Movie is out this month--see the discussion starting under movies.
I would have never started the series on my own, but it was my book club selection (only The Hunger Games). Parts were very hard to handle. I'm a softie, especially when it comes to children, and boy, the games were heart wrenching. I ended up reading the series, one book after the other though, and I actually found I liked the story (much to my surprise) and obviously admired Katniss' grit.
I really wish this wasn't written in first person. I would like to read it, but I detest first person writing.
I am in the middle of book 2, and I can't put it down! Saw the movie last week, and want to see everything that happens in Panem. I'm completely hooked.
I just finished Mockingjay today. I was so sad that Finnick died; I was so worried for Annie! As far as Prim's death, unfortunately, I had peeked on this board for a quick second a week ago, so I knew it was coming (no peeking!). I still don't know how I feel about it, though. In the books, I was Team Peeta from the very beginning. But in the movie, I am not so sure. I did not think there was enough depth In the characters on screen to want Katniss to choose Peeta. We'll see how the other films flesh out I suppose.
I had not heard of the books proior to the release of the movie. When I heard the premise for the movie I was appalled and thought it horrible to gear a movie towards 12-18 year olds that included these same age groups killing each other. I purchased the first book just to get up to speed and see what the fuss was about....Needless to say I was hooked after the first chapter, went our and purchased the additonal 2 and finished last night.
I, like others here, prefer to read the books create my own images and characters. I am not sure I will see the movies, although I may give in once they are on DVD or "on demand" tv. Although I am not one to generally enjoy stories about post apocolyptic times, I enjoyed the series and found myself thinking about the plight of these characters and the dynamics of poverty, government, and media sensation that combined to make this series so captivating.
I may have to sneak over to the "movie" thread and see what buzz there is comparing the books to movie.
Happy Reading to all...
I think you might find yourself pleasantly surprised by the movie. Is it exactly the book? No. They had to edit out characters and some events, but I think it's a pretty faithful adaptation or at least as much of one as any movie can be. It's just the nature of movies that they couldn't include everything.
I normally always like the book better, and that's still the case here, but I really enjoyed the movie too.