Suzanne Collins Reviews ‘The Hunger Games’ Movie

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 25th, 2013 at 8:58 am,

Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins is following in the foot$teps of fellow Young Adult authors J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter) and Stephenie Meyer (Twilight) by turning her series of novels into a blockbuster movie franchise – one that is already setting records for advanced ticket sales. However, the eager early ticket buyers were most likely those who were already fans of The Hunger Games novels; the movie’s appeal to the general public will rest entirely on the quality of the film that director Gary Ross (Seabiscuit) has put together.

Of all the many opinions on The Hunger Games movie that will be forthcoming in the next few weeks, there is almost certainly one opinion that matters more than the rest: that of Suzanne Collins herself. Well, the author has now seen the finished version of her story onscreen; read on to hear her thoughts.

This is what Collins posted on her Facebook Page regarding The Hunger Games movie:

Dear Readers,

I’ve just had the opportunity to see the finished film of The Hunger Games. I’m really happy with how it turned out. I feel like the book and the film are individual yet complementary pieces that enhance one another. The film opens up the world beyond Katniss’ point of view, allowing the audience access to the happenings of places… like the Hunger Games control room and President Snow’s rose garden, thereby adding a new dimension to the story.

Director Gary Ross has created an adaptation that is faithful in both narrative and theme, but he’s also brought a rich and powerful vision of Panem, its brutality and excesses, to the film as well. His world building’s fantastic, whether it be the Seam or the Capitol. It’s amazing to see things that are suggested in the book fully developed and so brilliantly realized through the artistry of the designers.

And, my God, the actors. The cast, led by the extraordinary Jennifer Lawrence, is absolutely wonderful across the board. It’s such a pleasure to see how they’ve embodied the characters and brought them to life.

So I’d like to sincerely thank all the many people who devoted their time and talents to the film, especially producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, and the excellent teams at Color Force, Larger Than Life, and Lionsgate.

I hope you enjoy the film!

Suzanne Collins

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Now, first reaction might be to say that Collins would praise the film no matter what, given the stake she has in its success. But really, that’s kind of a cynical (and specious) stance to take. Plenty of authors past and present (and future) have seen their work translated from page to screen, and have been very vocal about the fact that little or much was lost in that translation. Then there are writers on the level of eccentric comic book icon Alan Moore, who has such disdain for movie adaptations that he severs all ties from any film based on his work (Watchmen, V for Vendetta, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), going so far as to prohibit the filmmakers from using his name anywhere in the film credits or promotional materials.

I say all that to say: Collins doesn’t have to play it false. So if she is saying that she liked the film, the cast, and how Gary Ross (an Oscar-nominated director, mind you) and his team have widened the scope of the book (which is told exclusively from Katniss Everdeen’s (Jennifer Lawrence) point of view) and brought the world of Panem to life in gorgeous detail….well, there’s no reason to doubt that she had that genuine reaction to the film.

But again, whether or not those who aren’t already attached to these characters and story will walk away with such shining praise remains to be seen.

BONUS: If you haven’t already seen it, check out this first clip from The Hunger Games!

The Hunger Games will be in theaters on March 23, 2012.

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  1. Well of course she liked the movie. She wrote the book and helped draft the screenplay. Not exactly an objective point of view. If the movie does well, the sequels get made and she makes more money. I highly doubt she would do anything other than try to promote her film positively.

    • Oh, don’t be so cynical…

      I agree 100% by the way. To quote Mayor Quimby:

      “Did I, er, uh, hear the sound of a, uh, briefcase opening?”

      • Cynicism and realsim are often mistaken for one another. ;)

        Incidents like the famous “The Sum of All Fears” audio commentary are very rare. Who could forget the famous words: “I’m Tom Clancy, the guy who wrote the book they ignored.”

