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2012-03-13 12:01:54 AM  
Do I need to read the series before I see the movie?
 
2012-03-13 12:02:42 AM  
Team Peeta?
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2012-03-13 12:11:04 AM  
I never heard of it until last week but it looks interesting.
 
2012-03-13 12:19:12 AM  

texdent: Do I need to read the series before I see the movie?


Yes. I'm a dude who is more into things like Tom Clancy, Stephen King and William Gibson, and who abhores teen angsty crap, and I ripped through the whole trilogy in about four days. I picked the books up based on my wife having done the same thing the week prior, so I figured I'd see what the fuss was about. They are total page turners, with a unique and engaging story line. I fear the movies won't do the scale of some of the imagry in the books justice.
 
2012-03-13 12:55:25 AM  
I am saving reading the second book till after seeing the movie.
Looking forward to sharing this with my kids, they were a bit too young when Harry pott er first hit it big in book form.
 
2012-03-13 01:03:28 AM  

flamingboar: I never heard of it until last week but it looks interesting.


It was very interesting back when it was called "Battle Royale"
 
2012-03-13 01:07:57 AM  
Isn't the more appropriate comparison Team Peeta vs. Team Gale?

Good series that reads like a screenplay, so the adaptation should be done well. And Sutherland looks well cast. I'm not sure about Haymitch until I see it.
 
2012-03-13 01:08:11 AM  

doglover: flamingboar: I never heard of it until last week but it looks interesting.

It was very interesting back when it was called "Battle Royale"


I was wondering about this after my sister told me about the series. It sort of put me off, but I would like to check them out if they're worth reading.

Are they good young adult fiction, or are they "good, considering they're young adult fiction?"
 
2012-03-13 01:08:23 AM  
I think it's definitely more mature, not in the sense of OMG SEXY TIME but just in writing style and themes and I certainly won't be upset if it does well. That said, does Barnes and Noble really need an entire section devoted to Teen Paranormal Romance?
 
2012-03-13 01:23:56 AM  
thpoilers! Just started reading the book today. Only got through the first chapter, but I'm intrigued.
Think I should see the movie before I'm done with the book?
 
2012-03-13 01:29:17 AM  
Please god, don't let the phrase "Team Peeta and Team Katniss" catch on.

I don't want to see a good series associated with that steaming pile of sparkly crap.
 
2012-03-13 01:33:39 AM  

Fair_Poopsmith: doglover: flamingboar: I never heard of it until last week but it looks interesting.

It was very interesting back when it was called "Battle Royale"

I was wondering about this after my sister told me about the series. It sort of put me off, but I would like to check them out if they're worth reading.

Are they good young adult fiction, or are they "good, considering they're young adult fiction?"


I dunno, it's got all the keywords for a book I won't like.

1. Serious non-sense. It's a stupid premise taking itself seriously. It's the opposite of a story like Dealing With Dragons, which is entirely farcical.

2. Teenage protagonist. Totally don't care about teenagers. FF6 and FF7 with their adult characters were two of the best video games ever made. FF8 Sucked balls and did so very hard. The only thing that changed in the recipe? Teenagers. I couldn't stomach books about teens even when I WAS one.

3. Post-Apocalyptic. The whole point of an Apocalypse is that it ends the world. There should be no survivors, and if there are any they'd be on the winning side and life should be peaches and cream. Look at the Ragnarok. After that shindig, the survivors go to a new world and start again. No more this world. Wolf ate the sun and the gods all die. Don't forget to burn down the mountains before you die.
 
2012-03-13 01:40:49 AM  
TEAM PITA!

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2012-03-13 02:16:01 AM  

Warthog: I fear the movies won't do the scale of some of the imagry in the books justice.


Perhaps not, but the author of the books has seen the movie, and she described it as "Awesome". That might be a good sign. :)
 
2012-03-13 02:16:41 AM  
I just can't get over that her name sounds like "cat piss" and now her competitor is named "pee"?
 
2012-03-13 04:40:16 AM  

SchlingFocker: Please god, don't let the phrase "Team Peeta and Team Katniss" catch on.

I don't want to see a good series associated with that steaming pile of sparkly crap.


Team PeeNiss!
 
2012-03-13 05:49:52 AM  

mamoru: Warthog: I fear the movies won't do the scale of some of the imagry in the books justice.

Perhaps not, but the author of the books has seen the movie, and she described it as "Awesome". That might be a good sign. :)


Considering she wrote the screen play and produced it, she'd better say that.
 
