The Throwback Tuesday weekly post is a opportunity for me to revisit the good, cheesy, forgotten or essential parts of music, film, tv and books from my childhood, the past few years or the generations/eras/works of art that have influenced my life in some way.
With the release of the brand new Hunger Games film imminent I thought it would be a perfect time for me to revisit one of my favourite book trilogies that have now been turned into great blockbuster films. I only read these books earlier this year but I was hooked straight away on the story of Katniss Everdeen and the dystopian world in which she lives.
Suzanne Collins’ writing is utterly perfect keeping you reading throughout by creating suspense, giving you a coherent yet layered story and producing characters that you can believe in and that you want to see succeed or fail depending on their character traits. It’s a great idea for a novel that has been played out wonderfully with the annual Hunger Games which sees two teenagers from each of the 12 districts sent to compete for their lives. The different games of the two years this book spans are both well imagined places that have been brought to life in the book and in the films they have been portrayed well in front of your eyes.
In Katniss Everdeen, we have a main character and protagonist that we can fully believe in. She is a strong girl thrown into a horrible situation when she volunteers for the games in place of her sister. From that moment on we see this young girl grow into a leader for a revolution throughout their world. We don’t just see her as an infallible strong woman though, we see her flaws such as her stubbornness, her struggles with the power and responsibility she now has as well as the struggle over coming to terms with her father’s death and also the love story that she is in the middle of that she also struggles to deal with.
I loved Katniss as the flawed yet inspirational hero that she is, Collins writing of this character is great and Jennifer Lawrence’s screen interpretation of her is wonderful. They are a trilogy of books and a series of films that will surely become greats of the modern day and as we draw into the final two films of the series, we can see the true impact of the Hunger Games on not just teenagers but adults too who have come to love the books, the story or the films.
Here is the trailer for the soon to be released Mockingjay Part 1 to get you even more excited: