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Does This Teaser Make You Crave THE HUNGER GAMES Movie??

Published at: Aug. 29, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST by merrick

Merrick here...

MTV's VMA Awards a look at the forthcoming bigscreenification of Suzanne Collins' HUNGER GAMES book series

The post-apocalyptic action film is due in theaters next march, scripted and directed by Gary Ross (who performed the same functions on SEABISCUIT and PLEASANTVILLE).     

 

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  • Aug. 29, 2011, 12:14 p.m. CST

    guh?

    by terrence horan

    guh

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 12:14 p.m. CST

    no

    by sadclown

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Have no idea what its about, but it looks interesting

    by Saen

    I do like Jennifer Lawrence

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 12:15 p.m. CST

    aka Hungerdome

    by sadclown

    we don't need another gyro

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 12:16 p.m. CST

    So this is supposed to be the next Harry Potter?

    by flax

    Well, there are lots of trees. So it's got that going for it.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 12:18 p.m. CST

    It better have as much nudity and graphic violence as the books...

    by strongbadmonkey

    Seriously, they talk about them being naked all of the time. Mix that in with all of the child on child death scenes and there's no way this wouldn't be rated R.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Nope.

    by Playkins

    I frankly have not read the book, but nothing I've heard about it says it's any more than a rehashing/mix of "Running Man" and "Battle Royale". Not terribly excited by this one.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Seen it. Next.

    by gruntybear

    Back when it was called "Battle Royale" and was actually, y'know, cool.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 12:23 p.m. CST

    the *book* makes me want to see the movie

    by belledame

    this teaser is a little too short. it should show us something about the reaping, about her volunteering out of desperation to save her sister. or it should mention the harshness of life in panem and the cruelty of the hunger games.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 12:25 p.m. CST

    If it had any young actress other than Jennifer Lawrence, who

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    puts Kristen Stewart's acting to shame, I'd file this under who cares. Buuut, there is a good supporting cast and Gary Ross is a fine director, so maybe it will be the next big thing.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Complete lack of gritiness

    by aversiontherapy2

    It looks like it's going to be a typical Hollywood makeover. She's a glamourous-looking character instead of lean mean hunting machine. Her people are near starving and she looks like she just stepped out a salon. Bah. What a waste of good material. So far, from the teaser and set pics, there's no sign at all that the film will capture what made the books so compelling.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Dunno........

    by archer1949

    Are the books good? Or is it just more teeny bopper Twilight crap.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Caprica?

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Where are the Cylons?

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Girl, bow, arrow, woods, flames, yaawwwnnn!

    by 77AD

  • Anyone who read it?

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 12:39 p.m. CST

    No it doesn't!

    by D o o d

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Now i really dont wanna see the movie

    by ryan

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 12:45 p.m. CST

    That's it?

    by frankenberry

    We've been hearing about this teaser for months. And all we get is something that looks like it could have been filmed in someone's backyard. I hear the book is pretty good. But that teaser was just a girl running back and forth in the woods, the film's motion poster, and the X-Files theme.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Actually, aversiontherapy2...

    by earthlingdave

    She DID just step out of a salon, if you recall from the books. She was given countless make-overs by her team to prepare her for the Games so she'd look as glamorous as possible.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST

    There is no way TB'ers will support this, but...

    by dr sauch

    For the non-fatties amongst us, this will be pretty good.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST

    The first book...

    by earthlingdave

    ...is quite good and an enjoyable read, but I'd stop after that one. You have been warned! But yeah, first one, exciting page-turner and surprisingly dark and violent for a young adult novel.

  • ahem...

  • No Arnold and silly wrestling villains. The whole world is against The Running Man. The reality TV parallels would go over great today.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Not a great teaser

    by MrFusion

    If you don't already know about The Hunger Games then what does this tell you? Pretty much nothing, just that there is a girl with a bow and arrow int he forest. I guess at this point they don't really care, if the fans of the books all go see it it'll be a hit, but it will be no Harry Potter. I really hope they keep it as just 3 movies. They probably could have tightened it up into two movies (treating the Victor's Tour from book 2 as a movie one epilogue and ending movie it with the mid-book-2 twist, great cliffhanger). Mockingjay was not good, and would be alright as a 90 minute movie I guess, but there's no way they can make two good movies out of that book. Also they need to change the ending third or so, it really sucks in the books, the main character basically does nothing of an importance, shows up somewhere and then something completely out of her control happens, and then it ends.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Book

    by enderandrew

    I heard the book was amazing, so I picked it up last week. I was going to read it, and then saw that Stephenie Meyer endorsed it. Now I seriously don't know if I want to read it.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Non unless Jennifer Lawerence Pulls out her titties and runs thu the woods.

