CB - For a young adult novel, The Hunger Games is actually a pretty good book. While the genre has been marred by the likes of Stephenie Meyer and the Twilight series, Suzanne Collins’ work is a truly solid piece of dystopian science fiction with interesting comments about today’s world and totalitarian governments. There is a lot to like, from the creative design of the society, the wonderful characters, and the horrors of the Hunger Games arena. But just how well do those various elements play in writer/director Gary Ross’ adaptation?
NOTE The very last part in the “WHAT THEY GOT WRONG” section is a bit spoilery, so steer clear if you have not read the books. The rest of the segments, however, are spoiler free.