2012-03-13 06:34:00 AM  
So this is basically a slightly more culturally relevant version of that short story where the girl picks the black stone out of the basket on harvest day or whatever and they stone her to death despite being a very modern, futuristic society? Or it is a much more grown up version of The Running Man (the movie) and a much less grown up version of The Running Man (the book)? Can't wait for the subtle social commentary in the film.
 
2012-03-13 06:37:01 AM  

Mentat: I think it's definitely more mature, not in the sense of OMG SEXY TIME but just in writing style and themes and I certainly won't be upset if it does well. That said, does Barnes and Noble really need an entire section devoted to Teen Paranormal Romance?


It's much more mature than Twilight, but it still does really strange things. Like sudden "Oooh, how pretty my dress is" intermissions into the general flow of the narrative. And later on in the books, increasing numbers of "Oh no, which boy do I really want" interruptions as well.

/gave up around the start of Book 3. Am I missing out?
//Jennifer Lawrence though. She can act.
 
2012-03-13 06:37:38 AM  
I'm team who gives a sh*t?
 
2012-03-13 06:46:01 AM  

That Masked Man: So this is basically a slightly more culturally relevant version of that short story where the girl picks the black stone out of the basket on harvest day or whatever and they stone her to death despite being a very modern, futuristic society? Or it is a much more grown up version of The Running Man (the movie) and a much less grown up version of The Running Man (the book)? Can't wait for the subtle social commentary in the film.


I didn't read the books, but Wiki has a pretty decent plot summary. As stated earlier, it's Battle Royale (teens fighting in a deathmatch put on by a totalitarian government) with some minor Running Man elements (contest is broadcast to public as a form of control; the survivors become symbols of the resistance).

Oh, and plenty of teen girl angst over which guy she really likes. Pass.
 
2012-03-13 06:47:29 AM  
Book was so-so at best.

Premise was cheesy and the world didn't really make sense.
 
2012-03-13 06:47:54 AM  

doglover: flamingboar: I never heard of it until last week but it looks interesting.

It was very interesting back when it was called "Battle Royale"


Leaving satisfied.
 
2012-03-13 06:51:19 AM  

VRaptor117: Oh, and plenty of teen girl angst over which guy she really likes.



Yeah, I'm gonna teach my daughter how to be a world class political power player who uses people like pieces on a chess board when she's young just so's I can avoid any relationship talks whatsoever, even by proxy.
 
2012-03-13 07:09:22 AM  
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Katniss.

Definitely Katniss.
 
2012-03-13 07:15:07 AM  
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I like this movie better back when Schwarzenegger made it.
 
2012-03-13 07:15:58 AM  

love-m'-beer: Katniss.

Definitely Katniss.


She makes my Peeta feel funny.
 
2012-03-13 07:19:11 AM  

doglover: flamingboar: I never heard of it until last week but it looks interesting.

It was very interesting back when it was called "Battle Royale"


The first book is "Battle Royale," but the second and third books move on from that premise. It's a worthwhile read.
 
2012-03-13 07:19:37 AM  

VRaptor117: That Masked Man: So this is basically a slightly more culturally relevant version of that short story where the girl picks the black stone out of the basket on harvest day or whatever and they stone her to death despite being a very modern, futuristic society? Or it is a much more grown up version of The Running Man (the movie) and a much less grown up version of The Running Man (the book)? Can't wait for the subtle social commentary in the film.

I didn't read the books, but Wiki has a pretty decent plot summary. As stated earlier, it's Battle Royale (teens fighting in a deathmatch put on by a totalitarian government) with some minor Running Man elements (contest is broadcast to public as a form of control; the survivors become symbols of the resistance).

Oh, and plenty of teen girl angst over which guy she really likes. Pass.


That is pretty much the same as I was thinking. I'm glad the whole 'dystopian contest' thing is getting a retread from the mid-80s, but the market

VRaptor117: That Masked Man: So this is basically a slightly more culturally relevant version of that short story where the girl picks the black stone out of the basket on harvest day or whatever and they stone her to death despite being a very modern, futuristic society? Or it is a much more grown up version of The Running Man (the movie) and a much less grown up version of The Running Man (the book)? Can't wait for the subtle social commentary in the film.

I didn't read the books, but Wiki has a pretty decent plot summary. As stated earlier, it's Battle Royale (teens fighting in a deathmatch put on by a totalitarian government) with some minor Running Man elements (contest is broadcast to public as a form of control; the survivors become symbols of the resistance).