    by Papa CaveDweller

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Good perspective on the books, thanks.

    by Pvt. Duke

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 1:42 p.m. CST

    The first book was pretty good.

    by Orbots Commander

    Haven't read the other sequel books, so I couldn't tell you about those. Yes, it's essentially The Running Man for a younger generation, with a generous dose of romance mixed in. Gary Ross is a pretty good writer/director and Jennifer Lawrence is gorgeous (love those eyes), so all the ingredients are there. What did annoy about this teaser though, is that whoever cuts these things insists on using that Nolan/Inception 'Boom'-'Boom'-'Bruuuuuumm' soundtrack. And I loved Inception, but really, everyone has to use that musical cue now?

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Not a good teaser

    by coconutgroves

    And I read the first book, but quit the second book. I just didn't believe and like where it was going, especially after the let down ending of the first book.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Hollywood needs to discover Blackout/All Clear.

    by whatevillurks

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Read all 3

    by mukhtabi

    Hunger Games and Catching Fire are both interesting books. Hunger Games by far is the strongest of the set. Mockingjay is attempting to be a whole different thing, and it somewhat works but is more ambitious than it's storytelling. Still while this teaser was non-inspiring I believe Mr. Ross will make it a great movie. And the tag line is exactly right. May the odds be ever in your favor, indeed!

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Did she just step put of a salon?

    by Human Tornado

    Actually yes, she did. She gets a few weeks of fattening-up and a make-over before the competition.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Step OUT

    by Human Tornado

    Damn edit button - or lack thereof.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST

    There's going to be four movies.

    by frankenberry

    But there's only three books, right? I guess Lionsgate is keeping up the annoying trend of splitting a final book into two movies.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Anything with Jennifer Lawrence...

    by richievanderlow

    I crave. So yeah, this movie gets a nod from me.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 3:08 p.m. CST

    re: "At the end, they fight Lizard Men."

    by buggerbugger

    The world's starving when there are delicious lizard men to eat? **What. The. Fuck**, people?

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    hatedperson

    by richievanderlow

    Well, I was just trying to illustrate how much I like Jennifer Lawrence... I didn't say when I'd see it... I may go to the theater to see it (It is coming out in March.. the dead time for any kind of quality action movie, so I might give it a shot out of boredom, if nothing else) but I will probably wait and see it on video, if that makes you feel better.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Maybe good movie. Sucky trailer.

    by Jackson

    This movie will probably be pretty good. But the trailer only showed exactly what was in the screenshots!

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Maybe good movie. Sucky trailer.

    by Jackson

    This movie will probably be pretty good. But the trailer only showed exactly what was in the screenshots!

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Maybe good movie. Sucky trailer.

    by Jackson

    This movie will probably be pretty good. But the trailer only showed exactly what was in the screenshots!

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Yeah..Battle Royale.

    by knowthyself

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 3:25 p.m. CST

    This is just a teaser, guys, read the book...

    by brocknroll

    Before bashing a teaser, you should read the book first. I actually read it. It's very good and addicting. Very detailed, violent and can get gory too. It's a pretty action packed read. For your information, here is the synopsis from the book, taken from amazon.com "Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place."

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 3:31 p.m. CST

    brocknroll

    by skycrapper

    Sounds just like the plot of The Running Man written about 30 years ago.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 3:44 p.m. CST

    So I guess viewers in my region aren't good enough.

    by Madcapper

    That's what I'm told when I click the fucking link. If someone can give me a good reason why that is, I'd be happy. However, I suspect the reason is BULLSHIT.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

    I read the first book; it's basically a watered down Battle Royale

    by NeonFrisbee

    With a little The Lottery and 1984 thrown in. It's aiight. Nothing special. I think if I read it when I was 13 instead of 130 (my current age), I woulda liked it more.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST

    @bibleman -- you are soooo right!

    by captaincosmos

    I was an editor at the company that put out the English adaptation of the "Battle Royale" manga years ago, and you're right -- that shit will blow your face off. There is NO WAY it could ever be committed to film, and even when you're reading it, you have a hard time believing someone actually committed that sort of depravity to print in such "loving" detail. I worked on the omnibus editions that combined 3-4 of the original volumes into one book. If you can find them, it's a great way to quickly pick up the 12 volume series. If you've got a strong stomach, and like you're kill-or-be-killed violence and psycho-drama cranked up to level 11 -- then the series is for you. "The Hunger Games"? -- being in book or film form, who gives a shit? It'll be as tame and predictable as anything else Hollywood puts out these days.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST

    hatedperson's ending spoiler should be deleted

    by belledame

    immediately

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST

    What books were you reading?

    by Bill Binkelman

    Not sure where the negative comments are coming from about the books. The overall story is NOT just Battle Royale. There is a lot more going on and the characters are well fleshed-out, and get more developed as one gets to book 2 and book 3. Also, each book gets darker, mirroring Katniss' own descent into bitterness, cynicism, and despair. The problem with making these into movies is somewhat the same problem as what befell The Golden Compass. If you film THE BOOK, it will have to be dark and violent, meaning that kids under 18 can't see it alone. It's a dilemma of SHOWING dark, violent, disturbing imagery versus just READING it. If they get the tone of the story right, and they DO allow some of the combatants to be little freakin' kids (as they are in the book) and they show the brutality and violence they rain down on each other, THEN the movies will be fantastic. Also, they MUST be sure to include all the back story about the different districts, how the totalitarian state has risen and people are oppressed, etc. It's those elements that infuse the story with its sense of futility and hopelessness which is why Katniss becomes the symbol she (unwittingly) becomes. If they Disneyfy the books, though, then you will be left with something as bad as The Golden Compass or the abysmal versions of other classics like A Wrinkle of Time, The Black Cauldron, etc. all of which (in print) are darker and grittier than the TV adaptations or movies that they spawned.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST

    read all three books - they really stay with you

    by belledame

    the trailer is fine, just too short. it isn't quite intriguing enough for non-readers. after reading all three - which were riveting, even as the tone changes from one to the next, i'm reminded of the line from "shawshank" about how prison stories arent' fairy tales. but the first book is where you get to know this weird, cruel world katniss lives in. the more you learn about panem and district 12, the more you understand how katniss became so hard and why she is the best candidate for the games. you don't know if she'll win, but you can see that no other girl in district 12 even has a shot. and you appreciate the classic heroes journey over the course of the three novels. the person who comes from the uttermost edge of society with the marshal skills to save it, but who simply cannot function in the new world. the hero so ravaged by the effort to save everyone else, they cannot partake of the boon and must return to the fringe. the first book is about the big show and the popular understanding of the show. the second book is about finding out what's really behind the curtain. and the third is about tearing it all down to put something better in it's place.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    earthlingdave

    by aversiontherapy2

    You're right, I skipped over the fact those shots are from the games. I will wait until we see scenes from District 12 to judge how gritty it actually is.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    the books again

    by katchoo67

    Fair warning to those who havent read them or have only read the first one. The third does NOT end with 'they lived happily ever after.' Oh.. and these are filming right around me. I've sent Harry pictures of the filming, but he never publishes them. But then has orgasms over every little blurry picture of people standing around for Avengers.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST

    it's Battle Royale meets Stephen King's The Long Walk...

    by nuprin

    My daughter read the first book and said it was boring.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Battle Royale....

    by Nick Murphy

    Yes yes yes..... you all bring up Battle Royale, but guess what? The majority of the movie going public hasn't seen it. The books are great, and while I'm a bit underwhelmed by the teaser, I am a still looking forward to seeing Katniss in action.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Read the books, kind of forgettable

    by Kammich

    The first book sets forth a pretty cool world, and I actually liked the larger-scope direction that the 3rd book takes. I just felt that they were much more ambitious than the author was capable of; there are many avenues that she sets up but never really capitalizes on. And the ending, despite not really being a "happy ending," is extremely flat and lackluster. The movies have potential to be pretty entertaining, though. Ross is good, Jennifer Lawrence is gorgeous, and the role of Haymitch is ripe for the scene-chewing of Woody Harralson.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 5:40 p.m. CST

    kammich

    by katchoo67

    I agree on the ending. It was just kinda 'eh' although I like the fact that she had the balls to not make it all happy gooey.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Strickly for the Twilght shithead crowd

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

    Bitchy little girls

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Soooo...

    by BosskBalls

    you don't want your tits licked?

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 7:13 p.m. CST

    More Scholastic Juvenile Lit bullshit.

    by Dennis_Moore

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 7:19 p.m. CST

    books are a fantastic read

    by Holodigm

    to be honest, reading Catching Fire and Mockingjay back to back made it pretty difficult to go back to the deliberate pace of George RR Martin, the books read at almost a rapid-fire speed. Catching Fire was definitely my favorite of the three I'd say, as it contained a nice blend of Hunger Games' well, Hunger Games as well as the revolution aspects of Mockingjay. but four movies? really? for better or worse, Mockinjay was so ambitious and such a dramatic shift in tone and scope that making that two movies just doesn't make sense. excited to eventually see the final act of Mockingjay on screen though - as nihilistic and arguably pointless as it was, the action at the end was just pure fucking chaos (which was the point).

