H is for Hype and The Hunger Games

Short version:  Does the movie (based off the book) “The Hunger Games” live up to the hype?  Absolutely YES!

As any self-respecting YA writer should do, I read the book and saw the movie to see what author Suzanne Collins did right.  (A lot.)  Is the movie good?  Yes.  Is the book better?  You’d better believe it.  A teacher friend of mine recommended it to me when she knew I was struggling with an earlier version of my manuscript and I needed help with doing “dark” right.  She said two of her students, a boy and a girl recommended it.  So I read it.  And my response to my friend?  “Why?  Why didn’t you tell me about this book sooner?!”

What could have made the movie better in my opinion?  Not a lot that wouldn’t have garnered it an R rating.  (Nope, not sex.  I mean the graphic details of injuries and such.)  I think a few scenes could have dug deeper emotionally, but I had my fair share of tears.  And it was one of those books I’d hoped would make it to the big screen.

What book have you read that you’d love to see made into a super hyped movie?

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7 Responses to H is for Hype and The Hunger Games

  1. jeff7salter says:

    Haven’t read this book or seen the film, but (on your enthusiastic recommendation, Micki) I’ll prob. watch the movie at some point.
    I’m trying to think of a book which I think would make a great movie. Hmm. Most of the fantastic books I’ve read have already become movies.
    Not much else comes to mind … except my OWN novels. My third novel ms. would make a terrific movie, I think. But I need to get it published first!


    • Micki Gibson says:

      Well get to work and get that baby published! In the meantime, you could always start coming up with your dream cast for your manuscript.


      • jeff7salter says:

        I’ve been wanting Diane Lane for the movie lead in my 3rd novel ms. But she’d need to play a woman who’s about 28. Not sure if Diane can do that anymore.


  2. Didn’t see this one and didn’t read the book,- reminded me too much of THE LOTTERY that ripped me apart when I was in school. Good H words though


    • Micki Gibson says:

      Yes, it is like another level of Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”. I could be wrong, but I’m thinking this might have been one of the comp titles she used when pitching “The Hunger Games.”


  3. Tonette says:

    I had my mindset on YA and I recently read “The Westing Game” by Ellen Raskin.If you haven’t read it, it was the Newbury winner of 1979 and well worth the time.I just love the triple ending, better than the rest of the book.As for newer YA,I like the “Ghost Girl” series from Tonya Hurley.Funny, full of teen angst and soem mystery with redeptive endings.They are good.
    Since they have finally done Stephanie Plum for Janet Evanovich,I don’t see why no one has cashed in on Mary Janice Davidson’s characters. I have inhaled her books.
    I agree, Micki, HG sounds like The Lottery with all the trimmings.No thanks.(Um…Dream big,Jeff!)


    • Micki Gibson says:

      I will definitely have to check out “The Westing Game” and the “Ghost Girl” series. I’ve only heard good things about Mary Janice Davidson’s characters. Possibly in due time. Thanks for stopping by!


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