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An 11-Year-Old’s Perspective of The Hunger Games

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Under the Christmas tree last year was a set of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, a gift to my son. Having heard for months how great the books were, I decided to get the set so we could all read up before the movie release.

My 11-year-old, my husband and I were hooked from page one, racing through the action-packed series with great anticipation for the movie release. Monday, we celebrated the start of Spring Break at the theater. The following is my son’s review of The Hunger Games, an 11-year-old’s view of the critically acclaimed film.

The Hunger Games is the best Hollywood interpretation of a book I’ve ever seen! From the very first scene I felt awed about how well the creators of the film had stuck to the original plot line. In my opinion, this is the best movie I have ever seen in the theaters. The book was better than the movie. I will always be a book-lover over the movie.

It helps that Suzanne Collins, the author of the best-selling book, worked on the film’s script. There were a few small plot points not kept in the movie but, I felt the story stayed as brilliant as in the book. I really wished to have seen Haymitch fall off the stage in the beginning of the movie but his character was still good without seeing that.

If you haven’t already heard, The Hunger Games is a futuristic story about the main character, Katniss Everdeen, who is put into a tournament as a tribute where she has to fight to the death with other tributes. Each year one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 are chosen from each of the 12 Districts of this country, called Panem, to fight in the Hunger Games as punishment for a past rebellion.

Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Katniss, was a good choice even though Jennifer is 21 and playing a 16-year-old. She was convincing as a strong female character. Katniss has a hard life where she has to take care of her younger sister and her mother after their father dies. Katniss’ real life survival experience gives her more of a chance to win the Hunger Games whereas other tributes have only been trained for the Games.

The people of Panem are divided into two classes. There is the people of the Capitol who live in luxury with unlimited money to buy the latest fashions. Their resources come from the Districts where the lower class live a life of near slavery. The Capitol is a selfish group of people who ignorantly live happy lives with no suffering. The Hunger Games is a form of entertainment for the residents of the Capitol and more like torture for the people from the District forced to give up their kids and watch it.

The book and movie says a lot about how different the people of Capitol are from those of the Districts and how different most of us are compared to people on shows like Survivor. While we aren’t forced to watch these contests and shows where people get hurt and cry, many chose to watch.

We love our violent reality TV. The author and the movie-makers are making a commentary on what people might become in years to come in our society. Violent reality TV is turning our society today into the futuristic people of the Capitol. We are becoming addicted to watching other people’s pain.

This movie is rated PG-13. There was a lot of blood in the movie, a lot of violence. Throughout the Games someone was always hurt or bleeding. I’m 11-years-old and my mom let me see it because my parents and I had read all the books. I think I’m more mature than many 11-year-old’s. I think that it’s important to take to heart your child’s maturity and how well they cope with the tragedies of war and chaos before going to see the film.

The Hunger Games is the first book of a trilogy. All the books are being turned into movies. The second book-turned-movie, Catching Fire, will be out in theaters next year. The people who are making the movies have yet to say when the third book, MockingJay, will be made.

By Jason Ruch

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  • comment avatar Lynn March 28, 2012

    Yes it’s a terrific movie. My almost 11 yo daughter has seen it twice. She read all of the books at least three times.

  • comment avatar Danielle March 28, 2012

    I loved the movie and was so happy it stayed true to the book.

  • comment avatar Amber's Crazy Bloggin' Canuck March 28, 2012

    I have yet to see it but am dying to go. I LOVED the first book (couldn’t put it down), didn’t care for the second book and liked the third.

  • comment avatar Lori March 28, 2012

    Thenks for your perspective of this movie. My 13-year old daughter is seeing it tomorrow. Her older brother saw it a few days ago and loved it.

  • comment avatar ellare March 28, 2012

    Your son’s ability to write clearly and to communicate a well-thought out message gives me hope in our future – one that only communicates in 140 characters or less through a whole lexicon of abbreviations.

    Bravo Jason!

  • comment avatar Annemarie March 29, 2012

    I second Ellare’s comment, ‘Bravo Jason’!

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