Oh, and plenty of teen girl angst over which guy she really likes. Pass.



I skimmed the plot summary, definite pass. It sounds like it stole a tiny piece of every 'dystopian future' novel of note, and the advertising campaign seems to be "If you liked the love-triangle contention around Twilight, we're going to give you a whole new love-triangle vehicle to get contentious around!"
 
2012-03-13 07:26:28 AM  
But on the the more important question: Who here is going to by the tie-in nail polish (new window)?



/if you answered "my wife", you'd be correct!
 
2012-03-13 07:30:27 AM  
Team Katnip!

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2012-03-13 07:35:43 AM  
Do they sparkle?
 
2012-03-13 07:39:09 AM  
Oh, to be a small theater owner...
I'd screen "Battle Royale" instead and see if anybody could tell the difference.
 
2012-03-13 07:39:26 AM  

doglover: flamingboar: I never heard of it until last week but it looks interesting.

It was very interesting back when it was called "Battle Royale"


There are fundamental differences between Hunger Games and Battle Royale most importantly the agency of the actors. In BR the students are drugged and wake up unwillingly in an area they are forced to kill their fellow classmates. In Hunger Games the majority of the children voluntarily enter the area in order to kill other kids they never met in hopes of winning prestige and and never having to work. This small change paints the whole competition in a different light it isn't something terrifying that people are thrown into it is something they volunteered to do knowing they would have to kill other children.
 
2012-03-13 07:40:18 AM  
Stupid books. ripoff of Battle Royal.
 
2012-03-13 07:44:36 AM  
Too many adults waste too much of their time now a days on children's books.
 
2012-03-13 07:48:25 AM  
Carth, it's "young adult" fiction. The PG-13 of literature.

No great films are made to be PG-13.
 
2012-03-13 07:50:48 AM  

doglover: No great films are made to be PG-13.


(quizzical dog)
 
2012-03-13 07:51:29 AM  

doglover: Carth, it's "young adult" fiction. The PG-13 of literature.

No great films are made to be PG-13.


Yea if it were to follow the the book it would have to be rated R. The Dark Knight and LoTR were all pretty good and made to be PG-13 so there is some hope.
 
2012-03-13 07:52:04 AM  
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Just like Peetah!
 
2012-03-13 07:55:06 AM  

Warthog: texdent: Do I need to read the series before I see the movie?

Yes. I'm a dude who is more into things like Tom Clancy, Stephen King and William Gibson, and who abhores teen angsty crap, and I ripped through the whole trilogy in about four days. I picked the books up based on my wife having done the same thing the week prior, so I figured I'd see what the fuss was about. They are total page turners, with a unique and engaging story line. I fear the movies won't do the scale of some of the imagry in the books justice.


My girlfriend did the same, but basically said about two-thirds of the books are about post-apocalyptic beauty contests and the main plot is which boy will she choose? Is she wrong?
 
2012-03-13 07:57:53 AM  
Team Snow!
 
2012-03-13 08:00:39 AM  

doglover: Carth, it's "young adult" fiction. The PG-13 of literature.


Also the Hobbit is another young adult book I'm looking forward to the PG-13 movie.
 
2012-03-13 08:02:28 AM  

texdent: Do I need to read the series before I see the movie?


You need to do neither. Unless you're a teenie chick who's into dystopian romance. The books are shiat. slightly less so than the Twilight series, but they're still written on a 8th grade level, which is OK if that's what you're enjoying and heavens forfend I'd begrudge you what you're enjoying, just don't think you're reading if you're consuming this shiat.
 
2012-03-13 08:05:31 AM  
I already hate everything about this.
 
2012-03-13 08:09:55 AM  
Who the fark would be team Peeta?
 
2012-03-13 08:11:09 AM  
Team TimRigginsGoesToMars.
 
2012-03-13 08:16:12 AM  
Did anyone mention Battle Royale yet?
 
2012-03-13 08:19:33 AM  
Read all three books, which was unusual for me in that I could care less about teenage pop culture stuff. The personal story line was pretty good, though the third book tried getting into geopolitics and there it fell flat.
 
2012-03-13 08:21:58 AM  
I didn't like the ending of Battle Royale. The part with the weird painting and answering the phone and all that.

Am I really supposed to care that the teacher doesn't have a good relationship with his daughter? Ignore that part and the rest of the ending is good.
 
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