The storyline is enjoyable; The characters are relatable; Suzanne Collins has clearly demonstrated her unique writing abilities, and creative storyline in her series of books known as "The Hunger Games." She has a way of creating worlds that just pull the reader right in. After all, it does take place in a post-apocalyptic world controlled by a corrupt society. This demonstrates not only a fascinating storyline, but also a problem most nations may be facing in the real world.
While some fans were left awestruck by the book-to-film adaptation, others were left disappointed. Being a fan of the series myself, I had mixed opinions on the film.
The producers had Suzanne Collin's permission to make all the necessary changes deemed fit for the film. This meant both good and bad things for the viewers of the film. After all, it is hard to squeeze a nearly four hundred page book into a two hour movie. However, very critical aspects of the book were left out and replaced by things that left some fan's jaws dropped.
During interviews, both Collins and the producers stated that some stuff was left out and put in for viewers who hadn't read the book. This is helpful to viewers who weren't familiar with the storyline, but irritating for most fans. As far as my personal opinion goes, the film was too rushed to allow any character development, which in fact is a very important factor in this particular film/book.
The character of Rue, a twelve year old girl from District 11, becomes good friends with the heroin throughout the story. They create a bond that catches the readers attention, and then breaks their hearts as the character dies. In the film however, Rue and Katniss meet up, help drop a hornets nest on a couple of baddies, and then poor little Rue gets pulverized by a spear. This allowed Katniss to spend five minutes of the film crying over Rue's dead body, which as most reader's know, didn't happen in the book.
The audience just didn't feel saddened at Rue's untimely death, because her character was not developed enough, and the relationship between her and Katniss was sudden, to say the least. Then we move on to Peeta, who is from the same district as Katniss. They are supposed to be these star crossed lovers, who end up just being a game of cat and mouse. A simple fling, in the eyes of most viewers. The directors didn't play out the storyline well, and so the supposed 'romance' between Katniss and Peeta was actually just awkward to some viewers.
All in all, of everything the directors left out or added, I feel Hunger Games was decent. I wouldn't go as far to say it's the best film of the century, or even that it's the best book-to-film adaptation, but I would give it two and a half stars.