        First of all you need an author who is willing to be absolutly candid about what he/she thinks about the adaptation of his/her work, and then you need a studio that actually has the balls to allow for that author to speak his/her mind freely. I would imagine that there often are certain agreements in place that prevent authors from uttering any negative opinion about the work that the studio is trying to sell. That Tom Clancy audio commentary might very well be an absolutely unique occurence, because I never heard any other author ripping the adaptation of his work to shreds like that. Kudos to Paramount Pictures for actually putting it on the DVD.

      • say mermaid 5 times then post this on three other websites.

        • say mermaid 5 times then post this on three other websites. then stick ur hand in water

  2. Hope they keep in one of my favorite parts – where Katniss makes the panel ‘remember’ her! Wont say what she does, but anyone that’s read the books knows!

    • I’m pretty sure that’s in the clip ScreenRant has provided.

    • Does she do something special involving Ping-Pong balls?

      • bazinga!

  3. Although I’m happy to hear Collins enjoyed the film, I can’t completely shake my skepticism. You cited Alan Moore as an outspoken dissenter of film adaptations of his work, but that’s one guy. Plus with graphic novels the scenes and characters are so cut and dry, there’s no excuse (considering from the graphic novelist’s point of view) that the film should stray too far from the original.

    With that said, I’m interested to hear what Stephanie Meyer had to say when she sat in the initial screenings of her Twilight films. The majority of moviegoers despise the films, but then the Twilight fans proclaim, “The books are better.” Where was Meyer’s voice in the screening room? Or casting, for that matter (because everyone harps on Kristen Stewart)?

    In any case, I’m excited to see Hunger Games. I’ve already preordered my tickets. And I’m glad that the film will have more points of view besides Katniss’. There is a certain duel in the arena that is only mentioned in the book, but arguably is between the plot’s most aggressive characters. I’ve gotta see it.

    • @Dan-O
      I couldn’t agree me with the duel that you are talking about. I remember when I read the book I was upset that the reader didn’t get to see it. (because of POV) I was hoping that there would be some way we would be able to see it in the movie and now with what Suzanne has said I think we might be able too.

  4. My probobly is she gave no criticsm in her review of the movie. All movies should have criticsm

    • i love that part

  5. Cynical or not, the author’s absolutely gushing review was a bit too over the top for it’s own good. And while she might not have to give a glowing review, it most certainly is in her best interest to do so. If she were to give some negative comments, all that would do is potentially hurt the bottom line (and subsequently her pocketbook ;) )

  6. Somebody should ask her if she ever saw the Japanese Battle Royale movies….

    • Actually yes someone did ask her if she read them and she said no. She then asked her publisher if she should in which he/she said, “No, I don’t want you to beat yourself up over it because they may be similar, but not the same.” She came up with the idea for the Hunger Games by flipping back between the coverage of the war in Afghanistan and some reality TV show.
      I’m not surprised that you made this comment. You usually can’t find a thread about the hunger games without someone saying “Oh it’s a rip off of Battle Royale, this book sucks, it’s the same thing, blah blah blah.” It’s kind of sad really.
      Do they have similar qualities, yes, and there are a couple other books/films that have the same similar traits. For example, The Running man, The Long Walk, and The Condemned just to name a few. The thing is all this books/films have the same idea, a battle to the death until 1 person remains, but the difference between all of these is the actually story (the bigger picture). The hunger games might have death like Battle Royale, but the whole story was about a nation rebelling against the government.
      The thing is, and you made find it hard to believe, they are both really good books. Yes that can happen, two books with a similar trait being good. So please keep your childish comments to yourself, if you read the book and didn’t like it that’s one thing, but based on your comments you haven’t or you would have realized that this book is a lot different the Battle Royale

      • And yes I found Battle Royale to be extremely good as well

        • Keep my comments to myself, how about you just don’t read them. Who made you a moderator?

