So I finally got around to seeing the Hunger Games. I'd heard so many good things and so many bad things about the movie it kind of slipped to the bottom of my to-do pile.
Now that it's on Netflix here in Canada I had no excuse.
I really liked the movie. It was dark without being depressing. In fact, it has everything I could ever hope for in a movie.
As I watched it, my prevailing thought was "How is this YA?" When did YA become so brutal sci-fi? Is it just because the main character is young? The subject matter is just as dark as 1984; actually, probably more so. The only difference was they toned down sex talk and offered a little bit of hope. Like Donald Sutherland's character (President Snow) says hope is a powerful thing.
|Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence)|
|Katniss and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson)|
So what did I learn as a writer:
No matter how much action you throw into a story, what will stay with the audience is the characters. Make them love your characters and the story will be a success.
Nothing makes you route for a character more than adversity and failure followed by success and hope.