Adapting a novel is, well, hard. You have two opposing forces going head to head during the development process: the need to appease fans of the source material, and the need to reach out to non-fans and MAKE them fans. And, if you're lucky, you might be able to spend a fraction of that time actually crafting a good movie. Because of this, most novel adaptations come out as failures in one of these regards; they either confuse or alienate non-fans, or piss off the hardcore fans due to changes in their beloved source material. It's very hard to succeed with all audiences when it comes to adaptations. But does The Hunger Games manage to achieve this feat? And more importantly, does it succeed as a good film all on its own?