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I haven't rewatched the movie since I read the book because I've been worried about being disappointed. I agree the the book is fantastic, one of the best I've ever read. The main characters take Born to Run as a bit of a theme song and the first time I heard it on the radio after reading it, many months after, I started to well up a bit. Haven't even tried to listen to the song all the way through since. It's definitely a book that stays with you.
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One can't help but think of Rome. In fact it hits you over the head with it..from the name of the nation, Panem (panem et circenses. Bread and Circuses)
Juvenal is my favorite Roman satirist. I'm sure he would have enjoyed this homage to his own personal hell.
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Old 03-25-2012, 05:02 AM
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I personally found the original Japanese movie didn't live up to the hype. Partially because the children acted like adults or how adults think children will act, and not actually like children, giving a psychopathic feel to many characters (which could be cool if they were actually mental patients or hardcases sent to the games) Everything outside the game felt convoluted and there only to get us to the real point of the movie, kids killing kids and OMG isn't that shocking and I'm just not impressed or shocked by things that are trying way too hard. While I'm sure Lord of the Flies meets Death race could be done right, I didn't feel like this was it.

Hearing about Hunger games I'm now interested in seeing it as it seems like the Japanese original done better.
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I personally found the original Japanese movie didn't live up to the hype. Partially because the children acted like adults or how adults think children will act, . . .
I utterly disagree . . . as does she.



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Old 03-25-2012, 05:35 AM
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She reminded me way too much of her alter ego, the one who is crazy.
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Old 03-25-2012, 05:42 AM
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Chiaki "Gogo Yubari" Kuriyama? Damn, she's always stabbing people!
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Old 03-25-2012, 05:43 AM
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Seriously? Completely different character? That is like saying Glen Close plays the same character in The Natural and Fatal Attraction.

Methinks you need to actually see the film.








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Old 03-25-2012, 05:52 AM
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Perhaps I should rewatch it, but those were the thoughts I was having at the time and it quickly pulled me out of the film's world and into trying to fix their story. Of course it could just be me, as I occasionally have similar issues with anime that others enjoy.
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Old 03-25-2012, 06:06 AM
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It may be a cultural thing* in Japan, youths in their fiction acting mature beyond their years.

*Similarly, why too much anime is irritatingly melodramatic. Tastes vary between cultures.
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Old 03-25-2012, 06:10 AM
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You might enjoy the book. Even if you have seen the film. There is one major change I sort of understand:



Anyways one thing I liked about both the book and movie is they do not try to answer all the questions--such as explain why "the Program" exists other than to quote an official communique that no one believes.

As for the sequel movie? Reminded me of Indiana Jones sequels: enjoyed the action and some of the elements then, at the end, realized I had no desire whatsoever to see it again.

Oh and "Born to Run" sucks as a song as only the Overly Privileged Hypocritical Hack can suck.





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I read the series this week (road trip) and I really enjoyed them. I am surprised that so many of my fb friends enjoyed it, though. It seemed to condemn so much of American society.
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Old 03-25-2012, 07:47 AM
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I thing I liked about The Hunger Game series was the books seemed to capture the horror of the deeds and situation without being overly explicit.
Often descriptions (or depictions) of violence seem to be more like anthems to, rather than condemnations of said violence.
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From the geology and the vegetation, it's very, very clear that the movie was actually shot in the mountains of North Carolina or Tennessee; perhaps Virginia, or maybe northwestern Georgia.
omg, it made me homesick. :(

I bought the books yesterday and zipped through the first one - saw the movie a few hours ago. I was surprised at how true to the book it was. I do think you'll understand a lot more once you read the books. It also explains where "mockingjays" came from.
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From the geology and the vegetation, it's very, very clear that the movie was actually shot in the mountains of North Carolina or Tennessee; perhaps Virginia, or maybe northwestern Georgia.
omg, it made me homesick. :(

I bought the books yesterday and zipped through the first one - saw the movie a few hours ago. I was surprised at how true to the book it was. I do think you'll understand a lot more once you read the books. It also explains where "mockingjays" came from.
The credits near the end said, "filmed in North Carolina."

Just saw it this afternoon. I thought it was a fair interpretation of the book - elided the right parts and kept most of the important themes from the book. I like how they used the hallucinogenic wasp stings to fill in her family's backstory.
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Old 03-26-2012, 03:44 AM
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I probably should have stuck around to the end of the credits, to see exactly where it was filmed, but the theater was way too crowded for my taste, so I got out ASAP to avoid getting caught in a crush of bodies.


I went ahead and ordered the books from Amazon. Sounds like the first one at least will be a good read.



As an aside, if I recall correctly, in the video near the beginning of the movie, it was said that 13 districts had rebelled against the central government. But it was pretty clear that there were only 12 districts by the time of the movie. So I'm guessing that one district was depopulated and/or nuked during the course of the war, perhaps as a warning to the others? I suppose I'll find out when the books arrive.
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Old 03-26-2012, 04:04 AM
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It is the legendary Lost District that went off to create American Indians, I think. . . .

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I finished Mockingjay over the weekend. I am going to see the movie Friday with a band of peeps from work. After that I don't know what I will do with the time on my hands.
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I am so glad the responses have been mostly positive. I was reluctant to start a thread because sometimes when people are negative about my OP's, I take it personally. hee hee.
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One thing that I really appreciated about this book series is that there was no mention of God. Had there been, there would have been the usual 'how can God be this cruel to humanity, where is the loving God we believe in?' People just play the hand they've been dealt. Very refreshing.
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And no, there's no such thing as a "Mocking Jay."
The Mocking Jay is a "muttation" between the Jabber Jay (a Capital creation used originally to spy on the resistance) and the Mockingbird.

I read the books and enjoyed them. I'm going to see the movie soonish.

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One District (#13) fell down and went "boom".
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there are no such things as 'tracker jackers' either. They are killer bees. They are muttations, engineered by the Capital--originally used in combat when the Disctrics rebelled. There are also wolf/human muttations, though I don't remember what they were called. And as It's me pointed out, the mockingjay is a cross between a jabberjay and mocking bird.
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I am going to see the movie soonish, too as in tomorrow at five pm, right when I get off work.
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For those who missed it, great hilarity has been had making fun of the many, many, fans who were outraged at the decision to cast black actors for the black kids.

No, really.
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Why is mutation spelled with two t's?
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Portmanteau of "mutt" and "mutation"
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