Over the Summer, I had the privilege of reading Suzanne Collin’s book series called the Hunger Games.
Now I’ve never been much of a reader, but I could not put these books down. In fact, I read all of them within a four-day span. These books have it all: a mass amount of action, romantic tension that builds through every page, a dash of comedy, and unexpected twists which come at the end of nearly every chapter.
When it comes to books, I’ve always been a ‘I’ll just wait for the movie’ guy. And as most of you well know, the first book, The Hunger Games, was released as a film earlier this year. I watched it back in February and thought it was a really good movie! After reading the books this summer and then watching the film again, I received somewhat of a distaste from the movie. Since the book’s perspective is from the personal view of Katniss Everdeen, it was impossible for the film to capture every one of her intricate thoughts and feelings. I understand that a movie cannot easily portray a narrative from the mind of a character, but I just felt like the audience needed to know more.
Maybe the saying that “the book is always better than the movie” is actually true. The design of a book is not as limited as a movie, which is why the book does a better job at portraying the story. The question I’ve recently been asking myself is this: “how many other great stories have I missed out by simply waiting for the movie?”