games in Onnie's stocking for Christmas in 2010. Sadly, she read three pages and put it aside. It was darker than she was accustomed.
So the real hero here is Maise- her Language Arts teacher last year decided to have the class read it and she was hooked. She had the other two books in the series read in two weeks, convinced Onnie to pick it back up, and since then has gotten countless friends and teachers to read the series as well. It took me longer to pick it up again but I did and adore it...for so many reasons.
The movie is well done. I want to see it ten more times to catch all the details I missed last night. I will not give anything away, but will say this- there are many details in the world of Panem and within the stories themselves that could not be recreated for the movie due to the time constraints of a movie format, and continuity and pacing. For example, the conversation in our van after the movie, with six teens and preteens, focused largely on the absent lamb stew.
As an avid reader and writer, I can't express the joy in hearing conversations centered around minute details of a quality book all of those kids have read.
The movie sticks very closely to the book. There is an additional scene which is not in the book, but I feel it keeps with the integrity of motives of the characters and also works as perfect foreshadowing for Catching Fire.
I am sure I will write more about the movie...I have a few ideas for blog posts already in my head. But the best moments of last night were with my older girls and my girlfriends. And my daughters' very impressive friends too. We had so much fun.
And the part that makes the writer storyteller part of me glow:
An entire theater...an entire North America worth of theaters...gathering and excited about a story of sacrifice oppression courage pain loss strength love hope.
"The only thing stronger than fear is hope."
And love. Love caused Katniss to take Prim's place at The Reaping...to sacrifice her life in order to save her sister. Greater love has no man than this, that he...she...will lay down life for another. There was some other sacrificial love in there, especially in the book, but I will not chance a spoil.
So many themes I love.
Something more worthwhile than vampires for the youth of America to absorb. Thank goodness.