There is so much Hunger Games news to be excited about this week. And I'm for reals excited about it. Originally I had my doubts about the Hunger Games movie. Serious doubts.
But you know what it's no fun being a negative nancy. Sure the book is in first person and movies are distinctly 3rd person. Sure it's violent in a way that I'm really not sure that audiences can stomach.
But you know what? I love Hunger Games and it's so much more fun to love Hunger Games than to stress over Hunger Games. So I've decided to be FLIPPIN' EXCITED about this movie. If it ends up sucking at least I had fun beforehand.
Fangirl moment # 1
SHE LOOKS JUST LIKE KATNISS!! It's almost freaky how much she made the transition with one picture. I don't care if she's originally a blonde the brown hair works for Jennifer Lawrence. In this picture Katniss (see what I did there, she is Katniss now folks) looks both strong and heartbreaking. That's what you call perfection.
Highlight from the article
After officially signing on, Suzanne Collins herself called to offer a starstruck Lawrence her most hearty congratulations. "I feel like when you said yes," the author told her, "the world got lifted off my shoulders."
Jennifer I hate to be the bearer of bad news. But that world that Suzanne Collins was so worried about, might just rest on your shoulders now. But I've totally got your back--I have complete faith in you.
Fangirl Moment #2
So EW is clearly trying to give me fangirl spasms this week because today they posted this article.
I told Gary, ‘I totally understand if you don’t hire me, but please remember that after Katniss shoots a bow and kills someone her face cannot be badass. It has to be broken.’ She has to be heartbroken because she just took another person’s life. It’s so tempting, especially with a cool, big budget franchise movie, but we have to remember that she’s a 16-year-old girl who’s being forced to do this. These kids are only killing each other because if they don’t, they’ll die. It’s needless, pointless, unjustified violence. So there’s nothing cool about her. It’s not like she looks around the arena and goes ‘Yeah, I got this, I’m going to do this.’ I think she looks around terrified and thinks, ‘Well there are all the million different ways that I can die.’”
Jennifer Lawrence GETS IT. She really understands! Katniss is not a hardened killer, she's just a girl thrown into these horrible circumstances trying to stay alive. It would be way too easy to play Katniss like a super-awesome superhero/superspy/killer but that's not "The Girl Who Was On Fire" or the girl who inspired a revolution with her humanity in the arena.
Fangirl moment #3
Josh Hutcherson inteview that makes him seem so Peeta-esque
Peeta is supposed to be good with language and completely charming. I'll admit that I'm totally charmed. He's a Kentucky boy (as is Jennifer Lawrence) so I've already got a soft spot for him. But then he starts talking about driving across country and camping. That's when I totally melt. Even though he looks nothing like how I imagined Peeta he's just so likable and that's one of Peeta's strongest points. If you don't see Peeta personality in this interview you need to go do a re-read ASAP.
So maybe I'm just overly optimistic & a bit of a Suzy Sunshine. But I think there's more to be excited about than not with the Hunger Games movie. Why panic before they've even started filming? Why not just experience the joy of every new detail, released photo and everything leading up to the movie? You'll have a lot more fun that way!