Just over a week ago I went to see The Hunger Games and then posted a review. It wasn’t especially generous to the flick and I promised myself to check out the novel it is based on to see if it was close to the original.
Since then I have checked out a few glowing reviews but having read the book now, I’m even less impressed by the screenplay.
The Novel is a darker adventure than the movie and to it’s cost in my opinion. The political background which is far more important to the story, has taken a back seat to the futuristic fashions which, though faithfully captured, are of no importance to the story.
Especially irksome is the skipping over of the fact that the attack at the end is undertaken by creatures that have some connection with the earlier combatants. A very serious part of the story. If It’s mentioned in the movie I missed it and this is a horror element that really darkens the tale.
I’ll be moving on to the next book version now. No point in waiting for the movie version first when it gets seriously softened by the screenplay writers.
Recommendation: If you have the time tuck into the book or an audio version of the book. Maybe download the flick just out of interests sake, but don’t rate the writer against the movie version.