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Awesome Adaptations: An Awesome Adaptation with a Tough Heroine

I have being eyeing up this meme for ages – it just seems so cool and its hosted by one of my favourite blogs Picture Me Reading. You can find out more here. Basically every Wednesday you write about an adaptation of a book and this week is an adaptation with a tough heroine!

hunger games

Adaptation: The Hunger Games (2012)

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks

Adapted From: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Pub 2008)

‘Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games.  A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.

Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy.  If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

THE HUNGER GAMES is directed by Gary Ross, with a screenplay by Gary Ross and Suzanne Collins and Billy Ray, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik.  Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel, the first in a trilogy published by Scholastic that has over 23.5 million copies in print in the United States alone, has developed a massive global following. It has spent more than 160 consecutive weeks/more than three consecutive years to date on The New York Times bestseller list since its publication in September 2008, and has also appeared consistently on USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists.’ Summary from here

My Thoughts

I was SO excited to see The Hunger Games. Katniss is one of my favourite YA heroines, and she is definitely a tough cookie. I thought that Jennifer Lawrence played her really well – she really captured that vulnerability under the tough exterior and I especially loved how Katniss’s relationship with her sister was portrayed. I also loved Katniss’s progression through the movie – she became more tough physically, but began to let her guard down for Rue and then Peeta. I also loved the fact that this adaptation didn’t solely focus on Katniss’s romantic relationships – it was so much more then that – and so was Katniss. Rather then being someone’s girlfriend or lover interest Katniss was focused on saving her sisters life, and then saving her own. She is not one to be pushed over or told what to do, she is strong – and I think that a portrayal of a female as such is pretty rare for films and TV show’s targeting the YA market.

I also really enjoyed the adaptation as a whole. It was a great visual film – especially with all the crazy costumes of the Capitol and the cast were just brilliant. I have to admit that I found the directing style a little jarring at first – it moved so quickly! However, it didn’t bother me that much and I will definitely be seeing the sequel; Catching Fire when it comes out later this year

What’s your favourite adaptation with a tough heroine?

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