Friday, March 2, 2012

Suzanne Collins on The Hunger Games movie


Suzanne Collins has weighed in on her FB page on The Hunger Games. I found this picture of her online; she seems to have made a cameo appearance. Here's what she thinks of the film ... she doesn't mention her own performance :)
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
While I would have liked Collins to use somewhat more enthusiastic language vis a vis, being thrilled with how it turned out vs "really happy with how it turned out" overall she does seem to be giving the film a thumbs up. And the fact that she gives the nod to the director for opening up the world beyond Katniss point of view is actually very exciting news. That was a concern that I had in reading the book; everything we see is through Katniss' eyes therefore there is much that we miss seems to be addressed in the movie. I'm certainly more excited than ever to see Panem! Is Ross version anything like the one I created in my mind?
Of course I am not so naive that I would expect the writer to pan the film version even if she did hate it, but all in all, I take her letter to readers as a good sign.

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