You know how any time we read a book and then see the movie, we always walk away from the theatre somewhat disappointed that the film didn't meet our expectations? Or maybe that the writers and directors of the film left out pieces of the book that you felt were important? Well, I have to say, of all the movies I've seen as interpretations of a book, The Hunger Games stayed more true to the written version than most. Granted, little bits and pieces were removed, but overall, the folks behind the scenes made some right decisions. I will say, I did enjoy the book more, but I think that's for one very specific reason that we don't always consider. When a reader is following along in a novel, he or she is reading every thought, every feeling, every observation of the narrator. Whereas, in a film, it would be silly to vocalize all of those things. Instead, the actor has to emote all of those thoughts and feelings, leaving it up to the audience's interpretation. We don't become as connected to the individual narrating the story through a film as we do in a book. We simply have to be accepting of that and open our minds to the movie version.
Now, in order to keep up with the "Team Edward" t-shirts, I've gotta get to the screen printing store to have my jersey made. Number 12 with "Everdeen" across the shoulder blades. Oh yeah. The odds are ever in my favor.