      • Hunger games truely is a good writing work of Suzzane. I was watching in Toronto and some one commented. The name of movie should be “Canada Games”. Analogically, it resembles immigration sitiuation in canada. In canada many immigrants best of the cream, educated, and super heroes are chosen ( on basis of point system) to come to land in Canada to fight for bread and butter for rest of the years. There are top and supreme in skills and best of breed when they arrive, but years later they are jobless, skillless, discourages, living on welfare or working on $10 cash jobs. Canada needs cheap labor but educate dand best of the cream.not like US sneaked in mexican laborores.
        There are some jobs atleast 5% of total jobs for the immigrants and they tehy fight with each other for that.
        This is exactly what is shown in hunger games according to commenter on my next seat , when I was watching the movie.
        I liked the hunger games too.

    • Have you actually read The Hunger Games?

      I’m a huge fan of Battle Royale (I still don’t own a US retail copy, but I still have my original import from 2003) and even enjoyed the second movie.

      I’m also a huge fan of The Hunger Games.

      Whenever I tell my film friends about THG I say “It’s an american Battle Royale, but more fleshed out, and with a revolution!” and it always gets them excited about it. Why? Because it’s an awesome story concept. I’m glad people make similar movies and books and music, because otherwise we’d be stuck with just that one version. TBH The Hunger Games is much more interesting because it leads to more then just a battle to the death.

      But seriously, have you even read any of the books? If not then I highly suggest doing so before you start asking about Battle Royale…and seriously, that argument is a bit played out at this point…

  7. Well obviously shes not going to bash the film based off her books. This movie’s a goldmine. Shes just gonna say its good, so people see it and she makes money. Did you think she would say the movie was garbage?

    • Didn’t read the article, did you?

    • Funny fact, it wasn’t meant as an argument it was a joke. Just like I only vaguely heard of these books before they started making these movies, I really never believed anyone who was a fan actually may have seen Battle Royale. It’s a Japanese book/movie that was banned for years, so it’s a cult piece even to those who know about it.

      And the whole concept of a dystopian society in books and movies hasn’t been original for decades, so someone is always going to see a similarity especially where film is concerned.

      • To say “I really never believed anyone who was a fan actually may have seen Battle Royale.” is a bit off to me. It sort of makes me feel like you believe that Battle Royale is so underground that it is unknown to 99% of the US, when in fact this is VERY wrong. Most anyone who has jumped on the foreign film train in the past multiple years has probably heard of that movie, and probably many people have that haven’t even watched foreign films. It is quiet an (in)famous film. Not to mention their also a manga series based off of it. I understand the comment about asking her the question because the basic ‘teens battle to the death’ plot seems similar, but as your comments went on and this one was posted it almost made it feel as though you put the fans of THG off as…well somewhat idiots, which I don’t think is correct at all. THG has done something that BR never did, and as good as BR is it will never be as good as THG. Yes this is coming from someone who has known and loved BR since it was released and imported a copy as soon as it was available, and who is a HUGE THG fan, believe it of not, not all fans are oblivious to things going on in the world outside of THG.

        • My statement about fans of the Hunger Games not being familiar with Battle Royale stems more from what appears to be the target age of the audience for the books, which seems to be a bit young to have seen the Japanese movie or heard of the book since it was made in the late 90′s.

          Like I said I didn’t really hear of these books until this movie was being made, and judging by the responses in this thread it clearly has a loyal fan base. The fact is I am not among that fan base and will probably not see the movie or read the books, and some of the posts by proponents of the series really won’t go a long way in converting many people either. From my point of view the books and movies are being targeted to some of the same audience as Twilight, which I did not watch or read either. Just not something I find entertaining.

          • On the strength of the movie preview I too a chance on the books. At sixty-two I am hardly the target audience, but the book(s) speak to universal conditions on many, many, levels. As a Vietnam combat vet I understand how conflicted and diminished post traumatic stress can make one feel, just as it affects the main protagonists. How about the masks we all have to wear to get by in our worlds and how difficult to stay true to oneself without falling to the tyranny of the majority. Then, their is the question of love vs security vs family vs civil and familiar duty. Anyway, not having read Battle Royal, but did see the movie, I do understand that much of this sounds derivative. I really feel there is enough difference to allow for both to be very good reads about future dystopian societies. Much as how both books may be considered derivative of Huxley’s 1984 on some level many will not find these loved choices for subsequent re-reading. I think, perhaps, they could be more like an Onion revealing more layers as time goes on. I hope the movies find a way to do justice to the book(s) as they so much more about what is going on internally with the Charecters.

