Can we talk about The Hunger Games for a few minutes, please?
Raise your hand if you’ve read the series. In English, I mean.
*counts* Eight… twelve… fourteen… That’s what I thought – nearly everyone on the planet. Cool.
Now, when I started reading this series, I forced myself to stay away from Google images… I knew the movie was going to hit theatres momentarily, but I wanted to develop the characters faces in my own head, as I read the story. That’s the best part about reading the novel before seeing the film – and you get a richer experience that way.
Of course, this can also be the cause all sorts of brouhaha, once actors are chosen for this part or that, and readers from far and wide take issue with who’s been cast in various roles.
I’ve never really been bothered with this kind of thing since Val Kilmer was cast as Jim Morrisson in The Doors (okay, and maybe the Tom Cruise/Brad Pitt choices for Interview With a Vampire) but that’s only because a) Val played a PERFECT Jim as it turns out, 2) in the end I really enjoyed that vampire movie, and thirdly, they’re just movies for crying out loud, and it’s not as if my opinion matters to anyone at Twenty-First Century Fox anyway. And really? WHO CARES?! Do a good job with the acting and the story – that’s plenty.
The Hunger Games opened in theatres across
Panem North America last Thursday, and there have been drips and drabs of commentary all over the net. I’ve not paid such close attention, because I’m on my way out to see it this very night. But, there was one post that caught my attention yesterday…
Let me first say that as I read this story, I don’t recall much by the way of physical description of the character Cinna. He wore some gold eyeliner. That said, in my head, I had pictured this guy:
Chris Colfer from the cast of Glee
I’m not really sure why, but I pictured a tidy, reserved, gay-ish dude. In the film, Cinna is played by this funky badass Made Of Handsome:
Lenny Kravitz of… um… Awesomeness
Huh! Older than I thought. And a little taller, maybe. Whatever. *shrugs* I have no issue with this choice. Bring. Me. The. Kravitz.
But, it didn’t surprise me to hear that some people out there in the world didn’t like this casting choice. What DID surprise me was how some people were cross about Rue being black.
In the book, she is described as having “dark brown skin and eyes…” which in my mind, made her some kind of brown person. Never mind that her “district” was probably somewhere in the former deep south… but that’s a detail. Another character called Thresh was similarly described… so, based on those few words alone, what did people think? That they’d be freckled and Irish?
The holy hell of it all is played out over here – go ahead and read all the nasty racists being hateful and disgusting. It’s almost laughable, if it wasn’t so sad. And these are YOUNG people! *shudders* Some humans are just awful, I can’t even. WHO CARES WHAT COLOUR THEY ARE??!
And I’m not trying to shine the light on haters – I don’t really care about them – but I care more about simple reading comprehension… I just don’t know what’s gone wrong with reading, but MAN! Back to the libraries, people… and hurry.
PS – If the haters thought The Hunger Games was too dark, they really shouldn’t see this piece on the remake of Steel Magnolias. Heh. (If you don’t like rude language, don’t look.)
I’m excited about my date with my fox tonight… Have you seen the film?