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 7:31 p.m. CST

    My wife read the books . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . says I just HAVE to check it out because my man, Woody Harrelson is playing whatever character he's playing. She also promised she'd read the first 3 Dark Tower books if I read these . . . Still don't know . . .

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Looks like a fanmade teaser you'd find on youtube

    by Erotic Oven

    shot in somebody's small-town backyard.

  • Other than that, totally original.

  • Once again, useless links that you can't see if you're Canadian. Up yours, biased internet sites.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Just finished reading the first book last night

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    It's actually very good...fast-paced, with a compelling lead character and the romantic stuff kept mostly in check (although the film will probably beef up the kissy-kissy stuff to attract the Twilight crowd). However, the ending of the book seems to indicate a "which guy will she choose...?" love triange in the second, which immediately set my teeth on edge. Should I continue with the books, or do they get progressively worse? And this *should* be rated R. There's some pretty gruesome stuff in the book. I could imagine Paul Verhoeven making a feast of the gore and the futuristic sci-fi satire of the media. But Gary Ross is no Paul Verhoeven (isn't Steven Soderbergh directing second unit, or some shit?).

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Honestly @nasty in the pasty

    by DCRex

    These books are nothing like the Twilight series. The love bit does become more prominent in the 2nd and 3rd novels, but the quality of the story does not suffer as it did in Twilight. There is some tension, but it feels real and Katniss is not a whiny bitch like Bella. Ugh I cannot stand that character... The romance is not overdone and feels much more adult as these young characters are all far more mature than ANY character in Twilight. I will not lie to you the 1st book is my favorite in the trilogy, but the other 2 are quite good and well worth the read. I hope the films do well.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 9:12 p.m. CST

    "that's just for kids and teens"-a bunch of comic book nerds

    by zooch

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 9:34 p.m. CST

    last book in the series was awful

    by gumbyandpokey

    I really enjoyed The Hunger Games, Catching Fire started slow but ended up OK, but Mockingjay was just awful. The anti-war message had all the subtlety of a late-season, past-it's-prime, Alan Alda directed episode of M*A*S*H.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 9:36 p.m. CST

    @nasty in the pasty

    by Yan Dut

    The first book is a very good page turner, as you saw. The second and third book lose nothing of the page turner quality (I read all three within three days), but the third book in particular is a disappointment, and I just couldn't buy the politics/inspiring the crowds with propaganda (plus CG Mockinjay anyone?), as well as the lazy and lackluster ending. It didn't help that by the end of the third book, I hated Katniss. The second book itself stays quite good, but ends in a cliffhanger that MAKES you read the third, very disappointing, book. In the end, in terms of atmosphere and general quality/tightness of the plot and writing, the books follow almost exactly the pattern of the Matrix movies: first book/movie is a tight, interesting, novel book/movie with an ending that you can be satisfied about, while wanting to know more. The second book/movie expands the universe, talks uselessly and unconvincingly about politics, but remains a good read/watch, with a very annoying cliffhanger. The third book/movie is very lackluster, what is revealed is disappointing, the possibilities suggested by the cliffhanger of the second opus not exploited satisfactorily, and the ending is bad. So my advice would be to stop at the first one, and write your own follow-up if you must :)

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Lenny Kravitz is an awful choice for Cinna

    by gumbyandpokey

    That's beyond bad casting.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 10:20 p.m. CST

    gumbyandpokey

    by Yan Dut

    I didn't know about this awful casting decision. This just destroyed my mental image of Cinna... Well there must be a good reason for this casting decision (besides putting it on promotional posters), and I hope that we can get some good acting (I know, this is probably hoping for far too much...)

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 10:33 p.m. CST

    bibleman

    by belledame

    which harry potter was first person-narrated? none of them. they all have an omniscient narrator that tells us what harry is thinking almost exclusively. on occasion said narrator mentions things that harry is failing to notice. we are told what harry does. harry does not tell us.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 10:38 p.m. CST

    One of the worst teasers EVER

    by lordgrimplemort

    I loved the first book and was semi-satisfied with the 2nd and 3rd, but i'm less hopeful about the movie as I see and hear more about it. That teaser was total crap and the casting seems bad, too. Jennifer Lawrence is hot, but looking at her you'd never believe she's starving. And isn't Josh Hutcherson the guy who made the Spiderman audition tape where he apparently thought he was playing a mentally challenged hero if you judge by his facial expressions. This'll be a renter for next summer's rerun season. And also, Harry Potter 7 was rightfully split into 2 parts, but if anything, Mockingjay should be HEAVILY edited--way too much repitition and filler before a largely lame ending. No need for an extra movie.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 12:02 a.m. CST

    That teaser blew.

    by spicy-mag.com

    Where were the titties?

