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The selection process for the games is called the Reaping. And it's during the selection for the 74th Hunger Games that Katniss steps up to the plate.
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Don't ever, EVER call this the new Twilight. NEVER. Twilight is **** and this book is MESMORIZING. I cannot stop reading it. On the last book. Read the first book like a hundred times.
Warning: Once you start the book, prepare to leave life until you finish it... as you won't be able to stop.
Some of you people seem to of already judged this film before seeing it.
As a person who has read the books and enjoyed Battle Royale before i read them, i think i'm in a position to say they are not as similar as it sounds. The actual games is more like a back-drop to a bigger picture, where as in Battle Royale, it was just people killing each other.
Either way, i definitely don't think you can judge this film without seeing it, or ever even reading the book it's based on, and having immediate negativity towards it is pointless.
Nothing is ever truly original...
Did you all know that there are in fact only 7 plots, for every single film, book and comic that exists. Every product will fit into one of these 7 categories, or will be a combination of them.
The 7 plots are:-
1) ACHILLES - The flawless (or almost flawless) person, e.g. superman
2) CINDERELLA - The dream come true (e.g Dirty Dancing, Prerry Woman.)
3) CIRCE - The chase, e.g The Blues Brothers.
4) FAUST - Selling your soul to the Devil may bring riches, but eventually, you will belong to him, e.g. Wall Street
5) ORPHEUS - The loss of something personal, e.g. Regarding Henry, Farscape (think about John Crichton!)
6) ROMEO & JULIET - The love story, e.g. Sleepless In Seattle.
7) TRISTAN - X loves Y, but one or both are already spoken for, e.g. Fatal Attraction.
"The new Twilight"
As much as I do enjoy Twilight, you can hardly compare the two. The only real similarities are a female protagonist, and enough fans to start an army and conquer a small country.
Twlight's monotone lead spends most of the saga debating who she should essentially go out with. The Hunger Games lead is thrust into a do or die situation and emerges not with a guy on each arm, but battered and bloody.
Just to reiterate, I enjoy Twilight just as much for what it is, but I fail to see the comparisons.
The Twilight comment I think actually brings the film down, Hunger games is much better than Twilight. Katniss is a great character and not a one dimensional boring Character like Bella, and this is coming from an old fan of the Twilight series.
Don't judge a book, just because it may have similar themes to another film. If you keep on doing that you'll quickly run out of films to watch.
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