Now that JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series has shown its final episode, what is next to feed our imagination? I’m not much of a fan ofthe Twilight saga, but it does have its following. However, even the epic love storyof Edward and Bella is at its final throes. While JK Rowling did awaken the novel industry from a deep slumber, none could seem to follow in her footsteps and garner as much readers as she had no matter how they claim to be filling her shoes.
I did try to look for other fictional novels that could pique my interest the way that Harry did. Among all of those I’ve read so far, The Hunger Games Trilogy from Suzanne Collins was the most interesting. Though the story does revolve somehow around the relationship between Katniss and Peeta, there are no vampires or werewolves this time.
The plot is set in the post-apocalyptic country of Panem where a a boy and girl are chosen from each of the country’s 12 districts to fight each other to the death until only one remains. The story likewise focuses on a society’s class system and an oppressive government with constituents on the brink of rebellion.
With its popularity, the movie franchise is not far behind. The Hunger Games movie is currently in production with Jennifer Lawrence (from “Winter’s Bone”) landing the coveted lead role of Katniss Everdeen. Many did frown upon director Gary Ross’ choice as Katniss. Jennifer Lawrence is turning 21 next month while Katniss is 16. What makes Katniss an unforgettable character in the book is the fact that she took care of her family and fought the games at such a tender age. The Hunger Games’ very essence is the fact that it takes young children from their families to fight to their death. A 21-year old Jennifer Lawrence will definitely eliminate that essence. Even if she is portrayed as 16, she just looks too old and the movie will rob the audience of the jarring experience of seeing a lanky teenage girl kill and defeat her opponents to survive. Saoirse Ronan would’ve made a more credible Katniss. My son even thinks the younger Chloe Moretz would be the better choice.
I consider the first Hunger Games book the best of the three and I am currently looking forward to how the entire games will be presented on the silver screen. The movie is scheduled to be shown by March 2012. The only sneak peak they have allowed so far is the Hunger Games movie poster below with the iconic mockingjay pin on fire.