The Book is Always Better

I hardly ever go to the movies. They cost too much, there are too many people, and the people in the theaters annoy me with their talking during the movie.

Gosh, I sound old.

Hey, kid, get off my lawn!

Anyway, I trekked to the theater with my besties EG and DH to go see The Hunger Games. I read the series when the books first came out and decided to take a chance on watching the flick.

I am super critical when I see a movie based on a book I have read. The movie in my mind is always so much better than the one on the screen. Occasionally, I am satisfied with the product the theater puts forth. Usually not.

This time . . . meh.

I know they can't do a literal translation of the book into the movie, but I sure missed being in Katniss's head. I think the movie-makers also took a little license with the behind-the-scenes action surrounding the game playing. And what's up with the way Katniss got the mockingjay pin?

The book is always better.

P.S. We went to Alamo Drafthouse to watch the movie. Wowza! There's a good chance I'll be back at the movies sooner than I thought!


  1. I have read several articles about the movie. The director explained that there isn't time to give backstory on all the characters like you can in a book so they eliminated the Mayor's daughter to streamline the number of characters. He knew he was going to get flack about it but it really is the difference between a book and a movie. Apples and oranges. I liked the way they used then announcers to explain the Tracker Jackers and they couldn't really have Katniss spend a bunch of time explaining how the gamemakers manipulate the environment like they do in the book, so they showed them instead. I always like to read the book first so I do see the actors when I read it but I thought they did a good job of getting the tone. As one reviewer wrote, the movies shows how. The book explains why.

  2. You make a good point...I think we still know very little about how she feels based on movie (yet we know so much!!!). I enjoyed it as a movie, but agree you can't beat the book!

  3. I was okay with the movie, but I think it's because I subconsciously filled in a lot of details based on the books. I kinda want to see it again with my husband, who hasn't read the books, to see what he thinks of it. But I agree - the book was more powerful in a lot of ways.

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