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My Thoughts on “The Hunger Games”.

The Hunger Games is the best book to movie adaption I think I have ever seen.

Is The Hunger Games a perfect movie? No. Is it a perfect adaptation? Yes. When a beloved book is brought to the big screen, there will be changes, and there will definitely be fans that nitpick over everything (I was definitely one of them when it came to the casting of the trio). But even though some things were cut from the movie, the movie still managed to perfectly capture the story. I think my only problem with the movie was the ending. I don’t want to spoil it because I know that not everyone has seen the movie just yet, but the ending with Katniss and Peeta wasn’t what I was expecting (definitely the biggest change from the book).

Back to the casting:

When it comes to the trio, Jennifer Lawrence manages to steal the movie as Katniss. I will admit that I wasn’t a fan of her casting (as she had yet to impress me acting wise), but she is Katniss. Josh is the perfect Peeta, especially during his interview with Caesar. And to my complete surprise, Liam managed to pull of Gale rather nicely. Which I was not expecting (he was another one who had yet to impress me with their acting). But I think Elizabeth Banks as Effie manages to steal every scene she is in (especially the table scene). Talk about perfect casting!

The added scenes in The Hunger Games were wonderful, especially the scenes between Seneca Crane and President Snow. I really liked being able to see what was going on outside of Katniss’ point of view. Well done to Collins and Ross!

The important scenes that Ross managed to nail perfectly:

  • Rue’s death is handled wonderfully. Seriously, the entire audience (both times) fell silent after Rue was hit. Even my friend who hasn’t read the books was in near tears.
  • The reaping: sure, by the time the movie was released, it seemed as though we’d already watched the reaping scene 75039753709370967 times. But still, it was perfect.
  • Cato’s death/the beasts: sure, the beasts weren’t as creepy as they were in the books, but they were still pretty awesome. And Cato’s death was almost exactly how I pictured it while reading the book.
  • Clove’s death: No comment other than it is perfect.
  • The berry scene: seeing this scene on the big screen was exciting. That may sound strange, but to me, it’s the first real step in Katniss’ fight against the Capitol. This scene could’ve come across as cheesy, but it didn’t.

My favorite part of the movie would have to be the riot scene.

My least favorite part of the movie would have to be the hallucination scene.

In all honesty, The Hunger Games isn’t a perfect movie. But as an adaption, it is as close to perfect as it can be.  Now give me Catching Fire (you have no idea how excited I am for Finnick and Johanna).

You know what I’ve decided? While Mockingjay is the weakest of the three books, with Jennifer playing Katniss, I think it actually has the potential to be my favorite whenever it hits the big screen (I’m guessing late 2014 since Catching Fire is in November 2013).

For those not following the box office numbers, here is how The Hunger Games is doing:

The numbers (estimates until Monday):

  • Opening Weekend:  $155,000,000 (#1 rank, 4,137 theaters, $37,467 average)

Basically: The Hunger Games is killing it at the box office right now.


Winners of My “The Hunger Games” Giveaway!

I’ve finally gathered the list of winners. I’ve included pictures of your prizes so that you know what you will be receiving. I’m going to try to send most of the prizes tomorrow but some will have to wait (as the cost of total postage may just kill my bank account at this point). I do apologize for that (I wasn’t expecting to have to replace a stolen digital camera with this paycheck). But I swear if I don’t get them out this week, your prizes WILL be shipped by next weekend. Now onto the winners!

Winner: Meg. S.

You’ll be receiving a Mockingjay sticker as well as a Katniss bookmark!

Winner: Zareen!

You will be receiving the soundtrack as well as a sticker set!

Winner: Katrina @ Kindred Dreamheart!

You will be receiving the movie tie in edition as well as the Peeta/Katniss bookmark!

Winner: Karli

You will be receiving the Peeta lanyard as well as a Katniss keychain.

Winner: Kirsty!

You will be receiving the Mockingjay bookmark as well as a Gale keychain!

Winner: Sean walsh!

You will be receiving the Katniss lanyard as well as a mechanical pencil and pen Set!

Winner: Cathy T

You will be receiving a pen set as well as a Peeta keychain.

Winner: Emily!

You will be receiving the arena poster (note: this is a big poster hence why it’s only one item). Don’t worry, your poster is tucked away in a poster tube, I just took a picture of mine to show you the photo/size. 🙂

Winners: Please send me an e-mail NLSobon(at)gmail(dot)com with HUNGER GAMES WINNER as the subject line. Make sure to include your full mailing address. If you won a prize that you do not want, please let me know. I will pick a different winner if that is the case (I know some of you may have received a prize you didn’t pick but that’s because I had a lot of requests for the same items – sorry guys!).

