We had heard a lot about The Hunger Games over the last few months. And we finally got to see it for ourselves. It's not a bad story - 1984 meets Gladiator meets Big Brother (the TV show!).
The Hunger Games themselves were wrapped up far too quickly for my liking. It's like they only lasted 3 days, or even less, as the producers could bring night quicker if they wanted to. So why was food so important? If I knew I would either be dead or back in a fancy hotel in three days, would I be so concerned about food? And I think I would have found it more interesting if what we were shown was the reality-TV version of the games, i.e. what the public in the districts and the city were seeing on their screens.
But still, it wasn't bad. The main girl - I never caught her name - was likeable, tough, vulnerable, beautiful, genuine, all the qualities of a reality tv contestant! I can imagine that the book is a real page-turner. Maybe I should have read the book instead? I might pick up the next two installments on my Kindle. It's a trilogy after all (PS: I've just downloaded a sample of Book 2 & 3 - I love downloading samples to my Kindle - if I see a book I might be interested in, I just download the sample. No need to hold on to magazine clippings or to keep a list any more. If I don't like the sample, there is no cost attached. And if I like it, the full version is only a click or two away. At that stage, I don't even look at the price tag. The guys at Amazon definitely did their homework on that one. It's a bit like buying apps from Apple - no connection whatsoever with the real money, just type in your password and the app is yours. And when you get the credit card bill, you've only got a vague memory of what it was you bought!).