The media ruins everything.
The Hunger Games was a great book. I read in it 2011 and immediately fell in love with the dystopian world Suzanne Collins had created. Here was a book with integrity, a book that changed my life. I gave it a well deserved review and said this book wasn't a five star book, it was a legend.
The movie didn't do it justice. I've decided that big blockbuster movies are better when they involve explosions, superheroes, funny quips and impossibly awesome special effects.
The Hunger Games movie was quiet. I thoroughly enjoyed how similar the movie was to the book, but the book had my heart pounding, turning pages frantically until I reached the end. When I read the book, I was Katniss, I was inside the story, it happened around me. There were no shaky camera effects to give me the disorientation Katniss felt after being stung by tracker jackers and Ceasar Flickerman's sports announcer voice didn't explain tracker jackers to me. I didn't have Seneca Crane and President Snow talking in a garden, nor did I have Seneca Crane acting like a big shot in a control room.
The problem was, the movie was a movie. I couldn't experience the story.
Since seeing the movie twice in theaters in its first week at the box office, I have come to dislike all the attention Hunger Games is getting. It's people like Ryan Seacrest that are ruining it for me. I am not joking when I say that I tuned into five minutes of American Idol last week only to hear Ryan Seacrest saying to the Idol hopefuls: "May the odds be ever in your favor."
There's something demeaning about taking a line that meant so much in a book and using it over and over again to mean anything. I've heard people say it sarcastically on the radio, heard it used in passing, and even heard it in an online spoof, more notably, the collegehumor.com spoof which was promptly forwarded to me via private message on facebook.
Yeah, someone actually sent me a Hunger Games spoof on facebook as a private message.
All the attention Hunger Games is getting in the media is changing it from a jarring, thrilling, terrifying story into a farce.
I have all the respect in the world for Suzanne Collins. I thought her book was fantastic. Originally I was as excited as the next Hunger Games fan to see the movie being made, but I'm now sad to see how it's all played out.
Here's hoping that The Mortal Instruments, The Caster Chronicles and The Wolves of Mercy Falls movies don't face the same fate. Hey, may the odds be ever in their favor, right?