So, my verdict on the Hunger Games movie is: Yes.
To be non-spoilery about it, what I’ve been telling folk is that it is faithful without being slavish. Yes; there are things they changed or left out from the book. But unlike with, say, the Harry Potter adaptations, with HG, I understand why they made the changes that they did. Every change was in the service of tightening the focus and telling a more emotionally cohesive story. The pacing reflects the book’s very well. And the acting is pretty fabulous. Jennifer Lawrence, however you felt about that casting decision, is a terrific actress. It’s difficult to play a stoic type character without coming off like a statue, but she manages it spectacularly. There’s so much nuance in her performance.
Spoilery thoughts are on LJ
Additionally, I looked freaking gorgeous at the midnight opening (as you all saw). I don’t always think I look good in pics, but man, I was stunning last night. We all dressed up — of course — and the initial idea was to go all Capitol Couture. Except, I realised, I own literally nothing that is flamboyant enough to be Capitol. But I do have a fabulous black-and-gold dress, so I decided to rock that and have ridiculous hair and makeup. Then, me being me, I ended up building a character and a backstory while I was doing said hair and makeup. Consider me Vitellia, District 2 Victor of the 64th Hunger Games. ;) I’ve developed my usual unhealthy fixation with antagonistic minor characters — but seriously, I find the Careers so psychologically fascinating. I mean, seriously! What on earth must those poor children go through to turn them into the murderous beasts they become? We really don’t know much, just that they go to special training schools — but how do they decide who gets to volunteer each year? My assumption is that Career tributes have all killed before, that that’s pretty much their final exam to get to be the volunteer. And then, most of them still die. They’re victims every bit as much as those in the poorer Districts — just in a different way. And I find that so intriguing. #casshasweirdfixations
And I had so much fun. We were some of the only people dressed up, and we definitely had the best costumes — and everyone noticed. The Zeus is a really cool theatre with a great sitting area and, for unknown reasons, a dais with columns and a throne. So we had a mini-photo shoot. (It really is quite satisfying, how easily I can make myself comfortable in a throne). And all these strangers kept wanting to have their pictures taken with us! We felt like celebrities. :D
I swear, I’m so glad I’m a geek; I don’t know what normal people do with their time.
In other news: busy weekend will continue apace, I’m probably going to fall asleep ridiculously early tonight, I get to talk about Antony tomorrow, and inconvenient crush continues to be inconvenient but is also a pleasant distraction. Such are the decorations of my life.