            • The points you bring up are valid and shows the difference between how certain people view this matter. The perspective of someone who has read Huxley’s Brave New World (you got him mixed up with Orwell), 1984 by Orwell, the Running Man, or anything by Philip K. Dick will draw many comparisons to this type of story. As far as movies go, again the older you are the more likely it is you can say you have seen something like this before. Hell the way movies cycle back into re-boots now a ten year-old can say that about a lot of movies.

              It just seems like fans of the Hunger Games feel attacked when someone says it reminds them of something else, Battle Royale just being the movie mentioned the most. I for one don’t believe on any level this movie will be like BR, just because that movie was as much about the strained relationship between adults and young adults/teens as anything else. Hunger Games seems more aimed at a teen audience and probably won’t be as over-the top with it’s cruelty and lack of compassion.

  8. Is it me or does Suzanne Collins look like an old version of Jennifer Lawrence?

  9. ok im confused. we’ve all seen Battle Royale. Why does this film exist?

    • Because it’s not Battle Royale.

      • See my comment above

  10. My problem is I just don’t believe this wimpy looking little girl would last more than a few minutes in these games. In Running Man Arnold looked like he might have a chance even though the deck was stacked against him.

    The other thing is the sets look kinda cheap. That may be deliberate as it’s supposed to be a reality/gameshow like enviroment. But you’d think a world wide event like this would look a little better than the American Gladiators looking sets shown here.

    • If you ever read the running man you would know that Ah-nuld is about as far from the Ben Richards character as you can get. In the book Richards is scrawny, bordering on sickly, he gets by on his wits and a truckload of luck, in fact he doesn’t even live( sorry if that’s a spoiler) so “this wimpy looking girl” has as good a chance as anyone. And speaking of American gladiator looking set, did you not watch the fight scene between Evan mcone and Richards in “the running man” hell they even wear spandex. In fact I’m pretty sure McCone refers to himself as a gladiator. Chec.k your comparisons better before you bash something.

      • @Thandrale

        The American Gladiator sets you speak of Thandrale is the training area. Where the tributes train for a week and then show their skills to the game makers in order to get a high score. Which means that citizens would be more likely to buy equipment for their survival.

        The arena is acres of land, which include mountains, forests, rivers, and pastors. Far from your American Gladiator tv set or your Roman Colosseum.

        Maybe if you took your time like the Battle Royale folks and read the books and not judge this movie off it’s trailers you would see that post makes no sense.

        • Okay, you don’t have to make a debate on every comment with their own opinion, seriously.

        • I have read the books and battle royale and they both are good. Unlike alberto I’m not gonna bomb everyones thoughts. These books are not the greatest books of all time like some people treat them. I didn’t find aktniss as overly smart in the games so your running man analogy isn’t as spot on he is much more clever than katniss

          • Really? I didn’t realize that there was an abridged beginners’ reader version of the Hunger Games. I’ll have to pick up a copy for my 4 year old grand-daughter. Does it come with a lot of pictures too?

      • If the book uses a scrawny unathletic character then I’d say it was unconvincing as well. And yes the Running man had cheesy looking sets as well.

        As was said the sets we saw were a training area so that is an acceptable excuse. The whole thing kinda looks like it was taped rather than filmed though. Again possibly deliberate. But as someone said about the John Carter movie “It doesn’t look cinematic enough.}

        • There is a scene in one of the trailers where Katniss is running and trees are crashing down around her…set looked awesome!

