Hunger Games (HG) was a very unique read for me for two reasons.
1) It was written in first person. I found this strange, yet, for the most part it was smoothly written. A few times during the read something “felt strange” with the wording, then I reminded myself that it was written in a different person that I was accustomed to.
2) The intensity level of the book begins immediately on the first page and lasts the entire way through. Personally, I read books that give me time to breathe, reflect, and wonder what’s going to happen next. In HG, you are thrust into Katniss’ world of Panem, and there’s no release… even at the end you are thrust into a different sort of turmoil.
The HG plot revolves around an oppressive regime centered in one city (the Capitol) which has totalitarian control over 12 separate districts. (It used to be 13, until it was destroyed in a revolt.) The members in each district severely struggled for basic sustenance. Then, every year, the Capitol randomly chooses a boy and girl in each district to have the honor of being a part of the hunger games. What’s the honor? Fighting the other tributes to the death while all the rest of Panem watches. Yes, there are severe moral implications to this sort of entertainment, of course, can you imagine a worse dystopian universe than a government that kills kids for fun?
On set of the movie:
This may sound strange, but I have to be careful what I write here. As a background extra you do sign a release stating that you won’t talk about the specifics of being on set. I can’t speak on my make-up, outfit, set design, or anything else for that matter. All I can say is that I was a member of “Captiol” and had to cheer and encourage what was likely immoral. (Not giving anything away here…this is clearly in the book!) It was strange; I had actually become a person that I had demonized while reading HG. Thank goodness after ten hours I could take off the outfit and make-up… That being said, I’d do it again in a heartbeat; and if they come to do the next movie in the series here in Charlotte, that might be a possibility!