And don’t forget, if you send in your photos and reviews from Friday and Saturday, I will be posting them on the blog. There is no word limit for your review (I just ask that you try to keep the language clean). More details can be found here.

The Hunger Games (Movie)!

If you remember correctly, after watching The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 last year, I wrote a post about what I thought of the movie. I was going to do the same for The Hunger Games, but I decided that given how massive the fanbase is,  and how eager we are to see the book hit the big screen, I figured I’d reach out to the readers for this one!

If you’re going to the midnight showing, or a Friday showing, feel free to send me an e-mail with photos (if you take any of the crowd/lines). Or just send me your thoughts on the movie. E-mail your photos/reviews to NLSobon(at)gmail(dot)com. I want to have the post up for Saturday, so I’ll only be accepting submissions until 10:30pm EST on the 23rd.

The Hunger Games Mall Tour: Plantation Stop!

The photo’s I managed to snap (there aren’t very good due to the fact that I’m really, really short):


My personal experience: I’m beyond excited for The Hunger Games to release later this month, I went to the mall tour, hoping to be around a bunch of other fans and have fun. Lets just say that the mall tour wasn’t as fun as I hoped it would be. I arrived there at 2pm – when they were supposed to be giving away meet and greet wristbands. At this point, there were no posters being distributed or any information as to where to go to look for wristbands (wristbands were later given out by Y100 to those who competed in their singing/dancing/trivia/pleading giveaways; posters were later distributed while we were shoulder to shoulder, forcing people to fight for them).  They were pretty good on distributing water though, I’ll give them that. But that’s about it. To say that the event was pure chaos would be putting it nicely. There was very little organization going on there. When the cast came on (at 6:30, not 6pm as stated by the mall staff), they only answered four questions (I overestimated when I said ten, the mall’s Facebook page clearly only had 4 questions/answers posted). I didn’t hear any of the answers, so I couldn’t tell you what was said. All I know is that the actor playing Cato is extremely attractive. 😉

I didn’t have a great time, but it definitely was a once in a lifetime experience. And I’m glad I went (I usually skip the mall events). The only real downside (other than the disorganization) is that someone stole my point and shoot camera. Thankfully I had my SLR as back-up, but still…don’t steal people’s belongings. It isn’t nice. 😦

If you’re planning on attending one of the mall events (I think there is one or two going on tomorrow), ARRIVE EARLY! I got there at 2pm, but fans had been there since 7:30am. The wristbands seem to go fast, as do the posters, so try to be there as early as possible. I mean it! The earlier, the better!

Giveaway: “The Hunger Games” Edition!

I wasn’t going to post this until March 20th, but I’m too excited to wait! Because I know a lot of you guys are fans of The Hunger Games (really, who isn’t?!), I decided that when I was shopping for merchandise, I’d buy some to giveaway to all of you as well.

What’s up for grabs?

If you’ve already entered and would like to change your option to one of the new prizes, just reply to your original comment. I’ll be noting everyone’s preference as I compile the names in a spreadsheet. I can’t guarantee you’ll get what you picked, but if you win, at least it’ll be something cool, right?! Plus, you never know, I may just sneak some extra stuff in with prizes. 😉

How this giveaway will work:

There are six 8 items available for giveaway. In order to win one of them, you will need to be a follower of this blog. You will also need to like Nicole’s YA Haven on Facebook.

  • You must be 13 years old or older.
  • You must be a US resident (sorry guys! I will have another international giveaway soon, I swear!)
  • You must leave a comment on this blog explaining why you love The Hunger Games, along with your e-mail address.
  • Only one entry per person (and household!)

The giveaway will run from March 4th, 2012 until 11:59pm March 20th, 2012. The winners will be picked using and will be announced on the 21st (note: if there’s a specific prize you’d like, please note it in your comment – I can’t promise you’ll receive it, depending on the demand, but I’ll try!)

Update (3/7/2012): There was a screw-up on Amazon’s end, so the bookmark will not be a Gale bookmark (it’s the flaming Mockingjay bookmark instead). I will be ordering a Gale key-chain in place, this way the trio is covered. Sorry about that, Amazon made a booboo. 🙂

Update (3/15/2012): I will be adding in surprises for the winners (I went on a bit of a shopping spree last week).

The TEASER Trailer for “The Hunger Games”.

You can also watch the trailer over at MTV: click here

I can’t embed the MTV video on WordPress, sadly.