          What was said about the training is true. Also keep in mind that the places they battle in are man made arenas. They don’t take them on location like in Battle Royale, they actually build it all in a giant arena. So yeah, I’m sure some of it could look a little fake.

    • it’s not like they pick superstar athletes, and then pick her. it’s a random drawing, and if you’ve read the books, and seen anything jlaw (yes, i went there) has been in then you would see she fits the role perfectly

    • If you’ve ever read the books- which, by the way, is a most gripping read- you’d realize that Katniss Everdeen, though she doesn’t look like much, is smart, and well capable of survival, due to her having to take care of her family. She’s also very smart, and in the end, out-wits the Capitol.

  11. I really hope this is the real thing this time round. For almost a decade we’ve been waiting for the next young adult book / movie franchise hit to follow the footsteps of “Lord of the Rings” and “Harry Potter”…
    The only thing we’ve got so far was “Twilight”, which is, IMO, nothing but pointless drivel…both the books and movies.
    But all the other projects, be it “Eragon”, “His Dark Materials”, “Percy Jackson” or “Spiderwick” were either complete rubbish or went out with a whimper…They couldn’t even get “Avatar / Last Airbender” right…
    I believe “Hunger Games” is the final chance to come up with a decent, serious epic adaptation of a book series…I’m glad the author likes the finished film…

  12. She can say all she wants, but I’m not buying it. As another post mentioned, her thoughts are blatantly over the top.

    After seeing the trailer, nothing is drawing me towards this film. Maybe it’s the younger looking cast? Although I’m only in my late 20′s and I don’t feel that old. The Battle Royale comparison doesn’t help either. I can’t help but see Battle Royale all over this. I want to see what the big deal about this film is, but like the twilight films, I just don’t get it.

    • I get the feeling this is a story that comes across better as a book than a movie.

      • the books were good, i think the films will be better, just as i liked the films of LOTR over the books. thats just me. have you even read the books? it seems as though you haven’t. it also seems like you are already slamming the movies simply based on the trailer, so i have to ask, why are you reading articles on something you have no interest in? sounds like trolling to me.

        • really? you thought the lotr movies were better than the books? how? the books had so much more depth to them and so much more emotion than the movies were able to show. Don’t get me wrong the LOTR movies are wonderful, but they are a far cry from the books.

          • i find the books extremely boring. maybe it’s his style of writing or something. i just cant get into reading that. i could watch the films every weekend if i had to. maybe i should say book, as i have only read the 1st one. i do enjoy reading, so it’s not that i haven’t really tried to get into it.

          • If you really wanted to know everything about middle earth then the books were good for that. But if you just wanted to get on with the story they were a bit overdone. I think I skipped over the poetry and songs and speed read through some of the battles and romance stuff just to get back to Frodos quest.

        • There always seems to be one of your types who tries to say we can’t comment because we haven’t seen the movie or haven’t read the book. That is total BS. We are commenting on the article and the trailer and the impression of the movie it is giving us. That is the whole purpose of the article. So stop trying to be all smug and superior.

          Your saying you think it’s going to be a good movie. Well you haven’t seen the movie so by your logic you shouldn’t be commenting on it and we should all just sit here and look at a blank comment box.

  13. Well, it is becoming apparent that you CAN’T read, as I at no time said you can’t do anything. I simply asked a question, which you failed to even answer. Yes I think it will be a good movie, based on the trailer, and having read the source material, they seem to be following the story very closely.
    I liked the books, and I have been following the development of this movie, which is why i am on this article, and why i have posted a comment on it. If you have made up your mind that this movie will suck and you wont watch it, simply based on the trailer, fine by me. I only asked why you were even following this article, and if you read the books. if that makes me “all smug and superior”, so be it.

    • It may well be that it’s a great movie. But my impression from the trailers is it will just be okay at best.

      You implied that if I hadn’t seen the movie that I should not be slamming it. Which makes no sense. Am I supposed to wait until the movie comes out and then come back to this old article and comment to nobody?