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 12:25 a.m. CST

    The difference beings comics are generally all ages,

    by Dennis_Moore

    whereas contemporary Juenile Lit targets slower, undiscerning teens who read nothing but the sort of unchallenging drivel Scholastic publishes. And most of us read mostly adult speculative and genre books. I dare say your avefage current teen couldn't grasp the concepts in a better comic book of the 80's. We'd be touching a nerve if plants had them. Lot's of unfamiliar talkbackers in here...

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 12:27 a.m. CST

    average, damned phone posting.

    by Dennis_Moore

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 12:43 a.m. CST

    The author wants to have it both ways . . .

    by Man in Suit

    The book is apparently about kids that are forced to face each other in mortal combat. Would there even be any book without that hook? Yet, when the author was interviewed about the Hunger Games video game adaptation, she refused to make the "combat scenes" an integral part of the game and denounced violence. It would be as if JK Rowling said that the wizardry in Harry Potter was designed to make a political point to show how bad wizardry is. The Hunger Games is a fraud.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:56 a.m. CST

    Teaser for the "in crowd"

    by SHADOWPRIME

    I have no problem with the teaser, but it is clearly aimed at those who are already "into" the HUNGER GAMES... which is fine, if that is what you are going for. That is, if you enjoyed the books, this will probably be cool for you - and if you enjoyed the books and didn't know a movie was in the works (not many in that group, these days, I am guessing, but still!) you would be very excited. However, if you have no idea what HG is about, I don't think this would get you all that excited... it really tells you nothing of the basic premise. It will be interesting to see what kind of reaction the movie gets, beyond the basic question of whether it is any good. Depsite the books having sold very well, I will bet you that a lot of parents have no clue as to the books' themes, the level of violence in them, etc. I suspect the light bulb is going to go on for many who are only half-aware that HG is "out there". Will make for some interesting discussion.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Can I watch reruns of Gilligan's Island instead?

    by spiral115

    I think that might be more interesting.

  • What the hell would you do, pick outfits for the press tour? Scrounge around for rabbits and berries?

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    run for your lives!

    by rhine1784

    This smells of pure bull feces.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Battle Royale + teenie-baby boyfriend bullshit

    by Mono

    Suzanne Collins should never be asked another question about this series other than, "How many times did you watch Battle Royale before writing these novels? Before I read the books, I had heard that they were *remarkably* similar to Battle Royale. I had also heard that the author had never seen the movie. So I thought it might be one of those cosmic coincidences. Now that I've read the books, I can tell you positively: No fucking way. No fucking goddamn way. It's Battle Royale, but instead of being about themes of violence and society, it's about how important it is to have boys fighting over you. It is astoundingly crazy how much of this book comes from Battle Royale. Just chapter after chapter, detail after detail of Battle Royale stuff. There's no fucking way she didn't see the movie.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 7:07 p.m. CST

    And another thing

    by Mono

    Listen, the reason books two and three kind of stink (let's be honest) is because the author no longer had Battle Royale to use as a basis. She'd already used it up. That's why they're so poorly plotted, and full of authorial blunderings where the story changes direction halfway through. The plot of book one was relatively tight, because it had clear source material to draw from. Not so for the second and third books. One of the many problems I had with the book is that the main character is an idiot. She "leads" a revolution but makes no decisions in the series; she causes everything to happen by accident, like Inspector Gadget. This isn't because the author was trying to make some point about the lack of control we have over our own lives -- it's because the author is bad, and doesn't know what the fuck she's doing. Anytime your main character "Gadgets" (or, alternatively "Gumps") her way through the story but you don't realize she's a joke, and instead you portray her as a strong female force and someone to be admired, you don't know what the fuck you're doing, and you're a bad writer. 100% of the time. So why did I read the series? Well, it's a very readable series. I'll watch the movies as well. I look at it like this: I always thought it would be neat to have an American Battle Royale remake. I never thought it would come in the form of a kiddie-baby Twilight knock-off, but now that it has, I might as well watch it.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 3:46 a.m. CST

    Wow, Jennifer Lawrence sounds REALLY excited about it.

    by Demosthenes2

    Contain yourself girl.