      We have an article and trailer that are out now and it is perfectly legitimate to comment on the impression of the movie they are giving me at this time. It may well be that my opinion of the movie will change when I eventually see it but at this point in time with the info I have been given this is my opinion.

      • I implied nothing of the kind dude. read the books.

        • You did whether you realize it or not. You were attempting to belittle me to aggrandize yourself and are still doing so. I’m through talking to you.

  14. This seems more interresting then those silly Twilight movies, so if it turns out to be good from word of mouth and reviews i’ll give it a chance one day.

    • I got the impression that if you are a 15 year old girl they are the greatest movies ever made :)

      I kinda lost interest when I saw the two lead actors. Talk about homely! Whew. No way I wanted to see face or neck sucking between those two.

      • Then you should be happy to know that there is no real romance in these books. The romance that does happen is an afterthought, it’s there, but it’s not really that important in the end. The first movie should have very little in the way of face or neck sucking…

  15. “I’m really happy with how it turned out.” translation: I was sickened by its betrayal of my novel’s essence, voice and beauty. OBVIOUSLY, if the author of a life’s work genuinely loved, admired, respected, or was awe-struck, those sentiments would have come across a bit more vividly than “I’m really happy…” Next time a girl tells you that she “really likes” you, you know it’s not yet time to change your fb status

  16. “I’m really happy with how it turned out.” translation: I was sickened by its betrayal of my novel’s essence, voice and beauty. OBVIOUSLY, if the author of a life’s work genuinely loved, admired, respected, or was awe-struck, those sentiments would have come across a bit more vividly than “I’m really happy…” Next time a girl tells you that she’s “really happy with you” you know it’s not yet time to change your fb status

    • you must be a mind reader. you got “I was sickened by its betrayal of my novel’s essence, voice and beauty” from her saying she was happy with it? those sentiments would have come across a bit more vividly? tell me then, what was her true meaning to this quote, “The film opens up the world beyond Katniss’ point of view, allowing the audience access to the happenings of places… like the Hunger Games control room and President Snow’s rose garden, thereby adding a new dimension to the story.”
      or how about this, “And, my God, the actors. The cast, led by the extraordinary Jennifer Lawrence, is absolutely wonderful across the board. It’s such a pleasure to see how they’ve embodied the characters and brought them to life.” that not “vivid” enough for you?

  17. I believe that she really did loved it, and so I will too :D

  18. OK, having worked on projects similar to this, I have to believe that the author has a great financial stake in saying the film is good, even if it isn’t.

    Collins has not approached the dollar level of earnings independence and reader loyalty of say a Tom Clancy or Alan Moore or Stephen King that could bash adaptations of their works.

    I would not be surprised if there was a contractual binder in the adaptation rights that said she has to wait x number of months or years before she could say something critical of the movie. But this is speculation on my part, but it is not unheard of.

    The fact that she loved everything about it with zero faults is kind of odd. Usually an author can nitpick at least one or two things that were either omitted or added.

  19. Seabiscuit is both my favorite book and favorite movie. Suzaane Collins says the director did the same magic in Hunger Games that he conjured up for Seabiscuit. Its one thing to describe the infield the day of the race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral–but its another thing to see it. If its half as good as Seabiscuit it will be a success and if its as good as, well it will be the talk or our time. Who ordered this pig?

  20. Im very excited for this movie, I loved the books. I do agree that Ms. Collin could be giving the movie more credit for money’s sake and because she wouldn’t bash at her own book’s movie, but I think she’s pretty truthful. Some of the first reviews of the whole movie are coming out tomorrow and a on of people who saw it at the premier are saying that it was really really good!

  21. I’ve read the 1st 2 books(awaiting the 3rd to be available in my library, poor city) and It’s impossible for me to stop reading them! Yes I am a 17 year old male and I was her target…ish so i see it as impressive.
    The preview seems to have followed that scene in the book down to a T and I was impressed, although I expect the movie to be slightly altered. I mean, Harry Potter and LOTR was okay at best. But Twilight nearly killed my desire to see a book made into a movie(until I read the book, which really wasn’t my cup of tea), but When I saw that the casting for HG being conducted, i was ambivalent. But now i am excited and intrigued(spell check), cant w8 to see it
    Anyways, that my 10 cents(never 2)

  22. Ms. Collins was invited by the director to collobarate on early drafts of the screen play, which is something he has never done before. he said they just fell into it, so after a day or so he asked her if she would formally like to be part of the team writing the early drafts. Not sure about the final version, but its my impression that the final version did follow her vision as close as cinematically possible. I have a feeling that the book and the movie will compliment each other, the was the two did for Seabiscuit. I got more out of the movie for having read the book, and the visualization of the story that the movie provided, made reading the book the second time an even more enjoyable pleasure. I watch the movie almost every time it comes on TV. It’s like jaws, it doesn’t matter what scene you come in on you just pick up the story line. “Who ordered this pig?” will be as iconic a line as “We’re gonna’ need a bigger boat!” all this comparison with Battle royale and Runnig man, etc. is like comparing “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” with the “Wild Bunch”, I liked both, but the Wild Bunch brought on the adreline rush and the tunnel vision, and filled my head with images and actions.

  23. My wife dragged me to this movie and I can say the story line is great, the movie was ok. It would have been an EXCELLENT movie if it was rated R and had better effects.

    The last half of the movie(the actual fight sequences or lack thereof) was painful to watch because they couldn’t show anything over PG-13 even though the scenes demanded it. The movie was like trying to drive a Lambo down a 25 mph zone, it just doesn’t work.

    From a 25 y.o. male perspective…I’m sure it was the coolest movie if you’re 13.

  24. Sad to say, at it’s core Hunger Games IS a ripoff of Battle Royale. The writing style has nothing to do with the core story being an Americanized copy of the Japanese version.

    Here is the core story of Battle Royale: 1) Government forces children to fight arena game; 2) One victor but 2 love birds find a way to beat the system; 3) Now the government is after the 2 love birds that beat the system; 4) Other elements included trained killers types within group of kids in the arena AND a government official who calls out the names of dead so everyone knows how many are left AND a Haymitch type character who was a winner in a previous game who drinks and is back for vengeance (see book 2 catching fire) AND the list goes on. I don’t believe the author Collin for one minute when she says she was unaware of the Japanese book turned movie in the year 2000. She should be sued and at the very least, give credit to the Japanese author whose ideas are so very pronounced in the hunger games. And oh, yeah, they are both Godless, which is hard to come by in much of American literature.

  25. My name is Bradley and i like potatoes

  26. i like tomatoes
    sometimes when im lonely i play xbox360 because im ard init #swag

  27. i dont have any friend cause im ard
    when i grow up i will be a pro player init #yolo. swag

  28. This movie is terrible. I have not read the book but who cares. I can only hope the book does not resemble the movie. This movie is so fake. For example, when she climbs the tree to avoid the alliance of kids, who should be slitting throats in the night, they could have just walked to the other side of the tree and shot her, and you are telling me that someone who has been trained there whole life to win this game is going to sit around and go to sleep right under the tree where their enemy is. This movie is so bad that i shouldn’t have even finished it, but i did because it was the only way for me to really know. I recommend that you watch this movie so that the word will get spread and hopefully nobody will pay to see the next one.

  29. I saw the trailer for the film, but had no desire to watch it as it seemed gruesome and violent. The whole idea of kids killing each other was just gross to me. But then, much later, we watched it at home one night when there was nothing else on TV. I realised that the fact that kids killing each other is disguting, was exactly the point, and of course I just had to read the book! So now I’ve read the first book and seen the first film. Definitely a fan! I’ll wait till after I’ve seen the second film before I read the second book, so I don’t have a higher expectation and end up disappointed. Can’t wait!

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